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US athletics coach to hold clinics

A top US athletics coach will be holding clinics tomorrow and Monday at the National Sports Centre.Curtis Taylor, who coaches at the Laney College, Oakland in California and also helps run a youth track club, is hoping both junior and senior athletes will attend his sessions.He has also coached Bermuda sprinter Shahnel Woodley. The Berkeley Insitute student has a 100 metres best of 11.53 seconds and a 200 metres PB of 24.04.Bermuda Striders coach, Bill Euler, who has helped organise the clinics, noted that Taylor is a certified USATF Level Three instructor as well as a coordinator for the women’s Junior Elite Sprint Programme at Laney.He is also the coach of nationally ranked track athletes Trinity Wilson, who has run the 100 metres hurdles in 13.04 seconds, and Ashton Purvis who has a 100 metres best time of 11.16 seconds and a PB if 22.99 in the 200 metres.Others who have come under his wing include Ke’Niyah Richardson, the US high school national record holder in the triple jump and Charonda Williams, now a professional athlete representing Adidas.For more information in the clinic, Euler can be contacted at 799-2455.n Bermuda’s National Cross-Country Championships take place this morning at the Botanical Gardens, starting at 8.30 a.m.Race winners and the cross-country series champions will be presented with their awards after the event with Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney and representatives from sponsors Butterfield & Vallis and BF&M handing out the prizes.