NEVISIAN ATHLETES EXCEL
AT PUERTO RICAN TRACK AND FIELD MEETS
Nevisian Junior athletes, Tanika Liburd and Kevon Pierre won individual medals at major International meets held in Puerto Rico last week. Tanika Liburd won the prestigious bronze medal in the Female Long Jump, in a new personal best distance of 5.77m (18ft 11 ins), at the "Festival Olimpico" held on Thursday 12th July, at the Sixto Escobar Stadium. Kevon Pierre also won a bronze medal in the 200 metres in a new personal best and new Leeward Islands Junior record of 21.59s, breaking the record established by Kim Collins in Santiago, Chile in 1995 (21.66s). Tanika, a student of the Charlestown Secondary School, also won the silver medal in the Long Jump (5.59m) in the classy "Frankie Colon Memorial Games", held on 14th July at the "Estadio Paquito Montaner".
Other exceptional performances were also returned in the "Frankie Colon Games" by the relay team of Kevon Pierre, Kurvin Wallace, Dwayne Warner and BVI athlete, Keita Cline in an impressive time of 40.54, for the bronze medal.
The "Festival Olimpico" was organized by the "Comite Olimpico de Puerto Rico" and held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while the "Frankie Colon Memorial Games" was organized by the "Comite Organizador del Memorial Frankie Colon" and held in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Kevon Pierre, a student of the Charlestown Secondary School, produced his best ever time of 10.70s, winning his timed Final event and placing 5th overall, just 3/100th of a second behind the bronze medallist. He also established a new Leeward Islands Junior record, set just two days earlier in the 200 metres with a time of 21.50s. In the process he won his timed Final and placed 5th overall, 2/100th of a second behind the 3rd placed athlete. This represents his best ever performances in the 100 and 200 metres, both occurrences within an hour in the same evening. This adds to his performance at the recently held "OECS Championship" held in Grenada on 12th July, where he was a double Gold medallist in the 100 and 200 metres (Junior Division - Under 20yrs). Tanika Liburd also excelled at that meet capturing the bronze medal in the Long Jump (Open Division) with a distance of 5.31m.
Tanika and Kevon were part of a six-member contingent from the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association that travelled to Puerto Rico on Wednesday 11th July and returned on Sunday 15th July. The team competed against teams from the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States, Dominica Republic, St. Kitts, Barbados, Guyana, Antigua and hosts Puerto Rico. The team was comprised of Coach and Manager, Lester Blackett, President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, and athletes Kurvin Wallace, Dwayne Warner, Colin Walters, Kevon Pierre and Tanika Liburd.
The full results for the Nevisian athletes are as follows:
5th 4th Long Jump (18' 11"/ 5.77m)pr 6th Dwayne Warner
Long Jump (18' 11"/ 5.77m)pr
Legend: pr = personal record HT = hand timed
Valma Bass, who received her initial training as an athlete at the Gingerland High School, represented St. Kitts in both meets, and was a double gold medallist in the 100 and 200 metres events. She won with times of 12.07s and 24.48s in the rain affected "Festival Olimpico", and also won impressively at the "Frankie Colon Games" with times of 11.66s and 23.97s.
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes to express its sincere thanks to all who contributed to the success of this overseas competition. The Association also wishes to thank the many sponsors and contributors (especially the Nevis Island Administration), supporters, parents, sports officers and coaches, teachers, committee members and all others, who made the 2001 Track and Field season such a continuing tremendous success. We hope to further improve in the Year 2002 and in the upcoming months, during the road runs and relays to be announced shortly.