Island’s finest set to compete at Bahamas Championships
Caitlyn Bobb and Sakari Famous, who recently competed in the NCAA Track and Field Championships, earning all-American designation, will be part of a five-member team from Bermuda that will compete in the Bahamas National Championships starting today.
Also competing in the three-day championship are Jah-Nhai Perinchief and Tiara DeRosa, while college student Stephan Dill makes his international debut at senior level.
“This opportunity will give these athletes intense competition prior to the Bermuda National Championships (July 1 and 2) and the Commonwealth Games (August 2 to 7) in which Jah-Nhai, Caitlyn, Tiara, Sakari and Dage Minors will be representing Bermuda,” the Bermuda National Athletics Association said.
“College athletes Ryan Outerbridge and Mikal Dill have met the standard and will compete in the first ever U-23 Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe. This is an exciting opportunity for these young men, as they both enjoyed very good collegiate seasons and they are hoping to extend their stellar performances at the International level.”
The Bermuda National Track and Field Championships, sponsored by the MoonGate Group, will be held next Friday and Saturday at the Flora Duffy Stadium.
National records could fall on July 1 as Nirobi Smith-Mills looks to break 1min 46.26sec in the 800 metres and Nathan Armstrong aims to run faster than his father, Terrance, who holds the 1,500 metres record of 3:41.97.
Grant Rivers will be throwing on the Saturday and may try to establish a javelin record by going beyond 62.12 metres.
Bobb and Famous, who are the national record-holders in the women’s 400 and high jump with 51.84 and 1.84 respectively, will look to improve their standard. The 4x100 metres relay team of Katura Bulford-Trott, Sanaa Rae Morris, ZaKayza Parsons and Bobb have in their sights an attempt to lower their junior record of 46.13, with the senior of 45.60 not far away.
The senior women’s record in the 4 x 400 metres of 3:47.5 could also be challenged as the junior record-holders Shayla Cann, Bulford-Trott, Morris and Bobb (3:48.69) set their sights on the senior record.
The BNAA is inviting corporate, service organisations, gym facilities and all other interested athletes to participate in individual and relay events.
On the Saturday, BNAA’s focus turns to the younger athletes as the event will feature children between the ages of 5 and 15 in sprints, middle distance, jumps and throws.
Admission is free on both days and all athletes can register at Trackie.com.
The BNAA will conclude the 2022 season at the NACAC Championships in Freeport, Bahamas, on August 19 and 20.
“BNAA is excited to have a team of young senior athletes taking the regional stage and we hope that Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby champion Isabella Dutranoit is available for this opportunity,” the association said.
∎A BNAA meet hosted by Bermuda Pacers will he held on Saturday at the Flora Duffy Stadium starting at 9.30am.