Pacers earn hardware
The Bermuda Pacers Track Club brought back a total of 18 medals — six gold, seven silver and five bronze — from their first appearance at the Armory Youth Championships in New York on Monday.
Leading the medal performances for the boys were Kahzi Sealey and Sancho Smith, with Sealey claiming gold in the 3,000 metres and 1,600 metres. His 3,000 time of 9:33.42 qualified him for the Carifta Games. Sealey also won the 1,600 event in 4:54.09.
Smith showed his versatility by winning gold in the 15-16 boys’ high jump with a leap of 1.72 metres and two silver medals in the 400 (51.64 seconds) and 800 metres (2:05.00).
Nirobi Smith-Mills also captured two medals in the 15-16 boys’ age group. He placed first in the 800 in 2:04.69 and third in the 400 in 52.87. John Dickinson placed tenth in the boys’ 200 in a time of 24.89 and eighth in the 400 in 56.02.
In the 17-18 boys’ division, Johndell Cumberbatch placed first in the 800 in 2:01,08 and second in the mile in 4:44.49. Mikal Dill placed second in the long jump with a leap of 6.56 and sixth in the 200 in 23:25.
Danvers Tucker placed ninth in the 13-14 boys’ 55 metres, tenth in the 200 and second in the long jump with a leap of 4.90. In the 11-12 boys’ category, Daylen Scott placed fourth in the 55, and eleventh in the 200.
Makaela Tucker, competing in the 17-18 girls’ division, captured a bronze in the long jump with a leap of 4.62. She also finished eleventh in the 200 with a time of 28.68. Keturah Bulford Trott also qualified for the Carifta Games in the 15-16 girls’ 200, where she ran a personal best time of 25.97 to finish second. She placed seventh overall in the 400 in a time of 1:04.34.
Sanaa Rae Morris finished third in the 15-16 girls’ 200 in 26.34. In the 400, Morris placed third overall in 59.16.
Koa Goodchild was eighth in the 400 in 1:05.28 and sixth in the 800 in 2:37.31. Jazhari Talbot also competed in the same age group, placing fifth in the 400 in 1:02.95 and sixth in the 800 in 2:30.93. Nhoaa Powell finished eleventh in the 15-16 girls’ 55 in 7.86.
Miniya Wainwright competed in 15-16 girls’ age group, capturing a gold in the long jump with a leap of 4.86. She also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.54. Morris, Goodchild, Powell and Bulford-Trott placed third in the 15-16 girls’ 4x200 in 1:48.36.
Ja’Naz Richards was eleventh in the 11-12 girls’ 55 in 7.92 and fifth in the long jump with a leap of 3.92.
“This experience was a great one for the athletes and it fulfilled its propose of assisting the athletes to reach the Carifta Games standards,” Cal Simons, the Pacers, coach said.
n The Bermuda Pacers will host the Skyport Magic Mile at the National Stadium this weekend. More than 450 junior athletes have signed up for the races which will take place on Saturday at 12pm.
Parents can register their children at www.racedayworld.com. The deadline is today.