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VITFF: Mikaela Smith wins silver, sets 6th youth record

Mikaela Smith (photo submitted)

The VI Track and Field Federation (VITFF) has announced that Mikaela Smith, who attends Austin Peay State University, won silver in the 4 × 400-meter relay at the Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. (OVC) last weekend. , May 13-15. Smith also placed 4th in the 800-meter final.

Michelle Smith (photo submitted)

The Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Championships are held annually with the best male and female under-17 and under-20 athletes from the Caribbean. It is considered the best junior competition in the world. People like Usain Bolt and others have used the Caribbean Free Trade Association championship as a stepping stone to the world stage. Unfortunately, last year the Caribbean Free Trade Association Championships which were to be hosted by Bermuda were postponed due to COVID-19.

The CARIFTA championships have been changed from Easter weekend to August. Unfortunately, a cancellation notice was sent out by the North American Organization of Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) last week. The athletes who had already qualified so far were Michelle Smith and Osaze Williams. Smith has qualifying scores in the 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m and 1500m. Williams qualified in the 800m.

On Friday May 14, Michelle Smith of the St. Croix Track Club set a Virgin Island youth record in the 400 meters finishing the event in 57.82 seconds. Smith also won the 200-meter hurdles.

Akyra Joseph (photo submitted)

Another outstanding athlete was Akyra Joseph of the St. Croix Track Club who won the under 15 long jump, 400 meters and 200 m hurdles.

The multiple winners of the event were Josh Tewinkle of St. Croix Track Club who won the long jump and 200m in the boys under 15 division. In the girls under 13, Jeniqua Weekes, also of the St. Croix Track Club, won the long jump and the 400 meters.

Joshua Tewinkle (photo submitted)

In the men’s under-20 division, Michael Dizon-Bumann of the Jolly Rogers Track Club won the 200m hurdles, javelin throw and 400m. (The full results of the 4th Development Meeting are below.)

Michael Dizon-Bumann (photo submitted)

The VI Athletics Federation thanks all the volunteers who work to make local athletics meetings possible. VITFF encourages all of its athletes, volunteers and coaches to make sure to register in order to attend upcoming competitions.

Osaze Williams (photo submitted)

Next up is the Virgin Islands National Championships, which are scheduled for 8 a.m. on June 5 at the track and field facility of the St. Croix Education Complex. To register, follow this link:

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