Pacers head to Tennessee for championships
Ryan Outerbridge, Kahzi Sealey and Jezhari Talbot will warm up for next year’s Carifta Games representing their local track club in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday.
The trio are among ten distance runners from Bermuda Pacers Track Club who are making their second appearance at the AAU National Cross to Country Championships to be held at Victor Ashe Park.
Outerbridge is competing in the boys 17 to 18 5K race, Sealey in the boys 15 to 16 5K race and Talbot in the girls 15 to 16 5K race.
“This event is a great opportunity to test the level of the club’s top long to distance runners,” said Cal Simons, the Pacer’s head coach.
“For Outerbridge, Sealey and Talbot, it is an important event as it assists them as they prepare for the 2020 Carifta Games.”
Bermuda will host the next Carifta Games at the National Sports Centre from April 10 to 13 with Outerbridge representing the island in the 5,000 metres, Sealey in the 1,500m and 3,000m and Talbot in the 400 and 800 metres. Bermuda hosted the Games in 2004 and 2012.
The Pacers team that departs for Tennessee today is also comprised of Jaelyn Grant, J’auza James, Jace Donawa, Amir Outerbridge, Tobiah Goodchild, Jaeda Grant and Azari Jones.
Jaelyn Grant and James are competing in the boys 13 to 14 4K race and Donawa and Outerbridge in the boys 11 to 12 3K race.
Goodchild is competing in the boys 9 to 10 2K race, Jaeda Grant in the girls 11 to 12 3K race and Jones, the youngest member of the team, in the girls 9 to 10 2K race.
“My expectation for the athletes is that they will all compete well and do their best,” Simons added.
“The athletes have worked extremely hard during the cross-country season and competed regularly in the Bermuda National Athletic Association’s cross-country series events.”
Sealey and Donawa represented Pacers at the same event last year, placing sixth and 15th in their respective divisions.
Simons will be accompanied by distance coaches Jay Donawa, Jerome Richards and Gina Evans.
Also travelling with the team is manager Freddie Evans, who was instrumental in securing the wonderful opportunity for the athletes to compete at the championships, featuring over 1,200 athletes from across the United States.
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