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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Let me know what y'all think
« on: October 04, 2019, 01:32:22 PM »
What y'all think of my rendition of the National Anthem. Yuh think I could fill in at the next Carifesta after this year's performance.

Seems like the forum has seen better days but lets try to keep it going.

On the ladies front it seems as if we have another decent addition to our sprint team. Mauricia Preito, currently a JR at Alabama and has one more year to go. Could be a solid leg for our 4x1 in a years time. Unfortunately haven't seen much of Zakiya Denoon this season I know she is in her final year and school work must be piling up but I don't think she has run a single 100/200 outdoors for the season which isn't a good sign.

What about Track & Field / 2014 Results Thread
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:18:16 AM »
  1 Michelle - Lee Ayhres        Elite Perform           m 7.22q  1
  2 Tawanna Meadows              Unattached                7.37q  1
  3 Brarysheyia Simpson          SF Austin                 7.48q  1

Event 118  Women 60 Meter Dash Open
 Field House: f  7.00  1/26/2013   Murielle Ahoure, API                       
        Meet: m  7.34  1/12/2008   Bianca Knight, Texas                       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
  1 Michelle - Lee Ayhres        Elite Perform             7.23m
  2 Tawanna Meadows              Unattached                7.29m
  3 Patricia Hall                Elite Perform             7.49 
  4 Brarysheyia Simpson          SF Austin                 7.50 
  5 Marika Brown                 Texas State               7.54 
  6 Kiersten Brewer              Houston                   7.60 
  7 Crystal Pollard              Tribe/Sprinters           7.91 

Michelle-Lee Ahyre wins 60m at Leonard Hilton Invitational in 7.22sec (#2 WORLD mark)
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Michelle-Lee Ahyre continues her strong preparation as she repeats her performance at Leonard Hilton Invitational on Friday with her repeating her # 2 WORLD mark of 7.22sec

What about Track & Field / Pan Am junior Track and Field Champs 2011
« on: July 22, 2011, 10:15:04 AM »

Event 1 Women 100 Meter Dash
Name Age Team Prelims
Heat 1 Preliminaries Wind: 2.6
1 Ahye, Michelle-lee 18 Trinidad and Tobago 11.15Q
2 Prandini, Jenna 18 United State 11.44Q
3 Robinson, V'Alonee 19 Bahamas 11.58Q
4 Walters, Celia 19 Jamaica 11.67q
5 Westney, Jellisa 17 Canada 11.69q
6 Patacios, Mertin 18 Colombia 11.70
7 Robinson, Darnetia 18 British Virg 12.15
8 Paredes, Marleins 18 Dominican Republic 12.16

Heat 2 Preliminaries Wind: 0.9
1 Tyson, Keilah 18 United State 11.46Q
2 Strachan, Anthonique 18 Bahamas 11.53Q
3 Morrison, Natasha 18 Jamaica 11.59Q
4 Clark Jr., Danielle 19 Surinam 11.95
5 Rodriquez, Maria 18 Dominican Republic 11.99
6 Lamboglia, Maria Florenc 19 Argentina 12.17
7 Wattley, Britney 19 British Virg 12.41

Although it's an illegal time she is showing what kind of form she is in and I'm praying she stays healthy and gets some revenge on Strachan and beats all her competitors.

What about Track & Field / Richard looks to target consistency in 2010
« on: January 15, 2010, 05:00:33 AM »
'Torpedo' Thompson targets consistency
Kwame Laurence

Richard ’Torpedo’ Thompson plans to be at his fastest in 2010.

The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter told the Express yesterday he wants to improve on the 9.89 seconds personal best he produced in finishing second in the men’s 100 metres final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Thompson is also hoping to dive under 20 seconds in the 200m.

’I would like to run faster than 9.89. I also want to be very consistent throughout the year. I don’t want to run 10.0, 10.0 and just one race 9.8-something or 9.7-something. It would be nice to get down to 9.7-something. It’s no easy task, but [Usain] Bolt ran 9.58, so if I can’t go better than 9.8-something...I have no other choice but to shoot for those kinds of times.

’After 2008, I had a sub-20 goal in the 200, but a lack of physical strength prevented it. Running under 20 seconds would be a good indicator of my readiness to run very fast [in the 100].’

Thompson’s personal best in the 200m is 20.18 seconds, a clocking he produced in late May, 2008-11 weeks before his 9.89 silver run in the Olympic century final. He followed up on his individual success in Beijing with a superb anchor leg run that helped T&T secure silver in the 4x100m.

Thompson suffered a major setback in his preparations for the 2009 season. On January 1, last year, he was hospitalised following a vehicular accident here in Trinidad. And though he competed between March and August, for more than half of that six-month period the Louisiana-based sprinter was feeling the effects of the New Year’s Day smash-up.

’A lot of people don’t know, but up until June last year I had severe pains in my neck and back. I could not do a lot of exercises in the weight room...I could not lift heavy weights. All my base work was lost in the accident. In June/July, we brought up [massage therapist] Zephyrinus Nicholas for a full week to get my fitness back up before World Champs. I have a lot of confidence in him...he made a huge difference.’

Against the odds, Thompson clocked 9.93 seconds to finish fifth in the World Championship 100m final. He then anchored T&T to silver in the sprint relay in a national record time of 37.62 seconds.

Thompson is satisfied that his 100m performance at the 2009 World Championships, in Berlin, Germany showed clearly that finishing runner-up to Bolt in Beijing the previous year was no fluke.

’Going into Worlds, I was counted out a lot. A lot of people didn’t expect me to make the final, but I made the final, ran under 10 seconds and was beaten by the three greatest sprinters of all time [Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell] and Daniel Bailey. That definitely shows a lot of mental strength. Before Berlin, Bailey got the better of me in Europe, significantly, every time, but in the Worlds final, we both ran 9.93. That showed a lot.

’As far as proving myself in 2010,’ Thompson continued, ’you always have something to prove, unless you’re the top man. Even Asafa and Tyson have something to prove. I want to be competitive with the top three names...have them feel my presence. I am the Olympic silver medallist, which shows my ability to step up when I have to. But in Europe, there are still some people who don’t know Richard Thompson.’

The double Olympic silver medallist said that though he beat Powell in the Olympic final, the Jamaican sprinter’s consistency is to be admired.

’As much as the Olympic final was the biggest race, it’s still just one race. People are more drawn to consistency. Asafa’s well known on the circuit and respected by so many fans. He has my respect as well.’

Judging by the article I strongly believe we will be seeing him better his 9.89s this year. Go Richard make us proud.

What about Track & Field / Lauryn Williams returns to her roots
« on: December 19, 2009, 05:44:25 AM »
Lauryn Williams returns to her roots

Posted by admin on Dec 17th, 2009 and filed under News
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By Clayton Clarke,

PORT-OF-SPAIN; Trinidad: American sprinter Lauryn Williams is in Trinidad and Tobago, the home country of her father David. Lauryn’s father was born in Charlotteville, Tobago and grew up in San Fernando, Trinidad before migrating to the USA.

The 26-year-old sprinter arrived in Tobago on Thursday (17th) and is expected to re-connect with her father’s relatives in the fishing village on the eastern end of the island. Williams will then journey over to Trinidad where she will conduct a one day seminar on Saturday 19th December for young female athletes at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. The seminar is being hosted by the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) of Trinidad and Tobago.

The 2002 World Junior 100m champion has impressive record of making every major global outdoor finals since 2004 taking silver at the 2004 Olympics, gold at the 2005 Worlds, silver at the 2007 Worlds and was fourth at the 2008 Olympics and fifth at the 2009 Worlds.

Williams also won the 2003 Pan American sprint title in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and has personal bests of 10.88seconds (100m) and 22.27 seconds(200m).

(Lauryn’s father died in October 2008 long battle with leukemia)

What about Track & Field / Jeter becomes second fastest woman in history
« on: September 20, 2009, 08:25:24 AM »
  SHANGHAI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Carmelita Jeter, the 2009 world championship 100 meters bronze medalist, posted the world's fourth fastest time ever, clocking 10.64 seconds in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix here on Sunday.

    She also became the second fastest woman in history, only after fellow American and world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner.

    The result was the fourth fastest on the all-time list. Griffith-Joyner clocked three faster times, 10.49, 10.61 and 10.62,all in 1988. American Marion Jones was the third fastest in 10.65.

    Jeter has maintained a super form, clocking 10.67 seconds in the season's final event in Greece.

    Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, who upset the American in Beijing and Berlin, was second in 10.89 and Chandra Sturrup of Bahamas was third in 11.03.

    "I started well today and the track was comfortable," said the30-year-old Jeter.

    On the Griffith-Joyner's world records, she said, "It was a great record. I am now closer to it."

Roberts to Carifta athletes: No shortcut to success
Kern De Freitas

Sunday, May 24th 2009

TALKING SPORTS: Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Gary Hunt, right, addresses the CARIFTA swim, water polo and track and field athletes yesterday during an appreciation ceremony at the Movie Towne Conference Center, themed: "Honouring Excellence". -Photo: STEVE MC PHIE

"We hold the dreams of our children in our hands."

That was the major message delivered by experienced swim coach and well-known radio and television personality Anil Roberts, as he addressed the young Carifta Games athletes, their parents and coaches yesterday at Movie Towne's Conference Centre.

The event, themed: "Honouring Excellence", was organised by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs to recognise the young athletes of the Trinidad and Tobago Carifta swim, water polo and track and field teams after impressive performances in this year's Games. The T&T swim team regained the regional trophy, while T&T's track and field athletes did very well to finish second behind Jamaica.

And Roberts, selected to be the motivational guest speaker to the young athletes, delivered a stirring address about what it takes to be a successful athlete and the roles and responsibilities of parents and coaches towards that end. He told them that there can be no shortcut to success.

Roberts used George Bovell III, whom he coached between 2001 and 2003 as an example, pointing out Bovell's industrious attitude and dedication to his task made the difference between achieving Olympic bronze, and just being another ordinary swimmer. In that three years, Roberts pointed out, Bovell was only late once for his 4.30 a.m. practice session, because of two flat tires, and even then, he was only 12 minutes late.

Roberts also advised the youngsters to be proud of representing T&T, and used as an example meets and events where Cuban athletes gave their all against the odds to succeed, purely because of national pride.

"Not many people get to put on the red, white and black to represent Trinidad and Tobago in sport," he told the youngsters.

Roberts also cautioned the athletes against the temptation of performance-enhancing drugs.

"It is better to train hard and get a licking, rather than cheating," he warned.

Sport Minister Gary Hunt, who gave the feature address at the event, congratulated the athletes for "making T&T proud." He told them that "the pursuit of excellence is not an easy task".

Hunt also announced plans to develop and implement a long-term plan "to put T&T on the map" in world sport.

He also revealed that a "request for proposal" towards the construction of a modern swim facility for the training of national athletes was being prepared for presentation to Cabinet in the not too distant future.

What about Track & Field / New Hope for Track in T&T
« on: May 20, 2009, 01:57:55 AM »
Qualifiers for ‘world’ relays at Mucurapo

By WALTER ALIBEY Wednesday, May 20 2009
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ATHLETICS fans are relishing an opportunity to witness a repeat of the 4x100 Metres Relay showdown at the Beijing Olympic Games.

This possibility was raised yesterday with the announcement that Trinidad and Tobago has been chosen to stage a World Championship qualifier for the relay events.

At a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Port- of-Spain, Ephraim Serrette, president of the new National Association of Athletic Administration, which replaces the National Amateur Athletic Association (NAAA) also revealed that, for the first time both the National Junior and Open Track and Field Championships will be held jointly.

The combined championships will be staged from June 19 to 21 at the refurbished Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

Serrette said that the silver medal success of TT’s 4x100 metres relay team in Beijing has heightened interest in the qualifiers for the World Championships which will be staged from August 15 to 23 in Berlin, Germany.

The quartet of Marc Burns, Richard Thompson, Emmanuel Callender, Aaron Armstrong and Darrel Brown finished second to Jamaica in the Olympic 4x100m final in 38.06.

Serrette said confirmation has already been received from a number of top teams who are interested in coming to TT to try and qualify for the World Championship.

Among them are Olympic champions Jamaican led by sprint phenomenon Usain Bolt and includes former world record holder for the 100m Asafa Powell.

Also expected to participate are Brazil and Canada, who placed fourth and sixth respectively in the Olympic final as well as Afghanistan and Iran. Serrette Japan, who placed third in the finals.

Serrette said yesterday that the national championships will be “the biggest and best” ever to be held. It has already been sanctioned by the international body governing the sport– the IAAF – and therefore times recorded will be recognised internationally.

TT’s junior athletes recently copped 29 medals at the Carifta Games and this was followed by a series of outstanding performances from 400 metre ace Renny Quow, Ato Stephens and Melissa De Leon at the 3rd IAAF Ponce Grand Prix last weekend.

Josanne Lucas also won the 400m hurdles at the Rio Grand Prix in Brazil on Sunday.

The National Championships will also be used to select a TT team for the World Championships as athletes must participate if they are to become eligible for Germany, the CAC Games and the Pan American Games.

Quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon said at the media conference the relay qualifiers should be something that locals can embrace. He said the event is expected to be of a very high standard since all the teams will be out to do their best to qualify for the World Championships.

Meanwhile the facilities at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, which are being upgraded particularly for the Caribbean Games from July 12 to 19, are on schedule for the competition. Repair work is being done to the roof, seating capacity, toilet facilities as well as the media booths.

Government is also, for the first time, sealing the joints of the entire facility — which will allow the space below to be used as offices for various sporting disciplines.

Upgrade work is also taking place at Shaw Park in the sister-isle of Tobago, the Woodbrook Youth Facility and at the Jean Pierre Complex.

Government has also put in place a maintenance master programme for the refurbished facilities.

I think it will bring extra competition forcing our teams to give something better than mediocre and will hopefully bring awareness of track and field in Trinidad and Tobago and hopefully something can spark up from there and the country can build on track and field for the better.

Ato since you were there, did it look promising to you?

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