PRESS RELEASE FROM NAAA ON LEEWARDS YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 21/22 MAY 2011
The Nevis team returned to Nevis from a fairly successful Leeward Islands Track & Field Youth Championships held in Anguilla over the weekend of 21st/22nd May 2011. Nevis placed fourth overall with 243 points behind hosts Anguilla with 387.5 points, British Virgin Islands with 456.5 points and repeat Champions St. Kitts with 505.5 points. Team Nevis also placed third in the male category with 157 points and fifth in the female category with 86 points. Other teams included Antigua with 208 points, U.S. Virgin Islands with 60.5 points, Montserrat with 60 points and Dutch St. Maarten with 16 points.
Sadiki Tyson was the most outstanding male athlete for Nevis (4th overall) with 26 points, followed by Tah-J Liburd, Geval Wallace and Jovarnee Somersall, all with 16 points. Mac-Keda Smith was the most outstanding female athlete (12th overall) with 19 points followed by Tineisha Perkins with 15 points. In the U-11 individual classes Tineisha Perkins placed 8th with 15 points and Geval Wallace placed 9th with 16 points. In the U-13 class, Mac-Keda Smith placed 5th with 19 points and Dequilla Maynard 13th with 9 points while Jovarnee Somersall and Tah-J Liburd tied for 4th with 16 points each and Cejae Farrell placed 6th with 16 points. In the U-15 class, Sadiki Tyson placed 2nd with 26 points. Points were from 1st to 8th places with 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively.
Outstanding performances were produced by Sadiki Tyson with a scintillating sprint in the 4x400m male relay event with teammates Tijuani Carey, Jomani Elliott and Khaden Rawlins, coming from some 25 metres behind in the final leg and capturing the Gold medal in a time of 3 min 47.48s. It was an eye dropping and awe inspiring feat with the entire crowd of spectators roaring with support, approval and amazement as Nevis captured Gold in the Final event of the competition. Sadiki also captured the 200m Gold in the U-15 event with a time of 23.76s some 1.12s ahead of the 2nd place finisher in the Timed Finals event. Another signature event was the 800m U-13 run by Tah-J Liburd who won Gold with a determined sprint for the last 400m winning in 2 min 25.68s.
Silver medallists for Nevis included Tajarie Arthurton (U-13 Long Jump), Tineisha Perkins (U-11 200m), 4x100m U-15 males (Tijuani Carey, Jomani Elliott, Khaden Rawlins & Sadiki Tyson), Sadiki Tyson (U-15 400m), Geval Wallace (U-11 100m) and Sadiki Tyson (U-15 100m).
Bronze medallists included Jumain Bowen (U-11 High Jump), Geval Wallace (U-11 200m), Mac-Keda Smith (U-13 200m), Cejae Farrell (U-13 200m), 4x100 U-11 Females (Kurvella Wallace, Tineisha Perkins, Kazia Sargeant & Schadone Liburd), 4x100m U-11 males (Gevorn Hendrickson, Shamar Stapleton, Geval Wallace & Jumain Bowen), 4x100m U-13 males (Tajarie Arthurton, Leroy Chapman, Marcus Duberry & Cejae Farrell), Mac-Keda Smith (U-13 400m), Tah-J Liburd (U-13 400m), Dequila Maynard (Open 1,200m females), Tineisha Perkins (U-11 100m)
The most outstanding female athlete of the meet was T’Arah Niles of Anguilla with 34 points and the outstanding male athlete of the meet was Miciah Washington of Antigua with 33 points. It was agreed that points would be used to determine these awards. It was also agreed in the Technical meeting that preceded the event, that points would also be used to determine the overall winner of the meet and not the gold medal count which was used in 2009 & 2010.
The meet was graced with the esteemed presence of Teddy McCook, NACAC President & IAAF Area representative and Mr. Lenford Levy, Director of the Regional Development Center in Puerto Rico. Mr. Mc Cook gave special remarks at the opening ceremony held on Saturday morning while Mr. Levy was given the privilege of declaring the meet open. Other speakers included a representative of the Government of Anguilla and the President of the Anguilla Amateur Athletic Association, Mrs. Lorna Rogers. The remarks were given after the march past of the athletes from the eight competing teams, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts, BVI, USVI, Dutch St. Maarten and Anguilla.
The meet, the second consecutive meet held by the Anguilla Association, was initially beset with problems including very rainy weather in the days before the event. The rain saturated grounds caused significant pooling of water on various parts of the track. As a result, the marking of the track was not completed until the morning of the event with the technical assistance from James “Mologo” Kelly, Area Technical Officer for the Leewards Islands Championship series.
The points & medal tally were as follows:
The Nevis Amateur Athletic Association wishes to thank all who contributed in any way to the success of the team including the Parents, Schools, Education Department, the Ministry of Social Development, Captain Prince Mills of the MV Caribe Surf and the Hon. Carlisle Powell for the sending-off remarks to the team.
A special thanks and congratulations to the athletes who performed well at the Regional event and the Management team of Kimbell Ward (Manager), Kurvin Wallace (Head coach) and coaches Emmanuel Richards, Dulani Phillip and Jasmine Charles (& Chaperone). Special thanks also to Mr. Raymond Guishard who assisted in many ways while the team was in Anguilla and to the parents and spectators who travelled with and supported Team Nevis. Details of the event including the meet video, results, scores and over 1,000 photos are available at the Association website at www.nevisaaa.com.