The Mustang Track club competes at the University of South Florida’s annual Bay Area Youth Track and Field (BAYTAF) championship this weekend.
Mustang coach Tyrone Yen said 38 athletes will make the trip to Tampa, including 17 girls. This year’s team is headed by CARIFTA representative Daneliz Thomas, the national youth, junior and senior and BAYTAF 15/16 girls javelin record holder.
Sprinter Rashaun Conolly, who was third in the high school boys 200 meters at the Cayman Invitational last Saturday, will also compete.
Pearl Morgan will be in the high jump and 400m, Jacob Scott competes in the high jump and so does Shalysa Wray, who was second in the high school girls 100m and 200m behind Jamaicans Kimone Shaw (100m winner) and Shinell English (200m winner) at the Cayman Invitational. Jeavhon Jackson races in the 400m.
“Last year we had a great meet, winning a total of 14 gold medals, 11 silvers and five bronze, and finished third overall in the large team category,” coach Yen said.
“This year’s team is just as strong and we expect to be in the top three again as a lot of our medalists are returning and in great shape for the meet.”
They include Daujaughn Murray, who won golds last time in the 13-year-old boys 400m and 800m; Bradley Erskine, who won gold in the 10-year-old boys 200m and took silver in the 100m and long jump; and Kashief Dawkins, who took silver in the 14-year-old boys 200m and 400m.
Yen added that preparation “has gone great so far. We are ready to compete, and the kids are confident and in high spirits.”
Some athletes will also use this meet as a qualifier for the Pan American Junior Games in Canada later in the year and also for the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Yen thanked the many sponsors and all the parents and supporters who contributed to Mustang’s success. The team returns on Monday.