Brac kids excelled at BAYTAF

Brac Athletic Club athletes continue each year to improve significantly to record performances.

At the 22nd annual BAYTAF Classic Track and Field Meet in Tampa, Florida, the club broke their previous record of 11 medals set last year by acquiring 14 medals and recording six personal bests.

Brac Athletic Club head coach Mitchum Sanford has a rigid qualifying standard process for the club athletes to make the BAYTAF Classic.

“Eight years ago, I set a top-eight qualifying standard from the previous year’s results as the minimal criteria for our athletes to achieve in order to go to this meet,” he said.

Outstanding performances came from Jacob Scott, who set two personal bests, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches and a fifth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 4 inches.

Jacob narrowly missed tying the high jump record of 6 feet, 6 inches, but has vowed to be back next year to claim the record along with another gold medal.

Ronaldo Morrison also set his personal best in the long jump, finishing fourth with a leap of 19 feet, 6 inches.

Morrison is trying to finish the season as a member of the 20-foot club. At just 14, the youngster’s future looks bright.

Junior athletes Jonathan Frederick and Ameilia Gillispie were also successful in their fourth BAYTAF Classic meet.

Frederick won three medals for the third straight year. Cayman’s top multi-events female athlete, Gillispie, had mixed results as she sustained an ankle injury during warm-up that kept her out of the 200 metres and only managed a third place finish in the long jump.

She sustained a slight strain in her right-hamstring midway down the track of the 100m final, which saw her just ease back and coast across the finish line in eighth place.

Olaro Waite competed in his first BAYTAF Classic Meet and did exceptional with a personal best of 144 feet, 4.25 inches in the boys 15-16 javelin.

Then he finished third in the shot put behind teammate Matteo Lazzari, who threw 33 feet, 1 inch to claim second place.

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