Mustangs bolted to big haul

Mustang Track Club came away from the BAYTAF meet in Florida last weekend with some fine performances over the three days.

Mustang amassed 26 medals, which included 13 golds, eight silvers and five bronze, and took a fourth-place finish overall in the team category at the meet in Tampa.

Leading the way for Mustang was Daujaughn Murray. He won four medals, winning the 14-year-old boys 400 meters in a personal best of 51.69 seconds as well as the 800m in a personal best of 2 minutes 10 seconds.

He was second in the 200m finals also in a personal best of 23.60 seconds and took silver in the 4 x 400m team relay.

Daneliz Thomas again established a new meet record in the girls 15/16 javelin with a throw of 40 meters. The previous mark was also established by her last year.

Stephen Watson won gold by equalling the 10-year-old boys high jump, clearing 1.37 meters. He took silver in the long jump and bronze in the 4 x 100m team relay.

Taj Yen came close to establishing a new record in the 13/14 boys high jump with a leap of 1.57m, which was just a few centimeters short. He also won silver in the boys 400m in 58.42 seconds, and the 800m in 2 minutes 24 seconds, and took silver in the 4 x 400m team relay.

Shalysa Wray came away with three medals, winning bronze in the 15/16 girls 100m finals in 12.65 seconds; silver in the 200m in 25.86 seconds; and she anchored the girls 4 x 100m relay team to gold.

Tatayna Martin took gold in the 15/16 girls long jump with a leap of 5.12m, and bronze in the 200m finals. She was also a member of the 4 x 100m relay gold medal team.

Deanna McLean was a gold medalist in the girls 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m and the medley relay and the 15/16 girls high jump, with a leap of 1.47m.

Jeavhon Jackson won gold in the 17/18 boys 400m hurdles in 55.03 seconds, just missing the World Youth Championship qualifying mark, and won gold in the 4 x 400m relay.

Other medalists were YaNelli Dawkins, Pearl Morgan, Nakiiayah Sairsingh, Kayla Robinson, Serena Hibbert, Jordae Scott, Bradley Erskine, Jacob Scott, Anthony Ebanks, Davonte Howell, Kassidy Forrester, Kashief Dawkins, Rashaun Conolly and Tavarist Fowler.

Coach Tyrone Yen said the competition, as usual, was extremely fierce “and the kids gave their all, especially the sprinters who had to overcome very high winds in their events.”

He was pleased that there were a few surprise finalists and lots of personal bests achieved.

Yen added, “I would also like to thank all our valued sponsors, parents and supporters who made the trip possible as Mustang Track Club continues its development drive in the Cayman Islands.”