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BAAA Scotiabank 2011 National High School Track and Field Championships set for March 24-26
By BAAA
Mar 25, 2011 - 6:34:59 AM

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Harrison Petty, Scotia Bank rep, Leah Davis Scotia Bank Marketing & PR Sr Manager, Mike Sands BAAA President, Laural Charlton BAAA Treasure, Shervin Stuart 1st VP BAAA Photo: Kermit Taylor / Bahamas Athletics

Nassau, Bahamas - Thus far this season a record number of athletes from throughout New Providence and the Family Islands have participated in BAAA, school, and club meets.

On March 24-26 the BAAA will host the 23nd Edition of the National High School Track & Field Championships...under the theme: ‘ONE MISSION, ONE GOAL, ONE ATHLETICS BAHAMAS!!

Today we are very pleased to announce that Scotiabank (Bahamas Ltd) has once again partnered with the BAAA...we all should recall that we had a very successful Scotiabank sponsored 2008 Olympic Trials..and now we announce the 2011 Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships which promises to be one of the most exciting and competitive events of 2011 for individual athletes and schools.

Scotiabank we thank you and are delighted to have you onboard...once again!!

At the moment the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Championships is being contested with the continual rivalry between St. Augustine’s College’s Big Red Machine and Queen’s College Comets.

Next week March 9 – 11, the Government Secondary Schools Championships will be contested with CR Walker attempting to continue their dominance.

The Grand Bahama Schools Championships will be held next weekend as well.

Inaugural Meet

The meet, which was inaugurated in 1989 is the brainchild of former BAAA President Dr. Bernard Nottage. Numerous Bahamian record holders have participated in this meet over the years.

That meet started with under-twenty and under-seventeen divisions and added the under-fifteen division and under-thirteen divisions which have proved quite popular among athletes and fans and provided younger athletes more opportunities for development.

In the inaugural meet the versatile Daphne Saunders of Eight Mile Rock won the High Jump with a 1.77m clearance, the Long Jump with a 5.97m leap, and the Heptathlon with a 4592 score. These marks have stood the test of time.

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That year Garette Flowers of C.C. Sweeting won the Under -20 High Jump with a 2.16m clearance. Bishop Michael Eldon won both Under-20 Boys Relays, the 4x100m relay in 42.20sec and the 4x400m relay in 3:18.25sec.

Some of the stars who competed over the years include Vernetta Rolle from N.G.M Major of Long Island in the 400m and 800m, Lucille Guerrier of C.I. Gibson in the 3000m, David Bell of Eight Mile Rock in the 1500m and 500m Debbie Ferguson of St. Andrews in the 100m and 200m, Judson Jervis of C.I. Gibson in the 100m, Marcus Knowles of Catholic High in the 200m, and Christopher Brown of R. M. Bailey in the 400m.

Recent Competitions

The past few years Queen’s College has attempted to unseat the perennial champions St. Augustine’s College, who will be lead by World 400m Junior Champion Shaunae Miller.

 
Expectations

Queen’s College boasts Katrina Seymour in the 200m and 400m.

Other star athletes include Stephen Newbold from St. John’s College in the 400m and 400m hurdles, Ryan Ingraham from C. I. Gibson in the High Jump, Trevor Mackey from Doris Johnson in the 100m and 200m, Marvar Etienne from C.R. Walker in the 100m and 200m.

We expect to have the best championships ever with a record number of schools participating and so..we invite and welcome ‘all schools’ from throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas..from Bimini to Inaugua and  Mayaguana to join us as we celebrate ‘One mission, One Goal, One Athletic Bahamas

The Boys from Moore’s Island are expected back for the relays. Spanish Wells is also expected to be back.
 
Registration for 2011 Championships

The BAAA has sent registration forms to all schools throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Entries for the meet close on Friday March 11th.

If for whatever reason a school has not received their registration packet, please feel free to contact either Foster Dorsett at 427 3883 Mike Sands at 357 5838, Shervin Stuart at 422 6900 or the BAAA office at 325 4433.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

This year The BAAA will provide businesses as well as individuals an opportunity to sponsor individual events or relays. This will allow them an opportunity to support the program while receiving recognition in return.

These events will be named after the individuals or businesses who are permitted to have a banner in the stadium.

For additional information please contact Mrs. Linda Thompson at 357 5837.

Penn Relays Incentive

This year the BAAA will again award the top relay teams in the under -twenty division an opportunity to win a trip to the Penn Relays, the oldest and most popular relay meet in the world. Should an Under-17 team have a better time, they will be given the opportunity. The school, however are at liberty to determine the make up of their team who participates at the Penn Relays.

Qualifying for International Competitions

In this meet, athletes will be attempting to make qualifying marks for both the Carifta Games which will be contested next month in Montgeo Bay, Jamaica, and the IAAF World Junior Championships scheduled for July 6-10th in Lille, France.

With this in mind, we emphasize that the Carifta Trials which will be held on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, is not a school or club but an individual event. Entry forms will be available at the Stadium during both the BAISS and GSAAA meets and the BAAA office in the Pan Am Building. All athletes are encouraged to register.

Tickets

Tickets for the BAAA Scotiabank 2011 National High School Track and Field Championships can be obtained from The BAAA office at the Pan Am Building, The Prescription Parlour Pharmacy, East St. South and the Colony Club Inn and Suites, St. Albans Drive. Tickets are priced at $5, general admission, $3 for students with I.D.s, and $10 or the VIP stand.

On behalf of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, athletes, coaches, officials, parents and fans, we once again thank Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited for its continual support of Bahamian athletics.

One Mission, One Goal, One Athletics Bahamas! 


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