Inspired Mustangs riding high

The Mustang track club competed in the annual Baytaf Track and Field Classic in Tampa last month and came aways with its usual clutch of medals.

Forty-seven athletes took part in the 21st staging of the event at the University of South Florida. At the end of the three-day meet the club had amassed 22 medals, including nine gold, five silver and eight bronze.

Leading the way was Ashleigh Nalty and Alex Pascal, both in record-breaking mood. Nalty broke the existing record in the 17-18 girls high jump and posted a new mark of 1.72 metres and firmly placed herself in the Baytaf record books as well as posting yet another new national junior and senior Cayman island national record.

Pascal also improved the meet record – as he did last year – with a throw of 64.28m which puts him firmly in medal contention at this year’s Central America and Caribbean Junior games in El Salvador. He will also be representing the Cayman Islands at this year’s World Youth Championships in Barcelona next month.

Other notable performances came from Jeavhon Jackson in the 14 boys division as he again bettered his personal best in the high jump with a leap of 1.62m for gold and the 800m with a time of 2 minutes 19 seconds for third place.

Both performances surpassed the qualifying standards for this year Caribbean Union of Teachers championships in Kingston, Jamaica on 20-21 July. Pearl Morgan also had a huge personal best in the girls’ 14 division as she took gold in the high jump with a leap of 1.52m again surpassing the qualifying mark for that event at the CUT championships.

Daneliz Thomas also took gold in the 13 girls javelin with a personal best mark of 25.73m which qualifies her for the CUT championships.

Coach Tyrone Yen said: “There were also a lot of athletes obtaining personal best in there events at this meet and as the club continues to strive for excellence. We hope that by next year we will see some if not most of them representing the Cayman Islands at various international meets.

To date the club has several athletes meeting the qualifying standard for the CUT championships and with the final meet been held this weekend coach Yen is optimistic they will see a few more making the standards. Athletes who have so far made the standards are Mikayla McLaughlin, Annie Kay Anderson, Kiara McLaughlin, Pearl Morgan, Daneliz Thomas, Rashaun Connolly. Jeavhon Jackson and Jouri Haylock.

Coach Yen added: “On behalf of the Mustang Track Club myself and coach Allen, managers Sana Tugman, Desree Tulloch, Donna Yen, Theresa Senior and Noel Jackson we wish to thank all our valued sponsors, parents, chaperones and all who made this trip a success as it would not have been possible without all your support.”

Baytaf result link 2012