Pacers eye medals in North Carolina
The Bermuda Pacers Track Club left yesterday for North Carolina where they were make their 38th appearance at the Russell E Blunt East Coast Invitational Track Meet this weekend.
Sprinter Mikal Dill and distance runners Johndell Cumberbatch and Ryan Outerbridge, who competed to the Carifta Games in Bahamas this year, will lead the 25-member team during competition at the Durham Memorial Stadium, which will host over 1,000 athletes from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Dill, Cumberbatch and Outerbridge will be competing in the 17-18 age group, with Dill in the 100 metres and long jump, Cumberbatch the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres and Outerbridge in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres.
Four other Carifta athletes will be in action in the 15-16 girls and boys division, Sanaa Rae Morris, Jezhari Talbot, Sancho Smith and Kahzi Sealey, along with high jumper and long jumper Miniya Wainwright.
Sealey will compete in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres, Smith in the 400, 800, 1,500 metres and high jump and Morris in the 200 and 400 metres. Talbot will take to the track in the 400, 800 and 1,500 metres.
In the 13-14 boys and girls division, the club will be represented by J’auza James, Denver Tucker and Breynia Darrell. James and Tucker will compete in the 100, 200, 800 and 1,500, high jump and long jump.
Darrell, in her first East Coast Track Meet, will take part in the shot put and discus events. Eight others are also making their first appearance at the meet. In total, the athletes will compete in 67 individual events and one 4x400 metres replay.
In the 11-12 boys and girls age group, the Pacers will have Daylen Scott, Arima Turner, Ellise Dickinson, Jaeda Grant and J’Naz Richards.
All five have won medals at this event before. Scott will compete in the 100, 200 and long jump; Dickinson in the 400 and 800 and high jump; Grant in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 and Arima Turner and J’Naz Richards in the 100 and 200 and long jump.
In the 9 and 10 boys division, the club will have Kruz Iris competing in the 100 and 200 metres and long jump, while in the girls, LaShee Jones, Shaniyah Smith-Daniels, Day’asha Dill and Pria Wilson will compete in the 100, 200 and long jump.
Middle-distance pair Azari Jones and Amaris Munya will take to the track in the 400, 800 and 1,500. The same group of young girls will also compete in the 4x400 relay.
Zakhyn Scott and Riana Robinson are the youngest members of the team, both competing in the 8 and under girls division. Scott will run in the 100, 200 and 400 and Robinson in the 400 and 800.
The Pacers brought back 35 medals from last year’s meet, including 11 gold, 15 silver and nine bronze.
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