Mustang track club going to BAYTAF with high hopes

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This weekend the Mustang track club will travel to Tampa, Florida, with a team of 46 athletes ranging from 7 to 27 years old, to take part in the 27th annual BAYTAF Track and Field Classic.

The team will compete in 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m medley relay, long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus.

The club has participated at this meet for over 13 years and has done tremendously well. This year will be no different, asserted Head Coach Tyrone Yen.

Heading the team are 4x100m CARIFTA silver medalists Derrick Francis and Errol Smith Jr., with CARIFTA 2018 representatives Najae Gordon, Daujaughn Murray and Michael Smikle, and Commonwealth 2017 youth representative Claudina Morgan.

The team has prepared exceptionally well, stated coach Yen, and some good results are anticipated as the athletes showcase their talent.

Athletes to look out for are Ty Goddard, Jaiden Reid, Samuel Campbell, Rochelle Moore, Aaliyanah Anderson, Brianna Smith, YaNelli Dawkins, Diondre Wright, Tayvana Myles, Jazmin Robinson and Tarique Beckford, all of whom were medalists at last year’s edition. Rookies Jeleah Maize and Ladrae Ricketts, the youngest of the group and both division 1 champions at this year inter-primary school championship, are also expected to do well in their events.

The team has competed strongly all season locally, and Yen believes that this trend will continue in Tampa this weekend. Because of final year exams, quite a few athletes with medal potential will not be able to make the trip this year, however Yen believes the team has enough firepower to make their presence felt at the event.

The team will depart Cayman Thursday and Friday, and return on Monday May 28.

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