Smith, King fail to make finals
Long jumpers Tyrone Smith and Arantxa King both failed to make the finals in the IAAF World Championships in Russia, which finished yesterday.
Smith's top leap of 7.89 metres equalled the jump of Ignisious Gaisah from the Netherlands in Group A, but Gaisah had other leaps of 7.85m and 7.78m, thus allowing him to advance to the final.
Smith finished 13th overall.
King finished 11th in Group Two and 23rd overall.
Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) President Donna Watson, who attended the Championships, said: “Tyrone had the same distance as the 12th placed athlete but the other athlete's other jumps were further than his, therefore he made the finals instead of Tyrone, “Now Tyrone will be travelling to Europe to compete in a few other meets.
“Arantxa unfortunately did not make the first round but gave it her best.”
Meanwhile, a handful of local junior athletes are settling in comfortably at their new schools, according to Watson.
Long jumper Bruce DeGrilla, sprinter Kyle Webb and middle distance runner Juma Mouchette are all attending Central Arizona College, while Dage Minors is set to go to Franklin Pierce University.
“Rachel Fox is also travelling abroad, enrolling at Winston Salem State University,” added Watson.
“This is one of our objectives to get our athletes to higher education and to use their track successes to get there. We, the BNAA, are proud of these athletes and wish them good luck and we are sure they will represent Bermuda well.
“We have our athletes who will continue in university including Taylor Ashley Bean, Ashley Berry, Alison Outerbridge, Tristan Joynes, Henry Stevens Carty, and Kerri Furbert.”
Next week will see Bermuda have two athletes competing at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
Chas Smith and Jahnai Perinchief will take part in the high jump, and will be accompanied by high jump coach Rohaan Simons.
At the completion of this competition Smith will head off to university in Canada.
“All in all the BNAA has had a great season with several of our athletes producing good performances, especially our juniors Kyrah Scraders and Justin Donawa. We are looking forward to next year when we have another very busy competition season.
“I think our first year with national coach Troy Douglas has been very successful with several new initiatives put in place. We have had success from our athletes and new coaches like Sonya Smith and Rohaan Simons coming on board.