2011 Bahamas IAAF World Youth Championships Team
By Alpheus Finlayson, BAAA
Jul 5, 2011 - 6:09:03 PM
Latario Minns-Collie wins at 2010 Jr. CAC in Santo Domingo.
Photo courtesy of Dean Greenaway.
This could be the best ever Bahamas
contingent to this event, which is the newest World Series event of
the IAAF, starting only in 1999, the brainchild of former IAAF president
Primo Nebiolo of Italy.
In the six previous editions of this
event The Bahamas has won only one medal, a Bronze in the 200m by Grand
Bahama’s Nivea Smith in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2007.
The competition in the 2011 IAAF World
Youth Championships in Lille France is just days away. The Bahamas fifteen
member team is ready to roll. The age group is Under-18 compared to
the junior age of Under-20.
The Bahamas is competing in only one
field event, the Boys Triple Jump, where twins Latario Collie-Minns
and Lathone Collie- Minns rank first and third on the IAAF 2011 performance
list. Latario has jumped 16.55m at the Scotiabank National High School
Track and Field Championships. Lathone jumped 15.73m in that meet. Cuban
Yodenys Rivera is just one centimeter ahead of Lathone at 15.74m.
Shaunae Miller captures 400m at 2010 Jr. CAC Championships in Santo Domingo. Photo courtesy of Dean Greenaway.
World 400m Junior Champion Shaunae
Miller clocked 51.85sec at the BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and
Field Championships last week in Freeport for a new Bahamas National
Jr. Record. This ranks second on the IAAF list to Jamaica’s Chris
Ann-Gordon, who clocked 51.62sec.
She is also ranked fourth in the 200m
worldwide with a 23.70sec clocking done at the Scotiabank National High
School Track and Field Championships. Miller will concentrate on the
Andre Wells practicing in Lille, France
Photo courtesy of Laura Pratt-Charlton
Andre Wells of Grand Bahama is expected
to do well in the 400m. He upset Carifta champion O’Jay Ferguson at
the BTC Jr. & Sr. Track and Field Championships with a 46.87sec
clocking. His 46.63sec at the BAAA World Youth Trials ranks him seventh
in the world.
The above are the top ranked Bahamians
participating in Lille. The other athletes are:
Anthony Adderley 200m
This is Adderley’s second team ever.
He participated in the 4x100m relay in last year’s Jr. CAC Championships
in Santo Domingo. He has gone all the way to the top with his selection
for an individual event to the World Youth. Adderley has a 21.71sec
The best performance in the world for
Youth this year is the 20.82sec done by the United State’s Arman Hall.
Charlton is the Gold medalist in the
100m for the Under-17 Division of the Carifta Games. She qualified with
11.91sec done at Carifta. Charlton also qualified in the 100m hurdles
but decided to concentrate on the 100m at the World Youth. She is a
The best time done in the world by
a Youth athlete in this event is 11.39sec done by Christiana Williams
Latario Collie-Minns Triple
Latario is the leading Triple Jumper
in the world in this division.
He competed in the World Junior Championships
His best this year is 16.55m.
Latario was injured after this performance
and was unable to participate at the Carifta Games.
Lathone Collie-Minns Triple
Lathone has the third best jump in
the world this year. He finished second at the Carifta Games.
Lathone participated at the Youth Olympics
in Singapore last year.
Carmiesha Cox 200m
Cox won the 200m for Girls Under-17
at this year’s Carifta Games with a time of 23.96sec. The best time
ran by a Youth athlete this year is 23.32sec by Jamaica’s Shericka
Delano Davis 100m
Davis won the 100m for the Under-17
Division at Carifta in April. His time was 10.75sec.
The best time in the world for a Youth
this year is 10.27sec by Jamaica’s Jazeel Murphy.
Gregria Higgs 100m
Higgs ran 12.18sec to qualify for this
The world’s leading time of 11.39sec
done by Christiana Williams of Jamaica.
Kirk Lewis 110m
Lewis has a 14.25sec qualifying time
in the 110m hurdles, in his first ever world event.
The leading time in the world this
year is by Andreis van Der Merwe of South Africa is 13.39sec (altitude).
Her 51.85sec is just under that of
Chris-Ann Gordon who clocked 51.62sec.
Gordon was the Silver medalist at Carifta.
Miller’s experience at last year’s
World Junior Championships should put her in good stead for the World
Newbold ran at the World Junior as
well as the Youth Olympics last year. This year he has a best of 21.23sec.
He ran 47.32sec in securing a Bronze medal at the Carifta Games in Montego
Bay but has decided that his chance of winning a medal is greater in
the 200m than the 400m. Last year he set a record in the Under-17 400m
hurdles in Carifta.
The world’s leading Youth time in
the 200m is 20.82sec by the USA’s Arman Hall.
Tommy Outten 100m
Outten ran 10.85sec to qualify. He
ran 10.90sec at this year’s Carifta Games.
The best time in the world this year
by a Youth is 10.27sec by Jamaica’s Jazeel Murphy at the Carifta Games.
Ashley Riley 800m
Riley ran a surprising 1 min 53.57
at Carifta for the Silver medal.
The best performance in the World this
year by a Youth is 1:45.74 by Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman.
Wells has really improved since the
Carifta Games, where he did not qualify to run an individual event.
At the Youth Championships Trials he beat Carifta bronze medalist Stephen
Newbold, and at the BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and Field Championships
he defeated the Gold medalist O’Jay Ferguson.
Aman Hall of the USA has the best time
in the world at 46.22sec.
Pedrya Seymour Medley Relay
Seymour was the Silver medalist at
Carifta in the Under-17 300m hurdles. In Lille she will run the 300m
leg of the medley relay, which is 100m, 200m, 300m, and 400m.
We were unable to secure the names
of the other participants of the medley relay at this time.
This overall team is considered very
strong and is expected to do better than any other Bahamian team in
the IAAF World Youth Championships.
1999 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Devynne Charlton passes baton to Pedrya Seymour while practicing in Lille, France. Photo courtesy of Laura Pratt-Charlton
Devynne Charlton passes baton to Pedrya
Seymour while practicing in Lille, France. Photo courtesy of Laura Pratt-Charlton
In the Bahamas’s last outing in Suditrol,
the Women’s Medley relay team of V’alonee Robinson, Katarina Smith,
Rashan Brown, and Katrina Seymour finished fourth with a 2:09.33 clocking,
just .08 off the Bronze medal won by Romania. Jamaica was fifth in this
At last year’s Inaugural Youth Olympics
in Singapore, Tynia Gaither won the Silver medal in the 200m. She along
with Rashan Brown participated in the Gold medal medley relay team.
Brown finished fourth in the 400m.
Bahamian Team Personnel
Managers- Maebeline Miller
Head Coach- Peter Pratt
Coaches- David Charlton
Physician- Dr. Rickey Davis
Physiotherapist- Dr. Sophia Neeley
Chaperone- Debbie Smith
Press Liaison- Kermit Taylor
Schedule for Bahamian Athletes
9:50am-3:50am Nassau- Men 800m Heats/
12:05pm- 6:05am Nassau- Women 400m
Heats/ Shaunae Miller
12:25pm -6:25am Nassau- Men 100m Heats/
16:35pm- 10:35am Nassau- Men 400m Heats/
17:30pm- 11:30am Nassau- Women 100m
Heats/ Devynne Charlton
Thursday, July 7
11:40am -5:40am Nassau- Men’s 110m
Hurdles Heats/ Kirk Lewis
16:25pm- 10:25am Nassau- Men’s 400m
16:50pm- 10:50am Nassau- Women’s
17:10pm- 11:10am Nassau- Men 800m Semi-Final
17:40pm- 11:40am Nassau- Men 100m Semi-Final
19:15pm-1:15pm Nassau- Women’s 100m
19:45pm- 1:45pm Nassau- Men’s 100m
Friday, July 8
9:35am-3:35am Nassau- Women’s 200m
Heats/ Carmeisha Cox
11:00am- 5:00am Nassau- Men’s 200m
Heats / Anthony Adderley
16:00pm-10:00am Nassau- Men’s Triple
Jump Qualifying Round
Latario Collie_Minns, Lathone Collie-Minns
17:00pm-11:00am Nassau-Men’s 110m
19:25pm- 1:25pm Nassau- Men’s 110m
Saturday, July 9
10:55am-4:55am Nassau- Women’s Medley
11:30am- 5:30am Nassau- Men’s Medley
16:10pm- 10:10am Nassau- Women’s
16:40pm- 10:40am Nassau- Men’s 200m
Triple Jump Final
18:35pm- 6:35pm Nassau- Men’s 800m
Sunday, July 10
15:00pm-9:00am Nassau- Women’s 200m
16:10pm- 10:10am Nassau- Men’s 200m
17:05pm- 11:05pm Nassau- Women’s
17:25pm- 11:25am Nassau- Men’s Medley
Note- Events highlighted are those
with Bahamian athletes with high ranking on IAAF lists.
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