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Kyrah Scraders warmed up for the World Youth Championships by winning both of her races on the final day of the Bermuda National Track and Field Championships.

Scraders, who competes at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine next month, won the girls’ Under-17 400 metres and 1500 metres at the National Sports Centre on Saturday.

Bermuda’s Young Female Athlete of the Year, who scooped gold and silver medals at this year’s Carifta Games in Bahamas, showed her quality by defeating veteran middle distance runner Tamika Williams in the 1500 metres.

Scraders said beating Williams, who took the honours in the Open female category, had increased her self belief ahead of next month’s NatWest Island Games when she will be up against senior athletes.

“(Tamika) is really good and I was just running to get a good time, which I did,” said the teenager. “It makes me less nervous ahead of the Island Games knowing I can beat someone who is older than me.”

Scraders, who will run the 800 metres at her maiden Youth Championships, added: “I was especially pleased to win the 400 metres because I had only just finished running the 1500.”

Shaquille Dill, who claimed top honours in the men’s 800 metres at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet last weekend, was crowned the men’s 400 metres champion.

Dill, who competes at the World University Games in Russia next month, won the Open 800 metres final on Friday’s day one of the Championships.

He said: “It was okay today, I wasn’t expecting too much because it was windy and I just went out there and gave it my all.

“I’m pretty pleased with how my season is coming along I’ve been running some good times.”

Sprinter Tre Houston breezed to victory in the men’s 100 metres in a time of 10.8 seconds. Houston said: “I wasn’t really feeling it today but it’s always a good feeling to be the national champion.”

In the Female 10 and Under Division, Za’Kaya Parsons won with a total of 30 points, while Deandre Warner was victorious the Male 10 and Under Division with 36 points.

Brijette Basden finished with 32 points on her way to winning the Female 12 and Under Division, with Kearje Davis claiming victory in the Male 12 and Under Division with 50 points.

The Female 14 and Under Division was won by Anasia Barclay with 34 points, the male 14 and Under Division was won by Sean Tucker with 33 points, and Kyrah Scraders won the Female Under-17 Division with 30 points.

The Male Under-17 Division finished in a tie with David Darrell and Kionje Somner both finishing with 18 points.

Victoria Clarke, Akela Richardson, Kerri Furbert and Taahira Butterfield all finished tied in the Female Under-20 Division with 10 points.

The trio of Quinn Simmons, Kidane Callendar and Dage Minors all finished with 20 points at the top of the Male Under-20 Division

The Female Open Division was won by Allison Outerbridge with 18 points, while the Male Open Division was shared between Tre Houston and Shaquille Dill who both had 20 points.

Victoria Fiddick won the Female Master Division with 10 points, while the Male Master Division went to Edward Fisher with 40 points.

This year’s Championships was a far more low key affair than last year’s spectacle when Olympic long jumper Tyrone Smith, 800 metres runner Aaron Evans and heptathlete Shianne Smith headed home to compete.

Several of the Island’s top overseas were not able to return for the event due to the financial constraints of the Bermuda National Athletics Association.

Last year’s annual two-day festival also saw 18 US athletes, many of who competed in Olympic trials for London 2012, take on Bermuda’s best.

Kyrah Scraders (centre) won the 400 metres and the 1500 metres at the Bermuda National Track and Field Championships.
Photo by Glenn Tucker Messiah Greaves on her way to winning the Under-14 60 metre hurdles at the National Track and Field Championships
(Photo by Glenn Tucker) Shaquille Dill (centre) leads Darico Clarke (left) and Dage Minors in the 800 metres during the Bermuda Track and Field National Championships at the National Sports Centre. Dill won the race.

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Published June 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm (Updated June 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm)

Scraders unstoppable at National Championships

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