Tiandra Ponteen Bio



    National Outdoor Rankings as of 31 May 2003 based on Dyestat ranking

   Rank   Event Time   Date           Meet             Venue

  • #36  100m    11.84    05/24/2003     State Meet         Baltimore, MD
  • #4    200m    23.59    12/04/2003     Morgan State     Maryland
  •         200m    23.56    21/04/2003     Carifta Games    Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • #2    400m    52.76    21/04/2003     Carifta Games    Port of Spain, Trinidad


TIANDRA PONTEEN  (University of Florida Profile)


Gatorade Athlete of the Year… All-Met Athlete of the Year in 2002 and 2003… 2000 Female Athlete of the Year… Washington Post Athlete of the YearHolds Maryland state record in the 200m, 300m, 400m, 500m and as part of the 4x400m team… Ran thirdfastest time ever in the nation in the 300m (37.85)… HS team was state champions in 2001 and 2002… Member of the 4x200m team that ran the fastest time in the nation (38.2)… National champion in the 4x400m and sprint medley relays… Won the 200m and finished second in the 400m at the 2003 Carifta Games… Member of the St. Kitts national team.

PREP BESTS: 100m: 11.74; 200m: 23.56; 400m: 52.76; 800m: 2:17.91

22-24 May 2003

Tiandra Ponteen performed the Golden quad at the Maryland State Meet, winning the 100m, 200, 400m and the 4x100m relay.  Her superb performance is evident from the times produced in the meet held on 22-24 May at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Tiandra Ponteen's Golden quad:

  • 1st  100m      -   12.08 (11.84 preliminaries)
  • 1st  200m      -   24.11 (24.47 preliminaries)
  • 1st  400m      -   53.22 (New State Record)
  • 1st  4x400m  -   52.2 split in 3:49.50

8 May 2003

Tiandra Ponteen and Nathandra John competed in the Prince George's County Championships.

Tiandra Ponteen (100m - 12.2 ht/H, 12.0  ht/SF : 200m - 25.2 ht/H,  24.3 ht/F: 400m - 57.1 ht/H)

Nathandra John (100m - 12.1 ht/H, 12.5 ht/SF  : 200m - 25.1 ht/H, 24.8 ht/F : 400m - 58.2 ht/H)

19-21 April 2003

Day 1: Tiandra Ponteen wins 400m Silver - Click here for more details

Tiandra Ponteen of St. Kitts - Nevis won the 400 metres Silver medal, at the 2003 Carifta Games in a personal best time of 52.76sThe performance was shy of the National record set by Diane Dunrod of 51.25s, on 2 June 1990. Tiandra also won silver in the Under-20 event in 2001 with a time of 54.11 which was the previous National Junior record. Tiandra has been competing at the Carifta Games from 1987.

Day 2: Ponteen wins 200 Gold - Click here for more details

Ponteen captured the coveted Gold medal in the Under-20 Female 200 metres event.  She has therefore won an unprecedented Gold and Silver medal for the twin-island Federation, which is better known for the exploits of the Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, Kim Collins. Tiandra powered to victory, leaving the world renowned Jamaicans in her wake, with an excellent time of 23.71s.  Her time was just 0.15s off her personal best of 23.56s, which was tied in the Heats on Sunday.


Final National Indoor Rankings (19 May 2003) based on Dyestat ranking

       Rank   Event     Time    Date               Meet                   Venue

  • >40      55m       7.27    25/02/2003     State Meet MD     PG Sportsplex, MD
  • >20    200m     25.07    28/12/2002     Metro Holiday       PG Sportsplex, MD
  • #2      300m     37.85    01/02/2003     Virginia Tech         Blacksburg, VA
  • #9      400m     55.07    11/01/2003     Hispanic Games     NYArmory, NY
  • #3      500m  1:13.88     28/12/2002    Metro Holiday       PG Sportsplex. MD  


Tiandra Ponteen, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.

Florida-bound sprinter repeats as Athlete of the Year, so judged by the Washington Post, after winning Maryland 4A/3A titles in the 300 (39.19) and 500 (1:15.73) and finishing fourth in the 55 (7.33). Ran nation's fastest flat-track time this season in the 400 (55.00) to win second consecutive Nike Indoor Championship.

From the Washington Post


Tiandra Ponteen ran a personal best of 23.59s in the 200 metres event at the Morgan State University Invitational held on 12th April 2003, shatterring the record of 24.57s set in 2002 by Juanita Braddous, the 2003 silver medallist.

The time of 23.59s would give her 2nd place (3/100th of a sec out of gold) compared with the 2002 Carifta Games Under-20 Female 200m results, shown below:

1  Brown, Shandria       Bahamas  23.56  

2  Rowe, Tracey Ann    Jamaica    23.98

Tiandra also won the 400 metres event in a new record time of 55.48s, obliterating the old record of 56.21s set in 2002.

Tiandra  Ponteen
(see new 2003 performances below)
Tiandra Ponteen (left) runs 37.85s in the 300m -  #3 ALL time US
Nike Athlete of the Week
The 4th Nike Athlete of the Week award of the 2003 indoor season go to Eleanor Roosevelt MD Senior, Tiandra Ponteen, headed for the University of Florida next year and a future Olympian for St. Kitts-Nevis

Tiandra Ponteen says that when she loses, she becomes inwardly angry and works harder to come back with a victory. At Virginia Tech February 1, she counteracted her only loss of the year (to Natasha Hastings in New York at 400 meters) resoundingly by ringing up the 3rd fastest 300 meters ever by a US high school girl -- 37.85. She also put led Eleanor Roosevelt's victory in the 4x400 relay with a 55.3 split that put her team in front to stay.

Although third best all time, Ponteen's 300 at Virginia Tech is second in the US this season behind Shana Cox's national indoor record 37.59. Ponteen is now US#2 in the 400m and US#4 in the 200m for outdoors.

        A native of the Caribbean island St. Kitts, Ponteen came to New York City in middle school. After one year at Washington Irving High School, she moved to Maryland in her sophomore year.

Ponteen's long range goal is to run for St. Kitts-Nevis in the Olympics (the small island nation was represented at Sidney by Kim Collins, 7th in the men's 100 meters). But first will come college at the University of Florida next year.


Tiandra was born on St. Kitts, one of two islands in the tiny island nation of St. Kitts-Nevis in the Caribbean. She started running when she was about 7 years old but didn’t get serious until the 11-12 year age bracket. She arrived in New York City from St. Kitts where she attended middle school and started high school at Washington Irving High School. She later transferred to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland where she is now a senior.

Tiandra says she runs every race to the “best of my ability.” She works very hard at training and uses the results of her races to motivate herself. If she loses or doesn’t perform as she wants or thinks she can, she becomes angry with herself, becomes quiet, turning her anger inward while focusing on her goals and working harder. Winning today at such a high level “makes me very, very happy.” To Tiandra it helps to overcome the disappointment at her loss earlier in the season in New York to Natasha Hastings in the 400m.

While Tiandra trains hard, she does no weight training, in accordance with coach Larry Colbert's methods. This shocked many coaches she interviewed on her college visits. They assured her that she would be doing weight training at the college level. She is excited about the next level, though she knows it could be difficult to make changes to her routine. She has signed with the University of Florida.

Tiandra Ponteen past performances (see above for recent performances)

Event Mark    Date            Meet                      Pos

2003 Indoor

G-300 37.85 MR 2/1/2003, Virginia Tech VA, # 1
G-500 1:16.6 1/23/2003, PG County Ch. MD, # 1
G-300 39.35 1/23/2003, PG County Ch. MD, # 1
G-400 55.07 1/11/2003, Hispanic Games NY, # 3
G-500 1:13.88 12/28/2002, Metro Holiday MD, # 1
G-200 25.07 12/28/2002, Metro Holiday MD, # 1

2002 Outdoor

G-200 24.19 4/20/2002, Jaguar Inv MD, # 1

2002 Indoor

G-400 55.54 3/10/2002, PG-NIC MD, # 1
G-400 56.69 2/1/2002, PG-PVA Inv MD, # 1
G-200 24.87 2/1/2002, PG-PVA Inv MD, # 2
G-500 1:13.5 1/24/2002, PG-PG County Ch MD, # 1
G-300 39.04 h 1/24/2002, PG-PG County Ch MD, # 1.

Modified extract from www.dyestat.com 


March 15-16, 2003 at Prince George's Sportsplex, Landover MD

Tiandra Ponteen of Eleanor Roosevelt High won the 2002 Nike title in 55.54s and was 0.32s faster in her qualifying-round of 55.22s.  Ponteen is the class of the field by far.

Pos    Name                 Year  School                              Prelims

  1. Tiandra Ponteen  03  El Roosevelt-MD, La    55.22q 1
  2. Marquita Allen       03  Wn Branch-VA, Chesa    56.82q 1
  3. Faraign Giles          04  Tallwood-VA, VA Bea    56.97q 5
  4. Diane Anderson     03  Mitchell-CO, Denver        57.14q 4
  5. Dionne Jones         03  Cleve Hts-OH                  57.44q 1
  6. Leslie Treherne      03  Wn Branch-VA, Chesa     58.09q 2


  1. Tiandra Ponteen  03 Lanham, MD      55.00
  2. Faraign Giles          04 VA Beach, VA     56.02
  3. Diane Anderson     03 Denver, CO          56.40
  4. Leslie Treherne      03 Chesapeake, VA   56.85
  5. Dionne Jones         03 Cleve Hts-OH       57.43
  6. Marquita Allen       03 Chesapeake, VA   58.12


November 2002

Tiandra Ponteen (St. Kitts, West Indies) signed a National Letter of Intent to run for Florida. Ponteen attends Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Glendale, Md. Women’s Coach Tom Jones said, "Tiandra is a big signee for the Gators and I am very excited to have someone of her ability that can come in and contribute right away to a great sprint corps returning next year. I am sure that Tiandra will carry on the same tradition as the other great signees from Maryland."

Ponteen set national records for St. Kitts while still in high school, including a 24.19 indoor (200 meters), a 23.75 outdoor (200), 54.15 (400) and a 38.41 in the 300m, which ranked first in the final 2001 U.S. High School Indoor list. She represented St. Kitts in the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships, reaching the 200m semifinal. In the 2002 final U.S. High School Indoor rankings, she stands first in the 500 meters (1:13.5) and eighth in the 400m (55.54). Ponteen won the national 400m championship at the Nike Indoor Classic on March 10, 2002. The Washington Post selected her as the 2001-02 High School Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.