Mustang Track Club athletes went to the University of South Florida Tampa, to compete in the annual Baytaf Track and field Championship and came away with a big haul of medals.
At the end of the three-day meet the team amassed a total of 30 medals, 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronzes and a third place finish overall in the 1st Division team score and also a new meet record from Daneliz Thomas in the girls 15/16 javelin. The previous record was set as far back as 1999. Her throw of 37.31 meters was 14m ahead of the second placed athlete.
Coach Tyrone Yen was extremely impressed with their performances, saying the athletes showed remarkable improvement.
“Even though it was a great team effort that took us to third position overall, there were a few athletes in particular who particularly impressed me,” he said.
They were Daujaughn Murray who won gold medals in the 13-year-old boys 400m and 800m. Murray showed immense determination towards the end of those events while having a huge personal best in the 400m. Kashief Dawkins won silver in the 14-year-old boys 200m and 400m with personal bests in both.
Jeavhon Jackson took gold in the 15/16 boys high jump with a personal best, Johan Joseph also recorded a personal best in the open men’s 400m.
Bradley Erskine won gold and silver in the boys 9-year-old 100m and 200m respectively and silver in the long jump.
Deondre Lyn did a personal best in the 17-18 boys 400m. There were other multiple Mustang Track Club medallists as well as finalists too.
Also making the trip were athletes from Hy-Tech Track and Field Club. Tahj Lewis won the boys 17-18 3,000m and took silver in the 800m.
Dominic Dyer won the boys 15-16 1500m and set a new meet record in winning the 3,000m.
Tiffany Cole also got gold, in the 17-18 girls 800m and 1500m and bronze in the 400m.
Bradley Erskine won the boys 9-year-old 100m and got silver in the 200m and long jump and coach Derek Larner showed his students he is still competitive by winning the masters 800m.
Coach Yen said: “Mustang Track Club thanks all our sponsors, particularly Ernest Ebanks from Body Sculptor Gym where the team works out, parents, athletes, Elroy Allen, Sana Tugman, club executives, Noel Jackson, Donna Yen, Theresa Senior, Desiree Tulloch, who all worked tirelessly to make the trip a success.”