Tanika Liburd Bio



Nevis & University of Southern Mississippi

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Southern Miss Commencement Ceremonies on Friday will mark an end to the collegiate careers of two outstanding lady eagle track and field athletes. Ashley Reyer crosses over into a new future at 1:30 pm, while the 6:30 pm ceremony will see Tanika Liburd usher in the next stage of her athletic career. Although their paths were very different, Liburd and Reyer had careers at Southern Miss that rival those of the best athletes ever to dawn the black and gold.

Tanika Liburd hails from the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis. “Getting Tanika here to Southern Miss took five years off my life”, says Stephen jokingly. Liburd came to Southern Miss on a full athletic scholarship and her impact was immediate. Wasting no time, she won the Conference USA long jump and 4 x 100m relay titles as a freshman and qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events. In addition, Tanika finished her inaugural campaign with two All NCAA Mid-East Region awards and two All Conference USA awards.

When all was said and done, Tanika earned NCAA All American honors in the long jump and was an eight-time NCAA Championship qualifier. She dominated the Conference USA long jump, winning five out of eight titles including the last four in a row and setting the championship record. Tanika also won two Conference USA titles as a member of the 4 x 100m relay team. Her career also included seventeen All Conference USA honors in five different events and seven All NCAA Mid-East Region honors. She holds school records in the in the indoor long jump, outdoor long jump, 100m, 60m and 4 x 100.

Tanika is currently in training for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with her coach Greg Stringer, while Ashley has begun her coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at her Alma Mata.


24 April 2005

Tanika Liburd jumps superlative distance of 21’ 8-3/4” - No. 2 in the WORLD (wa)

Sophomore Tanika Liburd of Nevis and University of Southern Mississippi, super-jumped to an astonishing distance of 21’ 8-3/4” (6.62m), No. 2 in the WORLD for 2005 for wind assisted (wa) jumps - wind speed was 3.3 m/s. This awesome feat was done at the “LSU Invitational” on Saturday 23rd April. Her jump series were: Foul (NWI) 6.56m(w1.5), 6.62m (w3.3) Foul (NWI), 6.23m (w1.7), Foul (NWI) - a superlative series indeed.

Her second jump of 21’ 6” (6.56m) with a wind speed of 1.5 m/s, establishes a new NATIONAL RECORD, some 11 inches more that her previous best, set last weekend. That distance also ranks her No. 9 in the WORLD for legal wind jumps. It should be noted that the qualification mark for the World Championships is 6.60m.

Tanika indicated that she was speechless – “I am just happy. Everyone said I could do it and that it was just up to me to do it – and I just did it.” She indicated that she put all the elements of her jump together, resulting in an extra-ordinary increase of 1 foot 1-3/4 inches.

Tanika was named "Conference USA Co-Athlete of the Week" for the third time for the outdoor season, and for the second consecutive week, for her performance in the Long Jump. Her mark also broke the Southern Miss school record. Her distance currently places her:

  • No. 1 in Conference USA
  • No. 2 in the NCAA Mid- Eastern Division
  • No. 3 in the NCAA Division 1 (for legal jumps)
  • No. 4 in the Caribbean region (for legal jumps)
  • No. 1 for wind assisted jumps
  • Number 2 in the WORLD (for wind assisted jumps)
  • Number 9 in the WORLD (for legal jumps, i.e. not wind assisted <=2.0 m/s)

Liburd also finished 6th in the 100 meters with a time of 11.65s, with a following wind of 4.1 m/s. She is currently ranked No. 1 in the 100m in her Conference, with a best time of 11.61s. She also lead the Southern Mississippi team to 5th place in the 4x100-meter relay team, with a NCAA Regional qualifying time of 45.77s.

Tanika wishes to thank her supporters and coaches in Nevis and U-Miss, and her family, friends and supporters in Nevis, the Leewards and the US.

Personal bests 2003

  • 100m - 12.0s (ht) - Carifta Trials, Grove Park, Nevis, 09 March 2002
  • 100m - 12.12s (elec) - National Junior Championships, Antigua, 24 March 2001
  • 200m - 25.99s (elec) - Festival Olympico, Puerto Rico, 12 July 2001
  • 200m - 26.1s (ht) - BVI Invitational Meet, Tortola, 29 June 2003
  • Long Jump - 5.77m - Frankie Colon Games, Puerto Rico, June 2001
  • Long Jump - 5.75m - BVI Invitational Meet, Tortola, 29 June 2003

27 July

2003 Frankie Colon Games

Tanika Liburd of Nevis won the Long Jump bronze medal at the 2003 Frankie Colon Games held on Saturday July 26, 2003 at Ponce, Puerto Rico. Tanika jumped 5.68m, just some 9 cm below her personal best of 5.77m, set at the 2001 Frankie Colon Games. This being her 2nd competition for 2003, it is hoped that her goal of 5.90m will be realised in the Kiwanis Meet to be held in St. Martin on 8-9 August.


30 June 2003

Tanika Liburd of Nevis excel at BVI Invitationals

Tanika Liburd of Nevis, won the most Outstanding Female Athlete award, at the BVI Invitational Track and Field Meet, held at the Shirley Recreation Grounds, Tortola, on Sunday 29th June.

Tanika Liburd won 3 gold medals in the 100m (12.47s), 200m (26.1s) and Long Jump (5.75m - 18 ft 10-1/4 in) - a new BVI All-Comers record and 2 cm off her personal best of 5.77m, set at the Frankie Colon Games held in 2001 in Puerto Rico.  Significantly, this is Tanika's first meet of 2003, due to prior injuries. The future looks great for this daughter of the soil.



23 June 2003

Tanika Liburd won the coveted Most Valuable Player Award at the recently concluded Under-23 OECS/ECCB Netball Championships, held in Nevis on 18 - 22 June. Tanika was the Captain of the Nevis team which was narrowly beaten by Grenada into second place, Grenada winning by a better goal average.
She was a notch above the other players in the competition, dispaying her athletic prowness and netball savvy, and was a leader from the front for her teammates. The amazing thing was she did not play any netball for three weeks before the competition, due to an ankle injury. Indeed an amazing feat by a talented athlete.

Frankie Colon 2001

Nevisian Junior athlete, Tanika Liburd won individual medals at major International meets held in Puerto Rico. 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 2001, at the Sixto Escobar Stadium. 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".

OECS Championships 2000

Tanika Liburd also excelled at that the "OECS Championship" held in Grenada capturing the bronze medal in the Long Jump (Open Division) with a distance of 5.31m.

Profile of Tanika Liburd
Tanika has enormous potential as a Long Jumper and Sprinter, and the future augurs well for this daughter of the soil.
Selected Highlights of her Track career includes:
A bronze medallist in the OECS Championships in the Long Jump - Open division (5.31m).
Competing at the "Festival Olympico" in Puerto Rico in 2001, placing third in the Long Jump with 5.77m and missing the Leeward Islands record set in 1980 by 4 cm. She also competed in the 100m (5th place in 12.57s) and 200m (4th place in 25.99s), at the meet. She also competed in the "2001 Frankie Colon Games" in July 2001, placing 2nd with a distance of 5.59m.
In 2003, Tanika again competed in the "Frankie Colon Games", winning the Bronze medal with 5.68m.

Tanika is also a very good student having passed 7 GCE "O" Level subjects. She completed her 6th Form studies in 2001 at the Charlestown Secondary School, Nevis, passing two (2) GCE "A" Level subjects.



Tanika Liburd, now at University of Southern Mississippi, with a Long Jump PB of 5.77m


Tanika wins Long Jump Bronze at the 2003 Frankie Colon Games


Tanika wins silver at the 2001 Frankie Colon Games in Puerto Rico

Tanika leaps a personal best 5.77m at the 2001 Frankie Colon Games in Puerto Rico