BVI's Anderson named NEISA Sailor of the Year
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TORTOLA - For two years, BVI resident and Roger Williams University sailor Alec Anderson had St. Thomas' Cy Thompson's sailing experience helping them to two national championship berths.
With Thompson gone, Anderson took the reigns of a young team of freshmen and sophomores, guiding them to a third sailing nationals in St. Petersburg, Fla., later this month.
The senior's experience in handling the team and clinching a spot in the ICSA Team Racing National Championship with a third-place finish at the Fowle Trophy didn't go unnoticed as he won New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Sailor of the Year honors.
"To be honest, and I don't want to sound like I'm boasting, I wasn't surprised this year," Anderson said. "I really worked hard this year after coming close to it last year and just came up shy. But this year, after putting in the work, going to the awards, I was confident that I would receive it. At the end of the day, I could have been surprised but I'm certainly happy and relieved that I had won it."
Anderson said he honed in and was focused in the last few months. He put a lot of effort in, spent a lot of time in the gym - not that he didn't do the same last year. This being his senior year, he said his school workload was lighter and he was able to put a lot more time and effort in.
Heading to nationals, Anderson said they had a spectacular weekend in the NEISA championships.
"We sailed from the bottom of the fleet and we were able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and we knew that we could," he said. "But we weren't doing it before, so we now have some confidence going into nationals."
Portland State's Maloney wins 200-, 400-meter medals
Portland State senior Dominique Maloney used a 200-meter personal best of 24.27 seconds to notch a silver medal on her home turf during the 2013 Big Sky Conference Championships on May 11. Earlier, she won 400-meter bronze with another personal best of 54.44.
Her 400-meter time improves on her own school record of 54.92, which she ran two weeks earlier in Berkley, Calif. She won her heat in 54.93 to advance, then lowered her 200-meter best from 24.45 to 24.31 to finish second and make it to the final.
"It feels great to accomplish the goals that I set because I came out with lifetime bests in both the 400 and 200 with only more room to improve in both," Maloney said. "My 400-meter goal was 53.70 for the season, but I was truly extremely happy to be out off the 55's and on to new numbers."
After her 400-meter podium finish, Maloney said she entered the 200 with a mind set that she had to clip some wings.
"This is my senior year, that was my last race, and Mother's day was coming up and my mom needed a gift," she said. "This season has been one the most historical seasons for me personally because I am at a place I never thought I would have been because of the many set backs that I have had in the past."
Maloney earned a complete set of medals, helping the Vikings' 400-meter relay team to victory in 45.33 seconds with a third-leg carry. Her 16.5 points helped the Vikings to a second-place finish - their highest ranking since hosting the championships in 2006.
Britney Wattley 5th in ECAC 100-meter final
Morgan State senior Britney Wattley was fifth in Sunday's ECAC 100-meter final with a time of 11.93 seconds in the competition jointly held with the IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. She advanced to the semifinals after running 11.89 in the prelims, and qualified for the finals with a 12.00 time. She missed the cut in the 200 meters after running 24.53 seconds.
Huggins notches National Scholastic sprint records
Lettsome House's Nelda Huggins took sole possession of the 5-year old 200-meter National Scholastic and National Youth Intermediate Girls record she shared with Britney Wattley at the closing of the 42nd Elmore Stoutt Inter-House Championships on May 10.
At the end of the competition, Flemming (House 3) landed their record 15th Inter-House Championship since their first in 1981, dethroning defending champs Carlisle, who ended a 22-year drought last year. Flemming amassed 687 points, and it came down to the Senior Boys 1,600-meter Relay to decide the final placing among the other three houses. O'Neal's (House 2) anchor held off his Carlisle (House 4) counterpart as both tied for second with 558 points. Lettsome (House 1) finished with 531.
Huggins, who tied Wattley's 2008 mark of 24.55 seconds in the 200m on Feb. 9 but had wind-aided times of 24.08 and 24.37 seconds to her credit, cut the tape at 24.33 for the record.
She also seized possession of Shanice Hazel's 100-meter record of 11.78 seconds from 2006 on Wednesday, when the 16-year-old finished in 11.77 seconds.
Huggins' marks paced 15 meet records established during the two-day competition, which started on May 8, had a day postponed because of rain for the first time in its history, and ended on Friday.
Flemming's House Leader Lashmi Sammy said they had some problems last year but returned strong this year.
"I'm pleased with their overall performance. They were very competitive," she said. "I must single out a few of them. Leshawn Lindo for the boys and Zacharia Frett for the girls In the Junior Division, the Intermediate, both boys and girls were very, very good and they broke records also."
Sammy said her senior girls were outstanding in their own way, and she was happy for Dominic Adams, who went out on a good note as division champion. She said that she was happy for Niaylia Smith, because over the years, she knew Niaylia could have been a Victrix Ludorum. "But, because of other circumstances she never made it, however this year she made it because she took it upon herself and she did it."
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- Dean Greenaway is a Daily News correspondent based on Tortola.