Taheisa Harrigan bags Sol BVI Athlete of the Year award
Tahesia Harrigan (left), Sol BVI country manager,
Deborah Benjamin (center) and NACAC President,
Neville Teddy McCook (right).
Photo courtesy: Todd Van Sickle.
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands—Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan on Saturday night, picked up the Sol BVI female athlete of the year award, during the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association’s Athletes Awards Recognition Gala—the first such event in the 39-year history of the organization. The organization will observe its 40th anniversary on September 19.
Harrigan—a 100 meters semifinalist in the IAAF World Championships in Berlin last August, who had a season’s best off 11.15 seconds—received the award from the association’s partner, Sol country manager Deborah Benjamin, and IAAF Area Representative and NACAC President, Neville “Teddy” McCook.
Omar Jones—a Central Arizona College sophomore—was the Sol male athlete of the year, after winning the NCAA Jr. College Javelin Throw Championships, with a personal best and national record toss of 65.41 meters.
Chantel Malone—a University of Texas Jr. who established national records in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, 400 meters, Jr. Girls 200 meters and contributed a leg to the national record setting 4 x 400 meters relay that ran three minutes, 37.62 in the Caribbean and Central American Championships in Cuba in their debut—bagged the Jr. female award.
Nelda Huggins and Brandon Andrews won the youth versions.
Awards were also doled out in the track, field and combined events, road racing, cross country, national records and most improved categories.
“I congratulate the BVI Athletics Association for putting on this event and believing in the people of the British Virgin Islands, because they were out in full strength to support,” said McCook who was the guest speaker. “For the first time around, I think the participation of not only the athletes and the federation, but the visibility of sponsors and government personnel, is something I think can be emulated throughout the length and breath of the region. I think this is a step in the right direction and it could not be a better way to begin celebrating 40 years.”
Sol Youth Male Athlete of the Year; Brandon Andrew. Female: Nelda Huggins.
Most Outstanding Track & Field Performances
Most Outstanding Combined Events Female Athlete—Chantel Malone
Blenheim Trust Road Racing
College Race Series Cross Country Awards
Sol National Record Breakers
Most improved Athletes