IAAF World Relays 2015
Monday, 27 April 2015
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BAAA’s President, Mike Sands - Happy with Team Bahamas - Penn Relays
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Sunday, 26 April 2015 23:38   

Each year, The University of Pennsylvania, hosts one of the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, the Penn Relays. It usually attracts more than 15,000 participants from high schools, colleges, and track clubs throughout North America and abroad inclusive of The Bahamas and Jamaica.

Team Bahamas was well represented and gave a very good showing. “As always, the Penn Relays is an impressive event,” says president of the BAAA’s, Mr. Mike Sands. Sands who himself was present at the relays held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, told us that he was very happy and impressed with team Bahamas performances. This year had a different “buzz” however, with the World Relays being just a few days away, most teams used these relays to prepare themselves for those relays and determine their team’s readiness. “This gave us a good indication of where our two primary teams are in preparation for the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 and the women’s 4 x 200” says Sands.

From all appearances, most teams are ready for the “show down in The Bahamas of the best of the best” next week.” With regards to The Bahamas’ men’s 4 x 400 meter race, the team of Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Alonzo Russell and Ramon Miller ran a very impressive race which awarded them the silver medal; with some fine tuning, we are certain they would be in contention next week for the gold medal. “Nate McKinney (assistant team manager) and I were doing some analysis and the guys recognize some of the work they need to do,” according to Sands.

The Bahamas in general is expected to put on a good show in terms of performances at the Relays; besides our 4 x 400 meter team who picked up silver at the Inaugural World Relays, there are a number of other athletes like Chris Brown and Stephen Gardiner who are expected to also help The Bahamas bring home the gold! “We have some arsenal and once it is unleased next week at home, I think The Bahamas as a nation, is going to make a good representation,” says the BAAA’s president excitedly.

So for now, the Penn Relays are history and was a good gauge for everyone to make the necessary changes required; also in the house were “powerhouse Jamaica” and team Trinidad and Tobago. Both teams for many years have made very good impact in terms of the number of athletes in attendance; it is anticipated that one day, The Bahamas can also field the amount of teams as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago does. According to Sands, finances play a big role in terms of teams competing at championships such as the Penn Relays; his desire is to someday see a greater attendance at the relays however, he suggests that schools start their own fundraising initiatives to raise the estimated $6,000.00 required to field a team at the Penn Relays. “It is not a lot to raise on an individual basis but for the federation to find the funds itself, it becomes very difficult.” Jamaica fortunately for them, have some very good corporate sponsors making it possible for them to make such a big showing. “We need to use the same avenue but we can do a little more for ourselves also.” The BAAA’s however have done their part to assist in awarding finances to a local high school 4 x 400 and 4 x 100 meter teams an all-expense paid trip to attend the Penn Relays,” according to Sands however, “is very expensive.”

Bahamas Athletics congratulates the BAAA’s on that initiative and we also congratulates all the teams that competed at the Penn Relays this weekend past.

Mike Sands from Bahamas Athletics on Vimeo.

Nathaniel McKinney - 2015 IAAF World Relays Team Bahamas Assistant Coach
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Sunday, 26 April 2015 21:52   

“It was a pleasure to be named Assistant Team Manager,” says McKinney of the decision to select him as assistant coach of the 2015 IAAF World Relays. McKinney should not have too many challenges with coaching particularly as he would bring to the table his vast knowledge of track. You see, McKinney was once an athlete; a quarter-miler athlete with his last event being in 2010 when he competed in the 400 meter open Nationals where he finished 4th behind Chris Brown. The race saw Demetrius Pinder winning the race placing 3rd. McKinney was also part of a Bahamian record setting 4 x 400 meter team at the Helsinki World Championships in 2005; also on that team were Chris Brown, Avard Moncur, and Andrae Williams. That record would later be broken at the Beijing Olympic Games by the team of Andretti Bain, Mathieu, Andrae Williams and Chris Brown. McKinney who had to hang up his sprints unfortunately due to injuries, is expected to help The Bahamas perform very well and “step onto the podium.”

The diversity of Team Bahamas should also bring some luck to Team Bahamas; due to the constant unavailability of college athletes, this team not only consists of collegiate athletes but also a number of junior athletes many of whom still in high school but who can run exceptionally well. “The name of the game is to run fast however, the athletes must be ready mentally and physically. The decision has to be made to carry the best mental and physical athletes,” says the proud coach.

The athletes are certainly ready, many of them are fresh of their great performances at the recently held CARIFTA Games held in St. Kitts. What is McKinney’s message to his athlete’s one may ask? “I would let them know the sky is the limit.” As many world class athletes like Usain Bolt and Kiranni James are expected, McKinney says he would also encourage them to not be “star struck” but to “just look at yourself in the preparation stage as both Bolt and James started out where you are.”

A few members of Team Bahamas got to see action early as they competed at the Penn Relays held this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; apart from a number of local high schools competing at those relays teams, the BAAA’s also fielded a number of relay teams which was hoped to be used as a “test run” for the 2015 World Relays being held next weekend in Nassau.

On May 1st – 2nd, 2015, McKinney, Team Bahamas, organizers and the Bahamian people would be hosting the world and on that day, the camera starts to roll and the movie begins; there would be no more test runs. McKinney has to be ready and so would his athletes; McKinney says he wants his athletes to be ready, be bold and be daring. “Hats off to all the athletes. I believe in them,” says the passionate coach. Bahamas Athletics wishes Coach Nathaniel McKinney all the best in his position as Assistant Team Manager at the 2015 IAAF World Relays.

Bahamas Athletics also thanks McKinney for his support to us and for always being a friend of Bahamas Athletics.

2015 Penn Relays wrap-up
Written by Kermit Taylor    Saturday, 25 April 2015 18:26   

Bahamas Athletics was on location for the Saturday edition of the 2015 Penn Relays being held on the camous of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylania.

Apart from a small number of Bahamian students competing for their high schools, the BAAA's also fielded a number of relay teams in preparation for the IAAF 2015 World Relays.

The Penn Relays released the overall numbers for this year’s relays which this year, attracted 1023 high schools comprising of 842 girls high school relay teams and 809 boys high school relay teams.

There were 235 colleges registered, 209 men’s college teams and 203 women’s college teams.

Eight (8) countries had representation in either a high school or college team. This number does not include the USA-v- The World Relays events. This year, the Penn Relays reported some thirty seven (37) high schools from Jamaica competing with The Bahamas having only six (6) high schools competing.

In the USA -v- The World relays, The Bahamas would have fielded a women's 4 x 200 meter Caribbean All–Star team made up of Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie, Anthonique Strachan, Lanece Clarke and Sheniqua Ferguson.

In the men's 4 x 400 relays team, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder, Alonzo Russell and Ramon Miller saw action in that event.

After it was all said and done, the Women's Caribbean All-Star team would finish third with a time of 1:32.40 seconds.

The Bahamas mens 4 x 400 meter team would finish a close second with a time of 3:01.63 seconds.

If there was one thing that stood out was that this year’s Penn Relays was used as a tune-up for the IAAF World Relays scheduled for Nassau on May 3rd and 4th.

Finally, this year’s relays would have attracted some 110,587 attendees over the three days on competition.

Bahamas Athletics congratulates the Penn Relays Team Bahamas. Continue to follow Bahamas Athletics as we now turn our focus on the 2015 IAAF World Relays.

Let's do this Bahamas!

Bahamas Athletics Today Magazine... Premier Edition IT'S HERE!
Written by BahamasAthletics    Friday, 24 April 2015 14:20   
Written by IAAF    Friday, 24 April 2015 10:59   

There is just over a week to go before the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, which will be held in Nassau on Saturday and Sunday 2-3 May.

More than 600 athletes from around the world will compete in five relay disciplines in the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium: 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and the distance medley relay for both men and women.

The star attraction will be, without doubt, the 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt who has been entered as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m and 4x200m teams.

In the latter event, and with Bolt missing through injury, Jamaica set a world record of 1:18.63 at the inaugural IAAF World Relays at the same venue in 2014, one of three world records to fall in a memorable first edition of the latest addition to the roster of IAAF Competition.

The Jamaica team is expected to include Veronica Campbell-Brown in the 4x100m and 2013 World Athlete of the Year Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce in the 4x200m.

In addition to outstanding teams from all over the Caribbean, there are a host of star names who will be making longer journeys to get to the event.

The full article can be read : http://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/iaaf-world-relays-2015-one-week-to-go

BAAA 2015 National High School Relays A Major Success
Written by Kermit Taylor    Wednesday, 22 April 2015 21:41   

On Friday and Saturday April 17th and 18th the BAAA hosted The National High School Relays.

This year’s event brought a record number of schools from the Family Islands. The list shows schools from Grand Bahama in the North to Inagua in the south. It was refreshing to see the National Thomas A. Robinson Stadium used to host the relays championship. As an added bonus the athletes were introduced to the spectators and appeared from behind a curtain mimicking what happened at last year’s inaugural IAAF relays held in The Bahamas. No one could miss the thrill and excitement on the faces of the young athletes as they emerged from behind the curtains into the limelight of potential glory. It was also great to see ZNS TV 13 out in full force and broadcasting the relays.

As it relates to the performances on the track, one thing that stood out was the wealth of potential of the great athletes from our family islands. It is quite obvious that if resources were made available in the Family Islands, The Bahamas would once again dominate the sport of athletics/track and field at every junior level including CARIFTA, World Youth and World Juniors. 

After it was all said and done the athletes would have competed in four relays events: 4X100, 4X200, 4X400, 4X800 (girls) sprint medley - 2 x 100m, 1x 200m and 1x400m and 4X1600 (boys) sprint medley. For the boys sprint medley, athletes ran 2 x 200m, 1 x 400m and 1 x 800m.

For the past several years every major high school in New Providence has had its eyes set on defeating SAC... The Big Red Machine...  As fate would have it, after a ferocious yet friendly battle, St Augustine's won the 2015 BAAA National Relay Championships followed by The Green Giants of St Johns and Queens Comets following in 3rd.

The individual relays the results are as follows:

Girls 4x100M Relay

High School Finals

1st        St. Augustine’s College                  46.84

2nd        Sunland Baptist                          47.33

3rd        St. John’s College                       48.00

4th        Queen’s College                          48.47

5th        St. Anne’s School                        48.90

6th        Tabernacle Baptist Christian            49.89

7th        L.N. Coakley High School                 50.38

--          St. George’s High School                DQ


Girls 4x200M Relay

High School Finals

1st        St. John’s College                       1:40.55

2nd        St. Augustine’s College                  1:40.59

3rd        Queen’s College                          1:40.74

4th        St. George’s High School                 1:45.79

5th        St. Anne’s School                        1:46.62

6th        Bishop Michael Eldon High               1:46.69

7th        Kingsway Academy                         1:48.78

8th        St. Paul’s Methodist College             1:48.90


Girls 4x400M Relay

High School Finals

1st        St. Augustine’s College                  3:46.99

2nd        Sunland Baptist                          3:56.66

3rd        St. John’s College                       4:01.15

4th        Bishop Michael Eldon High               4:12.76

5th        North Andros High School                 4:16.49

6th        St. George’s High School                 4:28.94

Sprint Medley was made up of 200m, 400m and two 100m

Girls 800 Sprint Medley (1/1/2/4) Finals

1st        St. Augustine’s College                  1:47.36

2nd        Queen’s College                          1:47:69

3rd        C.R. Walker Senior                       1:53.65

4th        Mary Star of the Sea Catholic           1:54.20

5th        Kingsway Academy                         1:54.76

6th        Tabernacle Baptist Christian            1:54.80

7th        C.V. Bethel Senior School                1:56.13

--          Sunland Baptist                         DQ


Boys 4x100M Relay Finals

1st        Tabernacle Baptist Christian             40:97

2nd        St. John’s College                       42:14

3rd        Doris Johnson Senior High                42.49

4th        Abaco Central High School                44:41

5th        Bishop Michael Eldon High               44:90

6th        Queen’s College                          44:94


Boys 4x200M Relay Finals

1st        St. John’s College                       1:30.28

2nd        Queen’s College                          1:30.31

3rd        St. George’s High School                 1:32.69

4th        C.R. Walker Senior High                  1:32.80

5th        Eight Mile Rock High School             1:33.56

6th        St. Augustine’s College                  1:33.69

7th        St. Paul’s Methodist College             1:36.84

--          Abaco Central High School               DQ


Boys 4x400M Relay Finals

1st        St. Augustine’s College                  3:18.04

2nd        Tabernacle Baptist College               3:18.43

3rd        Queen’s College                          3:21.23

4th        Moore’s Island All Age                   3:21.83

5th        C.R. Walker Senior High                  3:25.67

--          Jack Hayward High School                DQ

--          St. George’s High School                DQ

Sprint Medley was made up of 2: 200m, 400m and 800m

Boys 1600 Sprint Medley (4/2/2/8)

High School Finals

1st        St. Augustine’s College                  3:35.81

2nd        C.R. Walker Senior High                  3:36.75

3rd        Tabernacle Baptist Christian             3:39.83

4th        St. John’s College                       3:42.15

5th        Doris Johnson Senior High                3:48.62

6th        North Andros High School                 3:50.07

7th        C.V. Bethel Senior High                  4:05.69

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