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Pacers athletes star on international debut

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Medal haul: Brangman rounds the bend on her way to bronze. Below, left, Taylor Hines, and, right, Miniya Wainwright

The 19-member Bermuda Pacers Track team brought home 12 individual medals and another in the sprint medley relay from last weekend’s fifth Flying Angels International Classic Track Meet at Terry Fox Stadium in Canada.

Of the 19 athletes competing, 17 were making their first appearance for the club at an international meet. With a higher level of competition this year coach Cal Simons said he was pleased with the athletes’ performance in a meet that attracted more than 500 athletes from countries such as Jamaica, Barbados, Germany, the United States and Canada.

“I was extremely pleased with the performances of the athletes, they represented themselves and the club really well,” said Simons.

“Two years ago when we attended this meet it was more development, however this year’s event was very competitive.”

Winning gold medals were Jayden Cartwright and Dhulche DeSilva in the eight-and-under and 9-10 boys and girls long jump respectively. Capturing silver medals were Jace Donawa, Chole Botelho and Sa’ Maya Lightbourne in the eight-and-under and nine-and-ten boys and girls long jump.

Lorrin Butterfield won a silver medal in the 11-12 boys 100 metres in a time of 13.05 seconds while the 11-12 girls sprint medley relay team captured silver.

In the 9-10 girls and boys division, Ramiah Brangman won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres in a time of 6:05.33, while Jesse Johnson won bronze medals in the 800 metres in a time of 2:50.30 and the 400 metres in a time of 1:14.30. Donawa, the son of veteran runner Jay Donawa, added two more medals to his collection when he placed third in the eight-and-under boys 100 and 200 metres.

Butterfield went on to collect his second medal when he won a bronze medal in the 11-12 boys 200 metres in a time of 27.03 seconds.

The club also had a number of athletes who finished fourth and fifth in their respective events.

At the conclusion of the meet, the club was presented with a fourth-place finish trophy after accumulating 127 points over the two-day meet.

Next week Wednesday, the Pacers will be travelling overseas for another meet, this time when senior members of the club compete at the United Age Group Coach Association’s Track and Field Championships.

Photo by Sherry SwanTaylor Hines, 13-14 girls, 400 metres
Photo by Sherry SwanMiniya Wainwright, girls 11-12 200 metres