Virgil's World 2009


Virgil Hodge - Adidas professional athlete from St. Kitts/Nevis - Aiming to be World #1

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Virgil Hodge in European Meet

Virgil Hodge of St. Kitts & Nevis places 3rd (lane 6) in the 200m at a European Meet, KBC Indoor Vlaanderen, Brussels on 8th Feb 2009.

IAAF Indoor World Rankings as of 22 March 2009:               IAAF Outdoor World Rankings as of 18th June 2009:
60m Indoors:       90th with 7.37s                                                                                     100m Outdoors:    33rd with 11.24s run on 4th June 2009, Forth Worth, Texas
   7.37 Virgil Hodge  SKN 17/11/1983 5 Gent 08/02/2009                                            Not officially posted yet on the IAAF World ranking. Official time 11.33 - 47th ranked
200m Indoors:    21st with 23.45s                                                                                    200m Outdoors:   90th with 23.36s  
23.45 Virgil Hodge  SKN 17/11/1983 1r2 Liévin 10/02/2009                                       23.36 1.7 Virgil Hodge  SKN 17/11/1983 2  Santo Domingo 10/05/2009

The All-Comers meet was held in Forth Worth, Texas
04-06-09: Virgil Hodge ran a 100m personal best for 2009  in 11.24s with a legal wind just 0.03 sec off her all time personal best of 11.21s. The All-Comers meet was held in Forth Worth, Texas. Virgil is preparing for a number of meets including the National Invitational in St. Kitts on 21st June, the CAC Senior Championships in Cuba from 3rd - 5th July, the Caribbean Games in Trinidad from 12th - 19th July,  and World Championships in Berlin, Germany from 15th - 23rd August. Tanika Liburd and Meritzer Williams also competed in the event (results to be posted).
"well i'm just glad i was able to run a good time at the meet .. it was close to my personal best of 11.21 so that means i'm right where i need to be right now .. my goal is to run a 10.9 or 11.0 this year so it looks like it's going in that direction .. just was happy that i was able to finish injury free after suffering from a minor harmstring strain for the last couple weeks, plus some other health issues that kind of prevented me from training the way i should over the last couple weeks ... yesterday my coach told me just to use the race as training and try and execute and stay relaxed and thats what i did .. so i'm  glad the result was good .. i'm looking forward for the national championships in st. kitts in two weeks .. it's always exciting to run at home in front of family and friends so i can't wait for that." Virgil's time of 11.24s would place her 33rd in the World rankings and 15th in the Caribbean area.

Adidas Track Classic in Carson
Virgil Hodge placed 6th in the 200m at Adidas Track Classic in Carson - Results

Virgil Hodge at Adidas Meet, Carson, California
on Sat 16th May
"Well this meet is a good meet for me to race other top world class sprinters .... i'm lookin forward for a good race in the 200m and when I cross the finish line the time will be fast and something that I'm happy with at this time of the season  .... the main focus is the world championships and a race like this will only prepare me for that ... most likely i'll be seeing the same faces there and I'm happpy to have the opportunity to compete at this meet."

WEEKEND RESULTS (9/10 May 2009) from
At the Dominican Republic Grand Prix held on Saturday 9th, the female 4x100m team ran a season best in a time of 44.20, just five hundredth of a second off the national record which was set at the Pan Am Games in Brazil in 2007. The team comprised of the following athletes Tanika Liburd, Meritzer William, Tiandra Ponteen and Virgil Hodge.

Virgil Hodge ran a good race to place 2nd in 200m with a time 23.36sec.

The female 4x100 relay would continue its preparation to gain the qualifying time of 43.90 to attend the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, in Berlin Germany August 15th – 23rd 2009, at the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico on Saturday 16th May.
Tiandra Ponteen replaced Sheriffa Whyte

VIRGIL HODGE: "i just wanted to go out there and try get as close to 22 seconds ... i used this meet to get me ready for the Adidas meet this weekend where i'll be competing against some of the top athletes in the world .. 23.3s is a good run ... i'm where i need to be right now and hopefully i'll get to 22 seconds this weekend .... overall the race was a good race and i'm just happy i was able to finish it without any type of injury".

Guadeloupe Grand Prix Meet on Friday 1st May 2009
28/04/09 11:00 pm : This week coming back from the penn relays, my harmstring was feeling a lot better so i was able to practice at  high level ..  i did my 200m workouts which include some 150's and 250's and i was able to run them quite well  ..  i also did some 100m work preparation and i was able to even run my fastest 30 meters ever which was very good .. this showed that i'm ready to run against those other girls i'll be lined up with this weekend and that im going in the right direction .. so this weekend i'm excited to go to Guadeloupe and compete and see where i'm at at this moment ...  The main thing is to make sure is that i don't run too fast too quickly and to make sure i peak at the right time which is the World Championships in August.
27/04/09 10:59 pm :  Virgil Hodge:  "Well for this meet this weekend, i'm really exciting to open up with the 200m for the outdoor season .. the last time i had planned to do ... it didnt go to well ... i had a little pain in my harmstring that prevented me from taking part in the 200m two weeks ago ..  but it's feeling good after running the 4x100m at Penn Relays this past weekend and i can't wait to run to see where i'm at in the 200m. This weekend at the Grand Prix in Guadeloupe, i'll also have some good competition to push me through the 200m race so which means i dont have a choice but to run fast and open up with a good time  ..  based on my training i should be able to open up faster than 23 seconds so i'm praying everything goes well and that happens".


 2009 Penn Relays 4x100m - 3rd baton exchange - Sherifa Whyte to Virgil Hodge
 4x100m team at 2009 Penn relays
25/04/09 10:09 am :  Virgil Hodge - Well we have a good potential of doing well .. once we go out there and execute and have good handoffs with the baton we should be able to run a Worlds qualifying mark today. I already have a lot of people here who seen us yesterday and said they were coming with they flags so we know we will have a lot of support, not only from the Kittitians & Nevisians in the crowd but the other Caribbean folks as well. 

Virgil Hodge places 5th overall  in the 100m at the Texas Relays on 1-4 April with 11.33s - a season best to date. Meritzer Williams placed 6th with 11.49s with Tanika Liburd 8th in 11.72s.
Tanika Liburd placed 4th in the Long Jump "B" Section with 5.92m 
The 4x100m relay team from St.Kitts & Nevis of  Tanika Liburd, Meritzer Williams, Shariffa Whyte and Virgil Hodge ran a time of 44.51s for 4th place.

Virgil Hodge SKN

21/03/09:  In the women's 100 meters, Young, a three-time All-American, clocked a personal-best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 11.24 seconds to win the event. Her time is the top-time posted in the Mountain West Conference and the world this spring. It also ranks as the fourth-best time in program history. Former TCU great Virgil Hodge, a six-time All-American, crossed the finish line in second-place with a time of 11.48 seconds.
Quote: "Well i was glad that i able to open up my outdoor season on the track that i put all my hard work in every day ..  that's the tcu track .. the race didn't quite go as well as how i wanted it too  .. i had some back spasms after i warmed up and just before i raced and i decided i'll just go ahead and run .. but during the race ... like 10 meters before i finished i felt it cramp up and i just had to slow down .. but overall it was a good start ...  i just wish i was able to finish stronger and at least open up with a faster time .. but i'll make sure i'll stay healthy and get ready for my other race this weekend at the Universiity of Texas Arlington where i'll be running the 100m and 200m."
 100m University  wind speed 3.0 m/s
 1 Young, Jessica            TCU                                11.24s
 2 Hodge, Virgil                 UNAT-TCU                    11.48s
IAAF Rankings as of 22 March 2009:
60m Indoors: 89th with 7.37s
200m Indoors: 21st with 23.45s
Upcoming meets:
27/3: University of Texas Arlington - Bobby Lane Invitational Event  - 100m & 200m
Next Weekend:  Texas relays - 4x100m with SKN team to try qualify for Worlds & open 100m


"Well today i just wanted to go out there and run a good time .. the most important thing about running these meets is winning and that was my goal also .. my time was actually faster than i thought i would run, so that's exciting ... now i just look forward to competing again on friday in Germany where i'll be running the 60m and try make my time faster than what i ran before. I'm just glad that my time can place me in the top 10 in the World so far .. but that's not my main focus ... my main focus is outdoors .. indoors is just to get me race-ready for outdoors" 10th Feb 2009




Virgil Hodge wins first professional meet - 02 Feb

GLASGOW, Scotland - St. Kitts’ latest sprinter to enter the professional circuit, Virgil Hodge, proved her merit to sponsor Adidas Saturday (Jan. 31) as she came from behind in the Women’s 200m to win gold at the Aviva International in Glasgow. "I was happy I was able to finish the race in the 200 last week because of what happened in the race .. coming off the first curve I got bumped with the USA athlete and I had to stop running .. which almost caused me to fall ... but nevertheless I continued my race and was able to finish 1st ... even though the time was not what I wanted .. I had no control over it because of the incident that took place in the race."