Record 24 athletes representing BVI in CARIFTA Games
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TORTOLA - Nassau, Bahamas, has played a pivotal role in the British Virgin Islands' CARIFTA Games history.
The territory's first CARIFTA Games participation was in Nassau in 1976 with four athletes. In 1978, the territory won its first medal - a silver in the 400 meters. The territory's first gold medals in the championships were collected in the long jump and triple jumps in Nassau in 1992.
This year, the BVI is sending its largest delegation to the 42nd CARIFTA Games - 24 athletes, 22 of which are home based.
The regional championships, which targets Under 17 and Under 20 athletes, will see 14 girls and 10 boys donning the territory's colors as they compete for spots against in 14 disciplines and 31 events during three days of competition from Saturday to Monday.
Opening ceremonies are set for 6 p.m. on Friday. Competition begins at 8:30 Saturday morning and runs through Monday evening. The delegation returns to the territory on April 2.
The 2013 BVI CARIFTA Games delegation is as follows:
Nelda Huggins, 100/200
L'Tisha Fahie, 100m
Tarika Moses, 400m
Judine Lacey, 400m
Lakeisha Warner, 800m
Deya Erickson, 100m Hurdles
Kala Penn, long jump/triple jump
Ashley Penn, long jump/penthatlon
Kiwana Emmanuel, shot put/javelin throw
Kyron McMaster, 200/400m
Deshawn Douglas, 200/400m
Tahj Malone, high jump
Kadeon Potter, shot put.
Taylor Hill, 100/200m
Jonel Lacey, 200m
Shaian Vandenburg, 100m
Trevia Gumbs, shot put/discus throw
Tynelle Gumbs, javelin throw/discus throw
Shaquoy Stephens, 200/400m
Khari Herbert, 200/400m
Tarique Moses, 800m
Eldred Henry, shot put/discus throw
Brandon Andrew, 110m hurdles/long jump
Ryan Joseph, 1,600m relay reserve.
Steve Augustine, head coach
Winston Potter, assistant head coach
Omar Jones and Samantha John
Dr. Sylvia Simmons
Dag Samuels and Dean Greenaway.
Kelly gets first win over Harrigan-Scott in 200
Former Illinois standout Ashley Kelly picked up two second-place finishes in the Miami Invitational on Saturday, notching her first victory against BVI sprinting great Tahesia Harrigan-Scott in the process.
Aided by a plus-3.8 meters per second wind, Kelly ran the 200 meters in 23.23 seconds, which was second behind 2004 Athens Olympic Games 100-meter champion Lauryn Williams, who finished in 22.69 seconds. Harrigan-Scott placed fourth in 23.41. Kelly was also second in the 100 meters in 11.72 seconds.
Asson gets second win in Blenheim Trust 5K
A week after he won the Dive BVI 5K Series finale on Virgin Gorda, Steven Asson picked up his second successive victory by overhauling Virgin Gorda's Emrol Amsterdam in the last quarter mile to win Saturday's Blenheim Trust 5K Series race on Beef Island. Asson missed the entire 2012 season.
Asson finished in 18 minutes and 40 seconds. Amsterdam was second in 18:49 with James Carr - who won the series opener - third in 19:17.
"The strategy today was to take it easy for the first mile and a half, and in the second mile and a half, surge and apply pressure on my self, because I need that, and I still have a lot of weight to lose," Asson said. "I passed Amsterdam just as we got off the main road. I told him 'let's go' and he said, 'that's alright,' which meant he couldn't follow the pressure."
Amsterdam said he had no real strategy.
"I said as I was feeling good, 'let me just go out and run a normal race and whatsoever comes out of it comes out of it,' " Amsterdam said. "There was no plan really. I realize that Carr is a very strong guy in the final mile. I decided to run, and if I got dropped, I got dropped, but I would have made an effort."
Kathrina Crumpler, coming off a Half Ironman Triathlon in Puerto Rico, took the women's division. Crumpler, seventh overall, stopped the clock at 20:28 and was followed by NiMade Oniasih in 22:16. Philomena Robertson finished third in 23:19.
Crumpler said after the Half Ironman, she wasn't sure how her legs would feel.
"They actually felt quite good," she said. "I wanted to run around a 21-ish, which is a seven-minute per mile pace, which is what I did. So I did roughly what I wanted."
The next race on the Blenheim Trust 5K Series tour is set for 7 a.m. on April 13 in Carrot Bay.
- Dean Greenaway is a Daily News correspondent based on Tortola.