On the weekend of May 28-30 the
Mustang track club travelled to Tampa, Florida to take part in the 19th Annual
Baytaf track and field championship.
The Baytaf classic is one of the
US’ stellar age group track and field championship and this year was no
different as some 50 teams from locales like the Bahamas, US Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico took part.
From that group Cayman provided the
most non-stop action for the large US crowd. At the end of the three day meet
the team had amassed 30 medals: 10 were gold, 14 silver and six were bronze.
One top Mustang athlete was Mikayla
McLaughlin who took home three medals: two gold in the 10 year-old girls long
jump and 200m and one silver in the 100m.
Deandre Rowe also nabbed three
medals thanks to a gold in the nine year-old boys 200m and a pair of silvers in
the 100m and long jump. CARIFTA Games participant Ashleigh Nalty had two medals:
gold in the 15/16 year-old girls high jump (in the process setting a new record
in that event) and bronze in the long jump.
Among the other CARIFTA athletes
were Troy Long (silver in 15/16 year-old Boys 100m and 200m finalist), Lloyd
Barker (bronze in 17/18 Boys 4x400m relay), Mauricio Terry (gold in 17/18 Boys
javelin, silver in high jump), Travis Webb (gold 17/18 Boys high jump), Melinda
McLean (silver in 15/16 Girls 100m and 200m) and Anissa Owen (gold in 17/18
Girls long jump).
In total 21 youngsters were part of
the team. Among the notable names were basketball prodigy Kadane Hall (he
nabbed silver in the 17/18 Boys javelin and bronze in the shot-putt) and
netball player Avril Myers (she won silver in the 17/18 Girls shot-putt).
Established athletics talents
Anniekay Anderson (bronze in the 10 year-old Girls long jump and a 100m
finalist), Jouri Haylock (gold in the 12 year-old Boys high jump) and Justin
Nalty (gold in the 14 year-old Boys high jump) were among the other
With the team showing such
determination at these championship coach Tyrone Yen was ecstatic and hopes
that with the CARIFTA Games being hosted here recently and the good showing of
these athletes over the weekend that track and field in these islands will not
only improve but in years to come lead to producing more Olympians.
On behalf of Coach Yen, Manager Sana Tugman and all
the parents who made the trip, the mustang organization would like to express
sincere thanks to all of the sponsors who made the trip possible.