at Florida International University
19 April 2005 - NEWS RELEASE FROM N.A.A.A. Kevon Pierre, of Stoney Grove, Nevis, established a new level of athletic achievement on Saturday 16th April with a stunning time of 10.19s in the 100m sprint. The graduate of the Charlestown Secondary School won the Gatorade Classic held at the University of Miami, astonishing the crowd and leaving his much more heralded competitors behind. The mark not only established a new Personal Best for Kevon but also broke the previous stadium record of 10.28 in 2000. His time ranks him among the top five collegiate athletes in the United States and among the top 20 in the World for wind assisted times (wind speed of 2.2 m/s). With a wind speed of 2.0 m/s or less, he would be ranked in the top five in the world for 2005. Kevon is also ranked in the top five in the Caribbean region and would have qualified for the World Championships, but for the extra 0.2 m/s wind speed. His training times leading up to the meet suggested that a very fast time was in the making “I expected to run sub 10.30, but 10.19s is unbelievable. My hard work is now paying off.” Kevon repeated as “MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK” for the Sun Belt Conference, an honour he won in March by winning the double gold (100m & 200m) at the same venue. He now has a stranglehold on the male sprint records at Florida International University, holding 5 Track Records. His next meet will be the Penn Relays on 28-30 April. The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes to congratulate Kevon on his remarkable achievement and wish him every success in the future. PROFILE FOR 2004 -2005 WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY
19 April 2005 - NEWS RELEASE FROM N.A.A.A.
Kevon Pierre, of Stoney Grove, Nevis, established a new level of athletic achievement on Saturday 16th April with a stunning time of 10.19s in the 100m sprint. The graduate of the Charlestown Secondary School won the Gatorade Classic held at the University of Miami, astonishing the crowd and leaving his much more heralded competitors behind.
The mark not only established a new Personal Best for Kevon but also broke the previous stadium record of 10.28 in 2000. His time ranks him among the top five collegiate athletes in the United States and among the top 20 in the World for wind assisted times (wind speed of 2.2 m/s). With a wind speed of 2.0 m/s or less, he would be ranked in the top five in the world for 2005.
Kevon is also ranked in the top five in the Caribbean region and would have qualified for the World Championships, but for the extra 0.2 m/s wind speed. His training times leading up to the meet suggested that a very fast time was in the making “I expected to run sub 10.30, but 10.19s is unbelievable. My hard work is now paying off.”
Kevon repeated as “MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK” for the Sun Belt Conference, an honour he won in March by winning the double gold (100m & 200m) at the same venue. He now has a stranglehold on the male sprint records at Florida International University, holding 5 Track Records. His next meet will be the Penn Relays on 28-30 April.
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes to congratulate Kevon on his remarkable achievement and wish him every success in the future.
PROFILE FOR 2004 -2005 WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY
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30th June 2003
Kevon Pierre of Nevis excel at BVI Invitationals
Kevon Pierre of Nevis, won the most Outstanding Male Athlete award, at the BVI Invitational Track and Field Meet, held at the Shirley Recreation Grounds, Tortola, on Sunday 29th June.
Kevon Pierre won quadruple gold in the 100m (10.76s), 200m (21.9s), 400m (51.23s) and 4x100m relay. His performance won the admiration and applause of the crowd and fellow competitors, especially as all of his events were run between 3 pm & 8 pm, which significanlty reduced the recovery times.
Participants in this annual meet included athletes from Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Nevis and hosts British Virgin Islands.
Kevon Pierre of Nevis excels at National Champs
Kevon Pierre of Nevis, won the most Outstanding Male Athlete award, at the St. Kitts - Nevis National Championships, held at the Sandy Point Recreation Grounds, on Sunday 22 June. Kevon Pierre ran exceptional times of 10.22s (ht) in the 100m, and 20.88s (ht) in the 200m, winning double gold.
Kevon just returned to the Federation from Morgan State University in Maryland, where he has an Athletic scholarship. He is currently preparing to compete at the Frankie Colon Games, to be held in Puerto Rico on July 26th 2003.
Kevon recently won the MVP award for Outdoor Track & Field male athletes, at Morgan State University and was also nominated for Male Athlete of the Year, for all Sports. He also recently won the 100 and 200 metre Bronze medals at the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference, held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, registering a new personal best of 21.25s (electronically) in the 200m.
Events at the National Championships included the sprint, middle distance events and field events. Most of the overseas University athletes competed in the meet, which will be used to select National teams for the CAC Games (July 4 - 6) in Grenada and the Pan Am Games (August 5 - 9) in Santo Domingo.
6th June 2003
Kevon Pierre, in his first competitive event for almost a month, ran his fastest ever 200m (hand or electronic time) at the Prince Georges Country All Comers Invitational Meet in Maryland. Kevon, running in Lane 3, accelerated past a US Olympic hopeful opponent, only to be "caught" at the finish line resulting in a dead tie for 1st place, to the delight of the crowd, and the other meet athletes. Both athletes ran a blistering handtimed 21.1s.
Kevon is expected to compete again on Wednesday, 11th June, and also on the weekend. These competitions are part of his preparations for the Frankie Colon Games to be held in Puerto Rico on June 28th 2003. Historically, Kevon has performed exceptionally well at the Games, registering personal bests in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, Kevon broke the seven-year-old Leeward Islands Junior record for the 200m, set by Kim Collins, establishing a new record of 21.50s.
14th May 2003
Kevon Pierre wins Most Outstanding Athlete Award
Kevon Pierre won the MVP award for Outdoor Track & Field male athletes, at the awards banquet held at Morgan State University, on Wednesday evening 14th May 2003. At the awards banquet, movie clips were shown of Kevon competing in the 200 metres event at a recently held meet, to the delight of the banquet crowd.
Kevon was also nominated for Male Athlete of the Year, for all Sports.
10th May 2003
Kevon Pierre wins 100m & 200m Bronze Medals
Kevon Pierre won both the 100 and 200 metre Bronze medals at the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Kevon placed 2nd in his 100 metre heat in 10.66s, followed by 10.72s in the finals.
Men 100 Meter Dash - Finals (Wind +0.0)
Name School Time
Kevon also clocked 21.34s in winning his 200 metre heat from Lane 1, with the 4th best time in the prelims. He clocked a new personal best of 21.25s in the finals, after a mediocre start and a negative wind reading, placing 3rd in the competitive race. The event was won by the Most Outstanding Male athlete of the meet, Jerome Mathis of Hampton University, who also won the 100m in 10.49s.
Men 200 Meter Dash - Heats (Sorted by time)
Name School Time Wind Heat
Name School Time Wind Pts
Kevon also competed in the 4x100m for Morgan State University, but the team was disqualified after leading into the final exchange.
The meet was held in sweltering and extremely hot conditions with a temperature of 105 degrees F. Eleven (11) Universities participated in the Conference meet namely, Hampton, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Coppin State, Carolina St., Howard, UMES, North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Delaware State and Florida A&M.
Click the link below for detailed results:
KEVON PIERRE (NEVIS)
Kevon Pierre ran a Nevis Record and a personal 400m best of 47.82s at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 22/3/2003 3rd May 2003 Kevon Pierre won quadruple GOLD at the George Rhoden Invitational, held at the Morgan State University Stadium. Kevon won the individual 100 and 200 metres, and added the 4x100m and 4x400m team Gold medals, in the meet held between six colleges. After a slow start and being last from the blocks, Kevon powered past his competitors by 70m, running an excellent 10.57s in the 100m finals (with a legal wind speed of 1.2 m/s). That time was just 6/100 of a sec off his personal best of 10.51s, and followed his preliminary time of 10.63s. In the 200m, Kevon ran a controlled race, laying back for the first 100m before accelerating to an excellent time of 21.32s (with a wind of 0.8 m/s) just 0.03 second outside of his personal best time of 21.29s. Kevon also participated in the 4x100m, running the second leg in a season best and Gold winning time of 40.63s. He also contributed a split of 47.89s in the 4x400m, winning the event in 3:16.92. Click the link below for detailed results: 19th April 2003 Kevon Pierre ran a wind affected and relaxed 21.62s in the 200m, claiming Gold at the Morgan State Invitational held at the Hughes Stadium, beating Todd Dutch of Essex County ( 21.92) and Joshwyn Abrams of Delaware State (22.00). Unfortunately, Kevon false started in the 100m, eliminating him from the event. He also participated in the 4x400m relay event. More information and past meets results on Kevon will be posted shortly.
Kevon Pierre ran a Nevis Record and a personal 400m best of 47.82s at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 22/3/2003
3rd May 2003
Kevon Pierre won quadruple GOLD at the George Rhoden Invitational, held at the Morgan State University Stadium. Kevon won the individual 100 and 200 metres, and added the 4x100m and 4x400m team Gold medals, in the meet held between six colleges.
After a slow start and being last from the blocks, Kevon powered past his competitors by 70m, running an excellent 10.57s in the 100m finals (with a legal wind speed of 1.2 m/s). That time was just 6/100 of a sec off his personal best of 10.51s, and followed his preliminary time of 10.63s.
In the 200m, Kevon ran a controlled race, laying back for the first 100m before accelerating to an excellent time of 21.32s (with a wind of 0.8 m/s) just 0.03 second outside of his personal best time of 21.29s.
Kevon also participated in the 4x100m, running the second leg in a season best and Gold winning time of 40.63s. He also contributed a split of 47.89s in the 4x400m, winning the event in 3:16.92.
Click the link below for detailed results:
19th April 2003
Kevon Pierre ran a wind affected and relaxed 21.62s in the 200m, claiming Gold at the Morgan State Invitational held at the Hughes Stadium, beating Todd Dutch of Essex County ( 21.92) and Joshwyn Abrams of Delaware State (22.00).
Unfortunately, Kevon false started in the 100m, eliminating him from the event. He also participated in the 4x400m relay event.
More information and past meets results on Kevon will be posted shortly.
Kevon Pierre (center) with coach Neville Hodge (right)
Saturday 18th January 2003 KEVON PIERRE RUNS GOLD MEDAL TIME IN THE 60m AT DELAWARE INVITATIONAL
Saturday 18th January 2003
KEVON PIERRE RUNS GOLD MEDAL TIME IN THE 60m AT DELAWARE INVITATIONAL
Kevon Pierre ran a season best time of 6.94 secs in the 60m sprint event at the Delaware Invitational. In the Heats, Kevon ran 6.96s, the fastest qualifying time of four heats.
Men 60 Meter Dash Finals
Name School Time Pts ==================================================
Some 9 schools competed in the meet with Morgan State University placing 1st in the Female category and 2nd in the Male category.
Men - Team Rankings Final
Saturday 11th January 2003
KEVON PIERRE SETS NEW PERSONAL BEST TIME IN 55m AT THE UMES INVITATIONAL, MARYLAND
Kevon Pierre established a New Personal Best in the 55m event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), held on Friday 10th January 2003. He tied his best ever perfomance in the Heats in 6.44s, placing first, and bettered that time in the Finals with a time of 6.40s, winning the silver medal, despite a sub-par start. Kevon had to "use [his] 200m speed to catch up". First place time was 6.38s, returned by an unattached athlete.
55m Finals Results
POS ATHLETE NAME YR SCHOOL TIME
Kevon competed after just returning from his home in Nevis on Thursday evening, where he spent his Christmas vacation, training with fellow athlete and Olympian, Kurvin Wallace, and his local coach, Lester Blackett. The meet was held at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, in Maryland.
Kevon also placed 1st in the second of four Heats for the 400 metres, and placed 2nd overall in a time of 51.14s. Kevon was "leading at 300m after a controlled start, then the crowd started making noise because a guy from UMES (the home school) was catching up, so I decided to turn it up a bit and used the 200m speed to blast home."
400m Finals Results (first 6 places)
POS ATHLETE NAME YR SCHOOL TIME HEAT
He also competed in the 4x400m relay event for Morgan State University "A" team which placed 3rd in 3min 25.75s. The track was a 200 metres non-banked, synthetic surfaced, indoor track.
Detailed results are available at the following link: http://www.umes.edu/athletics/new/data/stats/Track/Complete%20results.htm
Kevon will be attempting to qualify for the World Indoor Championships, to be held in Birmingham, England from 14th to 16th March 2003. The qualifying time for the 60m is 6.78s, just 0.07s off his Personal Best of 6.85s.
He has already qualified for the Pan American Games scheduled for 5th - 9th August 2003, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Qualifying times are 10.59s for the 100m and 21.30s for the 200m. Kevon ran times of 10.51s in the 100m and 21.29s in the 200m at the Frankie Colon Games held in Puerto Rico on 13th July 2002.
MORGAN STATE MALE TRACK TEAM PHOTOS Morgan State Male squad
MORGAN STATE MALE TRACK TEAM PHOTOS
Morgan State Male squad
Saturday 07th December 2002
KEVON PIERRE COMMENCES NEW TRACK SEASON, WITH NEW PERSONAL BESTS AT BUCKNELL INVITATIONAL - 06/12/02
Kevon Pierre returned to the track after his off-season establishing new personal bests in his first Indoor meet, the "Bucknell Invitationals", held in Louisberg, Pennsylvania. He ran his best ever 55 metres time of 6.47 s in the First of 10 Heats, which was the second best time going into the Finals. "I came out (not as fast as i wanted to), then i drive for like 10m and shot up and the race was over."
55M DASH – HEAT 1
He followed that perfomance with a scintilatting 6.44s in the Finals beating the silver medallist by 1/100th of a second. "The gun went and I came out bad, late, very late, not last but late. Then i had to play catch up - it was 55 m and the race was over before i could blink."
55M DASH – FINAL
Kevon also competed in the 200 metres, where he ran an easy 22.47s, in Heat 2 of 14 Heats, also winning the gold medal.
200M – HEAT 2
Kevon Pierre has "qualified for the 55m and the 200m for Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Championships (MEAC) in his first meet for the Year. MEAC qualifing time is 6.47s for 55m and 22.65s for 200m. He also qualified for the 55m event for the Intercollegiate Championships (IC4A) running under the 6.45s qualifing time.
Over 20 teams competed in the Annual meet including Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Indiana University of PA, Mansfield University, Morgan State University, St. Francis University, Temple University, Towson University.
Kevon's next meet will be after the Christmas break, at the University of Maryland, January 3 - 4, 2003.
PARTIAL MEET SCHEDULE
Jan 10 -11 UMES Invitational
Jan 18 University of Delaware
Jan 22 - 23 New York College Invitationals
Jan 31 - Feb 1 Penn State Relays
Kevon (left) with teammates
EXTRACT FROM MORGAN STATE ATHLETIC NEWS
Morgan State Track Squad Opens Season With A Bang!!!
MSU Competes In The Bucknell Blue & Orange Invitational
LEWISBURG, PA (Dec. 9, 2002) - The Morgan State University track & field squad enjoyed a banner weekend at the Bucknell Blue & Orange Indoor Invitational in Lewisburg, PA. The meet was hosted by Bucknell University on Saturday, December 7, 2002. MSU competed against a strong field that included; Bucknell, Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg College, Hartwick College, Indiana University of PA, Juniata College, Lebanon Valley-College, Lock Haven University, Pace University, Shippensbug University, St. Francis University, Slippery Rock University, Temple, and Towson.
Avanelle Baird won the high jump competition with a sensational leap of 5'9 3/4 ". That jump ties the Morgan State school record. Avanelle shares the record with her teammate Se'verine Tanic who finished 2nd in the high jump with a leap of 5'7".
The fastest 200M time belonged to freshman Mariama Gondo who broke the tape in a personal best time of 25.51.
Sharonda Boone blazed home to a first place finish in the 55M Dash in with personal best of 7:00. MSU's Mariama Gondo was seconded in the competition in a personal best 7:03. The other top Morgan State finishers in the event were; Tara Bryant (7:41), Danah Jack (7:51), and Janessa Givens (7:51).
Kady Joseph had the fastest finish in the 400M, as she broke the tape at 57.68. April Butler also finished strong at 59.17.
In the 500M Stacy Holmes brought it home in a time of 1:17.94.
The fastest Morgan State finisher in the 200M was Mariama Gondo who broke the tape at 25.51. Good times were also turned in by Sharronda Boone (25.63), Kady Joseph (25.94) and Tara Bryant (26.31).
Nichelle Gibbs had a strong finish in the 800M as she finished in a time of 2:25.66.
Nobody ran faster than the Morgan State "Lady Bears" in the 4x400 relay. MSU was the class of the field as they finished first in a time of 3:54.36. The team consisted of Angle Chinn, April Butler, Mariama Gondo and Kady Joseph.
On the men's side Kevon Pierre was the fastest man on the track as he won the 55M in a time of 6.44. Other top finishers for MSU include; Kevon Holder (6.61), Robert Stewart (6.76), and Zwade Haynes (6.71). Pierre also had the fastest 200M finish at 22.47. Adam Casey (22.57) Nathaniel Lettman (22.71) enjoyed strong showings in the 200M with a time of 22.71.
Jason Carson-Harris finished second in the 100M in a time of 2:43.78, and John Cargo was a second place finisher in the Shot Put with a personal best toss of 49'81/4" Freshman Hoisea Jones won the 500M in a time of 1:05.74. Allandro Pierre finisher 3rd in a time of 1:06.64.
Leroy Herman ran well in the 800M in turning in a time of 1:59.9. The Morgan men had a great showing in the 4x400 with a time of 3:29.16.
Morgan State University Track
14th July 2002
KEVON PIERRE EXCELS AT FRANKIE COLON GAMES
Kevon Pierre of Nevis, back from his outstanding freshman season, was a triple medallist at the renowned Frankie Colon Memorial Games, held in Puerto Rico on Saturday 13th July. He won two silver medals and a bronze medal in his best meet perfomance for the year.
Kevon blasted to his best ever 100m, winning the bronze medal in 10.51s, 0.19s better than his previous personal best. Kevon fault-started as the tension built at the starting line, but was able to re-focus and explode from the blocks, powering down the straightaway, in a tight finish with Jesus Carrion of Puerto Rico (10.45s) and Joel Baez of Dominican Republic (10.48).
He exceeded that performance in the 200m event, sprinting a scintillating 21.29s, shattering his previous best time of 21.50s by 0.21s. Kevon powered off the curve in first place, with sub 47 400m gold medallist, Chris Jones (USA) on his heels. Jones eventually beat him with a dip at the finish line by 0.1s, in 21.19s.
Kevon's times qualifies him for the NACAC Under 25 Championships scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas on August 9 - 11, 2002. The qualifying times are 100m (10.59s) and 200m (21.30s).
Kevon's sprint double performances are unique as he had established his previous personal bests at last year's Frankie Colon Games, held on 14th July 2001.
Kevon followed his individual sprint performances with a silver medal in the 4x100m relay in 42.06s, with Delwayne Delaney (St. Kitts), Donnell Esdaille (St. Kitts) and Kurvin Wallace (Nevis).
The "Frankie Colon Memorial Games" is organized by the "Comite Organizador del Memorial Frankie Colon" and is held annually in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The athletes left Nevis for Puerto Rico on Friday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon.
Fri 26 & Sat 27 April 2002
KEVON PIERRE COMPETES AT THE WORLD RENOWNED PENN RELAYS
Kevon Pierre of Nevis, continued his comeback after injury, competing in the World renowned Penn Relays. He competed with his Morgan State team-mates in the Medley Relay (200-200-400-800) running the first leg and handing over the baton in first position. This, in spite of being so cold that his "teeth started to chatter".
Section 6 Medley relay
He also ran the second leg for the 4x100m Relay.
Heat 5 4x100m
Other athletes from the Federation competed at the Meet, including Tiandra Ponteen, Virgil Hodge and Mello. Their performances were excellent, especially Mello, who brought the packed house down with his 46.23s first leg of his team's 4x400m Relay.
Numerous athletes from the Caribbean also attended including a team from Trinidad and Tobago (Marc, Darrell and the rest) who broke a 16 year old record, running 40.15s in the 4x100m relay. The crowd reportedly "went on bad".
Jamaica again humbled the vaunted American winning the USA against the World 4x100 metres event.
1. 42.96s, Jamaica (Tayna Lawrence, Merlene Frazer, Beverly McDonald, Juliet Campbell)
Jamaica's Juliet Campbell, in yellow, wins the 4x100m ahead of USA's Chryste Gaines, in blue.
This year more than 22,000 entries competed and the three-day attendance likely topped 100,000 for the third year in a row. The attendance on Saturday has averaged approximately 45,000 for the last six years, and makes the meet the best attended track event in the United States each year, and one of the best attended in the world.
Through 107 editions of the meet, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any single meet in the world. More spectators have watched the meet than any in the world except the Olympics. And the Penn Relay Carnival remains the same whirlwind of activity that has always excited fans young and old. The first Penn Relays was held on April 21, 1895, and the meet now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country.
Kevon's next meet will be at the MEAC Championships, to be held on Thursday 2nd through Saturday 4th May, at Tallahassee, Florida.
Saturday 20 April 2002
KEVON PIERRE RETURNS FROM INJURY, WITH GOOD PERFORMANCE AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL
Kevon Pierre returned to the track after sustaining a hamstring injury, running his second best ever time of 21.56 secs in the 200m. He missed his best ever time, by 6/100th of a sec, which he ran at the Frankie Colon Games in Puerto Rico in 2001.
Name School Time Wind Heat Pts
Kevon also competed in a number of relays (4x400m and Medlay Relay) with his team-mates from Morgan State University.
School Time Pts
The Morgan State University tack & field squad hosted their first on-campus collegiate event in two decades on Saturday, April 20, 2002. Over 24 schools participated in the MSU Invitational at Hughes Stadium, on the Morgan State campus. MSU athletes made a big splash, as they competed for the first time in front of the Morgan faithful.
Morgan State University will host their next meet on Friday, May 10th. The event will take place at MSU's Hughes Stadium and the meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. The MSU track and field squad is off to the Penn Relays next week in Philadelphia, PA.
Sprinter, Kevon Pierre of Nevis, continues to excel at Morgan State University, running his fastest time ever in the 60 metre dash. Kevon sped to a time of 6.85s, and a second place finish, at the Penn State University National Open Meet, on Friday 25th January. He earlier ran a preliminary time of 6.95s, advancing to the finals with seven (7) other competitors, out of a total of 38 athletes. In the finals, he stumbled coming out of the blocks, allowing the holder of the Track record, LeShaunte Edwards of Akron University, to claim the gold in 6.80s.
The results are as follows:
Men 60 Meter Dash - Finals
The meet was held on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January, at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in Pennsylvania. More than thirty (30) Universities competed including Duke, West Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown, Wake Forest, George Mason, Robert Morris, James Madison, Morgan State, Pittsburgh, Temple, Army, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Akron, Yale, Morgan State and hosts Penn State.
The former Charlestown Secondary School athlete has now qualified for the MEAC and the IC4A Championships, in both the 60 metres and 200 metres, and as a member of the 4x400m relay team. The Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships is scheduled for 22nd & 23rd February, in Maryland, and the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships, from the 1st to 3rd March, in Boston, Massachusetts. His next challenge is to qualify for the Division I Indoor Championships of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), to be held on 8th & 9th March, in Arkansas.
Kevon suffered cramps during the 200 metre event and as a result, Coach Neville Hodge withdrew the 4x400 metres relay team from competition. His next meet will be at the New York College Series, on 8th - 9th February.
Kevon’s performances and other information on Track and Field in Nevis, and in the wider Caribbean, is available from the website of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association: http://communities.msn.com/nevisathletics
KEVON PIERRE WINS DOUBLE GOLD AT UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL
Kevon Pierre won double gold medals in the 60 and 200 metres, at the "Doug Raymond Invitational", held on Saturday 19th January, at Kent State University, Ohio. Kevon, who competed in his second meet for Morgan State University, won the 60 metres finals in 6.91s, after winning his heat in 6.92s. He was again forced to "reel in" the competition after a mediocre start, catching the competition at the 35 metres mark and winning the event in the final 10 metres.
He also competed in the 200 metres, which had 4 timed finals on the 300m Indoor track. Kevon competed in the 2nd Finals, where he posted the best time of the day, 21.71s, almost one (1) second better than his previous Indoor best of 22.65s set the previous weekend. The time of 21.71s qualified him for the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Championships (MEAC), and the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships (IC4A).
Kevon also competed in the 4x400m relay, running the first leg in Lane 6. He returned a split time of 48.70s, handing off the baton in first position. The team placed 2nd after the four legs in a time of 3 min 19.44s, more than three (3) seconds faster than their previous best time of 3:23.00s, run the previous weekend. The 4x400m team also qualified for the IC4A Championships. They previously qualified for the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.
The Doug Raymond Invitational saw competition between six (6) Universities, namely Morgan State, Kent State, West Virginia, Coppin State, Toledo and Penn State. Some 300 athletes competed in the one (1) day meet.
Kevon gained twenty (20) individual points for his Morgan State team and an additional 8 points in the 4x400m relay, contributing 28 points to the team total of 52 points, and 3rd place overall in the Men’s division. Coach Neville Hodge stated that he "expects a lot from Kevon" and he expects him to run under 21 seconds for the 200m, by the end of the season. He further stated, "look for a lot from this young man".
Kevon’s performances and other information on Track and Field in Nevis, and in the wider Caribbean, is available from the website of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association: http://communities.msn.com/nevisathletics
Kevon’s next meet will be at Penn State University, Pennsylvania, on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January.
KEVON PIERRE STARTS HIS UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC CAREER WITH A BANG
Kevon Pierre of Nevis, who recently started his University life at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, has already begun to make his mark at that Institution. Kevon competed in his first Indoor Meet on Saturday 12th January, at the "Father Diamond Invitational" Track and Field Meet, at George Mason University, Fairfield, Virginia.
Kevon, competing in the 60m dash, was left in the blocks at the start of Heat # 6, but quickly accelerated past the entire field of athletes to win his heat, in an electronic time of 7.06s. That time placed him 11th out of a total of more than 70 athletes, who competed in 8 heats on the 10-lane track.
He thought his day was done, as he was not to compete in the 200m, as a result of his inexperience in running the tightly banked curves of the 200m indoor track. He was awoken from a light sleep to be told that he was entered in the 200m event. Kittitian Head coach of Morgan State University, Neville Hodge confirmed his participation.
Kevon then proceeded to decimate the field of six athletes in the fifth timed finals, on the six-lane track, pulling away from the competition in spite of the extreme difficulty of running in Lane 2. He recorded an electronic time of 22.65s, which placed him eight out of a total field of close to 42 athletes, who competed in seven (7) timed finals. A conversation with a Trinidadian coach about Kim Collins’ superb curve running in the World Championships, helped him to negotiate the tight turns.
But he was not finished. The 4x400m relay team was entered but was short by one athlete. Of course, they asked the now tired Kevon Pierre to fill the breach. This he did though somewhat reluctantly – after all it was his first meet, on his first indoor track ever and he had just run two races. The short story is that Morgan State, with Kevon running the 3rd leg won the relay heat in a time of 3min 23.00s, and placed 5th overall out of more than 14 teams. In the process, the team qualified for the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Championships, scheduled for 22 - 23 February.
Coach Hodge and the Morgan State team was impressed with his tremendous effort and the coach indicated that it was a job well done, and that he showed a "lot of heart" by responding when he was asked.
Kevon’s performances, in addition to the general and specific information on all aspects of Track and Field in Nevis, and in the wider Caribbean, is available from the newly established website of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association. The website address is as follows: http://communities.msn.com/nevisathletics
Kevon’s next meet will be at Kent State University on Saturday 19th January.
AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Nevisian, Kevon Pierre, the premier Junior sprinter in the Leeward Islands, was awarded a prestigious Athletic scholarship from the renowned black institution, Morgan State University. Kevon travelled to Baltimore, Maryland on January 4th, to begin a four-year Degree course in Medical Technology.
The Son of the Deborah and Cassidy Pierre of Stoney Grove, Kevon was a 6A student at the Charlestown Secondary School, where he was scheduled to sit his "A" Level exams in June 2002. The scholarship offer was however, an opportunity that he could not turn down, as it provided him with the chance to obtain a University education, in addition to competing in the U.S. College Track & Field circuit, with the best athletes in the U.S.
Kevon has excelled in his favourite sprint events over the past 3 years, and particularly so in 2001. Some details of his 2001 performances are as follows:
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes Kevon the very best, during his four years at Morgan State University, and trusts that his upcoming performances would inspire other local athletes to focus on their achievable academic and athletic goals.
AUTO - BIOGRAPHY
I was born on the 30th of March 1982, at the Port of Spain General Hospital, to parents Debra and Cassidy Pierre. I spent most of my childhood growing up with my grandmother. Being that I was her first grandchild, she was and still is very fond of me.
It was at the age of 3 years, when my grandmother started sending me to the neighborhood shops to purchase items, that I started to develop my talent. Every time she sent me, she would tell me to come back as quickly as possible, and as a result I would run to and fro. Never once would I be able to bring back the items in the same condition that they left the shop, for they would fall.
I remember the first time I attended a track meet - I was in Primary School. I remember not being able to run and having to cry all the way home. At that young age I felt like quitting, but I could remember the sweet words of my grand mother when she said, “you only lose when you give up.” And so I kept on trying. The next year I won 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals, and from since that time I have dedicated myself into becoming a sprinter.
In April of 1997 I moved to Nevis to live. It is here I was able to begin unlocking my true potential. In 1998 Kurvin Wallace coached me. That year I won one silver medal at the CSS Annual Sports Day. But I realized that something was missing from my style.
In 1999 I gave my life to the Lord and became a Christian. That year my best friend Alvin Frazer coached me; I won a total of 6 medals and was ranked the #1 sprinter in CSS. In 2000 Alvin and I set out to train as early as 4:00 a.m., because we knew that 2000 would be a special year. At the CSS Sports Day, I won 3 gold medals and broke two, fourteen-year-old records in the 100m and 200m events. At the TDC Interschool meet in St. Kitts, I won both the 100m and 200m events, and led the male 4x400m relay team to a 2nd place finish. It was at the Olympic trials in June that things really started getting shady. With the 3rd fastest time going into to 100m finals I ended up placing 8th. Again I felt like quitting, but remembering the word of my grandmother when she said, “you only lose when you give up”, I knew I had to try again.
I persuaded sprints coach, Lester Blackett, to come out of "semi-retirement". It took us some 13 months of hard work to get me to the point were I am now. In just one year, under the watchful eye of Lester Blackett, I won a total of 26 medals. The most prestigious moment of my career was on July 14th of 2001, at the Frankie Colon Memorial Meet, in Puerto Rico, when I broke the Leeward Island Junior 200m record, which was previously held by the phenomenal Kim Collins - running an astonishing time of 21.50 secs. It was after this performance that I got a call from Morgan State University, stating that they were willing to give me a full scholarship, with all expenses paid, if I would run for the school. Without hesitation I accepted.
In 2002 I got the award of “Rookie of the Year Indoors” 2002, at Morgan State University. On returning to the Federation, I once again performed in a number of meets, representing the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to the best of my abilities. My most outstanding performance of 2002 was once again at the Frankie Colon Memorial Meet in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I ran a time of 10.51 secs to get 3rd place overall in the 100m, and 21.29 secs in the 200m to place 2nd overall in the 200m. It was a performance that I will never forget, because my dear Mother was right there in the stands watching me perform.
I know that all of my accomplishments would not have been possible with out the help of almighty God.