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Head coaches wanted for various events

The Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) is seeking qualified coaches to fill positions as head coaches for various events. According to a release from the association, the council has agreed to the re-classification of designations within its coaching system, in accordance with the recommendations of the International Association of Athletic Federations.

The association is therefore inviting applications for the position of head coaches for the following events: sprints, hurdles and relays; middle, long distance and walks; jumps and throws.

To qualify for the appointment, applicants must possess an IAAF Level 11 certificate, or a Level 1 coaching certificate plus at least three years of continuous post-Level 1 certification coaching experience or the IAAF Level 1 certificate with a minimum of five years' continuous coaching experience prior to attainment of the Level 1 certificate, or any other qualification which the council of the association may, from time to time, deem to be equivalent to any of the above. The additional qualification of a Grade 1 Trained Teacher's Certificate or the Diploma in Education from the University of Guyana will be a distinct advantage.The closing date for submissions is July 15 and applications should be delivered to Olympic House, Peter Rose and Church Streets, Queenstown.

Congratulations to Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett on making the Olympic Semifinals in the 400m and 800m, respectively. Also, Congrats to Charles Allen (Guyana National Record Holder) now representing Canada on making the 110m Hurdles Finals.
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New National Record for Commomwealth Champion Aliann Pompey in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, July 17, 2004.

Her time of 50.93!!!!!! put her in sub-51 club.

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Congrats to Aliann Pompey on breaking her own National 400m Record on June 11th, 2004 in Bergen, Norway @  Golden League Opener.
 
New National Record - 51.09!!!!!!!!!!
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Congrats to Marian Burnett on becoming the first woman Guyanese woman to break two minutes in the 800m run on May 31st, 2004 at Jordon Payton U.S. Open at Stanford, CA.
 
New National Record and Olympics "A" Standard Qualification - 1:59.47.
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Congrats to Aliann Pompey on breaking her own National 400m Record on May 22nd, 2004 in Brazil in an Olympic 'A' Standard Qualification. 
 
New National Record - 51.11!!!!!!!!!!

Overseas Sprinters close out the Year in style.
 
Guyanese runners came out of the wood work to dominate the sprints on December 30, 2005 @ the Holiday Classic held at the armory.
The men's took five of eight spots in the finals with Kwesi Sarabo winning the 60m dash in 6.71. Sarabo was beaten out in the 200m dash by up and coming Mr. Gordon McKensize, once crowned the fastest boy in New York City.  I can see the national record falling the 4x100m relay at Penn Relays.

On the women's side, two time Olympian Aliann Pompey started her 2006 season with a bang in winning the 400m dash and taking 2nd in the 200m.

December 30, 2005

Holiday Classic

Open & Masters    5:00pm - 11:00pm

 

Track Events Results

 

 

Men’s 60m Dash Trial Heat 1

Place

Name

Team

Time

1

Kurt Gibbons - GUY

Achievers

6.97

3

Kevin Ma

Cortland

7.39

5

Sam Sotubo

St. Benedicts

7.56

6

Troy Robinson

Unattached

7.67

2

Edward Hilts

U. Albany

7.13

4

Victor Piedmonn

Globe

7.42

8

Christian Larmont

St. Benedicts

8.52

7

John Beltrez

Unattached

7.76

 

60m Trial Heat 2

Place

Name

Team

Time

2

Thonney Harr

Unattached

7.08

4

Jason Martin-Williams

St. Francis

7.30

5

Ryan Hurst

Globe Institute

7.33

1

Gordon McKenzie - GUY

Zenith Velocity

6.86

3

Jason Manenkoff

Quikazhell

7.20

8

Wayne Demore Jr.

Coach Lum TC

7.57

7

Keon Franks

Globe TC

7.52

6

Carlos Amarilla

Unattached

7.48

 

 

60m Trials Heat 4 of 6

Place

Name

Team

Time

5

Tyree Morgan

CCP

7.66

6

Scott Bloomberg

Edgemont HS

7.70

3

Hineef Wilson

St. Benedicts

7.48

1

Kwesi Sarabo - GUY

Executive

6.78

7

Jason Salvat

Sprint Science

7.72

4

Malachi Livingston

BGHS

7.60

8

Ronald D’Avy

Unattached

8.13

2

Noel Parnell

New Dimension

7.04

 

60m Trial Heat 6 of 6

Place

Name

Team

Time

5

Nick Noriega

Life Sciences

7.73

8

Kwasi Agykman

St. Benedicts

8.07

2

Garth Robinson

Unattached

6.90

3

Alec Henry - GUY

S+H

7.01

1

Lee Prowell - GUY

Executive TC

6.86

4

Michael Watts

Unattached

7.13

7

Jean Messenger

Tri-Valley School

7.90

6

Christopher Davila

Unattached

7.87

 

Men’s Open 60m Final

Place

Name

Team

Time

4

Kurt Gibbons - GUY

Achievers

6.88

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Kenneth Baxter

NYETC

DNS

3

Lee Powell - GUY

Executive TC

6.88

1

Kwesi Sarabo - GUY

Executive TC

6.71

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Gordon McKenzie - GUY

Zenith Velocity

DNR

2

Garth Robinson

Unattached

6.84

5

Kevin Logan

CW Post

6.93

6

Alec Henry - GUY

S+H

7.01

 

Open Women’s 200m Dash Heat 1 of 8

Place

Name

Team

Time

4

Janice Smythe

Unattached

25.53

2

Aliann Pompey - GUY

Unattached

24.27

1

Kia Davis

EAI/ Adidas

24.02

3

Nadine Parker

Haiti/Nike

24.43

5

Elan Hilaire

Park

25.70

 

Open Women’s 200m Medal Winners

Place

Name

Team

Time

2

Aliann Pompey - GUY

Unattached

24.27

1

Kia Davis

EAI/ Adidas

24.02

3

Nadine Parker

Haiti/Nike

24.43

 

Men 200m Heat 1 of 14                                                                          

Place

Name

Team

Time

4

Lance Wigfall

Lincoln University

22.31

5

Garnell Hall

Zenith Velocity

22.36

6

Lamont Dowing

Unattached

23.00

2

Kiwesi Sarabo - GUY

Executive

21.53

1

Gordon McKenzie - GUY

Zenith Velocity

21.30

3

Kevin Logan

CW Post

21.71

 

Men 200m Medal Winners                                                                      

Place

Name

Team

Time

2

Kiwesi Sarabo - GUY

Executive

21.53

1

Gordon McKenzie - GUY

Zenith Velocity

21.30

3

Kevin Logan

CW Post

21.71

 

Women 400m Heat 1 of 3                                                                      

Place

Name

Team

Time

1

Aliann Pompey - GUY

Unattached

53.61

2

Kia Davis

Unattached

54.19

3

Christine Spruce

EAI/Nike

55.47

4

Elan Hilaire

Park

55.98

5

Kaydian Reid

Unattached

58.61

6

Leslie Williams

Cabrini

62.15

 

Women 400m Medal Winners

Place

Name

Team

Time

1

Aliann Pompey –GUY

Unattached

53.61

2

Kia Davis

Unattached

54.19

3

Christine Spruce

EAI/Nike

55.47

 

Men 400m Heat 3 of 7                                                                   

Place

Name

Team

Time

1

Bryan Hubain

Unattached

49.65

2

Alec Henry - GUY

S+H

50.15

3

Walt Smith

Zenith Velocity

50.77

4

Oren Myer

Globe

50.83

5

Tyri Coerbell

STC

52.36

6

Terryl Richardson

Achievers

52.82

 

Men 400m Heat 6 of 7                                                                   

Place

Name

Team

Time

1

Kwesi West - GUY

Kings Track Club

54.07

2

DashanAxsohj

Jabria RR

54.47

3

Michael Francis

Unattached

54.59

4

Max Fiedler

Tri-Valley School

55.34

5

Sean Messenger

Tri-Valley School

55.34

6

Roger Smith

Bensalem

56.01

7

Anthony Milton

York College

56.39

8

Morgan Mack

St. Benedict’s

57.09

9

Romdell Marshall

York College

58.70

10

James McCormick

Robinson Secondary

59.04

11

Keshroy Spencer

Comm College PA

59.24

12

Michael Whalen

Unattached

61.83

13

Gregg Brown

Unattached

63.60

Greene/Blackman issue not yet resolved
- GOA says cannot intervene

The selection of Andre Blackman ahead of Rawle Greene to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, next March has not yet been resolved.

Coach of the Police Athletic Club, Linden Wilson believes both Greene and Blackman should be sent to represent Guyana at the games.

Wilson told Stabroek Sport yesterday that both athletes have provided the necessary track and field competition needs in Guyana and, as a result, both athletes should be sent to represent Guyana.

"I think they (the Athletic Association of Guyana) should send both of them," he said.

However, Wilson feels Blackman should not be `penalised' for his selection ahead of Greene.

"I am in sympathy with Rawle but Andre cannot be penalised for his selection."

Wilson's comments followed recent criticisms of the selection criteria of the Athletics Association of Guyana by coach of the Bedford Allstars Athletic Club, Wayne Walcott.

Walcott in several letters to this newspaper, questioned the selection of Blackman ahead of Greene who he feels is the number one sprinter in Guyana, to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year.

According to Walcott "a great injustice has been perpetrated against Greene. We put a lot of effort into our training. A great injustice has been done because it stifles my athlete," the Bedford coach said.

Walcott told Stabroek Sport that "the selection of Blackman is disappointing. I think Rawle has done well."

Green has won both the 100 and 200m at the Hampton Games in Trinidad.

An invitation letter sent to `Affiliate Clubs/Schools' by the Athletic Association of Guyana's Track and Field Committee stated that `the council of the Association will use the performances of athletes in this championship as the selection criteria for any invitations received.'

The National Senior Games were held on April 17 of this year and Greene won both the 100m and the 200m events at the championship meet winning the 100m in 10.4 seconds and the 200m in 21.8 seconds.

Wilson, Blackman's coach, however, contends that Blackman did not participate at the event because he was representing his country internationally.

"On the grounds of what everybody is saying, Andre was in Saudi Arabia competing for Guyana when the National Senior Trials were held," Wilson said.

Walcott sought the intervention of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) but was told that the GOA could not do anything about his athlete's situation.

Secretary General of the GOA Ivor O'Brien yesterday told Stabroek Sport that he thinks "it is a straight issue between the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) and their affiliate clubs."

The GOA general secretary said "we cannot tell the AAG who to select. If they were an affiliate of the GOA then we could have had some say but they are a constituent member."

According to O'Brien the GOA comprises constituent members not affiliates. "We are not an umbrella organisation" he declared, adding that the Athletic Association of Guyana is accountable to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Walcott says he will make an appeal to the National Sport Commission.

However, O'Brien said that he is certain the National Sport Commission has a similar function as the Olympic Association.

Both the National Sport Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association cannot intervene in the affairs of the Athletic Association of Guyana since the Athletic Association is an autonomous body.

Media Manager of the Athletics Association of Guyana, Leeron Brummel, yesterday told Stabroek Sport... "they have not discussed the issue yet."

He, however said that he "will raise the issue" at the AAG's council meeting which was held yesterday evening at Olympic House. Up to press time yesterday Brummel could not be contacted for a conclusive word on the issue.

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Guyanese World Masters triple gold medallist Victor Benjamin poses with the medals won at the Edmonton Games. (Photo by Jules Gibson)

Victor Benjamin triple gold medallist

New York-based Guyanese athlete Victor Benjamin won three gold medals at the 2005 World Masters in Edmonton, Canada this summer.

Benjamin won the 100 meters hurdles in 16.81 seconds, the 300 meters hurdles in 47.03 seconds and the long jump in 5.45 meters competing in the over-60 division.

The Evergreen Club athlete told Stabroek Sport that he would have set new world marks in at least two events but his hamstring pulled up about 40 metres before the tape in the 300 meters hurdles.

"I train to reach the top, I know what it means to be a champion, I made the necessary sacrifices and adjustments to reach there but the injury denied me breaking the records," he said.

Besides being a Masters track star Victor Benjamin is also an instructor with the Cricket International Junior Youth Development Program (JYDP) in New York.

Just winning the events in Edmonton was not enough for Benjamin. He says "I had no need to compete at the US Masters trials because I was winning all year in the US." He wanted records but was unfortunately denied.

Asked if that signaled the end of a career that spawned 21 years, he defiantly said `No!' and related his intentions of competing at the South African Masters in honour of Nelson Mandela early next year.

According to Benjamin his legs were strapped and it was tough competing after the injury. He said a lot of people were surprised he actually competed at all.

The 60 to 64 years division in which Benjamin competed has a 100 meters hurdles world record of 14.8 seconds and 43.3 seconds in the 300 meters while the long jump mark is 6.17 meters.

This is not the first time that injury prevented Benjamin from achieving his goals in a track and field meeting. He had suffered a torn Achilles in the semi-final of the last games in Australia while running the 400 meters hurdles.

The former Guyana Defence Force member has one silver and one bronze medal confirming his only two losses at the Masters games. He first competed at the games in the 35 to 39 age group in 1984. His three gold medals raised his tally to 25 at the Masters games.

More than 2,100 competitors competed in the Games which are held every four years, involving competition in several disciplines including soccer.

Benjamin told Stabroek Sport that he loves his country and while here he would be looking to make contact with old friends.

He says that he wanted to compete for Guyana at the games but was unable to do so because of his American passport.

Several flaws at 45th National Schools Track and Field championships
By Isaiah Chappelle
COMPLIMENTS go out for the general administration of the 45th Annual National Schools Track & Field, Swimming and Cycling Championships, but the security was flawed and individual districts fell from grace.

Perhaps the biggest blow to the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) championship team, led by Director Edward Singh, was the districts’ poor registration process.

Competitors not attending school were found in the Corentyne teams, while some cyclists were denied participation because they were not properly registered by their districts.

Feeding was decentralised with each district being responsible for their charges. Lunch for some districts arrived after 16:00 h one day.

Another flaw was districts’ adhering to their colours. Only District 5 (West Berbice), District 9 (Rupununi), District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) and District 4 (East Coast Demerara) steadfastly wore the designated colours, while the others, particularly the Georgetown athletes wore their own thing, yet they were allowed to enter the track.

One district complained about inexperienced officials, who were hastily trained and thrown into the Nationals, unlike previous years when officials had to pass through other meets leading up to the big championships.

A big blow was the non-support of the meet by schools in the district. Each day, the stands were almost empty with just a sprinkling of spectators. Not even schoolchildren were out in numbers, and that did not improve much on the final day, perhaps a reflection of the education authorities in the area.

Competition was keen throughout the meet, even in the heats, but more so in the distance races in which the Rupununi athletes wowed the crowd. Therefore, there was never a dull moment, but sadly not many people were there to enjoy such good competition.

Alcohol - beer and stout - was sold in bottles in the venue, contrary to the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), although the security personnel inspected vehicles and scanned persons with electronic devices.

A woman police sergeant was shown a man selling stout in glass bottles near the main pavilion and she simply put her head straight and walked past the itinerant vendor.

What was most shocking was to observe some persons in a vehicle with the Guyana Teachers Service Commission splashed on its doors, drinking beer which was not even the sponsors’ brand.

A fight broke out in one of the stands, a repeat of the 2000 staging at the very venue. A source close to GUYSUCO said that the company was reluctant to grant the GTU the use of the centre because of what occurred that time.

Rehearsal for the opening ceremony was clearly lacking and there were no marks for the districts to assemble after the march past which took place without a band. The little dancers suffered a similar fate as they evidently did not rehearse at the venue for their presentation, which turned out to be a beautiful piece.

A good move was to have a separate public address system to get the athletes on the track and another to feed the public with information related only to the races. One announcer now and again slipped and dealt with housekeeping matters for which a runner could have been used.

Commendably, however, as championship issues confronted Singh, he and his secretariat dealt with them with calm professionalism and a meet with keen competition unfolded over four days.

Schools championships
District Ten retains overall title

District 10 (Upper Demerara/ Kwakwani) retained its Champion of Champions trophy yesterday when the curtains came down on this year's Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education/ Banks Malta sponsored National Schools Track and Field, Cycling and Swimming Championships.

The 45th edition of the championships which was staged at the Albion Commu-nity Centre ground, saw District 10 winning the swimming, cycling and track and field championships to be crowned champion of champions for a third year. The Upper Demerara team registered 508 points to win the track and field title, 263 points to take the swimming title and 189 points to win the cycling events.

District 6 (Corentyne) won the teachers' track and field title with 229 points. Defending champion in this category, District 4, placed second with 189 points.

District 4 placed second to District 10 in the track and field, as well as the cycling, with 498.5 points and 171 points respectively.

In cycling, District 11 (North Georgetown) cyclist Christopher Holder was adjudged the champion boys' under-14 rider after registering 30 points from three events. District 4 (East Bank Demerara) cyclist Albert Philander was declared the boys' open champion with 50 points. He participated in five events and won them all.

In the teachers' category, District 6 athlete Horatio Pestano with 26 points was adjudged champion male under-21 teacher, while on the distaff side, District 13 teacher Joanne Van Sertima with 26 points also was adjudged champion female.

The male teachers' 21-30 years old title went to District 10's Kevin Bonette, while on the distaff side, District 5 (West Berbice) teachers Trishell Thompson and Fiona Mentis shared the award with 30 points each.

The male teachers' 31-40 years old champion is District 6 athlete Roydell Harvey who recorded 20 points, while his team mate Tiffany Favourite with an equal amount of points won the female award.

The male over-40 award went to District 6's Egbert Jackson.

In track and field, District 6 finished third with 444 points. District 12 ended fourth with 394 points. District 5 placed fifth with 391.5 points. District 7 (Bartica) was sixth with 361 points. District 3 (West Demerara) was seventh with 354.5 points. District 11 (North Georgetown) was eighth with 338.5 points. District 14 (East Bank Demerara) was ninth with 313 points. District 9 (Rupununi) was tenth with 310.5 points. District 15 (New Amsterdam/ Canje) took 11th place with 303 points and District 13 (South Georgetown) 12th with 270 points. District 2 (Essequibo Coast) was 13th with 247 points, District 16 (Essequibo Islands) 14th with 63 points and District 1 in the cellar with 53 points.

In cycling, District 6 placed third with 156 points, District 14 fourth with 81 points, District 3 fifth with 71 points and District 15 sixth with 60 points.

The other positions were occupied by District 11 (51), District 7 (36) and District 12 (18).

In the teachers' championship, District 10 placed third with 180 points, while District 7 (148), District 3 (129), District 13 (125), District 15 (103), District 11 (88), District 12 (78), District 14 (75), District 5 (65), District 2 (61), District 16 (13) and District 9 (6), occupied the other positions.

East Georgetown finished second to District 10 in the swimming championships with 244 points, while the other top positions were occupied by District 7 (188), District 11 (137), District 1 (80), District 2 (78), and District 4 (69) respectively.

Scams mar schools championships

Three scams involving athletes from two different districts were uncovered yesterday resulting in them being disqualified, when the Guyana Teachers Union/ Ministry of Education/Banks Malta sponsored 45th Annual Track and Field, Cycling and Swimming Championships continued at the Albion ground, Berbice.

District 6 (Corentyne) track athlete Rayburn Rose was disqualified from further participation in any event after GTU's National Sports Secretary Edward Singh discovered that he no longer attends school and therefore cannot qualify as an athlete.

Another District 6 athlete, Michael Moore was also disqualified for the same reason.

District 14 (East Bank Demerara) athlete Margaret Craig was disqualified after it was discovered that she had not registered with the relevant authorities.

According to Singh, Moore was the first to be disqualified after it was discovered that he does not attend Port Mourant Community High, which his registration form listed as his school.

Rose had been registered as an athlete who attends the Skeldon Line Path Secondary School. But Singh said checks with the two schools revealed that neither Rose nor Moore attended school, and as such he had no alternative but to

disqualify them.

Singh said he telephoned both schools and confirmed the information with senior teachers.

Craig on the other hand was disqualified for not being a registered athlete. But a representative of her district is calling on the authorities to prove this. The teacher said Craig had been registered and questioned how she would have received an identification card and participant's number if her registration had not been completed.

But Singh, speaking on the public address system, notified all present that he had discovered that some district officials were using the computers at Metro Office and Stationery Supplies in Rose Hall, Corentyne, to alter athletes' identification cards.

He said the material available at the Rose Hall Store, was also available at the Georgetown Branch which was contracted by the GTU to produce the identification cards.

Rose had been scheduled to participate in the boys' open 4X100 and 4X400 relay races, as well as the 400-metre boys' under-20.

Craig had represented District 14 in the swimming events and placed fourth in the girls' open 100-metre freestyle. She had also been scheduled to run the 800-metre girls' under-20 race yesterday.

National Schools Track & Field championship ...
District 10 climb back to top position
From Isaiah Chappelle at Albion
DEFENDING champions, District 10, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, climbed back into the top position of Track & Field championships at the close of Day 3 of the 45th Annual National Schools Track & Field, Cycling and Swimming Championships at the Albion Community Centre ground, today, as three athletes were disqualified from the meet.

After 68 finals, District 10 had the leading 296 points, followed by rival District 4 (East Coast Demerara) on 278, a lead of 18 points, equivalent to a win and a second. District 6 (Corentyne) improved to third with 239 but were tainted with entries of two athletes were not attending school.

District 3 (West Coast Demerara) and District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) tied on 209.5 for fourth, while District 14 (East Bank Demerara) were fifth with 200 but were also tainted with one disqualification for entering athlete without birth certificate. The athlete had also placed fourth in 100 m freestyle in the Swimming Championship but the points were erased.

The points standing for the other districts were District 1 (North West) 41, District 2 (Essequibo Coast & Pomeroon) 150, District 5 (West Berbice) 181, District 9 (Rupununi) 151, District 11 (North Georgetown) 169.5, District 12 (East Georgetown) 152, District 13 (South Georgetown) 116, District 15 (New Amsterdam & Canje) 163 and District 16 (Essequibo Islands) 47.

District 10 also led in the Cycling Championship with 156 points after 20 finals, followed by District 4 on 141 and District 6 on 133, the three being the main frontrunners.

The Teachers Championship belonged to District 6 who led with a massive 147 points, with District 4 in a distant second with 116, followed by District 3 on 81 and District 10 on 79.

Irregularities are being detected and Director Edward Singh announced that one athlete was found with a false identification card, whereby the original photograph was taken out and another inserted. He said that a well-known photocopying centre in Rose Hall Town was in receipt of the copied blanks.

Many events were heats and several races from Day 2 were completed at the start of the day, and several events would go across to the final day, today.

Kenneth Semple of District 4 continued to dominate the sprints, winning the 200 m Boys’ final in 23.3 seconds, with Emerson Campbell of District 11 second in 23.4, Ryan Reid of District 12 third and Phillip Fraser of District 10 fourth. Semple won the 100 m Boys’ Under-20 on Wednesday in 10.9 seconds, with Campbell second, Fraser third and Reid fourth.

On the distaff side, Latoya Roberts of District 4 won in 26.8 seconds, followed by Donette Mentis of District 7 second, Leota Bobb of District 12 third and Camral Shepherd of District 13 fourth. It was a switch in the top two places in the 100 m Girls’ Under-20 final in which Mentis triumphed in 12.5 seconds, Roberts was second, Tenisha Osborne of District 3 third and Lodona McKenzie of District 6 fourth.

In the 400 m Boys’ Under-16 final, Edward Da Silva of District 5 won in 55 second flat, with Seon Hetmyer of District 15 second, Tryone Bovell of District 3 third and Phillip Drayton of District 12 fourth, while Monica Roberts of District 4 won the Girls’ version in 1: 01.5 minutes, followed by Rhondell Alleyne of District 12 in second, Mercedes Forde of District 11 third and Marcia Dodson of District 13 fourth.

Stephon Josiah of District 16 had a leap of 1.8 m to win the High Jump Boys Under-20 final, followed by Jeremy Garnett of District 14 in second, Stephon Alexander of District 3 third and Curtis Gravesande of District 10 fourth.

All finals will be staged today, the final day.

GTU championships
District Four in ten-point lead

District 4 (East Coast Demerara) is currently enjoying a ten-point lead over Defending champions District 10 (Upper Demerara/ Kwakwani) after two days of competition in the Guyana Teachers Union/Ministry of Education/Banks Malta sponsored-National Schools Track and Field/Cycling and Swimming Championships, currently underway at the Albion Community Centre ground, Berbice.

After 32 track and field finals, District 4 accumulated 137 points, ten more than District 10 (127). District 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni), District 6 (Corentyne), District 3 (West Demerara) and District 14 (East Bank Demerara) are placed third to sixth with 109.5 points, 101 points, 90.5 points and 89 points respectively.

Despite having a team of merely 23 athletes, District 9 (Rupununi) were able to accumulate 85 points to take seventh place.

In the cycling championship, after 12 finals, defending champions District 10 lead the points standing with 98 points. They are followed by District 4 on 87 points, District 6 on 79 points, District 14 on 42 points, District 15 (New Amsterdam/Canje) on 31 points and District 3 on 25 points.

Yesterday's events that involved competitors from the Rupununi, brought the small but appreciative crowd to their feet, cheering the Indigenous athletes who stole the hearts of many.

One such race was the 800-metre girls' under-10 final which the Rupununi's Sian Mandukin went to the head of affairs after completing 400 metres in the middle of the pack. Once she took the lead, she never relinquished it.

About 200 metres from the finish District 1 (North West) athlete Launie James accelerated from some 50 metres behind Mandukin closing in on her steadily. But the leader looked over her shoulder, saw James coming very fast, and charged into overdrive, opening the lead once more.

Entering the home stretch, James tried once more to get at Mandukin, but once again the Rupununi athlete accelerated and won comfortably.

Again in the 1500-metre girls' under-20, Rupununi's Losanna Lawrence caused the small crowd to put their hands together.

Lawrence trailed the early race leader District 5's (West Berbice) representative, Doneka Lyte for the first two laps (600-metre), then went to the front. District 4 and District 10 athletes, Oteia Prince and Shonette McFarlane followed Lawrence and overtook Lyte.

The three then started a battle of their own, but with 300 metres remaining, Lawrence found new life and distanced herself from Prince and McFarlane, opening a lead of approximately 80 metres and winning comfortably.

On completing the distance, both Prince and McFarlane collapsed, while Lawrence looked as though she could have continued.

In other track and field results, District 12 (East Georgetown) athlete Alika Morgan won the 3000-metre girls' under-16, returning a time of 11 minutes 0.3 seconds (11:0.3). Second was District 9's Doretta Wilson (11:14.2) and third, District 6's Melissa Albert (11:23.6).

The under-16 boys' 3000-metre event was won by District 6's Xavier Durant (10:18.5). Second was District 9's Robert Ignacio (10:30.8) and third, District 5's Kareem Aaron (10:42.9).

Angel Simmons of District 7 won the cricket ball throw for girls under eight years old. She registered 30.05 metres. Second was District 2 (Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon) athlete Privilege Pollard and third District 9's Synecius Augustine.

In cycling results, District 4's Albert Philander won the boys' open 1500-metre race from Andy Singh (District 10) and District 11's (North Georgetown) Enzo Matthews respectively.

The boys' open 5000-metre race was won by District 10's Jason Bourne. Second was District 6's Mitchell Whyte and third, District 4's Carl McLeod. District 6's Elisha Henry won the girls' open 5000-metre event from District 10's Diana Pollydore and Olinder Niles respectively.

The 800-metre girls' under-16 was won by District 3's Tomeka Charels. Second was District 14's Jennifer Sealey and third Najuma Hercules. District 10's Suzette Douglas won the 800-metre girls' open race from District 4's Latoya DeFreitas and District 6's Niketa Whyte respectively.

The 800-metre boys' under-14 was won by District 11's Christopher Holder. Second was District 6's Paul Ewart and third District 15's Kevin McAlmon.

 
Sports Letter
The Athletics Association's financial statements 2002-05 should be audited

Dear Editor,

In his letter captioned 'No reporter was present at the Athletic Association meeting of November 12,' (SN, 17.11.05) President of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Claude Blackmore enters the dangerous territory of freedom of expression and freedom of the press by suggesting to readers that in some way Stabroek Sport is working in collaboration with me to discredit the Athletic Association of Guyana. These claims were rightfully put to rest by a detailed explanation and account of what transpired at the association's Extraordinary General Meeting on November 12, 2005, and letters written by me before that date which were published in the Stabroek News.

The President also tried to imply that one of Stabroek News' employees who happens to be a member of the Bedford All Sports Club is operating in a conflict of interest situation by reporting for your paper, a position to which I take exception. The young reporter has a right to employment as long as he does his work within the confines and principles of his profession. As President of the Athletics Association of Guyana and Senior Vice President of the Guyana Olympic Association of Guyana, Mr Blackmore too must apply the same principles in the discharge of his functions.

At present the Bedford All Stars Sports Club's main grievance with the Athletic Association of Guyana is the AAG's unaudited financial statements of Income and Expenditure for the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 despite the fact that elections have been held. We are asking for a forensic and independent audit for the years mentioned by an independent and competent auditing firm.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Vice President/Coach

Bedford All Stars Sports Club

 

District 4 establish ten-point lead over District 10
From Isaiah Chappelle in Albion
DISTRICT 4, East Coast Demerara, established a ten-point lead over defending champions District 10, Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, at the end of the first day of the Track & Field championships in the 45th Annual National Schools' Track & Field, Cycling & Swimming meet at the Albion Community Centre ground, yesterday.

After 32 finals, District 4 amassed the leading 137 points, followed by District 10 on 127, with District 7, Cuyuni/Mazaruni, in third position on 109.5 and District 6, Corentyne, fourth on 101.

In fifth position was District 3, West Demerara, on 90.5 points, District 14 (East Bank Demerara) sixth on 89, District 9 (Rupununi) seventh on 85, District 5 (West Coast Berbice) eighth on 84, District 2 (Essequibo Coast & Pomeroon) ninth on 76 and District 11 and 12 complete the top-ten position with 75.5 each.

The points for the other five participating districts are District 1 (Northwest) 39, District 13 (South Georgetown) 46, District 15 (New Amsterdam & Canje) 59.5 and District 16 (Essequibo Islands) 11.5 .

District 4 also led in the Cycling championship with 12 finals on 87 points, followed by District 6 on 79 for second, District 14 on 42 for third, and District 15 on 31 for fourth.

But the Cycling was surrounded by controversy with top National juvenile rider Geron Williams being left out of the meet, and one cyclist who was out of school for two years being allowed to compete.

With just 23 athletes in the championships, Rupununi wowed the crowd, particularly in the female track events. The spectators applauded for a convincing win by Losanna Lawrence in the 1500 m Girls’ Under-20 final, while Cleveland Thomas of District 13 was an easy winner in the Boys’ version, shaking off an early challenge by District 9's Clinton Antone who finished second.

But the race of the day was a ding-dong battle between Maria Rufino of District 9 and Lesia Lissone of District 7. The fight for the lead was sustained to the finish, ending with a photo finish for District 7.

The day began with a march past of the participating districts and officials, and District 3 were declared the winners of the march past, with District 14 second and District 9 third. The winners will receive the Regional Chairman's trophy.

President (ag) Samuel Hinds, the patron of the meet, declared the championships open after an address that was shorter than a prayer from one of the religious denominations which lasted for nearly 15 minutes.

The first event began at 11:27 h and Rupununi impressed when Robert Ignacio took the lead after the first lap, followed by Xavier Durant of District 6. With six laps to go Leroy Marshall of District 11 moved up to third and with five laps remaining, the three front runners lapped the tail-enders. But with two laps to go, Marshall dropped out and in the bell lap, Durant outsprinted Ignacio for the gold, finishing in 10 minutes 18.5 seconds.

On the distaff side, Alika Morgan who did not wear the District 12 colours, clocked 11.03 minutes to take the gold, followed by Doretta Wilson of District 9 on 11.14.2 minutes, while Millissa Albert of District 6 was third and Arneta Saul of District 4 fourth.

After ten finals, District 10 and District 4 led with 43 points each, with District 14 third on 36, District 5 fourth on 43, District 6 sixth on 31 and District 7 seventh on 28.5.

District 10 maintained the lead after 16 track finals on 72, District 7 moved to second with 67.5 and District 4 dropped to third with 60 and District 14 were fourth on 58.

After 22 finals, District 10 still led with 93, District 4 moved up back to second with 85, District 14 moved up to third on 84 and District 7 dropped to fourth on 77.5.

District 10 were still leading after 28 events on 113 points, with District 4 second on 103, but District 7 were climbing up back to third on 99.5 and District 9 were at an amazing fourth with 85.

All events scheduled for the day were not completed and today’s events will start promptly at 09:30 h.

Rudolph Harper Long & Triple Jump facility opened
By Isaiah Chappelle
WIFE of the late Justice Rudolph Harper, Esme Harper, has called on athletes to use the newly-opened long and triple jump facility, named after her husband to train well and bring medals from the various Games.

The Justice Rudolph Harper Long & Triple Jump facility was formally opened, yesterday, at the Thomas Lands YMCA and the widow made remarks about her late husband’s love for sport, while National youth jumper Kendingo Thomas made the historic leap.

Harper said she was very grateful for the facility being dedicated in memory of her “dear” husband and thanked the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) for the gesture.

She recalled that the former GOA president was a great sport enthusiast and his first love was cricket, a game he played while studying in London and even ventured into umpiring, eventually serving the West Indies Umpires Association as president for 12 years.

“He brought Clive Lloyd to the forefront.”

Harper said her husband served with distinction and was recognised with medals from several sport organisations, even taekwondo.

“His service was really recognised.”

She urged the athletes to use the facility to train for Games such as the Commonwealth, Central America & Caribbean (CAC) and Carifta, among others, and bring back medals.

Minister of Sport Anthony Xavier declared that the event was a “fantastic” gesture for a man who was a gentleman.

“It is a true tribute to a true son of the soil.”

The new sport minister said sport played an important part in his own life, having worn the national colours in volleyball, like his father, and now his son, and sport was the vehicle of youth development.

“It is important to focus on youth development and sport is the means. We have to take back sports to the schools.”

He disclosed that he had spoken with the Minister of Education on the issue.

Minister Xavier said that an inventory of sports grounds in the country would be done to facilitate the re-introduction.

“Give the children the facility. Queen’s College and St Stanislaus played Case Cup cricket.”

He announced that the National Sports Commission (NSC) would be re-constituted in another two weeks and that he intended to re-establish a Youth Council.

The new minister said he intended to work with all national associations and would meet with each one to get an insight into their problems.

GOA president K. Juman-Yassin said the country’s first long jump track cost some $2.5 million.

“It is a start.”

He pointed out that jumpers would be going into the wind because it was a training facility and when they go into competition conditions, they should find it easier.

Juman-Yassin reiterated his compliments to the government for constructing the D’Urban Sports Complex.

President of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Claude Blackmore, said the facility came during an important period, the 2002-2012 Athletic World Plan, noting that for the first time the AAG would be sanctioning the National Athletics Championships.

Kendingo Thomas of Royal Youth Movement had the distinction of being the first jumper to officially use the track, leaping some six metres and 20 centimetres in that historic jump.

However, club-mate Stephen Harris who jumped last registered the longest leap, 6:92 in his third attempt, beating Thomas into second. Jepheth Hackett, also of Royal, was the second jumper, placing third with 6:10 metres in his second attempt and Melroy Pole of Police was the third jumper, leaping 5:81 metres in his third attempt.

Sheenika Bentick (Royal) was the first female jumper, placing first with a leap of 4:86 metres in her first attempt, while third jumper Stacy Wilson (Police) was second with 4:75 metres in her second attempt, and second jumper Latoya Roberts’ (Royal) best was 4:52 metres in her third attempt.

Sport Letter
No reporter was present at the Athletics Association meeting of November 12

Dear Editor,

The Athletics Association of Guyana has for some time now contemplated writing to you to draw to your attention what is perceived as a direct attempt to discredit the association by publishing a number of letters on a regular basis by a particular individual under the name of Wayne Walcott, Coach, Bedford All Stars Sports Club, without trying to ascertain the association's version to the claims within some of those letters.

The constant excuse by staff of the Sports Departmenthas been an inability to contact our Media Manager, Mr Leeron Brumell or the Presi-dent. This is despite the fact that we have a full-time Secretariat located at 'Olympic House' which operates from 9am to 5pm on a daily basis.

The situation seems to have gone from bad to ridiculous with the recent addition to your staff of an athlete who is a member of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club and who is coached by the regular letter writer (see attachment).

The headline in the Monday, November 14, 2005 edition of the Stabroek News page 26, under the caption 'Chaos breaks out at AAG's extra-ordinary general meeting' is the icing on the cake and is malicious, wicked and a misrepresentation of what took place at that meeting.

The association wishes to point out that the meeting held on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Thomas Lands YMCA was a 'General Meeting' and as such no members of the media were permitted to attend, and therefore any account of the meeting by any reporter of your Sports Department must have been received second or third hand.

Anyone reading the article in question would gain the distinct impression that a reporter of your newspaper was in attendance at the meeting as the writer cleverly seeks to give non-existent running comments of aspects of the meeting.

The association wishes to request that you investigate this article for its origin and source of information which permitted it to appear in your newspaper.

Yours faithfully,

Claude Blackmore

President

The Athletics Association

of Guyana

Sports Editor's note

Contrary to Mr Blackmore's assertion, the Stabroek News is not trying to discredit the AAG by publishing letters from Mr Wayne Walcott. Our letter columns are open to the public and Mr Blackmore is free to write upon or respond to issues raised in these columns. Indeed, Stabroek News has in the past sent letters critical of the AAG to them (which were delivered at Olympic House where the AAG has a secretariat) inviting their comments.

With regard to the report in the instalment of Monday, November 14, 2005, we would like to point out that in the first paragraph of the report it was clearly stated that the incident happened "prior" to the start of the meeting. A reporter was assigned to cover the meeting and was privy to what transpired between the two coaches Wayne Walcott and Elton Smith before the media were asked to leave. His report was in actual fact a first-hand account of the events which transpired.

Finally, we have, in our possession a press release bearing the letterhead of the AAG and signed by the general secretary of the AAG which gave affiliated clubs/schools notice of the AAG's plans to convene an "extra-ordinary general meeting" to deal with two issues (a) Grievances of Clubs and (b) Computerisation of the Association's Competition System.

Alika Morgan, Rawle Greene victorious at McKenzie games

Local long distance star Alika Morgan and sprint champion Rawle Greene recorded victories at the `Coaches in collaboration with Women on the Move' track, field and cycling championships at the McKenzie Sports Club ground last weekend.

Morgan won the women's 3000m, 1500m and 800m while Ashanti Scott from New Amsterdam Track Club was second in the 3000m and third in the 1500m. Carlissa Atkinson of Guyana Road Runners was second in the 1500m and third in the 3000m. However, decisions for the second and third places in the 800m were not available up to press time.

Greene sprinted his way to a comfortable victory in the men's 100m final ahead of Andre Blackman and Keith Roberts respectively. To some extent the race settled the long anticipated showdown between Greene and Blackman and answered the question about who is Guyana's top sprinter.

Leading up to the event, Morgan and Greene were advertised in Linden as `feature athletes' scheduled to participate at the event.

Linden's Leslyn Major was also advertised as one of the star athletes but suffered a major upset in the 100m to Alicia Fortune.

Fortune also won the women's 400m ahead of Monica Roberts of Bygeval Athletic Club and Shauna Thornhill of Royal Youth Movement respectively.

Running unattached to a club, Kelvin Johnson outsprinted Cleveland Thomas of Bedford AllStars and Lionel Danrade of Road Runners respectively down the homestretch to secure the 1500m men's title.

Trevor Scotland won the male 400m event ahead of Rondell Adams and Jermaine Pilgrim respectively. Scotland also won the 800m ahead of Pilgrim and Danrade respectively.

Police Athletic Club had a clean sweep in the female javelin with Trishel Thompson winning the event while Stacey Wilson and Carla Benjamin were second and third respectively.

Terence Johnson from Bygeval won the male discus from Royston Ross, also from Bygeval and Ronald Payne from Upper Demerara in that order. Cleon Coppin was first in the male shot putt while Ronald Payne and Kevin Bonnette were second and third respectively.

Albert Philander was awarded the overall cycling championship trophy. Philander won the juvenile 10 laps and was second in the category one, two, three and four 10 laps. John Charles was second in the juvenile 10 laps and Mark Leuus was third.

National cyclist Warren Mckay won the category one and two races while Eon Jackson won the category three and four events. Linden Blackman was third in both events.

The championships were organised by `Coaches in collaboration with Women on the Move'. Judy Gravesande, Mayfield Taylor, Wanda Richmond and Camille Cummings of Women on the Move and the coaches of the athletics clubs in Guyana secured sponsorship to the tune of $15,000 per event - $7,000 for the first prize and $5,000 and $3,000 going to the second and third spots respectively.

Chaos breaks out at AAG's extra-ordinary general meeting

Chaos broke out on Saturday prior to the start of the Athletics Association of Guyana's (AAG) extra-ordinary general meeting at the YMCA Thomas Lands auditorium.

Coach Elton Smith of Police Sports Club accused Wayne Walcott of Bedford All Stars of misrepresenting his premier sprinter Andre Blackman.

The debate between the two coaches was sparked when Walcott questioned the nomination and selection of Blackman to represent Guyana at the Common-wealth Games in Melbourne, Australia next March.

Smith claims that Walcott's attitude toward his athlete "tampers with him (Blackman) psychologically," since most of Walcott's claims cannot be supported by facts.

The Police Sports Club coach further stated that he coaches junior athletes like Goddis Accra, who run faster times than Greene.

Statistically there is no evidence to support Smith's assertions.

Bedford All Stars athlete Greene has a personal best time of 10:42 seconds while Accra has a personal best time of 10:81 seconds.

Greene's 10:42s was the fastest time by any Guyanese this year and has him ranked number one for Guyana on the CAC website ahead of Blackman's number-three ranking.

Coach Walcott argued that:"Greene's time along with him winning the 100m at Guyana's National Athletics championships at Blairmont in April this year is enough to at least prompt his nomination if not selection to represent Guyana at the Commonwealth games."

However, Smith, contends that Greene won the National championship as a result of Blackman being out of the country competing at another event at the time of the trials.

The Athletics Association of Guyana was forced to call the extra-ordinary general meeting on the primary grounds of `grievances between Clubs and the Association.'

Blackmore, however, claims that there are no grievances between Clubs and the association but rather personal differences between members of clubs and the association.

Blackmore's claim was rebutted when several clubs at the meeting revealed instances where their athletes were selected but the association did not send the athlete because of lack of funds, readiness of travel documents and other excuses according to the clubs while in some instances the association was able to attain funds for the officials to attend the meet.

The most recent instance was in the case of Royal Youth Movement athlete Rondell `Cobra' Adams. The AAG claims that Adams was shortlisted to compete at the South American junior meet in Argentina this summer but was indirectly informed that he was not going.

Not so long ago manager and coach of Guyana's top female long distance athlete Alika Morgan, Leslie Blacks, complained that Morgan was not being selected to represent Guyana inspite of her good form and consistently excellent performances.

According to the arguments raised by the parties that attended the emergency meeting there were obvious concerns pertaining to the manner in which athletes are selected and droped from National teams.

The meeting was attended by the Royal Youth Movement Sports Club, Bedford All Stars, Upper Demerara, Police Sports Club, Silver Bullets, Running Hornets, Road Runners and New Amsterdam Track Club.

Sport Letter
These times don't seem right

Dear Editor,

I have seen the activities at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, and appreciated the high standard of the competition.

The officers of the Royal Youth movement, also the sponsors and organisers must be complimented.

I would like to draw to the attention of the Guyana Athletics Association and the Guyana Olympic Association that it is imperative to have officials from both organisations as judges and timekeepers, using the wind gauge at all times.

There was not a high wind blowing on that day Sunday November 6, 2005 and the track had moisture since it rained in the morning.

Therefore I can't see our athlete or athletes registering 10:08 seconds and 21:35 seconds on a grass track in parts of which you could see mud.

The Athletics Association must take serious action against anyone who is found breaching the laws set out by the International Athletic Association Federation.

(1) No one must be allowed to ride or drive alongside an athlete or athletes when the race is in progress.

(2) Any athlete or coach using indecent language or fighting should be suspended immediately pending investigation at a later date. Also, testing of athletes should be implemented.

Honourable Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport please note.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh A. R. Benfield

Sports Letters
Qualifying times are not the only factor

Dear Editor,

The Bedford All Stars Sports Club has documented a series of victimization practices by the Athletics Association of Guyana since 2002-2005 and we don't intend to endure it any longer.

Just recently I wrote the President of the Confeder-ation of South American Athletics Association Mr Roberto Gesto De Melo of Brazil, outlining some of the problems that I am experiencing concerning our National sprint champion Mr Rawle Greene of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club, who after winning the title of Guyana's sprint champion at the Atheltics Association of Guyana National Senior Athletics Championship held at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground in April, 2005, was not selected to represent Guyana at any of the area championships meets held during the year, mainly the Central American and the Caribbean Championship in Bahamas in June, the South America Senior Champion-ship held in Colombia in July, and he wasn't even nominated for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in March, 2006. Andre Blackman of the Police Sports Club was nominated for the event by the Athletics Association of Guyana to the Guyana Olym-pic Association which is responsible for the final selection of the Guyana team; I do hope they question this particular nomination.

Whenever I question Mr Claude Blackmoore and the AAG about the reason(s) why Mr Greene wasn't selected to represent Guyana, I am always told about some qualifying times to be met or financial difficulties experienced by the Association. On Sunday 23rd October, 2005 I met Mr Carlo Alberto Cavalario (Technical Director of South America for Athletics of IAAF) at the YMCA during the 10k road race. On the following day Mr Rawle Greene, Executives of the Royal Youth Movement and I had a meeting with Mr Carlo Alberto Cavalario where we expressed our dissatisfaction among other things. Mr Cavalario told us that the IAAF has a policy that all of its member countries should be represented at championship meets organised by the international bodies regardless of qualifying times. "This system is in place to help developing countries like Guyana to at least send a male and female athlete to all meets organised and run by the international bodies including air-fare, accommodation and such like." So it is impossible for Mr Blackmoore to tell the Guyanese public that qualifying times and finances are factors which hinder the association from sending Guya-nese athletes like Mr Rawle Greene and others to championship meets overseas. Mr Cavalario also mentioned provision for a synthetic track for Guyana by the IAAF provided the Government of Guyana contributes to that project.

The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture with the National Sport Commission have developmental plans for a recreation centre at Durban Park, in which an area has been set aside for an athletic track to be installed.

At a recent meeting with Director of Sport, Mrs Selman (President of the Royal Youth Movement) and I, the Director of Sport mentioned that "the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture wrote the Athletics Associ-ation of Guyana about six times inviting them to a meeting to discuss the matters of athletics, they have never attended any of the meetings."

The Athletics Association of Guyana under the leadership of Mr Claude Blackmoore does not seem to be interested in the development of our young athletes or in the development of sport.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Sports Letters
How was Blackman selected and not Green?

Dear Editor,

The Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) has done it again, only this time, they have over-stepped the boundary of basic selection criteria to nominate Andre Blackman of the Guyana Police Sports Club over Rawle Greene of Bedford All Stars Sports Club.

The nomination was done to the Guyana Olympic Association and is to short-list the most qualified male Guyanese sprinter - 100m -200m for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne - Australia - March, 2006. Rawle Greene is national sprint champion of Guyana having won the title at the Athletic Association Championship held at the Blairmont Community Centre ground, on Sunday, 17, 2005.

According to CAC Central American and Caribbean Athletic Statistics, Greene is ranked as Guyana's #1 sprinter overall in and out of Guyana for the year 2005, with a personal best time of 10:42 seconds at Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago. Could the AAG explain to the public, what were the criteria used to nominate Blackman?

I would appreciate if the Secretary General of the Guyana Olympic Association investigate this situation. In 2003 Greene made the qualifying standards for the Pan-American Games in Santo-Domingo and was not nominated by the AAG, and since then he has endured numerous acts of discrimination.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Vice President/Coach

Bedford All Stars Sports Club

Forde heads back to Kenya

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ADMIRED: Alika Morgan is flanked by female winner Firaya Sultanova (with trophy) and second-placer Tatyana Pozdynzakova, both expressing admiration for the young athlete.

UWI half marathon…
Teenager Morgan finishes top junior
 
GUYANA’S middle distance runner 15-year-old Alika Morgan finished the top junior in Sunday’s 2nd University of the West Indies Sport and Physical Education Centre (UWISPEC), International Half-Marathon in Trinidad and Tobago.

Running for the first time at this level, Morgan was the fastest Caribbean female athlete crossing the line with a time of one hour 26 minutes 38 seconds.

This was seconds after third place finisher Neida Marcano of Venezuela who finished the 21-kilometre in 1:26:30 hours.

Ukrainian Firaya Sultanova finished first in 1:16:09 hours and Russian Tatyana Pozdynakova in 1:22:08 hours, a repeat of last year.

According to Morgan’s coach, Leslie Black, the two top female finishers were impressed with the teenager. He said that they promised to assist her whenever possible.

Black related that Morgan accelerated in the last 800 metres of the race to catch the Venezuelan, running that length in 2:35 minutes.

Guyanese Kelvin Johnson was the eighth man to cross the line. He finished in 1:14:22 hours, seven seconds shy of the winner John Muriuki of Kenya.

Muriuki, who also won last year in the inaugural competition in 1:09:41 hours, was again victorious with a much faster time of 1:07:26 hours.

Finishing a close second and third were St. Vincent & the Grenadines Pamenos Ballantyne who crossed the finish line in 1:08 hours and Jefferson Rivas of Venezuela who finished 53 seconds later.

The first Trinidadian to cross the finish line was Ronnie Holassie who finished with a time of 1:09:59 hours.

UWI half marathon in Trinidad: Alika Morgan tops in 15-19 category

Alika Morgan was the first West Indian woman across the finish line last weekend at the University of the West Indies Sports and Physical Education Centre half marathon in Trinidad.

Fifteen-year old Morgan, arguably Guyana's best female long-distance athlete, was the fourth woman to finish and the first in the 15-19 girls' category.

Morgan's training partner Kelvin Johnson finished 8th overall for the men in a time of 1:14:22 but won the 24-29 category. Kenya's John Muriuka was first overall in 1:07:26 followed by Caribbean marathon star, St. Vincent's Pamenos Ballantyne (1:08:00) and Venezuelan Jefferson Rivas (1:08:53), rounding off the top three male finishers.

This was Morgan's first half marathon and one of her best performances. Morgan indicated to Stabroek Sport that she is comfortable over longer distances. She defeated OECS champion Jamaican Arietha Martin who placed sixth in the top ten women of the race. Ukraine's Firaya Saltanova won the overall women's race in 1:16:09 with Russia's Totyann Pozydynakova (1:22:08) second and Venezuelan Neida Marcano (1:26:30) third.

Over 670 regional and international athletes competed at the event over the weekend. Morgan finished 35th overall. She credits her performance to the recent South American 10km and other 10km road races she ran leading up this event.

Morgan also indicated her intention to send a strong signal to local selectors, since she has not been chosen to represent her country since the Junior Carifta games a few years ago.

Greene, Fortune sprint away with triple gold

Rawle Greene and Alicia Fortune sprinted their way to triple gold medals at the `Royal Games' held at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary, yesterday.

Greene won the male open 100m in a time of 10.50 seconds ahead of Keith Roberts (10.87) and Brennon Thompson (11.03). He later returned to capture the 200m in 21.68 seconds ahead of Roberts 22.13 and Jemel Fields 23.24.

Fortune won the female open 100m in 11.72 seconds ahead of Beverly Selman 12.12 and Siedha Dummett 15.09. Fortune also won the 400m and the 60m. She out sprinted Makeisha Dash 8.21 seconds and Siedha Dummett 9.02 completing the 60m in 7.63 seconds. No 400m results were available up to press time.

Greene's nemesis Andre Blackman was absent from both the 100m and the 200m but was present for the 60m dash. Blackman and Greene, arguably Guyana's two fastest men in that event, made it the event of the day.

However, Greene proved too fast for Blackman on the damp track when he returned 6.56 seconds to win the 60m. Blackman was second with 7.00 seconds and Jemel Fields third in 7.08seconds.

Emmerson Campbell also completed a sprint double in male under-20 100m and 200m. Campbell ran 12. 87 seconds to defeat Kenneth Semple 13.04 and Japheth Hackett 13.16 in the 100m. He won the 200m ahead of Wayne Harlequin 23.67 and Ryan Reid 23.72 in a time of 23.56 seconds.

In other results Deqawn Vancooten won the boys' under nine 100m ahead of Hakeem Jones and Rondell Day. Malinda Gordon won the girls' under nine 100m while Ottey Mcdonald and Delisa Sagon was second and third respectively.

Trishton Joseph won the under-17 100m in 11.15 seconds ahead of Afeez Samad 11.44 and Lionel Perreire 11.81. Rhondell Alleyne won the female under-17 100m in 12.72 seconds ahead of Monica Roberts 12.93 and Olang Grant 13.51.

Latoya Roberts defeated Cammy Canterbury and Sheenika Bentick respectively to win the female under-20 100m.

Jemaine Pilgrim won the male open 800m in 2:02 seconds ahead of Cleon Leacock 2:04 and Jermaine Joseph 2:06. Ryan Depeazer won the under-20 800m in 2:05 seconds ahead of Cleon Leacock 2:06 and David Young 2:06.

In the female under-20 800m Shannah Thornhill defeated Doneka Lyle and Ashanti Scott respectively. Lyle also placed second to Oteia Prince in the female Under-17 1500. Tenesha Wilson was third.

D. Daniels defeated Cleveland Thomas and Leonard Chapman in the male open 5000m.

The inaugural `Royal Games' was hindered by periodical rainfall yesterday morning that left the track about 55 percent ready for competition. Nevertheless, local athletes and fans came out in their numbers to support the event.

The meeting was organised by the Royal Youth Movement track and field club. Based on the success of the first `Royal Games' the executive promised to make the event an annual feature on its calender

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IMPROVING: After tussling with Brazilian Jose Souza, Kenya-based Cleveland Forde settles for a comfortable second, moving up from last year’s third.

South American 10 km road Classic ...
Brazilians capture top two positions again
By Isaiah Chappelle
THE Brazilians continued to rule the Guyana leg, again capturing the two top positions of the 3rd South American 10 km Road Classic run, Race One, but Guyana improved to silver.
After a keen tussle with Kenya-based Cleveland Forde, Brazilian Jose Do Nascimento Souza ran away in the final two kilometres to finish in 30 minutes 55 seconds to become the new champion but with the slowest time, with Forde finishing a comfortable second in 31:20 minutes, followed by Colombians Javier Alexander Guarin (31:51 minutes) and Jason David Gutierrez (33:12), with Guyana’s Colin Mercurius (35:15) completing the top five.

Compatriot Selma Candida Dos Reis made it three in a row to capture the Women’s top prize, finishing 14th overall in 37:31 minutes, her slowest time in the three meets to date.

Guyana’s Alika Morgan was the second female athlete to cross the finish line, 19th overall in 40:15 minutes, with Ashanti Scott completing the finishers in the Women’s category, placing 27th overall in a time of 45:28 minutes. The other two prizes could not be awarded.

Winners the International category (Men’s and Women’s) pocketed US$1 000, runners-up $600 and third-placers $400 while the top five finishers in each received trophies.

Patrick Bobb finished eighth overall in 35:10 minutes to capture the Under-20 Boys’ prize, with Leonard Chapman taking the second prize, the tenth person to complete the course in 37:08 minutes, while Shawn Gonsalves got the third prize, with 28th position overall, clocking 43:17 minutes.
On the distaff side, there was one competitor, Donna April, who finished 50th overall in 52:6 minutes.

In the Under-18 division, Teon Roberts was first for the Boys, finishing eleventh overall in 37:12 minutes, with Dennis Horatio second, placing 12th overall in 37:23 minutes, while Nigel Newton took the third prize, with the 21st overall finish in 41:11 minutes.

On the distaff side, Lindie Nichols of Grenada was first, 36th overall in 46:56 minutes, Guyana’s Portia Schepmer second, 40th overall in 49:22 minutes and Doneka Lyle third, 46th overall.

Some 61 athletes faced the starting line on Thomas Road in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA, with Davidnan setting the pace in the first two kilometres, but by the Kitty Pump, a six-man bunch broke away, with Souza, Gaurin, Gutierrez, Forde and Guyana’s Kelvin Johnson.

The leading bunch dropped Johnson after four kilometres, before Sheriff Street junction on the Rupert Craig Highway. After the turn-back at Pattensen, the bunch began to break up, with Gutierrez first dropping back, then Gaurin, and the fight began between Souza and Forde, with the Brazilian trying to shake off Forde.

Forde surged past Souza just after entering Kitty Public Road, but just past Queen Street, a vehicle got into the way of Forde and Souza shot past, and never looked back as Forde seemed to lose his rhythm and the Brazilian increased the lead on Vlissengen Road to about 25 metres.

The Guyanese regained his stride going into Thomas Road and increased his pace in the final kilometre just past Camp Ayanganna, but Souza’s lead was too great.

Forde told Chronicle Sport that he tried to go for victory from Kitty Public Road, but could not sustain the attack.

“I didn’t have it to go through. I don’t think the vehicle obstruction was a factor anyway. I’m very much satisfied with my effort. I did not give up although I realised he was going to win down the homestretch. Something really had to happen to him for me to catch him. I dropped my pace and went for a comfortable second. I also tried for a good personal time.”

Forde pointed out that the heat was intense. It was 32 C with a 61 percent humidity, while where he was training in high altitude, on a hot day at midday it reached 27 C and on a rainy day, it was 13 C.

The traffic control was the worse in the meet with motorcyclists ignoring the outriders and race officials, riding close to the competitors.

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WELL DONE! Minister responsible for Sports Gail Teixeira seems to be enthused over the performances of Alika Morgan and Cleveland Forde respectively. Morgan and Forde were the highest Guyanese finishers in yesterday's South American 10K.

Brazilians sweep South America 10K top places
-Guyana's Forde, Morgan place second in Men's/Women's categories

Brazilian Sonsa Jose Do Nascinto edged overseas-based Guyanese Cleveland Forde to claim the overall Men's title of the South American 10Km road race classic yesterday.

Nascinto's teammate, defending champion and record-holder Selma Candida Dos Reis won the Women's title ahead of local long distance star Alika Morgan to ensure the Brazilians a clean sweep of the overall titles yesterday.

Nascinto covered the distance which started outside the Thomas Lands YMCA building to UG junction and back in a time of 30: 55 seconds. Forde returned 31:21, his secon fastest time, to claim the runner - up position.

Colombian's Javier Alexander Guarin and Jason David Gutierrez finished third and fourth in times of 31:51s and 33:12s respectively. Colin Mercurius was the only other Guyanese in the top five. He ended in a time of 35:15s.

Dos Reis won in 37:31s defeating Morgan by approxiamately 800 metres. Morgan's time was 40:15s placing her 19th overall and five places behind Dos Reis, who finished 14th overall. Guyana's Ashanti Scott rounded off the top three spots in 41:28s placing 24th overall.

In the junior categories Lindie Nicolas of Greneda won the girls' under-18 title in 46:56s. Guyanese Portia Schepmer (49:22) and Doneka Lyle (50:58) were second and third respectively.

Guyana swept the boys' under-18 category with Teon Roberts winning the title returning 37:12s while Dennis Horatio (37:23) and Nigel Norton (41:11) came in second and third respectively.

Donna April of Guyana was the only under-20 girl that competed. She won that category in 52:6s. Guyana made a clean sweep again in the boys' under-20 category with Patrick Bobb placing eighth overall in a time of 35:10s and Leonard Chapman (37:08) and Shuan Gonsalves (43:17) placing second and third in that order.

The presentation of prizes to the winners was done by Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Gail Teixeira and British High Commissioner Steven Hiscock.

Teixeira, who made the presentation to the overall Women's winner encouraged the athletes to keep running and to pursue their dreams. High Commissioner Hiscock presented the overall Men's Trophy.

Over sixty-five athletes from five different countries braced the start line.

The first prize winners received US$1000,00.

Forde to compete in today’s South American 10 km
By Isaiah Chappelle
CLEVELAND Forde is back home. He returned Friday night in time for the 3rd South American 10 km Road Classic, but the Kenyans were yet to announce their arrival as athletes of six foreign countries had arrived, yesterday.

Guyana’s leading distance runner, Forde, yesterday, told Chronicle Sport that he did not come specifically for the race, but his return home was due, the ticket and visa time being up.

Therefore, he had no special training for the event, but just his routine at the High Performance Centre in Kenya.

Forde said in his ten-month stint, he sometimes trained thrice per day, but most times twice daily, with the intense part being at mid-morning, involving hill work, track and fartlek, a form of speed training in which athletes ran at race pace, increase then return to the original speed.

He said he did an eight-kilometre country run some time ago, but of significance was the 15:03 minutes he clocked in a 5 000 m track race about two months ago. He also participated in the Saudi Arabia Games but did not perform well because he had symptoms of malaria for which he was treated and ordered a week’s rest.

Forde placed fourth in the 2nd South American Classic in 2003, finishing in 31:13 minutes here and improved to third place last year when he clocked 32:42 minutes.

The time for last year was 30:39 minutes, registered by Romulo Silva who won all three times to date, but would not be defending the title this year. He set the Men’s record in 2003, clocking 30:31 minutes. Last year’s women’s time was 36:56 minutes, a record registered by Selma Candida Dos Reis who has won all three legs here.

Up to press time, yesterday, athletes from Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, the Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada had arrived.

Brazil will be fielding defending women’s champion, Dos Reis and Jose Do Nascimento Souza, while Colombia sent three male athletes, Javier Alexander Guarin, Jason David Gutierrez and Jaidiby Arley Zapata and from Suriname there is male athlete Radjinder Pattan.

Two male athletes are from the Bahamas Jason Williams and O’Neil Williams, from Grenada Lendie Nicholas (female) and Bevis Roberts (male) ad Barbados Lester Phillips.

Venezuela team were due Friday afternoon, but did not arrive and no word came from them, likewise no word came from St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti, while Trinidad & Tobago will not be fielding any athletes.

Also, no communication was forthcoming from the athletes of Kenya’s High Altitude Centre. Another set of Kenyans training in Brazil had also indicated that they were coming for the meet, but again no more word from them was available.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), yesterday, told Chronicle Sport that the athletes from these countries were still expected, pointing out that they have up to this morning to reach here.

Media manager Leeron Brumell said: “No word means they should still be coming because they have not cancelled their trip - only Trinidad & Tobago.”

Guyana’s challenge will come from Forde, Kelvin Johnson who recently won the dress rehearsal YMCA 10 km through the same course in 33:48 minutes, Lionel D’Andrade, Colin Mercurius and Cleveland Thomas.

The race starts at 16:00 h from Thomas Road in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA, north into Camp Road, east into Seawall Public Road, joining Clive Lloyd Drive, into Rupert Craig Highway, turning back at Pattensen, continuing on the southern carriageway into Kitty Public Road, south into Vlissengen Road, west into Thomas Road for the homestretch to the finish line in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA.

A live radio broadcast of the race on the Voice of Guyana (VOG) from 15:45 h is expected.

The 'Little Kenyan' home for South American 10K

Cleveland the `Little Kenyan' Forde returned home on Friday evening and will be participating in today's South American 10K Road Race Classic.

Forde who completed a 10-month training stint at the Kip Keino High Performance Training Centre in Kenya, through the auspices of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), will be among a number of foreign and local athletes vying for the US$1,000 first prize money.

Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, Forde said while he has not prepared specifically for today's 10K, he will do his best. "I have no predictions for the race, I will just go out there and do the best I can."

Forde said while in Kenya over the last 10 months, he has been training all the time, but has only been competing in 8K cross country races.

He explained that it was only on Friday night he learnt that the race is on. "I thought it was past and gone, but last night I heard that tomorrow (today) is the race."

He said that when he left in December last for Kenya, he was issued a ticket and a visa for a specific period, and that time has expired so he had to return home, and hopefully, the GOA will do what it can to have him return to Kenya to continue training.

He said while in Kenya, he competed in a 5000-metre race on the track and was also a part of the Guyana contingent that competed at the Islamic Games in Saudi Arabia.

According to the national 5000-metre record holder, he had unknowingly contracted malaria prior to the Islamic Games and when he returned to Kenya, he had to be treated and was off training for one week.

He said he has been training twice a week mostly while in Kenya, but at times there were three sessions. The most intense session Forde said used to be the 10am session.

He said the training varies, since he had to do track, hill work and fartlex (speed play).

When he last competed in the South American 10K Classic last year, Forde placed third overall, but was the first Guyanese to cross the finish line. He had clocked 32 minutes 11 seconds.

In 2003, he placed fourth in a time of 31 minutes 14 seconds.

Twenty-two foreign athletes are so far confirmed for today's race, scheduled to get underway from 4pm.

According to the Athletic Association of Guyana, athletes for the first stage of the three-stage race meet are expected from Suriname (two males), Colombia (two males), Venezuela (one male and one female), Trinidad and Tobago (four athletes, but the composition is yet unknown), Grenada (one male and one female) Bahamas (two males), Barbados (two males), Jamaica (one male), St. Vincent (one male), Haiti (one male) and (Martinique) one male.

Brazil's three-time women's champion, Selma Reis and Jose Souza who will contest the men's open category are already here.

According to the Brazilians' coach Carlos Cavalheino, defending champion, Brazil's Romulo Silva, will not be defending his title since he just competed in the Berlin Marathon.

Cavalheino said Souza is currently third in the Brazilian circuit.

The AAG had received a special request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya for four Kenyan athletes to participate in the race, but according to reports they will not be coming for the event.

According to the AAG's head Claude Blackmoore, Guadeloupe who will be hosting the 2006 Carifta Games, indicated that they will send one or two athletes for the event, since "they want to be where the Carifta affiliates that will come to their Carifta next year are."

The major sponsors for today's event are the GOA and Continental Group of Companies (Sun Burst Orange Juice).

The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama on November 14.

The other sponsors to date are: Swansea Telecommunications, Dyna's Embroidery and Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy Drink.

Morgan grabs silver in St Vincent 10 km
 
MIDDLE distance runner Alika Morgan finished second in the FRANCO Construction 10 km meet in St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sunday night.
Despite facing tough terrain, Morgan who recently won the YMCA 10 km road race, finished with a time of 45.02 seconds, just behind three-time Central America & Caribbean (CAC), winner Jennell Williams of Antigua, who finished with a time of 45.1 seconds.

Miami-based Zepherinus Joseph finished with a time of 35.25 in the men’s competition while Pomenos Ballantyne finished second with a time of 38.25.

Morgan extended public thanks to Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company (GT&T), LIAT and Cops Security for making her trip possible.

Foreign athletes arrive today
… Kenyans still to confirm participation
By Isaiah Chappelle

THE lines are drawn for the 3rd Annual South American 10 km Road Classic, with the foreign runners arriving today.

Media Manager of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Leeron Brumell, yesterday, told Chronicle Sport that the course was marked on Sunday with blue indicating the route.

Each kilometre point is marked in white along the course that starts from Thomas Lands YMCA, goes north into Camp Road, turns east into the Seawall Road, joining on to Clive Lloyd Drive into the Rupert Craig Highway, to the turn back at Pattensen, running on the southern carriageway, into Kitty Public Road, south into Vlissengen Road, west into Thomas Road for the finish at the Thomas Lands YMCA.

Brumell said that this year plaques indicating the kilometre point would be erected to complement that on the road surface.

He disclosed that barriers would be placed at key points along the route for crowd and traffic control, with the streets and roads throughout the route being closed to traffic from 15:00 h to 17:00 h on Sunday.

The two-person Brazilian team will be the first to arrive, today, at 08:00 h and the last team should be in by 12:00 h.

Twelve countries confirmed fielding athletes - Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti from the Caribbean, and Brazil, Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela from South America.

Brumell said the AAG had not heard yet from the Kenyans and it was awaiting a reply following a reminder sent to them, yesterday.

He reiterated that the AAG would accommodate two athletes, but the Kenyans wanted to field four, thus the relevant cost for hotel and meals was forwarded to Kenya.

Chronicle Sport pointed out that it seemed odd that the Kenyans would spend about US$3 000 to win a possible top prize of a US$1 000, but he said it might be for just exposure.

“We did not invite the Kenyans. They got wind of it (the race) and contacted us.”

Their participation, however, would put tremendous interest in the international meet because all four Kenyans have 10 km timings in the 28 to 29 minutes range, while the winning times for the past two years have been in the 30-minute range.

The inclusion of Kenya will bring the total overseas participating teams to 13.

Brumell said the touring athletes would be taken on a tour of historic sites from about 14:00 h and then they would drive over the course around 16:00 h.

All systems in place for South American 10K
 

All systems are in place for Sunday's South American 10K road race, president of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Claude Blackmore said yesterday.

Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, Blackmore described the arrangements for the staging of the event as excellent.

Blackmore disclosed that athletes will start arriving today. The three Brazilian athletes will arrive this morning while the two Surinamese representatives will arrive this afternoon.

Three athletes from Colombia will arrive tomorrow, said Blackmore, who added that the association was confirming the travel details of the other overseas participants.

However, while twenty-two foreign athletes have confirmed their participation for what is the Third South American 10K Classic road race, local entries have not been so good, said Blackmore.

Blackmore also said the association acting on a request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya, for four Kenyan athletes to participate in the race had given the go ahead for two Kenyans to take part in the run. The assocaition, he said, was awaiting a feedback from the Centre.

He also disclosed that no athlete from Guadeloupe will be coming but representatives were expected from Martinique and Haiti.

The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Contin-ental Group of Companies, Swansea Telecommunica-tions, Dyna's Embroidery and Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy Drink are the sponsors of the event.

The event starts outside the Thomas Lands YMCA building on Camp and Thomas Roads. President Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to send the runners off.

The male and female winners in the open category will receive US$1,000 while the second and third-placed finishers will receive US$600 and US$400 respectively.

The top five finishers will each receive trophies.

The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama on November 14.

Kenyans to run in South American 10 km

 
THE green light has been given for Kenyan athletes to participate in Guyana’s leg of the third South American 10 km Road Race Classic to be staged on Sunday, October 23.

On Wednesday, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) gave the Kenyan Federation clearance to send the athletes.

The AAG will accommodate two of the four runners from the High Altitude Centre on the border between Kenya and Uganda and the necessary documentation for accommodation and conditions will be forwarded to the Kenyans.

History will be written should the athletes decide to participate - it will be first time that athletes from Kenya famed for producing world class distance runners, will be competing here.

The Kenyans will raise the standard of the meet because they have all registered 10 km timing in the 28 to 29 minutes range, while the winning times for the past two years have been in the 30-minute range.

With the addition of Kenya, 13 countries will now be fielding teams in this first leg of the Classics.

The other countries are Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Martinique and Haiti from the Caribbean while Brazil, Suriname, Colombia and Venezuela are the South American countries.

22 foreign athletes confirmed for 3rd South American 10K Road Race Classic

Twenty-two foreign athletes are so far confirmed for the Third South American 10K Classic Road Race scheduled here for October 23.

According to Athletic Association of Guyana's (AAG) President Claude Blackmoore, the Athletic Federation of the following countries have confirmed that they would be sending athletes to the first stage of the three-stage race meet: Brazil (one male and one female), Suriname (two males), Colombia (two males), Venezuela (one male and one female), Trinidad and Tobago (four athletes, but no composition to date), Grenada (one male and one female) Bahamas (two males), Barbados (two males), Jamaica (one male), St. Vincent (one male), Haiti (one male) and (Martinique) one male.

Addressing members of the media yesterday at Olympic House, Blackmoore informed journalists that the AAG has received a special request from the High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya for four Kenyan athletes to participate in the race.

He however said the local National Olympic Committee was to have met yesterday evening to discuss the request and make a decision.

Blackmoore also disclosed that word is expected from Guadeloupe shortly on whether they will be sending any representatives for the event.

According to the AAG's head, Guadeloupe will be hosting the 2006 Carifta Games "so they want to be where the affiliates that will come to their Carifta Games next year are."

Yesterday also, the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) joined the other corporate sponsors, making them the second major sponsor of the event.

GOA's Assistant Secretary General, Garfield Wiltshire, said his organisation is pleased to be associated with the third South American 10K Classic.

"We are pleased to come on board in relation to sponsorship of some items for this event.

We acknowledge the work which has been done, and which is still going on by the organising committee to make the event as successful as possible, and we are sure with the necessary involvement of all the participants that the event will be quite successful."

Wiltshire used the opportunity to hand over a quantity of jerseys to the AAG. The jerseys will be worn by the officials conducting the race.

"I hope the jerseys will assist the AAG to manage their event successfully," Wiltshire stated.

The other major sponsor is Continental Group of Companies (Sun Burst Orange Juice).

The second stage of the 10K Classic is slated for Suriname on October 29, while the third stage will be held in Panama on November 14.

In clarifying the question of age categories and prizes, Blackmoore said if an athlete is under 18, but registers to run in the open category, that athlete even if he/she wins the overall race would not be able to claim the overall prize and the under-18 one as well.

The other sponsors to date are Swansea Telecom munications, Dyna's Embroidery and Screen Prints and Beepat's Impulse Energy Drink.

 

Johnson, Morgan tops at YMCA 10K race

Kelvin Johnson and Alika Morgan won the men's and women's category respectively, of the Thomas Lands YMCA Annual 10K road race yesterday.

Johnson, who returned 33 minutes 48 seconds in winning, made his intention known from the start as he, along with second place finisher Lionel D'Andrade (34.20), third place finisher Colin Mercurius (34.43), fourth place finisher Davidnan Daniels (35.06), fifth place finisher Cleveland Thomas, and one other athlete, broke from the pack of 61 starters early in the race and established a small lead.

The six stuck together until the turn back point at University of Guyana road, when Johnson started to lengthen his strides and oozed away from the others who started to get strung out.

Johnson had a 10-metre lead on the other five at Lillendaal, and increased it as the race progressed. He won with approximately 80 metres in hand from D'Andrade.

Mercurius, who was positioned fifth at the turn back point, overtook Daniels and Thomas in the homestretch to finish a distant third.

The women's category was won by Rising Stars' Alika Morgan in 46.37. Second was Alicia Fortune, third Police's Sherma Mentore, fourth Omesha Humphrey (52.30) of New Amsterdam Track Club, and fifth Police's Carla Benjamin (52.34).

The boys' under-18 category was won by Road Runners' Patrick Bobb. Belladrum's Cleon Leacock and Theon Roberts finished second and third respectively.

Doneka Lyle was declared winner of the girls' under-18 category from Police's Willeth Reid, after New Amsterdam Track Club's Ashanti Scott who finished second overall, was disqualified for pacing behind her coach's cycle.

Just after the race was completed, an Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) official told Stabroek Sport that Fortune, Lyle and Shawn Gonsalves had been disqualified for running on the wrong side of the road.

However, after the presentation of prizes, Lyle and Fortune informed the race officials that they were instructed to run on the side of the road that they ran on, by the Police traffic rank that was accompanying the runners at that point.

An AAG official later in the evening informed Stabroek Sport that the results had been altered and that Morgan who was earlier declared winner of the girls' under-18 category, had indeed won the women's open category ahead of Mentore, and that Lyle who was disqualified earlier, won the under-18 category from Reid

Mentore was at first declared winner of the women's category ahead of Humphrey and Benjamine respectively, but those positions changed after the official presentation.

Yesterday's race was used as a rehearsal for Guyana's leg of the South American 10K Classic road race, scheduled for Sunday, over the same route.

The first to fifth finisher in both the men's and women's open categories received $15,00, $10,000, $7000, $5000 and $3000 respectively.

The top three boys and girls each received trophies.

Distance runners prepare for South American Classic
DISTANCE runners will battle today in the YMCA 10 km road race that comes as a dress rehearsal two weeks ahead of the South American 10 km Classic.

The same route of the international meet will be used, starting from the Thomas Lands YMCA, going east along Carifesta Avenue onto the East Coast Demerara public road, turning back just past the Ocean View International Hotel at Pattenson then heading back to the city, through Kitty Public Road, into Vlissengen Road, and west into Thomas Road for the finish in front of the Thomas Lands YMCA.

There will be two categories - Open and Youth (Under-18) with the senior runners pocketing some $15 000, $10 000, $7 000, $5 000, $3 000 in prizes, while the young runners will receive trophy for placing in the top three.

President of Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) Claude Blackmore told Chronicle Sport that youth runners could receive cash prize if they enter and win in the Open category.

The entrance fee for the Open category is $500 and the Youth $300.

Blackmore further said that the IAAF, the world governing body, has a regulation that suggest junior athletes must not be spoilt with cash prizes, but that position was not a rule.

Therefore, if young runners enter in the youth category, they would not receive cash prizes.

Sports Letters
Hall did not attend the trials and should not have been selected

Dear Editor,

I refer to an article headlined "No medal for Guyana's athletes - but Brummell explains selection of Hall over Adams." It is good that Mr Brummell came out in defence, in explaining at length the reasons the (A.A.G.) Athletic Association of Guyana selected Hall over Adams to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Athletic Championships in Argentina recently.

In the future Mr Brummell must be more vocal and balanced in reporting on the affairs of Track & Field in Guyana, especially in matters which he seems not to know much about, or in which he chooses to ignore the basic principles of team selection. Mr Brummell was present at Eve-Leary (Police Sports Club Ground) when the Athletic Association of Guyana held a trial to select the team to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Athletic Championship; Hall was not part of that trial which automatically disqualified him from any part of the team.

Athletes in developed countries, even the elite ones, return home to their native land to take part in trials to be eligible for selection to represent their respective country at international meets. The Athletic Association of Guy-ana never play the game by the rules, they always seem to have some exemption when it comes to certain athletes. The Athletic Association of Guy-ana under the leadership of Mr Claude Blackmoore failed to carry out their duties and they should resign.

There is no way the A.A.G could justify the non-selection of Adams for the games in Argentina; the excuses Mr Brummell is trying to give the public have fallen short of the true reasons why Adams was not selected.

I have a few questions for the A.A.G; why did the A.A.G expend additional funds to get Hall all the way from North America to Argentian via Brazil as was stated? In which month of this year did the A.A.G set qualifying times for Junior Athletes to attend these games, and if they did which club(s) did they post it to? Area meets such as the South American Juniors, South America Seniors, Central American & Caribbean championships, Pan-American Junior & Senior Champion-ships do not require qualifying standards to compete, only the World's Junior and Senior Championships and the Olym-pic Games.

The A.A.G is never in line as regards team selection and the overall running of the Association. The relevant office responsible for sports in Guyana must do something immediately to alleviate the suffering and frustration of our young athletes before it is too late.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Vice President/Coach

Bedford All Stars

Sports Club

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Goddis Accra (right) battles with Galeano Edgar of Paraguay (centre) and Morilla Marcelo (Argentina) in the boys' 100-metre semi-final.

No medals for Guyana's athletes
- but Brummell explains selection of Hall over Adams

Guyana's two athletes at the just-concluded South Ameri-can Junior Track and Field Championships which was held at the Jorge Newbery Stadium, Rosario, Argentina, failed to medal.

According to reports from the Athletic Association of Guyana Media Manager, Leeron Brummell, on day one (Saturday) Goddis Accra secured a place in the 100m final but placed fifth returning a time of 10.90 seconds.

The race was won by Brazilian Rafael De Silva who clocked 10.33 seconds.

Running out of lane two, Accra started slowly and was never in a position to recover as De Silva, the 2005 Pan American bronze medallist in lane four, bolted for the finish line metres ahead of the field.

In the semi-final, Accra clocked 10.81 seconds, his personal best, in placing third. The semi-final winner was Eufrasio Dos Santos in 10.66 seconds.

Brummell said Accra's race had one false start and conditions were slightly chilly, but apart from that, he ran a very good race.

Christopher Hall, who contested the 400-metres failed to reach the final, after clocking 49.78 seconds in the semi-final.

Brummell said Hall started slowly for the first 150-metres, and increased his pace with 180 metres remaining, and though he entered the home stretch in the first three, he could not maintain the pace.

Brummell said that Elton Smith, the manager/coach of the two athletes, expressed his disappointment at the lane assignment for Hall, noting that Hall's entrance timing for the event was better than many of the athletes who were entered in the event.

Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil won the 400m final in 47.04 seconds.

On Sunday, both athletes contested the final of the 200-metres. Hall clocked 22.22 seconds to place seventh, while Accra registered 22.23 for an eighth-place finish.

Hall had clocked 22.29 seconds to come second in heat number one of the semi-final, while Accra placed third in heat three with a time of 22.09 seconds. He qualified for the final as one of the two fastest losers.

Andres Murillo of Colombia raced to gold in 21.04 seconds, followed by Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil in 21.19 and Adilson Robson also of Brazil in 21.27 seconds.

The championships attrac-ted participation from all 13 South American countries with Brazil dominating.

Some 315 athletes from South America contested the event.

Brazil had the largest contingent of 70 athletes while Argentina was represented by 60. There were 50 athletes from Chile, while Guyana and Suriname had two athletes each.

Hall's participation at the meet sparked criticism from members of the Royal Youth Movement (RYM) who picketed the office of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport last Thursday.

RYM's Rondell Adams was short-listed for selection, however, the club alleged that on the eve of the departure, Adams was notified that he would not be attending the meet in Argentina because of financial constraints. Instead, the AAG selected Hall who is based in the USA.

AAG's media manager, Brummell explained in a letter that a shortlist means that athletes are considered with the view to making the touring party and since none of the athletes met the required junior qualifying times as set out by the AAG at the beginning of the year, they were put on a 'Priority List' to go, depending on the availability of funds.

Brummell said Accra was closest to the required timing; therefore he was the number one local priority, while Adams was more than four seconds off the required 400m qualifying time, which by the way was a third-place time. "Therefore he would be more than six seconds off the winning time, and in a sprint, six seconds is over 30m behind the winner."

He said Hall did not replace Adams; rather they were both short-listed to contest the event.

He said Hall had recorded better times than Adams and therefore was higher on the priority list as he was considered to have a better chance at a medal.

Brummell said Harlyn Selman, RYM's president, had she explored the right avenues, being one of the committee members of the association, should have known this.

Hall, Accra fail to medal
Oct. 2nd 2005 (Guyana Chronicle)
 
CHRISTOPHER Hall and Goddis Accra failed to capture medals when they contested the 200m final yesterday afternoon in the 36th South American Junior Championships at the Jorge Newbery Stadium, Rosario, Argentina.

Hall clocked 22.22 seconds to come seventh out of lane two, while Accra registered 22.23 for an eighth place finish.

Andres Murillo of Colombia raced to gold in 21.04 seconds, followed by Rodrigo Bargas of Brazil in 21.19 and Adilson Robson also of Brazil in 21.27 seconds.

Earlier in the day Hall clocked 22.29 seconds to come second in heat number one, while Accra placed third in the third heat with a time of 22.09 seconds. He qualified for the final as one of the faster two losers.

On day one Accra secured a place in the 100m final, but placed fifth in a time of 10.90 seconds. In the semifinal he clocked 10.81 seconds.

Hall failed to reach the final after clocking 49.78 seconds. The athletes return to Guyana on Wednesday.

The event attracted participants from all 13 South American countries with Brazil dominating. (Leeron Brumell)

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In this Lawrence Fanfair photo, members of the Royal Youth Movement Track and Field Club takes their protest to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Club president Harlyn Selman is at left.

Club in picket protest at omission of its athlete from national team

Members of the Royal Youth Movement Track and Field Club (RYM) yesterday staged a picketing exercise outside the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports over the last minute withdrawal of one of its athletes from the national junior team to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Championships.

Earlier this month, Rondell Adams was short-listed along with two other athletes, Goddis Accra and Shurma Mentore, by the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) to represent Guyana at the South American Junior Track and Field Championships, slated for Argentina this weekend. However, on Wednesday Adams was informed by his coach that the AAG did not select him as part of the touring party.

Stabroek Sport has been reliably informed that the AAG replaced Adams with Christopher Hall who recently migrated to the USA.

Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, RYM's president Harlyn Selman called for the removal of the AAG's president Claude Blackmore.

"On the eve of the expected departure of the athletes, Blackmoore told Police assistant coach Elton Smith that Rondell would not be going to Argentina. My athlete paid for his visa, he got his vaccination which he also had to pay for and at the 12th hour he was told that he is not a part of the team anymore. This is ridiculous, Blackmoore has to move. We consider that disrespectful," Selman declared.

According to Selman, the reason given is that the association does not have enough funds.

Selman however said if the AAG had notified the club that they should seek funding for Adams to go to Argentina, the club would have done what it could to get funding.

"This is not the first time that Blackmore and the AAG are behaving in this manner. They have done it before. It's either Blackmore step up or step down. The athletes in this country are disillusioned," Selman blurted.

Earlier this month, Stabroek Sport received a press release from the AAG stating that "following the successful staging of the Nat-ional Junior Track and Field Championships at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, the executives of the AAG met and short-listed three local athletes for participation in the South American Junior Championships.

Those named were: Accra (boys 100 and 200m), Adams (boys 400m), and Mentore (girls 800m).

The release also stated that the AAG would seek to establish the availability of overseas-based athletes Dianne Munroe and Christopher Hall.

Police coach Lyndon Wilson was penned as the local official to make the trip.

The release however stated that the three athletes did not make the required qualifying times, but were not too far off.

It said that the `short listing' of the athletes did not mean that they were confirmed to go, since their progress was to be monitored over the next few weeks before a final decision was made.

Efforts to reach Blackmore yesterday for a comment proved futile.

AAAG National Junior C/ships Accra is 'King' of sprints

Police junior sprinter, Gladis Accra, proved himself "King of the Sprints," as he comfortably won the 100m and 200m events at the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana, National Junior Championship at the Police Sports Club ground Ecve Leary, yesterday.

The event, which was scheduled to begin at 11am, was delayed for about two hours because of early morning showers. Accra, an evening student at the Government Technical Institute, recorded times of 10.90 seconds (10.90) in the 100m and 22.1s in the 200m to finish ahead of Javed Hackett and Kenneth Semple, who placed second (11.20s) and third (11.40s) respectively in the 100m and Quacy Trotman and Emerson Campbell, (22.5s) and (22.7s) respectively in the 200m.

In the female sprints, Leota Babb who won the 100m with a time of 12.6s was later edged at the tape in the 200m by Shurma Mentore who clocked 26.4s ahead of Babb's 27.0s. Latoya Roberts (12.9s) and Cammy Canterbury (13.0s) were second and third respectively in the 100m as Roberts also finished third in the 200m with a time of 27.7s.

The first event of the day, the female long jump, was run concurrently with the male long jump and was won by Canterbury who jumped 4.81 metres. Shenika Bentick 4.71m and Stacy Wilson 4.58m placed second and third.

In the male event, Hackett jumped 6.87m to win the event. Kendingo Thomas (6.69m) finished second and Rafel Garraway (6.09m) finished third.

The male Discus ended with the first and second place finishers within a few metres of each other. Ronald Payne won with a throw of 31.98m and Selwyn McPherson, who later showed dominance by winning the Shot Put and the Javelin finished second with 31.25m. Jermaine Haynes was third with 24.77m.

In the boys Shot Put, McPherson won with a throw of 11.60m, reversing the results of the discuss, as Payne finished second with a throw of 11.54m. Garraway again finished third with a throw of 9.13m. Mc Pherson (43.83m) completed his medal haul by later winning the boys' javelin ahead of Payne (40.06m). Ernesto Adams came in third with 38.83m.

On the female side, Stacy Wilson took gold in both, Shot Put and Javelin ahead of Schevon Eastman, who finished second in both events.

In the Javelin, Wilson won with a throw of 29.60m to edge Eastman 20.50m. There was no third place finisher in that competition. Meanwhile, in the girls' Shot Put, Wilson won with a throw 7.85m, Eastman finished second with 7.30m and Ronella Paul finished third with 5.65m.

In other results:

Girls' 400m; Shurma Mentore (1:01:9s) - first and Ruanne Hernandez, (1:10:3s) - second.

Boys' 400m; Ronald Adams (51:00s) - first, Derwin Eastman (51:4s) -second and Quaci Roach (51:9s) - third.

Girls' 800m; Shurma Mentore (2:48:6s) - first, Daneka Lyle (2:50:2s)- second and Shurmela Austin (3:25:9s - third.

Boys' 800m; Ryan DePeza (2:05:5s) - first, Cleveland Thomas (2:06:3s) - second and Winston Alexander (2:08s) -third.

Girls' 1500m; Doneka Lyle (5:58:7s) - first, Shurmela Austin (7:37:9s) - second.

Boys' 1500m; Cleveland Thomas (4:27s) - first, Ryan DePeza (4:31s) -second and Patrick Bobb (4:34s) - third.

Pompey do not advance in 400m @ World Champs.
Heat 5 - Sunday, August 07, 2005 - 12:23

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 6 819 Richards Sanya USA 51.00 Q 0.178
2 5 684 Thiam Amy Mbacke SEN 51.66 Q 0.167
3 2 401 Fenton Lorraine JAM 52.07 Q 0.206
4 7 339 Regis Hazel-Ann GRN 52.51 0.178
5 3 767 Yefremova Antonina UKR 52.89 0.162
6 4 344 Pompey Aliann GUY 53.12 0.192
7 8 611 Wittstock Estie RSA 53.28 0.159
 
Burnett do not advance in 800m @ World Champs
Heat 3 - Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 13:13

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark
1 5 614 Andrianova Tatyana RUS 2:06.38 Q
2 6 824 Schmidt Alice USA 2:07.10 Q
3 3 189 Martínez Mayte ESP 2:07.34 Q
4 7 566 Setowska Ewelina POL 2:07.37 Q
5 4 506 Myint Myint Aye Myint Myint Aye MYA
2:08.50
6 8 343 Burnett Marian GUY 2:09.88
2 4 Touhami Nahida ALG DNS
 
Blackman equals Boyce’s `A’ Class 100m record
Guyana Police win International category with massive 352 points
By Isaiah Chappelle

NATIONAL sprinter Andre Blackman again equalled Colin Boyce's
1993 `A' Class 100m record as Guyana won the International category
of the Annual Police Track & Field Championships, while eadquarters
(HQ) surged back to retain the local title. Guyana amassed a massive 352 points, with second-placer St Vincent &
the Grenadines tallying 91, Antigua 77, Trinidad & Tobago 67,
Barbados 66 and Grenada 57.


In the local category, Headquarters (HQ) ended with 387, `A' Division 338, Country Division 177 and `B' Division 158. The champions needed two events on the final day, yesterday, to
pass `A' Division who went into the closing day 15 points ahead of
HQ. After the Men's 1500m, HQ surged ahead to 202, `A' Division
dropped to second place with 189, `B' Division moved up to third with 80 and Country Division had 75. HQ never looked back.

Blackman was declared the `A' Class Champion, with three win in the
100m, 200m and 400m, while Brennon Thompson was runner-up, having
finished third in the long jump, 100m and 200m. National distance runner Colin Mercurius was named the `B' Class champion for winning the open events in 5 000m, 10 000m and 1500m, with Bevon Leitch the runner-up with wins in the 400m and 200m, and a second place in the 100m.

Another National distance runner Carla Benjamin was the Female
Champion with wins in the 3 000m, 800m and 1500m, with Charmaine
Clarke the runner-up with first places in the 100m and 200m and a
second in long jump. The International Men's champion was Wesley Brown of Barbados who won in discus and placed second in shot put and triple jump. Joycelyn Huggins of Trinidad & Tobago was the International Women's champion with wins in shot put, javelin and discus.

Blackman clocked 10.3 seconds to win the `A' Class Men's 100m, a
record-equalling performance like last year, followed by Othneil
Prescott of St Vincent & the Grenadines on 10.4, Thompson of Guyana
on 10.8 and Shaneyea King of Trinidad & Tobago on 10.9. Earlier in the Invitational Men's 100m, Blackman had an amazing flat 10 seconds dash, but officials said that time has to be reconciled
with a check to determine if the ground was properly marked then,
among other factors.

Rawle Green was second in 10.3 seconds, Goddis Accra third in 10.8
and Michael Saul fourth in a flat eleven. Blackman won the `A' Class Men's 400m in 50.2 seconds, followed by Kasroy Simon of Antigua on 51.4, O'Neil Prescott of St Vincent & the
Grenadines on 51.7 and Ray Fraser of Guyana fourth on 51.8.

In the `A' Class Men's 200m, Blackman clocked 21.6 seconds to place
first, Thompson was second in 22.7, Trinidadian King third in 23.1
and Antiguan Simon fourth in 23.2.

Green won the Invitational Men's 200m in 21 seconds flat, surging
ahead of Keith Roberts - into the homestretch - who clocked 21.8,
with Derwin Eastman third and Accra fourth. Shurma Mentore won the Invitational Women's 200m in 26 seconds, followed by Leota Babb, Stacy Smith and Mercedes Forde.

Added to his first day's 10 000m victory, Champion Mercurius won the Men's Open 1500m in four minutes 18.1 seconds, with HQ team mate Larry Josiah second in 4:22.6 minutes, Evrist Tempio of St Vincent third and Mark McAllister of `B' Division fourth.

Mercurius easily won the Men's Open 5 000m in 16:35.1 minutes, with
McAllister second and Damian Blackman of HQ third. With victory in the 3 000m on the first day, Champion Benjamin won the Women's 1500m in 5:41.3 minutes, ahead of Lileth Joseph of Antigua, Odetta Argyle of Headquarters and Tasha Tappin of `A' division.

Bevon Leitch won the `B' Class Men's 400m in 52.9 seconds, with Odel Percival second, Ian Hamilton third and Trevor Benn third. Leitch was second to Quamme Benn of `A' Division in the 100m, with Trevor Benn of HQ third and Michael Newland of `B' Division third.

Sharleen Bute of St Vincent won the Women's 100m in 13 seconds flat, ahead of Clarke, Sophie Ann Reece of Barbados and Donelle Thomas. In the other Invitational races, Kelvin Johnson won the 1500 m in 4:14.3 minutes, ahead of Lionel D'Andrade, Cleveland Thomas and Ryan Depeazer, while Alika Morgan won the Women's race in 4:58.1 minutes, followed by Ashanti Scott and Omisha Humphrey.

Johnson entered the shorter 800m race but was beaten by Jermaine
Pilgrim, with Depeazer third and Otto Towler fourth. Dianne Munroe clocked 11.7 seconds to take the 100m, followed by Beverly Selman, Leota Babb and Abigail Tinnis. In the Men's 400m, Trevor Scotland finished first in 50.6 second, ahead of Roberts, Rondel Adams and Eastman, while Mentore won the Women's race in 1:00.5 minutes, with Monica Roberts second, Forde third and Annis Mars fourth.


There were several other novelty races to make up the day's programme that got under way after the march past of athletes, with
Commissioner of Police Winston Felix taking the salute and declaring the meet open.
 
Guyana Police Force Annual Track and Field Championships
Barbadian is champion male international athlete
By Michael DaSilva
Saturday, August 6th 2005

Barbados' field athlete Wesley Brown copped the Champion Male
International Athlete title at the Guyana Police Force's Annual Track
and Field Championships which concluded yesterday at the Eve Leary
Ground.

On the distaff side, Trinidad and Tobago's Joycelyn Huggins was
adjudged winner.

In the local competition, Headquarters' (HQ) Andre Blackman won the
`A' Class category, while Colin Mercurius won the Champion `B' Class
athlete title.

HQ's Carla Benjamin won the Women's Champion Athlete title.

In the race for international and divisional championships honours,
Guyana made a successful defence of the title by finishing a clear
261 points ahead of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Guyana secured
352 points, while St. Vincent ended with 91.

In the divisional championship, Headquarters, who trailed `A'
Division by 15 points after two days of competition, ended with 389
points to take the honours from `A' Division (338).

Antigua (77) placed third in the international championship, while
Trinidad (67) was fourth, Barbados (66) fifth and Grenada (57) sixth.

On the local scene, Country Division placed third in the points'
standing with 177 points, while `B' Division was fourth with 158
points.

Brown, who has been a regular participant at the annual event,
chalked up 26 points by winning the men's discus and placing second
in the shot-put and triple jump events.

Huggins who has dominated the field events in this category over the
years, won the women's shot-put, javelin and discus events for an
even 30 points.

Blackman was first among the `A' Class men in the 100, 200 and 400-
metre races. Second place in this category went to Brennon Thompson,
also of HQ. He placed third in the 100 and 200-metre races as well as
the triple jump.

Benjamin won the 800, 1500 and 3000-metre races to finish with 30
points. Charmine Clarke of HQ was second with 28 points from
victories in the women's 100 and 200-metre races and a second place
finish in the long jump. Mercurius, who won the men's 10,000-metre on
the opening day (Tuesday) to claim 10 points, came back yesterday to
win the 1500 and 5000-metre races to end with 30 points also.

Second place in this category went to Mercurius's team mate Bevon
Leitch, who won the 200 and 400-metre `B' Class races and placed
second in the 100-metre event to end with 28 points. Unofficially,
Blackman set a new 100-metre national record in the men's 100-metre
invitational race. He registered 10 seconds flat for the distance, to
win from national sprint champion Rawle Green (10.03) and Goddis
Accra (10.08) respectively.

Green, however, bounced back to win the 200-metre male invitational
in 21.00 seconds. Second was Keith Roberts (21.08) and third Devin
Eastman (22.03).

In selected results from the final day of competition, Dianne Munroe
won the women's 100-metre invitational race in 11.17 seconds. Second
was Beverley Selman (12.04) and third Keota Babb (12.06).

Leitch won the `B' Class men's 400-metre race in 52.09 seconds.
Second was Odel Percival (53.08) and third Ian Hamilton (56.09),
while in the `A' Class category, Blackman won in 50.2 seconds from
Antigua's Kasroy Simon (51.04) and St. Vincent's O'Neil Prescott
(51.07).

The male 400-metre invitational race was won by Trevor Scotland
(50.06). Second was Keith Roberts (50.07), while Rondel Adams (51.02)
placed third.

On the distaff side, Shurma Mentore (1:00.05) won from Monica Roberts
((1:03.08) and Mercedes Forde (1:04.04) respectively.

Mercurius won the male open 1500-metre event in 4:18.08 from his team
mate Larry Josiah (4:22.06) and St. Vincent's Ewrist Tempid (4:34.07
respectively, while Benjamin won the 1500-metre race in 5:04.03.
Second was Antigua's Lileth Joseph (6:12.00) and third, HQ's Odetta
Argyle (6.37.04).

The 1500-metre women's invitational was won by Alika Morgan
(4:58.01). Second was Ashanti Scott (5:07.07) and third, Omisha
Humphrey (6:26.04), while in the men's 1500-metre invitational,
Kelvin Johnson was first in 4:14.03. Second was Lionel D'Andrade
(4:15.04) and third, Cleveland Thomas (4:23.09).
 
A-Division 15 points ahead of defending champions
Police Track &Field championships …
By Isaiah Chappelle
AT THE end of Day Two, A-Division were 15 points ahead of defending
champions Headquarters in the Annual Police Track & Field
championships at the Eve Leary ground, yesterday.


A-Division had 179 points, Headquarters 164, and Country and B-
Division on 75 each for joint third.


In the international meet, Guyana commanded a massive 169 points in
the first place, with Barbados second on 44, Grenada third on 36,
Antigua fourth on 35, St Vincent fifth on 32 and Trinidad & Tobago
sixth on 30.


Before the javelin scores came in, A-Division had a four-point lead
over the defending champions, 160 and 156 respectively, and the
Country Division were third on 67, with B-Division in the cellar on
64.


Similarly, Antigua on 30 were in second place to Guyana who had 144
points, while Barbados were third on 28, Grenada and St Vincent
fourth on 26 each, and Trinidad & Tobago 20.


Lyndon Rose of A-Division won the Men's B-Class javelin with a throw
of 40.19 metres, Byron David of Country Division was second with
37.10 m and Adrian Massiah of A-Division third on 36.79 m.


In the Men's A-Class javelin, Grenadian Kendell Smith was first with
a throw of 50.48 metres, Barbadian Wesley Brown second with 47.02m
and Guyana's Kevin Bennett third with 45.3m.


On the distaff side, Trinidadian Joycelyn Huggins won with 24
metres, Barbadian Sophieanna Reece was second with 23.26m and St
Vincentian Helen Williams third with 21.22m.


There were four other finals, with the other events being heats for
the final day, tomorrow.


In the A-Class Men's triple jump, Bennett leapt 13.66 metres to
place first; Natiba Noel of Grenada had 13.64m for second place and
David 12.06 for third.


The B-Class Men's 200m went to Bevon Leitch of HQ, clocking 23.39
seconds, followed by Quamie Benn of A-Division on 24.13 and Trevor
Benn of HQ on 24.39.


On the distaff side, Charmaine Clark of Country Division was first
in 26.50 seconds, Sherleen Bute of St Vincent second in 27.26 and
Donelle Thomas of A-Division third in 29.23.


HQ captured all three top places in the B-Class Men's 800 m, with
Larry Josiah finishing first in two minutes 2.25 seconds, John
Methford second in 2:12.82 minutes and Keon Luther 2:13.03.


The final day starts with a march past of participating teams at
09:00 h, and the first event at 10:00 h.
 
Guyana Police Annual Track and Field Championships
Guyana and 'A' Division lead points' standings
By Michael DaSilva
Thursday, August 4th 2005

Guyana and `A' Division lead the points' standings in the Guyana
Police Force's Annual Track and Field Championships which conclude
tomorrow at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.

Up to press time, Guyana had accumulated 144 points' to head the `A'
Class points table, while `A' Division led the local inter-division
championship with 156 points.

On a day which attracted a full house of spectators after several
years, the local athletes outshone their Caribbean counterparts to
steal the lead in their quest for another championship honour.

In the `A' Class championship, Antigua occupied the second spot with
30 points, while Barbados follow in third position with 28 points.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada are tied for fourth with
26 points each, while Trinidad and Tobago trail with 20 points.

In the local competition, defending champions, Headquarters, occupy
the second place with 156 points, while Country Division and `B'
Division are third and fourth on 67 and 64 points respectively.

In the triple jump `A' Class final yesterday, Guyana's Kevin Bonnett
hopped, jumped and leapt 13.66m to beat Grenada's Natiba Noel
(13.64m) and Country Division's Byron David (12.06m) into second and
third respectively.

The local men's 800-metre final was dominated by HQ, whose Larry
Joseph won it in 2:03.25. Second was John Methford (2:12.82) and
third, Keon Luther (2:13.03).

The 200-metre `B' Class final was won by HQ's Bevon Leitch in 23.39
seconds. Second was `A' Division's Quamme Benn (24.13) and third
HQ's Trevor Benn (24.39).

On the distaff side, Country Division's Charmine Clarke won the
female 200-metre final in 26.50 seconds from St. Vincent's Sherleen
Bute (27.46) and `A' Division's Donelle Thomas (29.23) respectively.

Leitch clocked 11.13 seconds in winning his heat on day one, while
Trevor Benn placed second. Trevor Benn won his heat in 11.17
seconds.

In the few heats that were run off yesterday, Shurma Mentore won the
women's 400-metre invitational heat one in 1:00.93. Second was Stacy
Smith (1:05.87) and third Stacy Wilson (1:09.11).

Heat two was won by Monica Roberts (1:13.32. Second was Mercedes
Forde (1:04.60) and third, Marcia Mentore (1:04.86).

Rawle Green won heat one of the men's invitational 100-mere in 10.41
seconds from Andre Blackman (10.62) and Michael Saul (10.64)
respectively, while Seon Forde (10.51) was first among the heat two
competitors. Second was Leron Bristol (10.59) and third, Brennon
Thompson (10.94).

In the men's invitational 400-metre heats, Rondel Adams won heat one
in 51.20 seconds from Derwin Eastman (51.50) and Quacy Trotman
(53.66) respectively.

Heat two was won by Trevor Scotland (50.70). Second was Keith
Roberts (52.95), while Sigmiund Daniels (54.25) placed third.

There were several finals that involved the children of policemen
and women.

The 100-metre girls' under-15 was won by Tiffany Smith. Second was
Omisha Humphrey, and third Alisa Brisport. George Persaud won the
100-metre boys' under-15 from Kareem Norton and Jamal Arjune
respectively.

In the 80-metre events, Trorana Trotz won the girls' race from
Monellesha Fernandes and T'Iceyah Azore respectively, while in the
boys' race Stanley Duff crossed the finish line ahead of Dendre
McGarrell and Quincy Blake respectively.
 
Guyana Police Annual Track and Field Championships
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, August 3rd 2005
Caribbean athletes dominated day one of the Guyana Police Force's
Annual Track and Field Championships which are currently underway at
the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.

Up to press time, police athletes from St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada and Antigua had
won four events among them while placing second in two and third in
one.

Guyana, the `A' Class defending champion, placed third in one of the
events that were completed.

In the local competition, Headquarters (HQ) are out front in the
points' standing through their athletes who have won three of four
finals and also occupied positions among the other top seven
finishers.

Trinidad's Joycelyn Huggins won the women's shot put with a throw of
11.44m, then went back later to take the women's discus with a throw
of 37.12m.

St. Vincent's Halen Williams (10.90m) was second to Huggins in the
shot put, while Guyana's Amanda Hermonstine (8.00m) was third.

Second in the women's discus was HQ's Edol Castello (23.10m), while
Country Division's Joan King (22.10m) placed third.

In other field events, Rohan Richardson of St. Vincent won the men's
shot put with a throw of 11.96 metres (11.96m) to dethrone defending
champion Barbados' Wesley Brown (10.89m). Third place went to
Grenada's Kendall Smith (10.46m).

In the men's `B' Class shot put event, `A' Division's Wycliff Nurse
(8.76m) was first, `B' Division's Kirk Glasgow (8.13m) second and
Country Division's Steve Hicks (7.79m) third.

In track races, St. Vincent's Charlene Butu won the women's 400-
metre final from Donella Thomas (`A' Div) and Jenelle Todd (HQ).

Carla Benjamin (HQ) returned 14 minutes, 22 seconds (14.22) in
winning the women's 3000-metre. Second was Odetta Argyle (HQ) and
third, Jennifer Griffith (`A' Div).

The men's 10,000m was won by Colin Mercurius (HQ) in 37:19.07 from
Damion Blackman (HQ) and Mark McAllister (`B' Div) respectively. In
results from the few heats that were run off, Bevon Leitch won his
100m heat for `B' Class athletes in 11.13 seconds, second was Trevor
Benn (HQ), while Odel Percival (`A' Div) placed third. In heat two,
Quamme Benn (`A' Div) crossed the line ahead of Michael Newland (`B'
Div) and Nathan Fraser (`B' Div) respectively. Benn returned 11.17
for the distance. Earlier in the day, Leitch won his men's `B' Class
400m heat in 53.69 seconds from Percival and Ian Hamilton
respectively, while in heat two, Larry Josiah was first in 54.70
seconds. Second was Benn and third, Randy Charles. In winning the
men's 10,000-metre race, Mercurius lapped all the other four
starters. He lapped the fifth placed finisher John Simon three
times, the third (McAllister) and fourth (Methford) placed finishers
twice and the second placed finisher (Blackman) once. After being
sent on their way, Mercurius took a position up front and never
relinquished it. The five athletes stuck together for the first two
laps, after which Mercurius started to lengthen his strides and
eased away from his rivals who were left struggling. He, however,
had a lame finish, having aggravated an old back injury, and had to
be assisted off the field. The championships will continue today at
the same venue and conclude on Friday. Tomorrow is a rest day.

Mercurius and Benjamin win top points on day one …
Six foreign teams for annual Police track & field meet
By Isaiah Chappelle
NATIONAL distance runners Colin Mercurius and Carla Benjamin won top
points for Headquarters (HQ) on the opening day of the annual Police
track & field championships at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve
Leary, yesterday.


The meet which attracted the biggest international participation in
several years, started late because of the wet ground conditions but
the events scheduled for the day came off -- mainly heats and eight
finals.


Six foreign teams are here for the meet. They are St Vincent & the
Grenadines, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, Grenada and St
Lucia. Just Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago fielded teams
last year.


Mercurius was ahead by nearly two minutes of his nearest challenger
in the 10 000m men's Open race, finishing in 37 minutes 19.07
seconds, followed by Damion Blackman (HQ) IN 39:09 minutes, Mark
McAllister (B-Division) John Methford.


Benjamin's win was closer, clocking 14 minutes 22 second in the 3
000m women's race, Odetta Argyle (HQ) in 14:29 minutes and Jennifer
Griffith (A-Division).


The other track final was the 400m Women's won by Sharleen Buta of
St Vincent & the Grenadines in one minute and 15 seconds, followed
by Donella Thomas of A-Division second in 1:13 minutes, Jannesa Todd
(HQ) and Jennifer Griffith (A-Division).


Wesley Brown of Barbados and Earl Keizer of Guyana tied in the final
best throw in the A-Class men's discus, 34.6 metres, but Brown got
the first place having a 33.94 best after the first three throws,
while Keizer had 27.82m. Antiguan Rohan Richardson was third and
Grenadian Kendall Smith was fourth.


In the A-Class shot put, Richardson registered 11.96m to take the
first place, Brown second with 11.89m, Smith third and Keizer fourth.


Wycliff Nurse of A-Division threw 8.76m to win the B-Class men's
shot put, Kirk Glasgow of B-Division was second with 8.13m, with
Steve Hicks (Country Division) third and Ron Clarke (A-Division)
fourth.


Trinidadian Joycelyn Huggins won both the Women's shot put and
discus finals. She threw 11.44 m in the shot put, followed by Halen
Williams (St Vincent) with 10.9 m, and Guyana's Amanda Hermanstine
and Loriane Peters.


Huggins registered a massive 37.12m in the discus, with her closest
challenger Edol Castello (Guyana) throwing just 23.1m, with the
third place going to Joan King (Guyana) and the fourth to Veronica
Williams (St Vincent).


Some 24 events are fixed for Day 2, today, at the same venue,
starting at 11:00 h with the men's Open triple jump final. There
will be 14 finals, including the B-Class 200m and 800m and the A-
Class 800m.
 
The business of Track and Field must be public
Sports Letter

Dear Editor,

In my quest for equal rights and justice for the athletes of the
Bedford All Stars Sports Club and others, it seems to the Athletics
Association of Guyana (AAG) as if I am dissident, and as a
consequence of this perception, they continue to victimize the
athletes of our club. It is unfortunate that the AAG is finding it
painful to respond to letters on a consistent basis from concerned,
dedicated and sports-loving coaches whose main concern in the sport
of Track and Field is the overall development of our resource in
this country, which seems to be gravitating to crime.

The AAG by their undemocratic policy in team selection is
demoralizing certain athletes, to the point where the message these
athletes indirectly receive is that there is no place for them
regardless of their outstanding performances. Hence athletes
gravitate towards the ills of society.

In a recently published sports letter under the caption 'AAG
facilitated but did not pay for athletes' participation in Trinidad
and Tobago's Junior and Senior Championships,' by Sharomae Blackmore
for Ken Elexey, General Secretary (ag) The Athletics Association of
Guyana, the high-handed fashion in which the AAG operates its
business of running track and Field in Guyana was exposed. It shows
how confusing its policies are. Just recently, Mr Claude Blackmore,
President of the AAG, told the public by way of comment in the
Stabroek News, that "National athletic teams are selected by a
council of 17 persons." Now the same public is being told by the
letter-writer, that Colin Mercurius and Alika Morgan were selected
by the executives and not the council of 17 as Mr Blackmore stated
in his comment. Is it the executive or the council of 17 which is
responsible for national team selection? And what are the criteria
or bench-marks for national athletics team selection?

The Athletics Association of Guyana recently met and selected a
national athletics team for the South American Senior Athletics
Championship, in Cali, Colombia, July 22-24, 2005. Rawle Greene and
Andre Blackman, two of Guyana's top sprinters, were not selected,
despite meeting the selection criteria.

When inquires were made by me about the reason/s for the non-
selection of the two top sprinters, I was told by Mr Keith French,
senior vice-president of the AAG, that this time around the
association was looking at distance athletes to make the trip, and
they were not interested in sprinters. It goes to show that the AAG
doesn't understand anything about the technical aspect of athletics
and team selection.

Now, distance racing, from a technical athletic standpoint, is 90%
aerobic and 10% anaerobic, which means that air pressure must be
taken into the equation. With Colombia at high altitude and our
distance athletes coming from sea level without proper high-altitude
preparation and insufficient adaptation for high-altitude
competition, it was an unwise decision to send distance athletes to
Colombia to compete. Instead sprinters would have been a better
choice. Sprinting, from a technical standpoint, is 90% anaerobic and
10% aerobic, in which air pressure at high altitude would not have
had any significant bearing on sprinting.

In another section of Miss Blackmore's letter, she stated that
letters in the print media criticizing the way how things are done
at the AAG do not have any element of truth, but went on in the
latter part of her letter to invite any club executive to call their
secretariat to discuss any matter which might have been of any
concern to them. But why call the secretariat, when Miss Blackmore
is pre-empting the situation? Coaches and athletes do have a genuine
and serious concern which needs to be addressed urgently. So the AAG
cannot just wish away their accountability in running Track and
Field in Guyana.

We are living in a democratic society, with freedom of expression
and a free press. Thanks to Miss Blackmore for the invitation to
call their secretariat, but I would rather use the media to air the
injustices being perpetrated against athletes and coaches.

The business of athletics is not to be discussed behind closed doors
between a few people, it is public business, especially for the
business community, which put so much money into the sport.
Similarly, for the world governing body (IAAF) whose yearly grant
must be accounted for by the Athletics Association of Guyana, the
business of Track and Field must be public business.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Vice-President/ Coach

Bedford All Stars Sports Club
 
Barry Massay Games billed for GCC at month-end
… cash prizes only for athletes over 20 years
By Isaiah Chappelle

CASH prizes will only be offered to athletes over 20 years of age in this year's VIII Barry Massay Memorial Games, billed for the world famous GCC ground on July 31 and August 1. The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) will be staging the Games with assistance from the Guyana Sports Association of New York, featuring athletics and cycling.

GOA president K. Juman-Yassin said the local sport body was happy to be part of and associated with the Games. "Barry Massay gave his life literally for sport in Guyana," he said. He expressed gratitude to the New York-based body for its input and
assistance in bringing off the event. "I hope the link will be fruitful and will not end with the Games," he added.

President of the New York association, Richard Thompson, disclosed
that the body was established since 1972 as a non-profit
organisation, called the Exiles Cricket Club. After that crop of
members got too old to continue, the young ones came forward and
formed the association.

Since 1978, members visited the homeland, but concentrated mostly in Linden with cricket. They also assisted with boxing and other
disciplines. They dealt with Essequibo (football) and West Demerara. In fact, the overseas body usually stages a Lin-West Games athletics meet preceding the Barry Massay Games, which will be staged on Sunday in Linden.

Athletics coordinator Leonard Cummings said all cash prizes would be paid in Guyana currency, maintaining that was the case last year, but some misinformation resulted in some confusion. "We never intended to pay in US dollars." Cummings disclosed that athletes younger than 20 years would not receive cash prizes. "Younger persons receiving cash could be hampered from getting
scholarships."

The athletes eligible to receive cash prize would pocket $30 000 for placing first, $20 000 for second and $10 000 for third. Two Under-17 youths from the last meet have been awarded scholarships by the New York body to read at the University of Guyana. At present, they are undergoing an enrichment period to meet the university's entry requirement.

The athletes are Teon Roberts of El Dorado Village, West Coast
Berbice, who attended Belladrum Secondary School and Shurma Mentore
of South Turkeyen, Georgetown, who attended the Guyana Industrial
Training Centre (GITC).
Cummings told Chronicle Sport that for this year, the sport body was working on getting the awardees in overseas colleges and
universities.
National cycling coach Hassan Mohamed represented the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), disclosing that some 29 events are programmed for the two days, 15 on the first and 14 on the second.
The feature race on the first day will be the Devil takes the
Hindmost and on the second, the 10 000 metres race.
Ansa McAl will be sponsoring the meet and Marketing representative,
Nigel Worrell, said the company was pleased to be part of the event.
"We thought it was a good opportunity because we believe sport is
important."

Money and trophies at stake in Barry Massay Memorial Games
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, July 20th 2005

Big `bucks' are on offer on July 31 and August first when the Guyana
Sports Association of New York, in collaboration with the Guyana
Olympic Association, stages the eighth edition of the Barry Massay
Memorial Games at the GCC Ground, Bourda.

Addressing members of the media yesterday at Olympic House, Leonard
Cummings, Athletic Director of the New York-based organisation, said
athletes and cyclists over 20 years of age would be rewarded with
monetary prizes, while those under 20 years of age will receive
trophies.

Cummings said the top- three finishers in the Open category (over 20
years of age) in athletics races as well as the top-three categories
one and two cyclists will receive $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 for
each event.

Cummings, who was at the time responding to a query that last year
the press had stated that monetary prizes would have been paid in US
dollars when in fact it was paid in Guyana dollars, said, "I don't
want to point fingers at who made that error, but we never said US
dollars, we said the equivalent in Guyana dollars, and that's what
it's going to be again this year. The money would be paid in Guyana
dollars, and it would always be paid in Guyana dollars. I don't want
to point a hand at who made a mistake, but we never intended to pay
in US dollars."

Reminded about an incident where an under-17 athlete won an Open
event and received a trophy instead of a monetary prize, Cummings,
in clearing the air, said, "The position would remain the same with
athletes younger than 20 years of age. They would not be awarded
cash prizes. That's the way it was last year and that's the way it
will be this year. You see, what we are trying to do is really about
education and scholarships, and a young person receiving money for
taking part in Games, they are ineligible for getting scholarships."

With regard to scholarships, the executives of the New York body
were reminded that two scholarships were on offer last year but, to
date, the local media houses are unaware of the awardees.
Responding, Cummings informed that the two athletes are Theon
Roberts of Belladrum Secondary School and Sherma Mentore of GITC.

Cummings further informed that both under-17 athletes are still at
school, trying to enrich themselves academically, so that they can
acquire University of Guyana entrance requirements.

Cummings, in closing, said his association is happy to be working
along with the GOA, the Athletic Association of Guyana and the
Guyana Cycling Federation, in a second attempt to bring off the
Games.

Last year, the original date for the Games had to be rescheduled
because of the inclement weather. However, there was a very poor
spectator turn out on the new dates.

GOA's president, Juman Yassin, in brief remarks yesterday, said his
association is happy to be associated with the Barry Massay Games,
since Massay lived a life literally for sports in Guyana, and is
still remembered for all that he has done.

President of the Guyana Sports Association of New York, Richard
Thompson, in making members of the media au fait with how the
Association came about, said the Association is a non-profit one
that was established in 1972 through the Exiles Cricket Club.

"The exiles decided that they are too old to continue, and the young
fellas came out and formed the Guyana Sports Association of New
York.

"We decided that we will put our efforts into helping the youths of
Guyana, and from 1978, we have been coming down to Guyana
periodically with all forms of sports. We will try to assist and we
have concentrated our efforts at Linden, because most of us worked
at Linden, so we concentrated our interest there because we knew
what we were about. So, as it stands today, we have on board a youth
programme in Linden, Essequibo and West Demerara.

"We assist with football in Essequibo, cricket in Linden and we have
now a West Demerara/Linden athletic meet which is called Linwest,
and this will be held on July 24 at the Mackenzie Sports Club
Ground, beginning at 10am."

Chairman of the proceedings, Godfrey Washington, said the committee
that is responsible for organising the eighth annual staging of the
Games is really firing and rearing to go.

Notably absent yesterday was a representative of the Athletic
Association of Guyana.

The Guyana Cycling Federation was represented by national cycling
coach Hassan Mohamed, who informed that the two-day meet will see 29
cycle races being staged, 15 on day one and 14 on the second day,
involving 10 categories of cyclists.

The event received sponsorship from Ansa McAl, whose marketing
representative, Nigel Worrell, said they were approached by Thompson
and Cummings and they thought that it was a good opportunity to
sponsor some aspects of the Games, "because we understand the
importance of sports in nation-building, so we are going to be
throwing our all behind this event, because this is the first year
we are going to be sponsoring it."

Ansa McAl will stand the cost of advertisements and provide some
beverages.
 
Lee Prowell takes 2nd @ Club Champs. Part of winning 4x100m
Men 100 Meter Dash
========================================================
Staduim Re.: ^ 10.06 2005 Walter Dix, Florida State
Champ. Re.: # 10.42 2001 Darwin Davis, Maryland Elite
AR: ! 9.78 2002 Tim Montgomery, USA
WR: * 9.77 2005 Asafa Powell, Jamacia
Name Year Team Finals
Wind Points
========================================================
Finals
1 Baxter, Kenneth New York Eli 10.45 0.1 10
2 Prowell, Lee Executive Tr 10.65 0.1 8
3 Campbell, Clement Executive Tr 10.68 0.1 6
4 Thompson, Ricardo Roland Inter 10.70 0.1 5
5 Fofanah, Nabie Lemans Track 10.74 0.1 4
6 Morlu, Abraham Phenom Athle 10.74 0.1 3
7 Hussey, Ronald New York Eli 10.87 0.1 2
8 Carter, Pat Lemans Track 10.91 0.1 1

Men 100 Meter Dash
========================================================
Top 8 Advance by Time
Staduim Re.: ^ 10.06 2005 Walter Dix, Florida State
Champ. Re.: # 10.42 2001 Darwin Davis, Maryland Elite
AR: ! 9.78 2002 Tim Montgomery, USA
WR: * 9.77 2005 Asafa Powell, Jamacia
Name Year Team Prelims
Wind H#
========================================================
Preliminaries
1 Baxter, Kenneth New York Eli 10.41q 2.9 6
2 Thompson, Ricardo Roland Inter 10.48q 2.4 4
3 Carter, Pat Lemans Track 10.52q 2.4 4
4 Campbell, Clement Executive Tr 10.55q 3.5 7
5 Fofanah, Nabie Lemans Track 10.57q 2.4 4
6 Prowell, Lee Executive Tr 10.57q 1.7 5
7 Morlu, Abraham Phenom Athle 10.57q 1.1 2
8 Hussey, Ronald New York Eli 10.58q 1.1 2
17 Bascom, Jeremy New York Eli 10.87 0.1 1
23 Sarabo, Kwesi Executive Tr 11.03 1.1 2

***Unfortunately, Jermy Bascom got hurt during the meet and may not
be competing at South American Champs. Final decision will be made
later this week.


Men 200 Meter Dash
========================================================
Top 8 Advance by Time
Staduim Re.: ^ 20.31 2005 Usain Bolt, Puma
Champ. Re.: # 19.32 1996 Michael Johnson, USA
AR: ! 19.32 1996 Michael Johnson, USA
WR: * 19.32 1996 Michael Johnson, USA
Name Year Team Prelims
Wind H#
========================================================
11 Prowell, Lee Executive Tr 21.66 0.2 3
20 Bascom, Jeremy New York Eli 21.96 +0.0 4
30 Sarabo, Kwesi Executive Tr 22.57 1.4 1


Men 4x100 Meter Relay
========================================================
Team Finals H#
Points
========================================================
1 Executive Track 'A' 40.41 2 10
1) Logan, Kevin 2) Campbell, Clement
3) Taylor, Orville 4) Prowell, Lee
2 New York Elite T.C. 'A' 40.45 2 8
1) Hussey, Ronald 2) Hunter, Thomas
3) Fraser, Kesrick 4) Baxter, Kenneth
3 Shore Athletic Club of New Jer 'A' 40.63 2 6
1) Porter, Jeffrey 2) Porter, Joe
3) Waters, Rob 4) Taylor, Keith
4 Lemans Track Club 'A' 40.63 1 5
1) Wheeler, Edward 2) Crick, Fitz allan
3) Fofanah, Nabie 4) Carter, Pat
5 Roland International T.C. 'A' 41.08 2 4
1) Johnson, Darnell 2) Thompson, Ricardo
3) Turner, Rashon 4) Whiting, Roland
6 Mid Atlantic Elite 'A' 41.55 2 3
1) White, Jason 2) Johnson, Dameon
3) Washington, Kenneth 4) Sturdivant, Andre
7 Norfolk Real Deal 'A' 42.21 2 2
1) Speller, Thomas 2) Riddick, Ervin
3) Stanley, Willie 4) Wilkerson, Troy
8 New Horizon T.C. 'A' 42.59 1 1
1) Riulliano, Mike 2) Williams, Jemel
3) Dawkins, Randy 4) Tatham, Mark


Jeremy Bascom lead off leg on winning Sprint Medley relay. Lee and
Kwesi Sarabo member of runner up team.

Men 1600 Sprint Medley
========================================================
Team Finals H#
Points
========================================================
1 New York Elite T.C. 'A' 3:24.28 2 10
1) Bascom, Jeremy 2) Hussey, Ronald
3) Miley, Ray 4) Najjar, Ali
2 Central Park Track Club 'A' 3:24.87 1 8
1) Benedict, Steve 2) Fuller, Kobie
3) Dilday, Sekou 4) Williams, Jeffrey
3 Executive Track 'A' 3:36.78 1 6
1) Prowell, Lee 2) Sarabo, Kwesi
3) Logan, Kevin 4) Sobers, Damian
 
Defreitas takes 3rd in Club Champs. 100m dash
2005 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships

Women 100 Meter Dash
=========================================================
Top 8 Advance by Time
Staduim Re.: ^ 11.05 2005 Me`Lisa Barber, Adidas
Champ. Re.: # 11.21 2003 Crystal Cox, NC Elite
AR: ! 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA
WR: * 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA
Name Year Team Prelims
Wind H#
=========================================================
Preliminaries
1 Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 11.80q 1.4 2
2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 11.92q 0.1 1
3 Reavis, Eboni Mid Atlantic 12.32q 0.1 1
4 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 12.42q 1.4 2
5 Robertson, Ashlee Syracuse Cha 12.61q 0.1 1
6 Brown, Antonette Lemans Track 12.80q 1.4 2
7 Mc Holder, Danielle Newburgh Eli 13.14q 1.4 2
8 Germain, Katia Greater Bost 13.20q 0.1 1
9 Delaney, Kara Western New 13.33 0.1 1


Women 100 Meter Dash
=========================================================
Staduim Re.: ^ 11.05 2005 Me`Lisa Barber, Adidas
Champ. Re.: # 11.21 2003 Crystal Cox, NC Elite
AR: ! 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA
WR: * 10.49 1988 Florence Griffith Joyner, USA
Name Year Team Finals
Wind Points
=========================================================
Finals
1 Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 11.66 0.1 10
2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 12.07 0.1 8
3 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 12.37 0.1 6
4 Reavis, Eboni Mid Atlantic 12.39 0.1 5
5 Robertson, Ashlee Syracuse Cha 12.59 0.1 4
6 Mc Holder, Danielle Newburgh Eli 13.11 0.1 3
7 Brown, Antonette Lemans Track 13.12 0.1 2
8 Germain, Katia Greater Bost 13.40 0.1 1

Women Long Jump
=========================================================
Name Year Team Finals
Wind Points
=========================================================
1 Graham, Nolle Lemans Track 6.21m -2.4 10
2 King, Tameisha So. Cal. Che 6.11m -0.9 8
3 Wallker, Kerry Lemans Track 6.02m -0.7 6
4 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 6.00m NWI 5
5 Williams, Sherita Greater Bost 5.82m NWI 4
6 Ingram, Bridgette Lemans Track 5.74m NWI 3
7 Islam, Samaiyah Norfolk Real 5.59m -1.9 2
8 Miller, Nora Connecticut 5.49m -1.5 1

Women Triple Jump
=========================================================
Staduim Re.: ^ 14.09m 2005 Limei Xie, Unatt.
Champ. Re.: # 12.22m 2004 Rhashida Abdul-Malik, LeMans TC
AR: ! 14.45m 2004 Tiombe` Hurd, Nike
WR: * 15.50m 1995 Inessa Kravets, UKR
Name Year Team Finals
Wind Points
=========================================================
1 Williams, Sherita Greater Bost 13.14m 2.4 10
2 Lutterloh, Tilita Lemans Track 12.76m 4.8 8
3 DeFreitas, Jessica Mid Atlantic 12.37m# 0.9 6
4 Lewis, Carolyn Norfolk Real 11.51m 0.9 5
5 Gabbidon, Stacy-Ann Lemans Track 11.38m 0.1 4

 
Top distance athletes omitted from teams
Sports Letter
Monday, July 18th 2005
Dear Editor,

I write to you in regard to two of Guyana's top distance athletes,
Alika Morgan, Junior Carifta Games bronze medallist in the 3000m,
and Kelvin John Johnson, Guyana's top male distance athlete and one
of the Caribbean's best.

Over the years, I have been producing top distance athletes who went
on to serve Guyana well, such as Cleveland Forde and Reonna
Cornette. Presently, I am the person responsible for Alika Morgan
and Kelvin Johnson. Both of these athletes are at present finding it
difficult to be selected on national athletics teams to represent
Guyana despite outstanding performances in Guyana and overseas.

Recently, the Athletic Association of Guyana selected a junior team
to attend the National Junior Champion-ship in Trinidad and Tobago,
minus Morgan. The same fate met Kelvin Johnson when the Athletic
Association, minus him, formed a national team to tour Trinidad and
Tobago for the Senior National Championship.

To add insult to injury, the Athletic Association, this last
weekend, were invited by the Caricom Secretariat to send Guyana's
top male and female distance athletes to participate in the Caricom
Day Road Race in St Lucia.

Alika Morgan and Kelvin Johnson, Guyana's top male and female
distance athletes, were not selected to represent Guyana. Only after
my intervention to Mr Campbell, a representative from the Caricom
Secretariat sports section, who sanctioned the participation of
Morgan and Johnson in the road race, were they able to compete - of
course ahead of the two athletes that were selected by the Athletic
Association of Guyana, and at their own expense.

The athletic body of Guyana, by their unspecified method in
selecting national teams, is pitting the athletes against each
other.

I am therefore calling on the Athletic Association of Guyana to
explain their method of selecting teams to represent Guyana.

Team Blacks would like to thank Mr Campbell for his interest in
having Morgan and Johnson compete in the Road Race.

Yours faithfully,

Leslie Black

Coach/Manager for

Johnson/Morgan

Burnett back on the track
Meeting de Madrid 2005 - Madrid (ESP)
Saturday, July 16, 2005

Last Updated: 20:37:11 CET 16/07/2005

Official Result
Women - 800 Metres - Race 1

Pos Athlete Nat Mark

1 Calatayud Zulia CUB 1:58.81
2 Benhassi Hasna MAR 1:59.17
3 Mutola Maria de Lurdes MOZ 1:59.58
4 Martínez Mayte ESP 2:00.92
5 Samaria Agnes NAM 2:01.02
6 Jepkosgei Janeth KEN 2:01.23
7 Aït Hammou Amina MAR 2:01.82
8 Tsyganova Natalya RUS 2:02.07
9 Burnett Marian GUY 2:03.36
10 Lavshuk Natalya RUS 2:03.82
Smith Ronetta JAM DNF
 
Dax takes 4th in 200m final
Official Results - 200 Metres - Boys - Final

Last Updated: 20:08:42 CET 17/07/2005

Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 18:00 Wind: 0.7 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 6 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 20.91 (WYL) 0.152
2 5 172 Valcarcel Jorge CUB 21.08 (PB) 0.236
3 4 350 Galvan Matteo ITA 21.14 (PB) 0.154
4 7 311 Danns Dax GUY 21.21 (PB) 0.176
5 3 364 Jervis Cawayne JAM 21.21 (PB) 0.177
6 8 414 Al-Beshi Mohammed Ali KSA 21.25 (PB) 0.158
7 2 218 Hernández David ESP 21.51 0.187
8 1 374 Kurisaki Kosuke JPN 21.54 0.205
 
Heat 3 - Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 18:07 Wind: 1.9 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 5 350 Galvan Matteo ITA 21.17 Q (PB) 0.288
2 6 311 Danns Dax GUY 21.26 Q (PB) 0.184
3 4 218 Hernández David ESP 21.31 q (PB) 0.185
4 7 142 Cuffy Tyrell CAY 21.60 (PB) 0.145
5 8 543 Natush Daniel NZL 21.68 (PB) 0.148
6 3 590 Al-Dosari Hamad Kefah QAT 21.68 0.148
7 2 131 O'Gorman Mitchell CAN 21.75 (PB) 0.176
8 1 659 Williams Withley SKN 21.77 (PB) 0.195
 
Official Results - 200 Metres - Boys - Heats
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 8 fastest times (q)
qualified

Last Updated: 14:57:48 CET 16/07/2005

Heat 1 - Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 10:20 Wind: 2.7 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 5 311 Danns Dax GUY 21.48 Q 0.178
2 8 131 O'Gorman Mitchell CAN 21.68 Q 0.176
3 4 143 Hyman Kemar CAY 21.79 q 0.143
4 1 464 Djaovazaha Philippe Sébastien MAD 22.00
0.177
5 2 336 Berdini Alessandro ITA 22.27 0.160
6 3 394 Sinelnikov Daniil KAZ 22.46 0.166
7 7 553 Vuyk Diego PAR 22.57 0.169
6 377 Kurokawa Tetsuo JPN DQ 0.165
 
Dax Danns take 5th at World Youth 100m
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Final

Last Updated: 21:13:43 CET 14/07/2005

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 19:05 Wind: 0.8 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 3 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 10.35 (PB) 0.173
2 6 273 Nelson Alex GBR 10.36 0.173
3 4 712 Bledman Keston TRI 10.55 0.186
4 5 378 Kumamoto Takafumi JPN 10.60 0.173
5 2 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.63 0.198
6 7 373 Goto Daiki JPN 10.64 0.183
7 8 361 Blake Yohan JAM 10.65 0.200
8 1 753 Mays Devin USA 10.74 0.194
 
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Semi-Final
Qual. rule: first 2 of each heat (Q) plus the 2 fastest times (q)
qualified

Heat 2 - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 20:31 Wind: 0.1 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 5 265 Aikines-Aryeetey Harry GBR 10.41 Q 0.162
2 6 373 Goto Daiki JPN 10.60 Q 0.147
3 4 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.64 q 0.176
4 7 235 Wee Luis ESP 10.74 (PB) 0.141
5 8 711 Anthony Kieron TRI 10.75 0.148
6 3 364 Jervis Cawayne JAM 10.75 0.176
7 2 633 Idrisov Mikhail RUS 10.82 0.154
8 1 142 Cuffy Tyrell CAY 10.89 0.143
 
Official Results - 100 Metres - Boys - Heats
Qual. rule: 1st of each heat (Q) plus the 11 fastest times (q)
qualified

Heat 4 - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 11:38 Wind: 0.9 m/s

Pos Lane Bib Athlete Country Mark React
1 7 311 Danns Dax GUY 10.60 Q (PB) 0.172
2 1 747 Green Isaiah USA 10.72 q (SB) 0.147
3 4 187 Esprit Michael DMA 10.99 (PB) 0.194
4 3 241 Reinaru Kristjan EST 11.10 (PB) 0.156
5 5 692 Fulford Delano TKS 11.18 0.167
6 6 551 Castillo Antonio Martin PAR 11.23 (PB) 0.134
7 8 717 Bakkouch Wael TUN 11.32 0.165
8 2 653 Diouf Khadim SEN 11.38 (PB) 0.224
 
Aliann takes 4th at CAC
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
XX CAC Senior Track & Field Championships - 7/9/2005 to
7/11/2005
Thomas Robinson National
Stadium
Nassau, The
Bahamas

Event 13 Women 400 Meter Dash
================================================================

World: W 47.60 10/6/1985 Marita Koch,
GDR
CAC Alltime: A 48.89 8/27/2003 Anna G. Guevara,
MEX
CAC Champs: C 50.63 7/27/1989 ANA QUIROT,
CUBA
Name Year Team
Finals
================================================================

Finals

1 DARLING, TONIQUE Bahamas 50.97
2 PONTEEN, TIANDRA St. Kitts & Nevis 51.41
3 MARTINEZ, LISBANIA GRENO Cuba 51.53
4 POMPEY, ALIANN Guyana 52.21
5 WILLIAMS, SHELLENE Jamaica 52.78
6 THOMPSON, MOYA Jamaica 52.79 52.783
7 REGIS, HAZEL-ANN Grenada 52.79 52.790
8 ETIENNE, GINOU Haiti 52.87

C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
XX CAC Senior Track & Field Championships - 7/9/2005 to 7/11/2005
Thomas Robinson National Stadium
Nassau, The Bahamas

Event 13 Women 400 Meter Dash
================================================================
World: W 47.60 10/6/1985 Marita Koch, GDR
CAC Alltime: A 48.89 8/27/2003 Anna G. Guevara, MEX
CAC Champs: C 50.63 7/27/1989 ANA QUIROT, CUBA
Name Year Team Prelims
================================================================
Heat 1
1 POMPEY, ALIANN Guyana 52.50Q
2 ETIENNE, GINOU Haiti 52.69Q
3 GRAJEDA, RUTH Mexico 53.60
4 CHARLES, NICKEISHA Trinidad& Tobago 53.65
5 JOHN, NATHANDRA St. Kitts & Nevis 54.18
6 TERRERO, INDIRA Cuba 55.47
Heat 2
1 MARTINEZ, LISBANIA GRENO Cuba 51.62Q
2 PONTEEN, TIANDRA St. Kitts & Nevis 51.65Q
3 REGIS, HAZEL-ANN Grenada 52.76q
4 THOMPSON, MOYA Jamaica 53.22q
5 LARRIER, SHARON Barbados 56.06
6 QUIJANO, VERONICA EL Salvador 58.81
Heat 3
1 DARLING, TONIQUE Bahamas 52.63Q
2 WILLIAMS, SHELLENE Jamaica 53.10Q
3 ALEXANDER, KINEKE Stv 53.43
4 YANEZ, MAGALI Mexico 54.05
5 TOUSSAINT, KELSEY Trinidad& Tobago 54.13
6 ROSA, LORENA Dominican Republic 55.50

 
Athletissima 2005 - Lausanne (SUI)
Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Last Updated: 20:45:49 CET 05/07/2005

Official Result
Women - 800 Metres - Race 1

Pos Athlete Nat Mark

1 Calatayud Zulia CUB 1:59.35
2 Cherkasova Svetlana RUS 1:59.99
3 Usovich Svetlana BLR 2:00.31
4 Valdonado Laetitia FRA 2:00.59
5 Sinclair Kenia JAM 2:00.63
6 Cummins Diane CAN 2:00.97
7 Ceplak Jolanda SLO 2:02.17
8 Jepkosgei Janeth KEN 2:03.94
9 Brägger Anita SUI 2:04.44
10 Burnett Marian GUY 2:05.47
Thiébaud-Kangni Sandrine TOG DNF

Official Result
Women - 800 Metres - Race 2

Pos Athlete Nat Mark

1 Aït Hammou Amina MAR 2:01.52
2 Fouquet Virginie FRA 2:01.94
3 Santin Frances USA 2:01.97
4 Macharia Faith KEN 2:02.81
5 Uljas Egle EST 2:02.92
6 Desviat Esther ESP 2:03.75
7 Vashentseva Irina RUS 2:03.96
8 Rønholt Rikke DEN 2:04.77
9 Lang Gabi SUI 2:06.87
10 Fischer Sabina SUI 2:07.18
11 Durrenmatt Sybille SUI 2:07.85
12 Vogel Monika SUI 2:10.93
Sonderegger Regina SUI DNF
Grousselle Elisabeth FRA DNS
 
Mercurius gets Guyana's lone medal in Trinidad
Sagicor Senior Open Track and Field Championships
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, June 29th 2005
Colin Mercurius secured Guyana's lone medal at the Trinidad and
Tobago's Sagicor-sponsored Senior Open Track and Field
Championships, which were staged at the Hasley Crawford Stadium over
the weekend.

According to official results, Mercurius clocked 15 minutes 58.26
seconds (15:58.26) in placing third to Trinidad's Curtis Cox and
Richard Jones respectively.

According to Bedford All Stars Track and Field coach Wayne Walcott,
Mercurius gave of his best, but the winner and second placed
finisher were too good for him.

Walcott said the event attracted five starters, but one dropped out
due to injury while another was lapped in the 12-lap race.

Walcott reported that Royal Youth Movement athlete Jermaine Pilgrim
turned in an outstanding performance in finishing fifth in the men's
open 800-metre race, which was won by Trinidad's Sherridan Kirk in
1:46.40.

"This boy has a far way to go, but he has to get more regular
competition and better coaching. He really performed," Walcott
declared.

Pilgrim, who returned 1:58.29 in the final, clocked 2:01.13 in the
semi-final.

Police Sports Club's Trevor Scotland, who also contested the men's
open 800-metre, placed sixth of the 14 entrants. He returned 1:58.69
in the preliminary round and 1:58.56 in the final.

Bedford All Stars' Rawle Greene, from whom much was expected,
finished a disappointing 17th place overall in the men's open 100-
metre. He clocked 10.73 seconds in his heat, but did not qualify for
the final.

According to Walcott, there were six heats, and the winner of each
heat qualified for the final along with the fastest two losers, but
Greene failed to qualify from a list of 37 entries.

According to the official results, Andre Blackman of Police finished
13th overall in 10.59 seconds.

Greene also contested the men's open 200-metre, but could only
muster 9th overall, from a list of 20 entries.

Asked to comment on Greene's performance, Walcott disclosed that his
athlete did not follow instructions prior to the 100-metre. "He did
not follow warm-up or pre-competition procedures/ instructions. I
told him to report to me for the 100-metre warm-up, but he did not
show up so I went back into the stands, and after the race he asked
me what happen and I did not answer him."

Asked what happened with his charge in the 200-metre race, Walcott
said, "Before the race, he tried to redeem himself.I told him to
start warming up one and a half hours before the event, but I only
saw him about half-hour before the race. I explained to him that his
clothes were wet and he needed a change of clothes since the wetness
from the clothes would bring down his temperature and would affect
him, but he did not have a change of clothes. He just did not follow
instructions."

Walcott opined that overall, the experience was a good one for the
Guyanese contingent, but argued that for this country's athletes to
move forward, there must be more regular competition. "That's what
we do not have here, consistency."

Meanwhile, local athletes will be on show once more from July 8,
when US-based Olympians Marian Burnett and Alian Pompey begin their
quest for honours at the Central American and Caribbean Track and
Field Championships.

Guyana is also expected to be represented at the South American
Track and Field Championships, billed for Bogota, Colombia from July
22 to 24, as well as the World Championships, scheduled for
Helsinki, Finland in August.
 
Were the selection criteria for athletes changed?
Sport letter
Tuesday, July 5th 2005
Dear Editor,

I refer to the letter by the president of the Athletic Association
of Guyana, Mr. Claude Blackmoore, under the caption "National
athletic teams are selected by a council of 17 persons" (24.6.05).
In not a single line did Mr. Blackmoore address my concern about the
criteria or bench-mark used by the Council of the Association to
which he refers as being the body responsible for the selection of
national athletics teams. He is the head of that Council and, as
such, should take full responsibility for decisions made in team
selection and the overall running of the association, and stop
playing the blame game. The president of the Athletic Association of
Guyana must learn to be democratic and transparent in his governing
of athletics, it is the only way forward for our young and talented
athletes. The Athletic Association of Guyana seems to be moving the
goal posts in its selection criteria for national teams.

On the 31st March, 2005, the Bedford All Stars Sports Club received
an invitation from the Athletic Association of Guyana to contest the
National Senior Athletics Championship. That meet was held on Sunday
17th April, 2005 at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground. In the
invitation, the rules and regulations governing the competition were
outlined. It was also noted that the Council of the Association
would have used the performances of athletes in that championship as
selection criteria for any invitation received by that body. At that
meet, Rawle Greene of the Bedford All Stars Sports Club emerged as
the national sprint champion winning the 100m and 200m men.

Greene has proved himself as the number # 1 pick to any sprint team
representing Guyana overseas. On 20th, June, 2005, two days before I
left for Trinidad and Tobago, I received a letter from Mr.
Blackmoore stating that his association wishes to advise that the
performances of our athletes at the Trinidad and Tobago National
Athletics Championship will be used as the criteria to select the
Guyana team to the South American Senior Championship scheduled for
22nd - 24th July, 2005 in Bogota, Colombia.

I would like Mr. Blackmoore to tell us at which of his Council
meetings was the decision made to use the Trinidad Athletic Trials
as a Guyana Athletic Trials and the reasons why Rawle Greene was not
selected to represent Guyana at the CAC Games in Bahamas.

Furthermore, the South American Seniors Championship does not
require any qualifying standards for Guyanese athletes to compete.

So, Mr. Claude Blackmoore, I am watching and listening for a comment
or response.

Yours faihfully,

Wayne Walcott
 
Local junior athletes fail to medal in Trinidad
**despite creditable show
Sunday, June 26th 2005
Local junior athletes failed to medal, but performed creditably, in
the Trinidad and Tobago National Junior Track and Field
Championships which ended last weekend at the Hasley Crawford
Stadium.

According to reports, Kenneth Semple who contested the 100-metre and
Christopher Hall who competed in the 200 and 400-metre races, both
placed fifth in their respective events.

Semple placed third in heat five in a time of 11.28 seconds for the
boys' under-18 100m, second in the semi-final, recording the fourth
fastest time among the 16 semi-finalists, and fifth in the final,
registering a time of 10.97 seconds.

He suffered a pulled hamstring with approximately eight metres
remaining, while occupying the third position at that stage of the
race, which was won by Trinidadian Keston Bledman in 10.49 seconds.

The injury prevented Semple from competing in the 200m.

This was Semple's second overseas meet. He participated in the
Hampton Games earlier this year and recorded 11.12 seconds for the
100m.

Hall, on the other hand, placed second in the second semi-final of
the 400m boys' under-18, registering a time of 49.53 seconds and
fifth in the final (49.50 sec).

Hall, who also contested the 200m, placed second in the second semi-
final (22.40 sec) and fifth in the final (22.40 sec).

The two athletes and their manager, John Martins, would like to
thank the Athletic Association of Guyana, as well as BWIA and their
parents, for affording them the opportunity to represent Guyana.

Sports letter
Not happy with the way the Athletic Association of Guyana is being run

Dear Editor,

Track and Field in Guyana has nowhere to go once the President of the Athletic Association of Guyana, Mr. Claude Blackmoore, is in charge. Over the years, Blackmoore has not been able to take athletics to another level, taking into consideration the vast talent at his disposal (athletics and administration).

I refuse to be a part of this lack-of-leadership role Mr. Blackmoore is playing, and so do the athletes of my club, especially Mr. Rawle Greene, who has been a victim of this association.

The Athletic Association of Guyana doesn't seem to be interested in local talents being promoted to the next level.

This goes back to the non-selection of Rawle Greene to the Guyana team for the Pan- American Games held in 2003 in Santo Domingo, despite acquiring the qualifying standards set by the body, and now again in 2005 on the C.A.C. team for the Bahamas.

It is crystal clear that Mr. Greene cannot make a Guyana team, despite his outstanding performances locally and overseas, once this Association is involved.

In a report in the Thursday 16th June, 2005 edition of the Stabroek News sports section under the caption "Rawle Greene and others for Trinidad & Tobago Athletic meet", I mentioned that we will be using the Trinidad meet as part of the preparation for the CAC Games. That statement was made based on the fact that Mr. Greene is the national sprint champion of Guyana, and was short listed on a national team for these games by the Athletic Association of Guyana at one of their recently held council meetings.

At that meeting Mr. Blackmoore stated that the final selection of Mr. Greene was based on some qualifying standards set by the CAC body. Mr. Blackmoore is aware that the CAC Games don't warrant any qualifying standards, a fact that he admitted to when he was asked certain questions by Stabroek News as to the reason(s) why only two overseas athletes were selected to represent Guyana and no local athletes were selected.

He even went on to say that the entries were closed on Monday last and the Athletic Association of Guyana had set their standards for local athletes who wished to compete at those games, but stopped short of saying what those standards were.

After reading the article, I telephoned Mr. Blackmoore to inquire about the qualifying standards for local athletes to compete at the CAC Games. To my surprise, Mr. Blackmoore gave me the World Championship qualifying standards which are way out of the league for local athletes, as we are not properly equipped.

At which meet, under which local conditions is Mr. Blackmoore expecting our local athletes to meet those standards? To begin, Guyana doesn't even have the basic facilities to record acceptable standards according to the IAAF requirement. That is why the Bedford All Stars Sports Club always seeks to have young talented athletes go abroad so as to develop their skills and have proper evaluation of their performances, only to be told by Mr. Blackmoore and company that "you cannot go anyway", even if you are willing to finance your own trip to the CAC Games.

It is time to tell the Athletic Association of Guyana 'enough is enough'. I am therefore calling on the relevant authorities to intervene in the unacceptable running of the Athletic Association of Guyana, for the sake of our young athletes.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Walcott

Technical Director

Bedford All Stars Sports Club

Editor's note

We are sending a copy of this letter to the President of the Athletic Association of Guyana for any comments he may wish to make.

 C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
        Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005       
         North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC        

Event 24  Girls 4x100 Meter Relay
===============================================================
    National: ! 44.50  4/23/2004   Poly, Long Beach, CA       
        Meet: @ 45.63  6/19/2004   Skyline, Dallas, TX        
    School                                               Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                        
  1 Middle College HS  'A'                                46.22
     1) Deiddra Rogers 07               2) Chianne Ashman 05      
     3) Kerry Ann Stewart 05            4) Analisa Austin 07
 2 Aldine MacArthur HS  'A'                              46.26
  3 Collinwood  'A'                                       46.89
  4 Miami Northwestern  'A'                               47.06
  5 Career HS  'A'                                        47.27
  6 Firebirds  'A'                                        48.09
  7 Skyline HS  'A'                                       49.64
  8 Columbia HS  'A'                                      55.93
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
          Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005         
           North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC          

Event 28  Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
Finals                                                            
  1 West Catholic  'A'                                  3:45.31   4
     1) Latavia Thomas 06               2) Nicole Leach 05        
     3) Ciarra Lawson 06                4) Christiana Taylor 06   
  2 Bethel  'A'                                         3:50.71   4
     1) Francena McCorory 06            2) Shakirra Pinnock 05    
     3) Megann Lawrence 05              4) Kamilah Barnette 07    
  3 Collinwood  'A'                                     3:52.91   4
     1) Whitney Miller 07               2) Brandy Taylor 06       
     3) Joi Smith 05                    4) Sabrina Parr 05        
  4 Hempstead HS  'A'                                   3:53.97   4
     1) Jeavon Benjamin 05              2) Sabrina Budai 05       
     3) Rene Cousins 07                 4) Sayoka Daley 06 
 
 
 C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
          Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005         
           North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC          

Event 36  Girls 1600 Sprint Medley
Finals                                                            
  1 West Catholic  'A'                                  3:53.78   3
     1) Nicole Leach 05                 2) Latavia Thomas 06      
     3) Renya Guy 07                    4) Nedra Lowery 07        
  2 Westerly  'A'                                       4:02.29   3
     1) alyssa Ebright 06               2) Rachel Mason 07        
     3) Amy Lapere 06                   4) Samatha Gawrych 06     
  3 Hempstead HS  'A'                                   4:02.32   3
     1) Rene Cousins 07                 2) Sabrina Budai 05       
     3) Sayoka Daley 06                 4) Jeavon Benjamin 05  
 
 C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
          Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005         
           North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC          

Event 7  Boys 800 Meter Run
Section  5                                                        
  1 Garrett Zambrows          05 West Lafayette, IN     1:52.26   
  2 Ian Waterhouse            05 Eastampton, NJ         1:52.92   
  3 Blake Figgins             05 Detroit, MI            1:52.97   
  4 Sean Tully                05 Syosset, NY            1:53.47   
  5 David Brent               05 Monroe, MI             1:54.33   
  6 Brandon Jones             05 Charlotte, NC          1:54.63   
  7 Randy Lee                 06 Upper Marlboro, MD     1:55.36   
  8 Elon Simms                05 Fremont, OH            1:55.61   
  9 Eugene Ellis              07 Gary, IN               1:56.75   
10 Tom Andriko               05 Warren, OH             1:59.50
 
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
          Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/17/2005 to 6/18/2005         
           North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC          

Event 6  Girls 400 Meter Run
Finals                                                            
  1 Brittany Jones            07 Pompano Beach, FL        52.44#  6
  2 Sade Williams             07 Fontana, CA              52.92   6
  3 Jessica Beard             07 Euclid, OH               52.93   6
  4 Brandi Cross              06 Missouri City, TX        53.62   6
  5 Mikaela Green             06 Pembroke Pines, FL       54.37   5
  6 Bianca Knight             07 Ridgeland, MS            54.56   6
  7 Tiffany Grant             06 Ocean, NJ                54.57   6
  8 Jeavon Benjamin           05 Hempstead, NY            54.64   4
 

A new 2005 season's best for Burnett ...as Austin & team shine at Reebok Grand Prix

Hoping to improve on both placing and time from her last race, Guyana's middle distance champion Marian Burnett ran to a half mark tally last Saturday at the inaugural Reebok Grand Prix in New York. Burnett perked up a personal season's best (SB) time, but saw a repeat of her fifth place from the Prefontaine Classic a week ago.

Running at the spanking new Icahn Stadium, the 2004 Olympic semifinalist hit the terminus with her 2005 top mark of 2:00.59 to end up in the middle of a nine-person result table. She bettered last week's 2:01.70 and was half a second faster than her previous SB done in one of two wins a month ago in Brazil.

The event was won by Jamaica's rising sensation Kenia Sinclair in a 2005 world leading 1:59.10. The American trio of Treniere Clement (1:59.59), Jen Toomey (1:59.56) and Kemeisha Bennett (1:59.99) took the other positions above Burnett. The other places were taken by Grenadian-born Collegiate and CAC champion Neisha Bernard-Thomas (2:01.57), Jenelle Deatherage of Canada (2:03.95), two-time Collegiate champion Alice Schmidt of the USA (2:04.06), and Ethiopian champion Meskerem Legesse (2:09.48). The race was the first this year with multiple sub-2:00 marks, and its top five times (including Burnett's) are in the IAAF's 2005 World Top-10 register. The diminutive athlete figured that she offset her chance to place higher by "kicking too early" even after positioning herself as a front runner during the first lap. One of the favourites for the event, Burnett said she was "somewhat concerned simply by what happened in my previous race." At the Prefontaine meet on June 4, Burnett was hampered by a mid-track collision among runners.

Though not totally starry-eyed with her showing, Burnett is buoyed by the improvement in time. "I am getting to where I have to be, given the problems I had with the injuries and restricted training earlier in the season," she contended. Burnett was watched by a small band of Guyanese supporters from the tri-state area, which included Commonwealth 400m gold medallist Aliann Pompey. They braved the sweltering heat and high humidity to also witness young Guyanese sprint sensation Anna-Lisa Austin help her team win the specially presented New York Girls' 4x100m High School Relay race in 46.57 secs. In a close one-lap relay, they beat quartets from Uniondale (46.92), Hempstead (47.03), White Plains (47.22), Benjamin Cardoso (47.47) and Joe C. Wilson Magnet (48.31). Indeed, it was a splendid display for the 15-year-old and her squad as they churned out a victory the third time round on the big stage this year. The invitation-only meet was a live 90-minute broadcast on NBC-TV. Previously, Austin and her Middle College of Medgar Evers team missed the champions' crowns at the Millrose Games and the Penn Relays. Speaking with Stabroek Sport, Austin, who had an 11:69 split for her opening leg, said though the time ranks as one of their best, "we were hoping to do a little better seeing it was our last major competition before we travel to North Carolina for the Nationals." "During the Indoor we were second best to a California school, but we feel we can turn the tables on them because our squad has the potential," she declared. Austin noted that her school's athletes are "nicely rounding off our training," in preparation for the big event, and that "my personal improvements have been on track."

Middle College is coached by former Guyanese international triple jumper Nicola Martial.

The Reebok meet was the third time this year that Austin and Burnett have performed on the same track, and they both were elated over the happenstance. Besides the women's 800m, the 21-event meet provided four 2005 world leading times, along with several career best and season's best for a high percentage of the competing athletes.

The anticipated 110m hurdles face-off between four-time World champion Allen Johnson (USA) and Olympic champion and record holder Liu Xiang (China) came within 10 strides of not being won by any of the two as American pretender Dominique Arnold (IAAF #12) led by the final hurdle. Only Johnson's perfect closing sealed the win and a world leader over Arnold - 13.03 to 13.06 - with Liu (13.12) lagging in third.

The Chinese was earlier charged with a false start which evidently checked his drive out the blocks on the rerun. Last week Liu had set the world leader in a win over a field minus Johnson who suffered a false start disqualification. Earlier, American heptathlete Michele Perry (12.45) underscored her ability to score in an individual event when she set a new world best in the women's 100m hurdles. She won over fellow Americans: Olympic champion and record holder Joanna Hayes (12.47) and Anjanette Kirkland (12.58).

In the women's 3000m the top five all recorded personal best times, while there were four season's best and three other personal best for all the athletes in the race. Olympic 5000m champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia (8:33.57) and compatriot Werknesh Kidane (8:36.39) recorded the new number-one and number- two marks for 2005.

Then Ethiopian sisters Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba brought the packed stands to swelling applause as they blazed the oval in a show of strong African distance running in the women's 5000m.

Tirunesh, the world cross country champion who had set the world indoor record in February, set the new 2005 best at 14:32.42, and in the process created a new American all-comers' record (Regina Jacobs's old record was 14:45.35). Ejegayehu, the Olympic siver medallist at 10,000m, followed a little under 14 seconds later.

Green, others for Trinidad athletics meet

National men's sprint champion Rawle Green will wing out to Trinidad next week to participate in the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Track and Field Championships, scheduled for the Hasley Crawford Stadium from June 24 to 26.

It is expected that three other local athletes will also be participating at the meet.

According to a source close to the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Police athletes Andre Blackman and Trevor Scotland, as well as Royal Youth Movement's Jermaine Pilgrim, will also be representing their respective clubs at the meet.

Green and Blackman are down to contest the 100- and 200-metre events, Scotland the 400m and 800m races and Pilgrim the 800m.

Green will be accompanied by his coach Wayne Walcott.

Walcott said Green will be using the meet as a preparation for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Track and Field Championships, scheduled for the Bahamas from July 8 to 11.

However, AAG President Claude Blackmoore told Stabroek Sport that only United States-based athletes Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett will be representing Guyana at the CAC Championships.

Asked the reason, Blackmoore explained that the closing date for entries was Monday, and while the CAC meet does not require an athlete to make a particular standard, the AAG has set its own standard.

Walcott, the Bedford All Stars' coach, said his aim was to have Green make the qualifying standard for the World Championships billed for Helsinki, Finland, in August this year.

Walcott said if Green did not make the qualifying standard at the Trinidad nationals, he still has a chance to do so at the South American Championships, billed for Colombia next month-end.

He explained that the World Championships have an `A' and `B' standard.

The `B' standard for the 100m is 10.28 seconds and the 200m is 20.75 seconds.

Green's personal best time for the 100m is 10.42 seconds and 21 seconds for the 200m.

Walcott expressed thanks to Vizion Sounds Promotions of Robb Street, Lacytown, for sponsoring Bedford All Stars' athletes over the years.

Middle College win Girls 4x100m, Burnett placed 5th in season best

     Analisa Austin coached by Nicole Martial @ Middle College HS.

Reebok Grand Prix, Icahn Stadium,

Randall’s Island, NY, NY

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay High School
1 Middle College at Medgar Evers 46.57
2 Uniondale 46.92
3 Hempstead 47.03
4 White Plains 47.22
5 Benjamin Cardozo 47.47
6 Joseph C. Wilson Magnet 48.31

Women 800 Meter

1 Sinclair, Kenia 1:59.10
2 Clement, Treniere 1:59.59
3 Toomey, Jen 1:59.96
4 Bennett, Kemeisha 1:59.99
5 Burnett, Marion 2:00.59
6 Bernard- Thomas, Neisha 2:01.57
7 Deatherage, Jenelle 2:03.95
8 Schmidt, Alice 2:04.06
9 Legesse, Meskerem 2:09.78

Burnett, Pompey clock eighth, fifth at Prefontaine Classic

By Michael DaSilva

Tuesday, June 7th 2005

United States-based Guyanese Olympians Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey failed to finish among the top three in their respective events at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, USA on Saturday.

Pompey clocked 52.75 seconds, placing eighth to Bahamian Tonique Williams-Darling (49.95 sec). Burnett clocked two minutes 01.70 seconds (2:01.70), finishing fifth to world champion Maria Mutola (1:59.95).

On May 15, Burnett and Pompey competed in the 2nd edition of the `Grand Premio Rio de Atletismo', where they won their respective events. Burnett won the women's 800-metre in 2:01.02, a performance that placed her fourth in the 2005 World List. It was her season's best performance.

A week earlier, Burnett clocked 2:02.13, placing third at Jamaica's second International Track and Field Meet in Kingston.

In that race, she trailed her ex-Essex County College team mate, Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (2:00.05), and United States' Hazel Clarke (2:01.63).

Pompey, on the other hand, registered 52:03 seconds on May 15, winning the women's 400-metre by a narrow margin over Ireland's Karen Shinkins (52:06).

On May 22, Burnett and Pompey grabbed gold and silver respectively at the 21st Edition of the 'Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo' - IAAF Grand Prix - Brazil.

Burnett won the women's 800-metre in 2:01.76 from Jamaica's Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) and Suriname's Letitia Vriesde (2:02.57) respectively, while Pompey placed second to Bahamian Christine Amertil in the women's 400-metre.

Amertil, the IAAF World Ranked fifth, returned 50.65 seconds for the distance, while Pompey recorded her season's best 51.43 seconds.

Pompey and Burnett were also a part of a Caribbean All Star team that placed third in the Sprint Medley at the Penn Relays.

The team comprised Pompey, Burnett, Cydonie Mothersill of Cayman Islands and Allison Beckford of Jamaica. They clocked 3:45.98, placing third in the Sprint Medley.

At the same meet, Pompey, Debbie-Ann Parris of Jamaica, Neisha Bernard-Thomas of Grenada, and Hazel-Ann Regis, also of Grenada, contested the women's 4X400 relay and finished third. The team's time for that event was 3:28.77.

Pompey, who ran the 200m leg of the sprint medley, returned 22.4 seconds and 51.1 seconds on the 4x400 race. Pompey opened her 2005 season with a women's 200-metre win at the Sam Howell Invitational Meet on April ninth. For that race, she returned a winning time of 23.48 seconds. Second was Britny Boyd (24.85) and third Juliette Poussot (24.87).

Guyanese stars shine at Grand Prix in Brazil

- Burnett, Pompey now highly sought for elite meets

Thursday, May 26th 2005

Guyana's international track stars Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey have returned to their homes in the United States with wide smiles, after proudly flying the Golden Arrowhead at elite track and field meets in neighbouring Brazil.

The duo spiked out three gold medals and one silver in the four events they equally shared on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit in the Portuguese-speaking state.

The two 2004 Olympic semi-finalists were among 130 international and Brazilian athletes who participated in a three-meet tour in the large South American nation, where they also contested two shorter races between the bigger meets.

Belem Grand Prix I

The Guyanese champions ended their short South American sojourn last Sunday with gold and silver medals at the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix I in Belem.

In front of 35,050 vociferous fans at the Estadio Olympico do Para, Mangueirao, Burnett braved the 32C heat to send her country's national flag fluttering when she hit the strip in 2:01.76s in the Women's 800m.

She narrowly escaped a late surge from Jamaica's national champion and Olympian Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) for the win. Third was 2001 World Championships bronze medallist Letitia Vriesde (2:02.57) whose early 12m lead on the field was dissolved by Burnett with 300m to go.

Brazil's Olympic twosome, Christiane Ritz dos Santos and Luciana de Paula Mendes, took the other two places in the top five.

Fifteen minutes later, with humidity hovering in the low 70's, Pompey added her own gust of wind to keep the Golden Arrowhead aloft.

She stamped out a season's best 51.43s in the Women's 400m for the silver behind Athens seventh-placed finalist Christine Amertil of the Bahamas (50.65). Athens semi- finalists Karen Shinkins of Ireland (51.59) and South Africa's Estie Wittstock (52.35) took the other two positions ahead of Brazilian Maria Laura Almirao.

Their performances were part of 'classic meets' of 15 select events each that turned out a total of five world-best marks for 2005. Burnett and Pompey ended the Brazil trip listed in the number five and number seven slots on the 2005 IAAF's world's fastest runners' register for 800m and 400m respectively.

However, the former had registered her season's best time a week earlier at the Grande Premio del Rio Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix II in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Grand Prix II

Burnett had stamped out a buoyant gold medal 2:01.02s in the 800m at the Estadio Celio de Barros in the famous Maracana Complex. She did the two laps around the oval ahead of young Brazilian sensation Juliana Paula de Azeredo (2:01.25).

At that meet, Pompey's 52.03s ensured she opened with an exciting victory in her first flat 400m of the season. She 'pipped' nemesis Shinkins (52.06), and was way ahead of Brazil's Maria Laura Almirao (52.42). Wittstock and another Olympian, Malgorzata Pskit (Poland), managed fourth and sixth.

Track and field aficionados say it is probably the first time that Guyana has had such a string of top results from entries by its nationals in IAAF Grand Prix meets.

Though Burnett and Pompey have individually competed at such elite meets before, the Brazil contests represent only the second time they are both on the same billing (at the same meet).

But, for Burnett it was bittersweet, as a deja vu upshot dampened her victorious moments after her first run.

Shortly after dismounting the presentation podium, the diminutive half-miler became nauseous and vomited while returning to the athletes' enclosure.

She was rushed to the medical unit where oxygen and medications were administered to help overcome her weakened state.

Burnett had suffered a similar experience shortly after completing an 800m at the 2001 CAC Senior Championships in Guatemala City.

When Stabroek News had contacted Burnett then, she was in bed in her hotel room sipping on what she called "a reinvigorating cup of tea" served her by Pompey.

Recounting the race, she said she trailed the front runners before making her move with about 250 metres to go. "I didn't feel anyway indifferent during the race, though the heat was bothersome," she added.

After competing in relays and a superfast 200m last month, it was a return for Pompey to the stomping ground where she turned out top placings at last year's meets.

The national 200m and 400m record holder had recorded her then personal best (51.11) last year in Belem. Pompey eventually lowered her mark to 50.93s in Madrid, Spain on July 17.

On hand to watch the meet was Burnett's former trainer Lyndon Wilson who was in Brazil for a one-week Olympic Solidarity training course in middle and long-distance running. The Police Sports Club coach said he was "in the right place at the right time and very proud to see my own people do so well.

"It's the first time I've seen them run in person on the international scene, and I'm impressed by Aliann and Marian." Wilson spent time with Burnett to ensure she got over her dim experience. He said the athletes ran well, and "the judgment was good, but I feel the heat may have affected Marian."

Catching some respite at her Bronx, NY home on Monday afternoon, Pompey said she was happy that Burnett "recovered so amazingly fast ... you know, you're not accustomed to seeing her any other way but bubbly and in your face, you know what I mean?"

She said she also experienced some problems during the trip,which her previous experience in Brazil helped her to overcome. "But this was Marian's first, so we kinda' leaned on each other's shoulder." Both stars said they saw AAAG President Claude Blackmore, who might have been in the neighbouring republic on official business with the South American Athletics Federation. However, the Guyanese didn't get much interaction because of their busy individual schedules.

Midway in their Brazilian champign, the Guyanese champions competed in two events outside their usual distances at the South American Grand Prix in Fortaleza. Pompey ran the 200m and Burnett the 400m to "get in some speed work". The former returned 23.70s, while the latter's 53.76s gave her a personal best at the distance.

A New-York based banking professional and socialite, Patricia Langford-Jordan, calls the champions' showing in Brazil "an awesome doubletake endorsement of Guyana's sports potential, which should see some appreciation coming their way from back home."

Langford-Jordan referred to Burnett and Pompey as the "IAN Factor" (selected last letters of their names) and wished them well in their future endeavours.

Stabroek News has word that invitations for the "IAN Factor" have been confirmed for them to compete at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, USA on June fourth. Both athletes are expected to face stiff competition in the 400m and 800m as the fields are chockfull of World and Olympic champions and medallists. Pompey said she is excited to go and do her utmost, "probably get a personal best or more there."

Burnett, who ran a fifth-placed 2:01.12 there last year, echoed her compatriot's outlook. Asked to share a comment for the "folks back home", Pompey said she is desirous of "continuing the relations" to sustain and enhance Guyana on the world stage, and added that she and Burnett are "getting up there."

Burnett, Pompey shine in Brazil

United States based Guyanese athletes Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey kept the Golden Arrowhead aloft in Brazil on Sunday, winning their respective events in the second edition of the `Grand Premio Rio de Atletismo'.

According to an IAAF report, Burnett won the women's 800-metre in two minutes 01.02 seconds, a performance that will place her fourth in the 2005 world list.

Pompey, on the other hand, registered 52:03 seconds to win the women's 400-metre by a narrow margin over Ireland's Karen Shinkins (52:06).

According to the IAAF report, in what was a very competitive race, Burnett won the 800m in her season's best performance at 2:01.02.

Just over a week ago, Burnett clocked 2:02.13 in the same distance at Jamaica's second International Track and Field Meet in Kingston. In that race, she trailed her ex-Essex County College team mate, Jamaican Kenia Sinclair (2:00.05) and United States' Hazel Clarke (2:01.63).

Brazil's Juliana Paula de Azeuedo was second to Burnett on Sunday. She returned a personal best time of 2:01.25, while Jamaica's Michelle Ballentine, Christine Ritz doe Santos (Brazil), and 40-year-old Letitia Vriesde (Suriname), followed in their respective season's best.

Most of the athletes currently in Brazil will be in action again tomorrow in Forteleza State of Ceara at another South American Grand Prix event.

On Sunday, they will again compete, this time in the State of Para at the Grande Premio Brasil de Atletismo - IAAF GP.

Guyanese stars shine at Grand Prix in Brazil
- Burnett, Pompey now highly sought for elite meets

Guyana's international track stars Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey have returned to their homes in the United States with wide smiles, after proudly flying the Golden Arrowhead at elite track and field meets in neighbouring Brazil.

The duo spiked out three gold medals and one silver in the four events they equally shared on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit in the Portuguese-speaking state.

The two 2004 Olympic semi-finalists were among 130 international and Brazilian athletes who participated in a three-meet tour in the large South American nation, where they also contested two shorter races between the bigger meets.

Belem Grand Prix I

The Guyanese champions ended their short South American sojourn last Sunday with gold and silver medals at the Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix I in Belem.

In front of 35,050 vociferous fans at the Estadio Olympico do Para, Mangueirao, Burnett braved the 32C heat to send her country's national flag fluttering when she hit the strip in 2:01.76s in the Women's 800m.

She narrowly escaped a late surge from Jamaica's national champion and Olympian Michelle Ballantine (2:01.80) for the win. Third was 2001 World Championships bronze medallist Letitia Vriesde (2:02.57) whose early 12m lead on the field was dissolved by Burnett with 300m to go.

Brazil's Olympic twosome, Christiane Ritz dos Santos and Luciana de Paula Mendes, took the other two places in the top five.

Fifteen minutes later, with humidity hovering in the low 70's, Pompey added her own gust of wind to keep the Golden Arrowhead aloft.

She stamped out a season's best 51.43s in the Women's 400m for the silver behind Athens seventh-placed finalist Christine Amertil of the Bahamas (50.65). Athens semi- finalists Karen Shinkins of Ireland (51.59) and South Africa's Estie Wittstock (52.35) took the other two positions ahead of Brazilian Maria Laura Almirao.

Their performances were part of 'classic meets' of 15 select events each that turned out a total of five world-best marks for 2005. Burnett and Pompey ended the Brazil trip listed in the number five and number seven slots on the 2005 IAAF's world's fastest runners' register for 800m and 400m respectively.

However, the former had registered her season's best time a week earlier at the Grande Premio del Rio Atletismo IAAF Grand Prix II in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Grand Prix II

Burnett had stamped out a buoyant gold medal 2:01.02s in the 800m at the Estadio Celio de Barros in the famous Maracana Complex. She did the two laps around the oval ahead of young Brazilian sensation Juliana Paula de Azeredo (2:01.25).

At that meet, Pompey's 52.03s ensured she opened with an exciting victory in her first flat 400m of the season. She 'pipped' nemesis Shinkins (52.06), and was way ahead of Brazil's Maria Laura Almirao (52.42). Wittstock and another Olympian, Malgorzata Pskit (Poland), managed fourth and sixth.

Track and field aficionados say it is probably the first time that Guyana has had such a string of top results from entries by its nationals in IAAF Grand Prix meets.

Though Burnett and Pompey have individually competed at such elite meets before, the Brazil contests represent only the second time they are both on the same billing (at the same meet).

But, for Burnett it was bittersweet, as a deja vu upshot dampened her victorious moments after her first run.

Shortly after dismounting the presentation podium, the diminutive half-miler became nauseous and vomited while returning to the athletes' enclosure.

She was rushed to the medical unit where oxygen and medications were administered to help overcome her weakened state.

Burnett had suffered a similar experience shortly after completing an 800m at the 2001 CAC Senior Championships in Guatemala City.

When Stabroek News had contacted Burnett then, she was in bed in her hotel room sipping on what she called "a reinvigorating cup of tea" served her by Pompey.

Recounting the race, she said she trailed the front runners before making her move with about 250 metres to go. "I didn't feel anyway indifferent during the race, though the heat was bothersome," she added.

After competing in relays and a superfast 200m last month, it was a return for Pompey to the stomping ground where she turned out top placings at last year's meets.

The national 200m and 400m record holder had recorded her then personal best (51.11) last year in Belem. Pompey eventually lowered her mark to 50.93s in Madrid, Spain on July 17.

On hand to watch the meet was Burnett's former trainer Lyndon Wilson who was in Brazil for a one-week Olympic Solidarity training course in middle and long-distance running. The Police Sports Club coach said he was "in the right place at the right time and very proud to see my own people do so well.

"It's the first time I've seen them run in person on the international scene, and I'm impressed by Aliann and Marian." Wilson spent time with Burnett to ensure she got over her dim experience. He said the athletes ran well, and "the judgment was good, but I feel the heat may have affected Marian."

Catching some respite at her Bronx, NY home on Monday afternoon, Pompey said she was happy that Burnett "recovered so amazingly fast ... you know, you're not accustomed to seeing her any other way but bubbly and in your face, you know what I mean?"

She said she also experienced some problems during the trip,which her previous experience in Brazil helped her to overcome. "But this was Marian's first, so we kinda' leaned on each other's shoulder." Both stars said they saw AAAG President Claude Blackmore, who might have been in the neighbouring republic on official business with the South American Athletics Federation. However, the Guyanese didn't get much interaction because of their busy individual schedules.

Midway in their Brazilian champign, the Guyanese champions competed in two events outside their usual distances at the South American Grand Prix in Fortaleza. Pompey ran the 200m and Burnett the 400m to "get in some speed work". The former returned 23.70s, while the latter's 53.76s gave her a personal best at the distance.

A New-York based banking professional and socialite, Patricia Langford-Jordan, calls the champions' showing in Brazil "an awesome doubletake endorsement of Guyana's sports potential, which should see some appreciation coming their way from back home."

Langford-Jordan referred to Burnett and Pompey as the "IAN Factor" (selected last letters of their names) and wished them well in their future endeavours.

Stabroek News has word that invitations for the "IAN Factor" have been confirmed for them to compete at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, USA on June fourth. Both athletes are expected to face stiff competition in the 400m and 800m as the fields are chockfull of World and Olympic champions and medallists. Pompey said she is excited to go and do her utmost, "probably get a personal best or more there."

Burnett, who ran a fifth-placed 2:01.12 there last year, echoed her compatriot's outlook. Asked to share a comment for the "folks back home", Pompey said she is desirous of "continuing the relations" to sustain and enhance Guyana on the world stage, and added that she and Burnett are "getting up there."

 

Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo - Belém (BRA)
Sunday, May 22, 2005

Last Updated: 16:44:22 CET 22/05/2005

Official Result
Women - 400 Metres - Race 1

Pos Athlete Nat Mark

1 Amertil Christine BAH 50.65
2 Pompey Aliann GUY 51.43
3 Shinkins Karen IRL 51.59
4 Wittstock Estie RSA 52.35
5 Almirão Maria Laura BRA 52.41
6 González Norma COL 52.74
7 Coutinho Geisa Aparecida BRA 52.82
8 Dias Amanda Fontes BRA 53.45

Official Result
Women - 800 Metres - Race 1

Pos Athlete Nat Mark

1 Burnett Marian GUY 2:01.76
2 Ballentine Michelle JAM 2:01.80
3 Vriesde Letitia SUR 2:02.57
4 dos Santos Christiane Ritz BRA 2:03.01
5 Mendes Luciana de Paula BRA 2:06.68
6 Bispo Da Silva Rejane Ester BRA 2:11.04

Caribbean athletes dominate in Brazil
…wins for Burnett and Pompey
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, (CMC) - Several of the region's top athletes were in winners' row at the second edition of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Grand Prix II held on Sunday.

On the track, Cayman Islands' Cydonie Mothersill won the 200 metres in 23.06 seconds while Jamaican Beverley McDonald (23.26) finished third.

Another Caribbean win came in the 400 metres where Guyana's Aliann
Pompey clocked 52.03 seconds to capture that event while her team mate Mariann Burnett also collected a win in the 800 metres, winning in 2:01.02 minutes. Jamaican Michelle Ballentine copped third in 2: 01.47 seconds in the two-lap event.

The women's 3000 metres steeplechase also brought good results with 29 year-old Jamaican Korine Hinds grabbing victory in 9:44.27 minutes,
while compatriot Mardrea Hyman was second in 9:49.53.

Hinds improved her own CAC record - 9:50.64 minutes set in Ostrava last year - while Hyman set a personal best and was also under the previous mark.

Another Jamaican victory was provided by Lacena Golding-Clarke, who had a 12.93 seconds effort at the 100 metres hurdles.

Golding-Clarke, who has ran 12.72 in Kingston two weeks ago to be
second to World champion Perdita Felicien, beat Poland's Aurelia Trywianska (13.05), while Jamaican Andrea Bliss was third in 13.22 seconds.

In the men's 100 metres, Jamaican Michael Frater (10.14) had to settle
for second behind American Joshua Johnson (10.09).

Johnson went on to do the sprint double when he ran a season's best
20.45 seconds in the 200 metres, getting the better of Jamaican Christopher Williams who was third in 20.70 seconds.

Jamaican Davian Clarke (46.07), who went to the 400 metres as a clear favourite was outclassed on the day by 21-year old Canadian Tyler Christopher who captured the one lap title with a personal best 44.88 seconds.

In the triple jump, Jamaican Trecia Smith continued the region's winning ways with another world season leading performance of 14.62 metres.

Lawrence impressive at Hampton Games
By Isaiah Chappelle

DWAYNE Lawrence has been into organised athletics training for just two months and finished in the top four in his event at the recent Hampton Games in Trinidad & Tobago.

Running in the Under-13 division, Lawrence of Silver Fox Track Club clocked two minutes 27 seconds in the 800 m event.

Coach Sham Johnny declared: “His timing after just two months training and on a synthetic track, was impressive.”

Another club athlete Cleveland Thomas clocked four minutes 15 seconds in the Under-20 1500 m race to place third.

“It was, also, his first-ever experience on synthetic track,” said the IAAF Level I coach.

Thomas, also, competed in the One Mile Men’s event, also, taking a bronze with a time of 4:29 minutes.

Coach Johnny, also, fielded four other athletes with Mark Evans placing fourth in the 200 m and fifth in the 400 m at the Under-17 level.

Joel Brotherson entered the 400 m in the Under-20 division but bowed out in the heats, while Bruce Glen competed in the Men’s division in the 100 m and long jump.

This year, Keith Roberts did not medal at the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m events, having competed before in the Games.

Johnny said the most difficult part in the Games was getting sponsorship to get athletes to the annual meet.

“With sponsorship, we could not have done it.”

The coach said the club got support from Tagman Inc, one of the Guyoil service stations, Sterling Products Limited, Dexter Luther, Tutorial Alumni Association, Precision Woodworking Est., Footworks Plus and Laparkan.

Johnny, also, thanked the USA-based president of the club for being at the Games with the athletes to lend moral support.

Pompey & Burnett  wins @ Brazilian Grand Prix

Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo - Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Last Updated: 16:21:44 CET 15/05/2005
Official Result
Women - 400 Metres
 
Pos   Athlete Nat Mark    
 Pompey Aliann GUY 52.03    
 Shinkins Karen IRL 52.06    
 Almirão Maria Laura BRA 52.42    
 Wittstock Estie RSA 52.44    
 Coutinho Geisa Aparecida BRA 53.62    
 Pskit Malgorzata POL 53.65    
 Dias Amanda Fontes BRA 54.21    
 Pinheiro Emily BRA 56.11

Grande Premio Rio de Atletismo - Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Last Updated: 15:49:36 CET 15/05/2005
Official Result
Women - 800 Metres
 
Pos   Athlete Nat Mark    
 Burnett Marian GUY 2:01.02    
 de Azevedo Juliana Paula BRA 2:01.25    
 Ballentine Michelle JAM 2:01.47    
 dos Santos Christiane Ritz BRA 2:02.13    
 Vriesde Letitia SUR 2:02.49    
 Bispo Da Silva Rejane Ester BRA 2:14.57    
 Paulino Tina MOZ 2:19.55    
   Mendes Luciana de Paula BRA DNF  

National Record Holder Richard Jones, Jr. return in grand fashion.
 
Flash Results, Inc.
           20th Jesse OwensTrack Classic - 5/6/2005 to 5/7/2005          
                       Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium                      
                    The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH                   

Event 88  Men 400 Meter Dash Invitational
=======================================================================  
Meet Record: * 44.10  1987        Butch Reynolds, Ohio State            
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points  
=======================================================================  
Section  1                                                               
  1 Ben Dryer                    Usa Track                46.69          
  2 Chris Jones                  Usa Track                47.12          
  3 Nathaniel Lettman            Morgan State             49.03          
  4 Hoisea Jones                 Morgan State             49.39          
  5 John Morris                  Ohio State               51.45          
  6 Gerald Griffin               Ohio State               52.34          
Section  2                                                               
  1 Richard Jones                Team Ohio TC             49.21          
  2 Herbert Nicholls             Morgan State             49.43          
  3 Rodney Chambers              Ohio State               49.68          
  4 Zach Breth                   Bowling Grn TC           50.39          
  5 Kevin Neal                   Ohio State               50.42          
==========================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
Finals                                                                   
  1 Ben Dryer                    Usa Track                46.69   1      
  2 Chris Jones                  Usa Track                47.12   1      
  3 Nathaniel Lettman            Morgan State             49.03   1      
  4 Richard Jones                Team Ohio TC             49.21   2      
  5 Hoisea Jones                 Morgan State             49.39   1      
  6 Herbert Nicholls             Morgan State             49.43   2      
  7 Rodney Chambers              Ohio State               49.68   2      
  8 Zach Breth                   Bowling Grn TC           50.39   2      
  9 Kevin Neal                   Ohio State               50.42   2      
10 John Morris                  Ohio State               51.45   1      
11 Gerald Griffin               Ohio State               52.34   1 

Jeremy Bascom (LIU) takes 2nd (100m) & 4th (200m) @ NEC Conference Championship.
****Member of Winning 4x100m team, qualifies for NCAA Regionals.
 
Flash Results, Inc.
                 Northeast Conference - 5/7/2005 to 5/8/2005                
                     Outdoor Track & Field Championships                    
                       Mt. St. Mary's, Emmitsburg, MD                       

Event 21  Men 100 Meter Dash
================================================
    NCAA Reg: * 10.50                                                       
         NEC: C 10.42  2000        Aaron Johnson, UMBC                      
   IC4A/ECAC: & 10.85                                                       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind Points
=================================================
Finals                                                                      
  1 Shaun Johnson             SR Long Island              10.72   4.5  10   
  2 Jeremy Bascom             SR Long Island              10.73   4.5   8   
  3 Scott Giordano            FR Sacred Heart             10.80   4.5   6   
  4 Greg Carter               SR Robert Morris U.         10.97   4.5   5   
  5 Dave Crichlow             SR Long Island              11.04   4.5   4   
  6 Antonio Thomas            SR Long Island              11.11   4.5   3   
  7 Larry Milligan            FR Fairleigh Dickin         11.12   4.5   2   
  8 Jermaine High             FR Monmouth University      11.28   4.5   1
 
Preliminaries                                                               
  1 Shaun Johnson             SR Long Island              10.57Q  1.6  1    
  2 Scott Giordano            FR Sacred Heart             10.75Q  1.3  3    
  3 Jeremy Bascom             SR Long Island              10.75Q  0.8  2    
  4 Greg Carter               SR Robert Morris U.         10.90q  1.6  1    
  5 Antonio Thomas            SR Long Island              10.97q  1.3  3    
  6 Larry Milligan            FR Fairleigh Dickin         10.98q  1.6  1    
  7 Dave Crichlow             SR Long Island              11.02q  0.8  2    
  8 Jermaine High             FR Monmouth University      11.06q  1.6  1
 
Event 22  Men 200 Meter Dash
============================================ 
    NCAA Reg: * 21.19                                                       
         NEC: C 21.03  2000        Aaron Johnson, UMBC                      
   IC4A/ECAC: & 21.80                                                       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind Points
================================================
Finals                                                                      
  1 Michael Hillian           JR Long Island              21.08   3.7  10   
  2 Charles Simmons     SO Monmouth University      21.30   3.7   8   
  3 Scott Giordano          FR Sacred Heart             21.42   3.7   6   
  4 Jeremy Bascom        SR Long Island              21.57   3.7   5   
  5 Christopher Vuono    FR Monmouth University      21.74   3.7   4   
  6 Shaun Johnson          SR Long Island              21.96   3.7   3   
  7 Larry Milligan            FR Fairleigh Dickin         22.02   3.7   2   
  8 Donovan Morgan      SO Robert Morris U.         22.17   3.7   1
 
Preliminaries                                                               
  1 Scott Giordano         FR Sacred Heart             21.69Q  2.4  4    
  2 Jeremy Bascom       SR Long Island              21.74Q  1.0  5    
  3 Michael Hillian          JR Long Island              21.86Q  3.1  1    
  4 Christopher Vuono   FR Monmouth University      21.91Q  1.5  2    
  5 Charles Simmons    SO Monmouth University      21.92Q  1.5  3    
  6 Shaun Johnson         SR Long Island              21.97q  1.0  5    
  7 Donovan Morgan      SO Robert Morris U.         22.15q  2.4  4    
  8 Larry Milligan            FR Fairleigh Dickin         22.20q  1.0  5
 
Event 31  Men 4x100 Meter Relay
============================================       
    NCAA Reg: * 40.66                                                        
         NEC: C 40.98  5/5/2002    Long Island, Long Island                  
                       S Johnson, K Virgo, C Horton, R James                 
   IC4A/ECAC: & 42.70                                                        
    School                                               Finals  Points      
============================================      
Finals                                                                       
  1 Long Island University                                41.51&  10         
     1) Jeremy Bascom SR                2) Dave Crichlow SR                  
     3) Antonio Thomas SR               4) Michael Hillian JR                
  2 Sacred Heart University                               42.50&   8         
     1) Alonzo Meek SO                  2) Scott Giordano FR                 
     3) Gregg Curley SR                 4) Arman Dixon FR                    
  3 Monmouth University                                   42.71    6         
     1) Jermaine High FR                2) Christopher Vuono FR              
     3) Bobby York SR                   4) Charles Simmons SO 

Low participation at World Athletics Meet

This year's World Athletics Day 2005 Meet, organised by the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), and staged at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, on Sunday, saw the lowest number of entries in recent years.

According to some persons, this was because most of the local athletes were in Trinidad competing at the Hampton Games.

Guyana was represented at the Hampton Games by over 25 athletes drawn from the Royal Youth Movement, Bygeval, Police, Rising Stars, Bedford All Stars Explorer and Silver Fox Track and Field clubs.

The finals of the Hampton Games were contested on Sunday, the same day the AAG organised its activity to observe World Athletics Day 2005.

There were ten events in the meet staged at the Police Sports Club Ground. Carlisa Atkinson secured victories in two events: the girls' 1,500m and girls' 1,200m walk race.

She won the 1,500m in a time of five minutes 21.3 seconds (5:21.3) from Arnetia Saul and Willeth Reid respectively, and the walk race from Donna April and Omisha Humphrey respectively.

There were also victories for Goddis Accra who returned 10.8 seconds to win the boys' 100m from Delmus Reddock and Kerwin Jackson respectively.

Jackson, however, won the boys' 400m in 55.5 seconds from Sherwick Hercules and Melroy Poole respectively.

Shurma Mentore won the girls' 100m in 13.4 from Shenelle Patterson and Marcia Mentore respectively. Monica Roberts returned 1:01.8 to win the girls' 400m from Shurma Mentore and Marcia Mentore.

Otto Towler clocked 4:42.2 to win the boys' 1500m. Second was Ryan DePeazer and third Owen Josiah.

The boys' discus was won by Elvin Fraser (23.10m); second was Terrence Tull and third Quacy Trotman, while, on the distaff side, Stacy Wilson (19.75m) won from Schevon Eastman.

Owen Josiah won the 1,500m boys' walk race from Ryan DePeazer.

The top three junior athletes were presented with International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) tee-shirts, while pins and posters were also distributed to all participants.

Local athletes secure 13 medals at Hampton Games
 

Local athletes secured two gold, three silver and eight bronze medals at the just concluded Hampton Games in Trinidad, where national men's sprint champion Rawle Greene ran personal best times in both sprint races.

Gold-medal-winning performances came from Greene (men's 100m) and Alika Morgan (women's 3,000m). Those winning silver medals were Selwyn McPherson (men's discus), Jermaine Pilgrim (men's 800m) and Morgan (under-17 girls' 1,500m). Those winning bronze medals were Leanna Doris (under-17 girls' 1,500m and women's 3,000m), Greene (men's 200m), McPherson (men's shot-put), Cleveland Thomas (under-20 boys' 1,500m and men's one- mile), and Royal Youth Movement's (RYM) girls' and boys' 4X100m relay teams.

Greene returned a personal best time of 10.42 seconds for the men's 100m, to eclipse the 10.49 seconds he clocked at the South American Seniors Track and Field Championships in Brazil in 2002.

For the 200m heats, Greene, the 2004 gold medallist, returned 21.01 seconds, to erase his 21.06 seconds at the Austin Sealey Track Classic in Barbados in 2003. In the final of this event, however, Greene had to settle for third (21.33) behind Trinidad's Julieon Raeburn (20.73) and Jamaica's Xavier Brown (20.83) respectively.

Raeburn represented Trinidad at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

According to Bedford All Stars Explorers' coach Wayne Walcott, Greene was not treated fairly after the heats.

Walcott explained that by virtue of Greene returning the fastest time for the 200m heats, he should have been allowed to run in lanes five to eight in the 200m final, "but instead they put him in lane three."

Walcott explained that because Greene is a tall athlete with long legs, he could not have performed at his best in lane three. "Added to that, it was a false start, and no one called back the race," Walcott alleged.

Walcott said after Greene won the 100m final on Saturday night, he was very hyped up and did not get a proper night's rest, and this probably affected his performance in the men's 200m final the following day.

Morgan of Rising Stars Track Club won the women's 3,000m in 10 minutes 11.31 seconds (10:11.31) and placed second in the under-17 girls' 1500m in 4:43.64, while McPherson (Bygeval Secondary) placed second in the men's discus with a throw of 37.09 metres, and Pilgrim of RYM returned 1:56.53 in placing second in the men's 800m. In securing their bronze medals, Leanna Doris clocked 11:05.43 for the women's 3,000m and 4:55.51 for the under-17 girls' 1,500m. McPherson threw the shot-put 11.00m, Silver Fox's Cleveland returned 4:15.78 for the under-20 boys' 1,500m and 4:39.66 in the men's one- mile race.

For the relay races, RYM girls `A' clocked 51.95 in placing third in the 4X100m Inter-College relay, while their male counterparts returned 44.68 in their relay over the same distance.

Commenting on Green's overall performance at the meet and future plans for him, Walcott said "… there were some good performances not only from Rawle but from other Guyanese athletes, but we (Greene and Walcott) are looking forward to more of this type of competition. We plan on returning to Trinidad for the National Senior Championships on June 25 and 26, but before that, we will be competing in the Barbados Nationals mid-next- month."

Walcott said two other club members - Tai Payne and Royston Adonis - did not make the Trinidad trip because they reached the Cheddi Jagan Airport late, while another athlete - Keith Roberts - failed to impress in Trinidad.

Overall, RYM had the most athletes reaching the finals in their respective events. Of the lot, Rhondell Alleyne placed seventh in the under-17 girls' 100m (12.29), seventh in the under-17 girls' 400m (1:01.78) and sixth in the under-17 girls' 200m (26.04), while Rondell Adams placed sixth in the under-20 boys' 400m (50.08) and sixth in the under-20 boys' 200m (22.44).

Japheth Hackett placed fourth in the men's long jump (6.62m), Lionel Pilgrim sixth in the under-17 boys' 400m (55.69), Telma Persaud sixth in the women's 400m (1:12.04), Davidnan Daniels fifth in the men's one-mile (4:52.35), Shonnel Daniels eighth in the women's javelin (20.98m) and Jermaine Simpson sixth in the under-17 boys' 100m (11.5).

The club's relay team also placed fourth in the under-17 boys' 4X100m and seventh in the women's 4X100m relay (52.52).

Pompey, Burnett part of Caribbean third-placed team at Penn Relays

Guyana's Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett were part of a Caribbean All Star Team that placed third in the sprint medley at the Penn Relays, last weekend.

Pompey told Stabroek Sport that she, Burnett, Cydonie Mothersill of Cayman Islands and Allison Beckford of Jamaica, clocked three minutes 45.98 seconds (3:45.98), placing third in the sprint medley.

Pompey said at the same meet, she, DebbieAnn Parris of Jamaica, Neisha Bernard Thomas of Grenada, and Hazel Ann Regis, also of Grenada, contested the women's 4X400 relay and finished third also. The team's time for that event was 3:28.77.

"I ran the 200m leg of the sprint medley and returned 22.4 seconds and 51.1 seconds on the 4x400, 90 minutes later.

The Caribbean teams were put together by Cubie Seegobin, an agent.

Pompey was scheduled to be a part of the New York Relays the weekend before, but a thunderstorm caused the meet to be postponed.

Pompey opened her 2005 season with a women's 200-metre win at the Sam Howell Invitational Meet on April 9.

For that race, she returned a winning time of 23.48 seconds. Second was Britney Boyd (24.85) and third Juliette Poussot (24.87). (Michael DaSilva)

Prowell & Sarabo part of winning 4x100

#131 - Olympic Development Men 4x100
Friday 1:15 PM
Winds:0.6

Pl Time ID Affiliation/Runners SEC
1 40.80 AD Executives TC
Kurt Watson, Lee Prowell, Orville Taylor, Sarabo Kwesi 1

2 42.81 AL Mid Atlantic Elite 1

3 42.88 AH Twisters TC 1

4 43.45 AI Hytech Tigers 1

5 43.51 AJ Roland International TC 1

7 44.55 AM Greater Boston TC 1

8 45.12 AR Four Quarters TC 1

DQ 44.20 AE D.C. Capitol TC 1

Benjamin part of Championship of America 4x400 Finals

#176 - High School Girls 4x400 "Championship"
Friday 6:15 PM

Pl Time ID Affiliation/Runners
1 3:40.37 A Holmwood Technical
Jeraine Bolt (57.1), Anastacia Le-Roy (56.0), Bobbi-Gaye Wilkins
(54.5), Sanita Sutherland (52.8)
2 3:42.01 E Edwin Allen Comprehensive
LaToya Sanderson (55.9), Shakeeri Cole (56.1), Andrea Sutherland
(56.4), Sherene Pinnock (53.6)
3 3:43.52 B West Catholic
Kweshia Sheard (56.8), Latavia Thomas (55.4), Nia Ali (57.9), Nicole
Leach (53.4)
4 3:47.50 D Bethel
Essynce Roberts (58.4), Shakirra Pinnock (55.5), Francena McCorory
(53.6), Crystal Carrington (61.0)
5 3:48.00 C The Queen's School
Latoya Greaves (57.6), Melony McKay (55.6), Crystal Wilson (57.2),
Samantha Henry (57.5)
6 3:51.87 G Manchester
Judith Riley (58.0), Stephanie Simpson (55.6), Stephanie Hylton
(57.1), Melony Scafe (61.2)
7 3:54.44 H Hempstead
Jeavon Benjamin (55.9), Sayoka Daley (59.1), Salimena Budal (60.0),
Rene Cousens (59.4)
8 3:54.55 F Long Beach Poly
Leah Richmond (58.6), Gabrielle Bournes (60.8), LaKeisha Smith
(60.8), Shana Woods (54.4)

 

Austin & Benjamin competed in Penn Relays Finals

#135 - High School Girls 4x100 "Large Schools"
Friday 2:15 PM
Winds:0.4

Pl Time ID Affiliation/Runners
1 46.65 C Wolmer's Girls'
Renee White, Jody-Ann Muir, Paula Rennalls, Shelly-Ann Fraser

2 46.79 B Middle College
Deidra Rogers, Keiryann Stewart, Analisha Austin, Chianne Ashman

3 47.34 D Eleanor Roosevelt
Antoinette Arrington, Carliesa Meaks, Bever-liegh Hollway, Patricia
Anyowu

4 47.67 G Hempstead
Sabrina Budai, Jeavon Benjamin, Fallon Wilks, Rene Coudens

5 47.78 A Salem
Shamika Kentish, Alexandra McCoy, Shonterria Fulton, Teinesha
Mitchell

6 48.07 F Largo
Kamilah Bossett, Tanisha Owen, Jacia Montgomery, Michaylin Gollaway

7 48.14 H Winslow
DNF E St. JosephÕs Convent

Marian Burnett takes 2nd @ LSU Alumni Gold
2005 LSU Alumni Gold - 4/23/2005

Event 9 Women 1500 Meter Run
============================
FINAL (HEATS AGAINST TIME)
Regional: R 4:27.80
Stadium: S 4:09.85 1987 Suzy Favor, Wisconsin
Name Year School Finals Points
============================
1 McWilliams, Tiffany Adidas 4:17.97R
2 Burnett, Marian Tiger Olympians 4:28.55
3 Wells, Callie Rice 4:29.27
4 Sandler, Megan Rice 4:30.92
5 Wright, Tanya Unattached 4:32.87
6 Kiprotich, Naomi Southern Miss. 4:33.59
7 Magolire, Zita Mississippi St. 4:34.49
8 Hummel, Katie Texas A&M 4:39.12
9 Lilkas, Shanna SE Louisiana 4:39.22

Johnson, Fortune adjudged best senior athletes

Terrence Johnson and Alisha Fortune were adjudged best male and female respectively on show at the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Sprint 151-sponsored National Senior Track and Field Championships on Sunday at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground.

Johnson, who hails from the Bygeval Track and Field Club, recorded 26 points after he won the javelin event (10 points) with a throw of 45.38 metres, and placed second (8 points) in the shot-put as well as the discus. For the shot-put, he threw 9.82 metres.

Fortune, on the other hand, accumulated 20 points to win the ladies' title. She won the 200-metre and 400m races. She also placed third (6 points) in the women's javelin throw.

The shot-put event was won by Johnson's club mate Royston Ross (9.82m), while Bruce Glen placed third. Ross also won the discus throw.

Elvin Fraser of the New Amsterdam Track Club (NATC) was second to Johnson in the javelin event, while Police's Larry Josiah placed third.

Royal Youth Movement's (RYM) Rushell Coates and Stacy Smith placed second and third respectively to Fortune in the 200m race, while Shurma Mentore and Neisha Bamfield finished second and third respectively in the 400m event.

There were other outstanding performances from a number of other athletes, including Rawle Green who won the men's 100m and 200m races. The Bedford athlete returned 10.4 seconds and 21.8 seconds respectively for the 100m and 200m events.

Silver Fox's Keith Roberts was second to Green in both races, while Police's Brennon Thompson placed third in the 100m.

RYM's Ray Garraway was third in the men's 200m.

Police's Colin Mercurius crossed the finish line first in the men's 1500m race. Road Runners' Lionel D'Andrade, was second and Cleveland Thomas third. D'Andrade, however, won the men's 5000m event in 17 minutes 06.3 seconds (17:06.3) from Cleveland Thomas and Bruce Glen respectively.

The men's 400m race was won by RYM's Rondell Adams (50.1). Second was Police's Trevor Scotland, and third RYM's Quacy Roach.

RYM's Jermaine Pilgrim clocked 2:02.3 in winning the men's 800m race from Police's Larry Josiah and Scotland respectively, while on the distaff side, NATC's Donna April was first (2:44.1), RYM's Shennel Daniels second and another RYM athlete, Thelma Persaud, third.

In other field events' results, RYM's Japeth Hackett won the men's long jump from Bruce Glen and John Lowe respectively.

RYM's Neisha Bamfield (23.26m) won the women's javelin throw from her club mate Shennel Daniels, with Fortune third.

Michelle Vaugh wins Morgan State Triple Jump
Women Long Jump
========================
Name Year School Finals Wind
========================
1 Hernandaz, Lynn University O 6.40m +0.0
2 Houston, Heather Unat 6.28m 0.1
3 Foster, Kierra University O 6.11m 0.1
4 Jordan, Takeitha Morgan State 5.80m +0.0
5 Williams, Shauna-Lee Morgan State 5.76m 0.1
6 Walker, Kerry Essex County 5.75m 0.1
7 Mitchell, Rockel Essex County 5.69m +0.0
8 Islam, Samaiyah Real Deal TC 5.66m 0.1
9 Vaughn, Michelle Essex County 5.44m +0.0


Women Triple Jump
==============================
Name Year School Finals Wind
==============================
1 Vaughn, Michelle Essex County 12.44m NWI
2 Herbert, Andrea New Jersey C 12.02m NWI
3 Jones, Diamond Cabrini Coll 11.50m NWI
4 Robinson, Brittany Morgan State 11.32m NWI
5 Gabbidon, Stacy-Ann Essex County 10.80m NWI
6 Amon, Marthe Bowie State 10.73m NWI
 
Kurt Gibbons takes 2nd in 100m @ Lindenwood Invit
2005 Lindenwood Invitational - 4/16/2005
St. Charles, MO

Men 100 Meter Dash
=============================
Name Year School Seed
Finals Points
=============================
1 Rodgers, Michael Lindenwood U 10.51 10.51 10
2 Gibbons, Kurt Unattached 10.50 10.52 8
3 Johnson, Stephon Lindenwood U 10.81 10.84 6
4 Campbell, Deno Lindenwood U 11.03 11.08 5
5 Blount, Richard Lindenwood U 10.85 11.12 4
6 Jenkins, James Unattached 10.80 11.20 3
7 Simms, Adrian Unattached 11.01 11.33 2
8 Kelly, Derrick Unattached 11.58 1

Men 200 Meter Dash
=============================
Name Year School Seed
Finals Points
=============================
1 Johnson, Stephon Lindenwood U 21.69 21.62 10
2 Blount, Richard Lindenwood U 22.32 22.37 8
3 John, Bill Lindenwood U 22.00 22.61 6
4 Gibbons, Kurt Unattached 21.20 23.46 5
5 Simms, Adrian Unattached 22.89 23.
 
Dax Dans placed 2nd in 100m & 200m @ MT Sac.
Mt. SAC Relays
Apr 15-17, 2005 at Mount San Antonio College, Walnut CA

Boys

Event 627 Boys 100 Meter Dash HS Invitational
================================
Name Year School Finals Wind
Points
================================
Finals

1 Rodney Glass Notre Dame/SO 10.66 2.7
2 Dax Danns Helix 10.67 2.7
3 Vincent Joseph Long Beach Poly 10.74 2.7
4 Cary Harris Notre Dame/SO 10.79 2.7
5 Gardener McKay Crenshaw 10.82 2.7
6 Randle Harris Crespi 10.95 2.7
7 Grant Crunkleton Mullen 11.08 2.7
8 Isaiah Green Long Beach Poly 11.20 2.7
9 Travon Patterson Long Beach Poly 11.44 2.7

Event 643 Boys 200 Meter Dash HS Invitational
================================
Name Year School Finals Wind
Points
================================
Finals

1 Alex Pearlstone Sir Francis Drake 21.41 1.9
2 Dax Danns Helix 21.52 1.9
3 Dell Guy Western (Nv) 21.55 1.9
4 Brandon Fields Etiwanda 21.92 1.9
5 John Marshall Carson 22.36 1.9
6 Tristan Patin Serra/Gar 22.54 1.9
7 Charles Williams Hanford West 22.73 1.9
8 Fati Shorty West Covina 24.81 1.9
 
Pompey wins NY 200m race
Thursday, April 14th 2005
Guyana's National 200m record holder Aliann Pompey was successful
last Saturday in the Sam Howell Invitation Race in New York.

Pompey, in her first race of the year, recorded a time of 23.48
seconds. Britney Boyd, from the College of New Jersey, was second with
a time of 24.85, and Juliette Poussot from Princeton third with a time
of 24.87.

Pompey related to Stabroek Sport that her next race is the New York
Relays on April 22, which will be followed by the Penn Relays the
following weekend.
 
Chichester takes 7th @ Morgan State Invitational
Morgan State High School Invitational
4/9/2005 - Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md

Girls 1 Mile Run
===============================
meet: % 5:08.17 4/10/2004 Devon Williams, Towson Catho
Name Year School Finals
===============================
1 Mccurdy, Maryliz Bay Shore 5:03.02%
2 Lockhart, Dominique Eleanor Roos 5:03.06%
3 Jones, LaVAUGHN Engineering & Science Phil 5:06.58%
4 Pederson, Nicole South Lakes 5:08.72
5 Vernon, Kate Gwynedd Merc 5:10.38
6 Lachesis, Serita Wissahickon 5:15.99
7 Chichester, Jennifer Archbishop C 5:16.69
 
Dax Danns takes 6th in 400m, FS in 100m Finals
38th Arcadia Invitational
home of 22 national records, 101 Olympians
April 8-9, 2005 at Arcadia High School, Arcadia CA - a DyeStat
featured meet

Boys
Men 400 Meter Dash Invitational
=================================
Name Year School Finals
=================================
Section 1
1 3883 Gettis, David 12 Dorsey 46.81
2 3593 Nellum, Bryshon 10 Long Beach Poly 46.92
3 1270 Hall, D'Andre 11 Dominguez H.S. 47.51
4 3884 Williams, Courtney 12 Dorsey 47.86
5 2039 Wells, Elijah 12 William Howard T 48.13
6 3172 Danns, Dax 11 Helix HS 48.44
7 2323 Chandy, Zach 11 Sage Hill 48.48
8 3719 Keeling, Marcell 12 Serra High (Gard 48.63
9 2123 Holmes, Patrick 12 Jefferson High S 51.99

Men 100 Meter Dash Seeded
=================================
Name Year School Finals
=================================
Section 1 Wind: -0.3
1 3887 Charles, Marquise 12 Dorsey 10.78
2 1532 Mays, Devin 11 Lincoln High Sch 10.80
3 3268 Pearlstone, Alex 12 Sir Francis Drak 10.98
4 4155 Fields, Brandon 11 etiwanda high sc 11.00
5 797 Island, Cameron 11 Skyline HS 11.01
6 3045 Ilarina, Mark 12 Riordan High Sch 11.01
7 3041 McGraw, Tyrone 11 Riordan High Sch 11.08
8 386 Rose, Brock 12 Weber (Ut) 11.13
-- 3172 Danns, Dax 11 Helix HS DQ
False Start

 
Morgan take bronze @ Carifta
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
XXXIV Carifta Game - 3/26/2005 to 3/28/2005
Dwight Yorke Stadium
Bacolet, Tobago

Event 61 Women 3000 Meter Run Open
==========================================
World: W 8:28.83
World Junior: J 8:28.83 Zola Pieterse, GBR
Carifta: C 9:50.56 1991 Janice Turner, Jamaica
Name Year Team Finals
========================================
Finals
1 Bell, Stacy- Ann Jamaica 9:59.37
2 MC Shine, Pilar Trinidad & Tobago 10:18.19
3 Morgan, Alika Guyana 10:20.24
4 Francis, Kenryca Antigua & Barbuda 10:58.64
5 Michel, Nadine Martinique 11:07.60
6 Commissiong, Najuma Barbados 11:09.20
7 Doris, Leanna Guyana 11:13.76
8 Jones, Keneisha Jamaica 11:14.79
9 Williams, Shenrika Turks & Caicos 11:23.91

Event 36 Men 400 Meter Dash Under 20
=====================================
World: W 43.18 8/26/1999 Michael Johnson, USA
Carifta: C 46.35 4/19/2003 Usain Bolt, Jamaica
Name Year Team Prelims
=====================================
=====================================
Name Year Team Prelims H#
=====================================
Preliminaries
1 Quow, Renny Trinidad & Tobago 47.35Q 1
2 James, Jamil Trinidad & Tobago 47.47Q 2
3 Gardener, Michael Jamaica 47.93Q 1
4 Green, Leford Jamaica 48.22Q 2
5 Redhead, Joel Grenada 48.31q 2
6 Sorimoutou, Xavier Guadeloupe 48.36q 2
7 Moss, Jamaal Bahamas 48.45q 2
8 Pinder, Larry Bahamas 48.64q 1
9 Lienafa, Yannick Martinique 48.74 1
10 Hall, Christopher Guyana 49.15 1
11 Williamson, Premelin Turks & Caicos 53.73 1
12 Belazaire, Dwayne Turks & Caicos 53.95 2

Event 31 Women 100 Meter Dash Under 20
=====================================

World: W 10.49 7/16/1988 Florence Griffith-Joyner,
USA
Carifta: C 11.03 1988 T. Clarke/ A. Baily,
Jamaica
Name Year Team
Prelims
====================================
Finals

1 Baptiste, Kelly Ann Trinidad & Tobago 11.39 0.9
2 Fletcher, Sherry Grenada 11.72 0.9
3 Fraser, Shelly- Ann Jamaica 11.73 0.9
4 Cabral, Monique Trinidad & Tobago 11.75 0.9 11.742
5 Walwyn, Desarie St. Kitts & Nevis 11.75 0.9 11.748
6 Munroe, Dianne Guyana 11.87 0.9
7 Patton, Eugenia Bahamas 11.88 0.9
8 Smith, Kimberly Jamaica 11.95 0.9

Preliminaries

1 Baptiste, Kelly Ann Trinidad & Tobago 11.52Q 0.7 2
2 Patton, Eugenia Bahamas 11.90Q 0.1 1
3 Fraser, Shelly- Ann Jamaica 11.72Q 0.7 2
4 Smith, Kimberly Jamaica 11.91Q 0.1 1
5 Fletcher, Sherry Grenada 11.78q 0.7 2
6 Walwyn, Desarie St. Kitts & Nevis 11.88q 0.7 2
7 Cabral, Monique Trinidad & Tobago 11.93q 0.1 1
8 Munroe, Dianne Guyana 11.97q 0.7 2
9 Gonier, Cindy Martinique 12.04 0.1 1

Event 9 Women 1500 Meter Run Under 17
=====================================
World: W 3:50.46 9/11/1993 Yunxia Qu, CHN
Carifta: C 4:32.89 2000 Janil Williams, Antigua & B
Name Year Team Finals
====================================
Finals
1 Goule, Natoya Jamaica 4:39.05
2 Davis, Teneisha Jamaica 4:44.45
3 Wallen, Skyler Bahamas 4:44.79
4 Lorient, Samantha Guadeloupe 4:48.96
5 Morgan, Alika Guyana 4:53.81
6 Griffith, Latoya Barbados 4:56.12
7 Commissiong, Najuma Barbados 4:56.41
8 LE Saldo, Shermin Trinidad & Tobago 5:05.73
9 Francis, Kenryca Antigua & Barbuda 5:08.48
10 Doris, Leanna Guyana 5:08.50
11 Rolle, Sheilyra Bahamas 5:09.78
12 Williams, Shenrika Turks & Caicos 5:20.87
13 Armstrong, Alexis Bermuda 5:23.11
14 Richardson, Keirish St. Kitts & Nevis 5:53.15

Event 33 Women 200 Meter Dash Under 20
====================================

World: W 21.34 9/29/1988 Florence Griffith-Joyner,
USA
World Junior: J 22.18 Allyson Felix,
USA
Carifta: C 22.93 2001 Veronica Campbell,
Jamaica
Name Year Team
Prelims
====================================

Heat 1 Wind: -
1.6
1 MC Laughlin, Anneisha Jamaica 23.82Q
2 George, Allison Grenada 24.38q
3 Clarke, Lanele Bahamas 24.57q
4 Munroe, Dianne Guyana 25.01

Sports letter
Sports administration still leaves a lot to be desired
Wednesday, March 23rd 2005
Dear Editor,

I have been around track and field in Guyana since I was a boy going
to 'Nationals' under 11 in Essequibo 1995. I have since performed on
the local scene at every level, more recently at the first ever
President's Invitational Grand Prix style on the 20th of March 2005.
No doubt, this was a very prestigious event for the President of the
Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) and his team, but still there
are major blunders in sports administration in Guyana. It is
impossible for me to highlight, by revisiting the distant past, all
the mistakes and maladministration of this present athletic
association. Instead, I will briefly share my sentiments on Sunday's
meeting. Fortunately, as Mr. Brumell (media manager of the AAG)
highlighted, "the event was graced with the presence of British High
Commissioner Steven Hiscock, Second Secretary within the High
Commission, Richard Cox, and Deputy Registrar [UG] Vincent
Alexander..."

I say fortunately because the apparent prestige of this event was
marred by the AAG's inability to provide a properly marked track for
athletes. One has to now question whether too much emphasis was
placed on prestige and not proper performances by having the
fundamental turf in place. Mr. Brumell, being himself a former
sportsman, often finds himself in a peculiar position in that, while
he may want to be objective in his reporting for the AAG from an
athlete's perspective, he can't, simply because of his office in the
AAG! Imagine, a team of Carifta Games athletes is selected to
represent us (the entire athletic community and Guyana) and Mr.
Blackmore, Chief Admin-istrator, allowed these athletes to
participate and thus expose themselves to several injuries on a
poorly marked track. This demonstrates why Guyana is where she is on
the athletic map of the world - nobody cares! And the ones who are
supposed to care more than anybody else are busy making phone calls
to the British High Commissioner. Is that your emphasis Mr.
Blackmore? It can't be, your emphasis is supposed to be the athletes
first! A Grand Prix meet with a scratch start? Only in Guyana do
these things happen and will continue to happen unless Mr. Blackmore
and company starts thinking seriously about track and field in
Guyana. If not, leave the office to competent people. In other words
resign.

Yours faithfully,

(name and address supplied)

 
Doris, Morgan split wins
By Michael DaSilva
Monday, March 21st 2005
Arch rivals Leanna Doris and Alika Morgan both registered victories
over each other yesterday when the Athletic Association of Guyana
(AAG) staged its President's Invitational Meet at the Police Sports
Club Ground, Eve Leary.

Running under dry conditions, Morgan defeated Doris in the women's
1500-metre race, but Doris came back later in the afternoon and
secured a win over Morgan in the women's 3000-metre event.

Morgan won the 1500-metre race in four minutes 59.8 seconds (4:59.8)
to win from Doris (5:00.0) and Ashanti Scott (5:27.2) respectively,
while Doris won the 3000-metre in 11:31.7. Morgan's second-place time
was 11.31.9. Scott placed third in 11.48.1.

From the start of the 3000-metre race, the three starters kept
together for the first 1400 metres, with Morgan and Scott sharing the
lead, while Doris was content with staying on the heels of the two.

Doris then joined Morgan after the completion of 1800 metres, while
Scott retreated to the rear and trailed the two by three metres until
the two leaders quickened from her (Scott) after receiving the bell
for the final lap.
With 200 metres remaining, Morgan led Scott by approximately one
metre, but as they straightened after the home turn for the finish,
Doris kicked into over drive, joined Morgan, changed gear and
quickened from her and won in a thrilling finish.

Kelvin Johnson, on the other hand, had things his own way in the
men's 1500 and 5000-metre races.

Johnson won the 1500-metre event in 4:14.3 and the 5000-metre in
16:38.1.

Colin Mercurius (4:16.3) was second in the 1500-metre and Cleveland
Thomas (4:224) third, while Thomas placed second in the 5000-metre
and Dennis Horatio third.

In the 5000-metre event, Johnson took up a position at the front of
the other seven starters after 600 metres and never relinquished that
position.

Thomas stayed close to him until he (Johnson) started lengthening his
strides after 200 metres.

At the 3200-metre mark, Johnson led Thomas by 50 metres, but at the
bell lap, the lead was approximately 110 metres.

Police's veteran athlete, Brennon Thompson, proved he is still a
force to be reckoned with by winning the men's 100-metre race quite
easily.

Thompson, running in lane four, was fifth by the 50-metre mark, but
from there he powered his way to the front and won easily.

Thompson returned a winning time of 10.8 seconds. Charles Binnings
placed second in 11.0 seconds, while Godis Accra was third in 11.6
seconds.

Carifta Games athlete Dianne Munroe was unstoppable in the women's
100 and 200-metre races. She won the 100-metre in 11.9 seconds, and
the 200-metre in 24.7 seconds.

Leslyn Major (12.5) was second in the 100-metre event and Rushell
Coates (12.8) third, while Rhondell Alleyne (26.2) was second in the
200-metre and Coates (28.9) third.

There was some controversy, however, in the men's 200-metre, as some
coaches complained that there should have been a staggered start and
competitors should have run in their respective lanes. Instead, there
was an inclined start and competitors were free to jostle each other
for the best position immediately after the start.

However, after the women's 200-metre event was completed and results
made official, no one complained about the inclined start that the
women themselves had to use.

The men's 200-metre was won by Carifta Games athlete Christopher Hall
(21.8). Second was Leroy Bristol (22.0) and third Binnings (22.4).
Pre-race favourite Keith Roberts pulled up in the final 60 metres. At
the time, he was in fifth position.

Results of the other events are as follows;


400m women

Sherma Mentore 1:00.2

Rhondelle Alleyne 1:00.5

Monica Roberts 1:02.6


400m men

Trevor Scotland 49.7

Keith Roberts 50.3

Christopher Hall 50.5


800m women

Marcia Mentore (2:41.0)

Doneka Lyle (2:43.5)

Wanda Adams (3:02.2


800m men

Jermaine Pilgrim (2:02.0

Larry Josiah 2:03.5

Ryan DePeaizer 2:06.0


Discus women

Phylicia Eastman 24.78m

Akesia Williams 23.78m

Schevon Eastman 21.27


Discus men

Royston Ross 35.27m

Terrence Johnson 34.33m

Selwyn McPherson 31.43m


Shot-put women

Schevon Eastman 8.12m

Stacy Wilson 7.96

Abena Peters 7.58


Shot-put men

Terrence Johnson 11.42m

Kevin Bonett 10.75m

Royston Ross 10.74m


Women's 1000-metre medley relay

Police Youth Club

Royal Youth Movement

Bygeval Multilateral


Men's 1300-metre medley relay

Royal Youth Movement

Gold Squad

Police Youth Club.
 
Doris, Morgan for showdown at President's Invitational
By Michael DaSilva
Saturday, March 19th 2005
Female athletes Leanna Doris and Alika Morgan will have their final
battle tomorrow, before departing on Thursday, for the Carifta Games
at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Tobago.

The two athletes both registered victories against each other in the
Athletic Association of Guyana's (AAG) two 2005 Carifta Games
trials. While tomorrow's President's Invitational Track and Field
Meet, slated for the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary, from 1
pm, will have no bearing on who will represent Guyana in Tobago, the
duel between Morgan and Doris in both the 1500 and 3000-metre races
will answer the question as to which of the two is the better
athlete. At the AAG's first trials, staged at the Mackenzie Sports
Club Ground, on March 5, Morgan was defeated by Doris in both the
open girls' 1500m and 3000m races. However, at the second trials one
week later, Morgan turned the tables on her arch rival in both
events. The second trials were held at the Blairmont Community
Centre Ground.

Doris had clocked five minutes 59.1 seconds (5:59.1) for the 1500m
and 11:34.7 for the 3000m at the first trials, while Morgan, on the
other hand, returned 4:54.3 for the 1500m and 10:50.5 for the 3000m.
This, therefore, will make it interesting and exciting, come
tomorrow, as both athletes will be vying for supremacy over the two
distances. Tomorrow's meet will see the AAG's athletes who have been
shortlisted for the Carifta Games, bar Morgan and Doris, coming up
against more senior and seasoned athletes in a number of events.

The athletes who have been shortlisted are: Morgan, Doris, Dianne
Munroe, Marcia Mentore, Christopher Hall and Marrion Kellman.
Morgan's name was added to the list after her two victories over
Doris in Blairmont.

Unlike the others, Morgan and Doris will do battle with athletes
that they both defeated in the two trials.

Munroe who is down to contest the under-20 girls' 100m at the
Carifta Games, will tomorrow come against the likes of Leslyn Major,
Yolanda Allicock and Jonell Garnett.

Hall (under-20 boys' 400m), will face such athletes as Keith
Roberts, Edison Jefford and Oliver Phillips, while Kellman (under-20
boys' 1500m) will come up against the likes of Kelvin Johnson and
Colin Mercurius.

Mentore, (under-17 girls' 800m) for her part, is expected to get
keen competition from Donna April.

Twenty events are slated for tomorrow's meet.

According to the AAG's media manager, Leeron Brummell, the
association is still strapped for cash to send all six athletes to
the games.

Brummell said to date the association has been able to secure
finances for four persons and is hoping that it can get sponsorship
for the other two athletes and manager/ coach Elton Smith.

He said the association has prioritised the six athletes, and if
they do not raise the other finances needed, then, maybe, three
athletes will be left at home. Asked about the order of the priority
list, Brummell said that information cannot be disclosed.

The association's president, Claude Blackmoore, had sent letters to
the National Sports Commission (NSC), as well as the Minister of
Culture, Youth and Sports, Gail Teixeira, requesting financial
assistance to send the team to the annual meet. He had said Teixeira
almost immediately referred the request to the NSC for action.

According to Blackmoore, approximately $100,000 is needed to send
one athlete to the Games. The athletes and coach will be met in
Tobago by United States-based athletes Dax and Don Danns.

Dax is a repeating Carifta Games athlete, while Don will be making
his debut.

At last year's Games, Dax won gold (200m), silver (400m) and bronze
(100m) medals while competing in the under-17 age group. This year,
he moves up to the under-20 category, while Don will compete in the
100m and 200m races in the under-17 age group.

Analisa Austin & Jeavon Benjamin earned All-American Honors
Analisa Austin and Middle College High School is coached by 1996
Guyana Olympian Nicole Martial. So, congrats to Mrs. Martial.

Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
========================================
Teams MUST check in 30 min prior to start of event.
Three-turn stagger. Fastest 12 advance to 3-section final.
National HS: * 1:35.86 3/16/2003 Poly HS, Long Beach,
CA
Shalonda Solomon, J. Lee, D. Dorsey, Shana
Solomon
Meet: # 1:35.86 3/16/2003 Poly HS, Long Beach,
CA
Shalonda Solomon, J. Lee, D. Dorsey, Shana
Solomon
School Finals H#
===================================
Finals
1 Long Beach California 'A' 1:36.82 3
1) Hood, Tiana SR 2) Collins, Ebony SO
3) Williams, Shelise SO 4) Collins, Ebony SO
2 Middle College High School 'A' 1:38.76 3
1) Stewart, Kerryann SR 2) Austin, Analisa SO
3) Otu, Idara SR 4) Rogers, Dieddra SO
3 Speed City LB 'A' 1:39.64 2
1) Solomon, Shana SR 2) Woods, Shana JR
3) Apelar, Krizia FR 4) Peggese, Seqoiya SR
4 Merrill West Hs 'A' 1:40.45 3
1) Daniels, Brittany 2) Quinley, Shevell
3) Garrido, Miranda 4) Chaltry, Nicole
5 Hempstead High School 'A' 1:40.65 3
1) Daley, Sayoka JR 2) Cousins, Rene SO
3) Benjamin, Jeavon SR 4) Budai, Sabrina SR
 
Jeavon Benjamin earned All-American Honors
Girls 400 Meter Dash
===========================
Athletes MUST check in 30 min. prior to start of event.
Top 12 times advance to a 2-section final.
National HS: * 52.10 3/10/2002 Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale,
FL
Meet: # 52.10 3/10/2002 Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale,
FL
FR: 54.06 2/19/2005 Elan Hilaire, Park School, Balt.
MD
SO: 53.45 2/22/1985 Andrea Thomas, Walton, Bronx,
NY
JR: 52.19 3/14/2004 Nicole Leach, West Catholic,
Phila. PA
SR: 52.10 3/10/2002 Sanya Richards, Ft. Lauderdale,
FL
Name Year School Finals H#
===========================
Finals
1 Leach, Nicole SR phila, PA 53.04 2
2 Jones, Jessica SR Detroit, MI 54.79 2
3 Benjamin, Jeavon SR Hempstead, NY 54.83 2
4 Muir, Carline SR Weston, ON 54.89 2
5 Baker, Katie SR Houston, TX 55.10 2
6 Taylor, Katrina SR Baton Rouge, LA 55.74 1
7 Atkins, Joanna SO Stone Mountain, GA 55.92 1
8 Washington, Brittany JR Missiour, TX 56.29 2
9 Grant, Tiffany JR Ocean, NJ 56.77 1
10 Otu, Idara SR Brooklyn, NY 57.04 1
11 cross, brandi JR missouri city, TX 57.15 1
12 Kienast, Vannessa SR Houston, TX 58.44
 
Randy Lee crowned National Champion
Carroll Junior Randy Lee ran 1:55 split to capture the Nike National
championship for his team last Saturday. Lee was the fastest
qualifier in the 400m dash in 48.90, however he suffer leg cramps in
the finals and could only place 7th.


Boys 1600 Sprint Medley
=====================================
National: N 3:24.69 3/8/1997 John Muir, Pasadena,
CA
Meet: M 3:29.46 3/15/2003 Vineland, Vineland,
NJ
School Finals H#
=====================================
1 Archbishop Carroll Hs-Dc 3:33.85 4
1) Daryn Higgs 08 2) Charles Dunston 07
3) Charles Johnson 07 4) Randy Lee 06
5) Mike Thomas 05
 
=====================================
Final of 8 fastest qualifers in 2 heats of 4
National: N 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh,
NY
Meet: M 47.49 3/10/2002 Kelly Willie, Sterling, Houston,
TX
Freshman: ( 48.76 1985 William Reed,
CentralPhiladelphia, PA
Sophomore: R 46.84 2/22/1986 William Reed, Central,
Phildephia, PA
Junior: J 47.69 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila,
PA
Senior: $ 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh,
NY
Name Year School Finals H#
=====================================
Finals
1 Justin Oliver 05 Stone Mountain, GA 47.90( 2
2 Afolabi Aromire 05 Springdale, MD 48.96 2
3 Bryan Webb 05 Knoxville, TN 49.74 1
4 Carlos Phillips 05 Orlando, FL 49.82 1
5 Joe Greene 05 Rochester, NY 49.83 1
6 Paul Fay 06 Bayville, NJ 50.09 1
7 Randy Lee 06 Upper Marlboro, MD 50.18 2
8 Romaine McKay 05 Riverdale, MD 50.52 2
 
=====================================
Final of 8 fastest qualifers in 2 heats of 4
National: N 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh,
NY
Meet: M 47.49 3/10/2002 Kelly Willie, Sterling, Houston,
TX
Freshman: ( 48.76 1985 William Reed,
CentralPhiladelphia, PA
Sophomore: R 46.84 2/22/1986 William Reed, Central,
Phildephia, PA
Junior: J 47.69 1987 William Reed, Central, Phila,
PA
Senior: $ 45.92 2/21/2004 Elzie Coleman, Newburgh,
NY
Name Year School Prelims H#
=====================================
Preliminaries
1 Randy Lee 06 Upper Marlboro, MD 48.90q 1
2 Justin Oliver 05 Stone Mountain, GA 49.17q 8
3 Afolabi Aromire 05 Springdale, MD 49.45q 6
4 Romaine McKay 05 Riverdale, MD 49.84q 9
5 Paul Fay 06 Bayville, NJ 49.87q 1
6 Joe Greene 05 Rochester, NY 50.46q 3
7 Bryan Webb 05 Knoxville, TN 50.50q 7
8 Carlos Phillips 05 Orlando, FL 50.53q 2
 
No cash for Carifta Games athletes
By Michael DaSilva
Thursday, March 17th 2005
The Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) is strapped for cash to
send a team of athletes to the Carifta Games, scheduled for March 26
to 28 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago.

According to the association's President Claude Blackmoore, letters
were sent to the National Sports Commission (NSC) as well as the
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gail Teixeira, requesting
financial assistance to send the team to the annual meet.

Blackmoore said Teixeira almost immediately referred the request to
the NSC for action.

He said when he tried to contact Director of Sport Neil Kumar at his
office, he was told that Kumar, who is also the secretary of the
NSC, is out of the country and would not be back in Guyana for
another month.

Asked if he made contact with NSC Chairman Laurie Lewis, Blackmoore
said he will try to do so this week, since he was on official
business in Trinidad over the weekend and only returned to Guyana on
Monday.

The team is expected to depart Guyana on March 24 for Tobago.

According to Blackmoore, approximately $100,000 is needed to send
one athlete to the games.

The AAG shortlisted five athletes and a manager/coach, over a week
ago, for possible selection to the Guyana team, and will meet again
today to consider whether all five will make the team or if others
will be added.

The five athletes are Christopher Hall, Dianne Munroe and Marcia
Mentore of the Police Track and Field Club, Marrion Kellman of the
New Opportunity Corps and Leanna Doris of Dora. Elton Smith is the
coach.

The five athletes and coach will be met in Tobago by United States-
based athletes Dax and Don Danns.

Hall will contest the under-20 boys' 400 metres, while Kellman will
compete in the under-20 boys' 1,500m. Munroe is down to contest the
under-20 girls' 100m, while Doris will contest the open girls' 3000m
as well as the under-17 girls' 1,500m. Mentore will compete in the
under-17 girls' 800m.

AAG's media manager Leeron Brummell told Stabroek Sport that female
distance runner Alika Morgan could be included.

Morgan, who was defeated by Doris in both the open girls' 1,500m and
3000m races when the AAG held its first trials on March 5 at the
Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, turned the tables on her arch-rival in
both events at the second trials which were held at the Blairmont
Community Centre Ground on Sunday.

Doris had clocked 5:59.1 for the 1500m and 11:34.7 for the 3000m at
the first trials. On Sunday, Morgan returned 4:54.3 for the 1500m
and 10:50.5 for the 3000m.

Blackmoore pointed out that each country is allowed two athletes per
event. However, he did not indicate whether Morgan will replace
Doris on the shortlist or if both athletes will be selected. "That
decision will be made when we meet tomorrow [today]," Blackmoore
said.

As regards the Danns siblings, Dax is a repeating Carifta Games
athlete, while Don will be making his debut.

At last year's Games, Dax won gold (200m), silver (400m) and bronze
(100m) medals while competing in the under-17 age group. This year,
he moves up to the under-20 category, while Don will compete in the
100m and 200m races in the under-17 age group.

Blackmoore said team members will have a third run on Sunday, when
the association stages its President's Invitational meet at the
Police Sports Club Ground.
 
Coach, athletes invited to Penn relays
Friday, March 18th 2005
One of Guyana's leading athletic coaches, Wayne Walcott, has been
invited to head a team of locals at the Penn Relays to be held next
month in the USA.

Walcott, who runs the Bedford All Stars Track Club, has been invited
by Chief Executive Officer of the USA Track and Field, Craig A.
Masback. In addition, Masback has invited national sprint champion
Rawle Greene and Andre Blackman, who are both based here.

The Penn Relays will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April
30. American athletes will compete against teams from Great Britain,
Germany, Canada, Russia and Guyana.

Walcott said he was asked to put together a team of five athletes to
take part in the relays. One athlete will be a reserve. Walcott has
included USA-based Dax Danns and Lee Prowell in his side. The
reserve will be named shortly.

The relays will be run over 100 and 400 metres. According to
Walcott, the invitation came about following his participation in a
Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) sprints and physiotherapy
course in Brazil in November. (Steve Ninvalle)

Burnett in top-billing at Millrose Games
... Austin misses a big stage showing
Wednesday, February 9th 2005
Inspired by her compassionate gesture a day earlier, Guyana's 2004
Olympian Marian Burnett extended her favourable indoor season with a
third place finish at the Millrose Games last Friday night. It
followed her cash donation to the National Disaster Relief Fund at
the Guyana Consulate in New York.

In her first Games appearance at the world famous Madison Square
Gardens, the track ace's performance in the Women's 800m helped to
thrill the raucous crowd of 13,519. Burnett (2:06.52) closely
trailed now three-time Millrose winner American Hazel Clark
(2:06.00) for almost the entire race before a stalking Alice Schmidt
(2:06.40) edged her on the line for the silver spot. The close
contest by the top three ended more than two seconds ahead of the
other finishers - Francis Santin (USA), Sheena Gooding (Bar) and
Heather Hennigar (Can). The race was among an historic evening of 14
elite events contested by a plethora of Olympic medallists and world
champions.

A week ago, Burnett had also placed third in the first of the four-
meet Visa Championship Series. That race was at the Reebok Boston
Indoor Games in Massachusetts, where world indoor 800m record holder
Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia won, followed by Schmidt.

"I wanted to do well here for my first time at this hugely popular
meet," Burnett said afterwards, claiming that the race was a tough
one for her. She added, "The times really don't reflect how fast and
hard we had to run on this small track (the Garden's oval is only
145m compared to the usual 200m elsewhere), and I really was trying
to dethrone Hazel."

While Burnett savoured a piece of New York glory, her younger
compatriot, Analisa Austin, missed out on an opportunity to show her
mettle on the big stage. Austin was pulled from the race for a false
start in the Girls 60m (Fastest High School Girl in New York) event.
However, the former local sprint phenomenon waited in the "warm
down" area to greet her teammates, who took the first and fourth
positions. "I was so disappointed, training for this and not getting
to run after just one mistake," she later told Stabroek Sport.
Austin was favoured to win the race with her superior season best
timing.

Watching Austin's experience unfold, Burnett said, "It's really sad
to see her chance ruined like that ... but, I am impressed by her
composure afterwards." Burnett felt Austin showed maturity when she
hugged and congratulated her teammates after her misfortune. "She is
still so young and to show such courage after what happened ...
tells me she's one for the future ... so they have to look out for
her." The two athletes formally met three weeks ago at the New
Balance Indoor Meet at New York's Amory Track where Burnett copped
the third place prize in the Women's 400m. The race was won by
Jamaica's 4x400m Olympic bronze medallist Ronneta Smith, followed by
Latvia's Olympic 400m hurdler Ieva Zunda.

On hand to witness the two Guyanese run was New York-based Aliann
Pompey, the Commonwealth Games 400m gold medallist. Pompey is
passing up the indoor season to concentrate her training on the
outdoor spell. Also rooting for their compatriots was a vociferous
band of Guyanese nationals who were sponsored by the Guyanese-owned
New York firm Personic Electrical Inc.

 
Burnett breaks indoor record again
, ... while battling spell of illness
Tuesday, February 15th 2005
In a display of her trade-mark gritty determination, Guyana's 2004
Olympian Marian Burnett rewrote the national record books with a new
indoor 800m mark, once more. Burnett's feat came last Friday night
at the Powered by Tyson Invitational Indoor Track and Field
Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Dogged by a mysterious virus with flu-like symptoms, Burnett sucked-
up her less than race-healthy state to record a blistering 2:03.17s
to place second behind nemesis American champion Hazel Clark
(2:02.68s). Interestingly, the 5ft 1in Burnett held her own against
the other almost six-footers, Americans Kameisha Bennett (3rd),
Tiffany McWilliams (5th), Alice Schmidt (7th), Canadian Heather
Hennigar (6th), and Jamaicans Anita Denton (4th) and national
champion Michelle Balentine (7th).

In a race seeing one of the largest indoor fields in history, the
diminutive Guyanese fought off her lingering illness and the
challenges of ten other runners to ensure her third top-three
placing in as many races and weeks this season. The heavily
populated race was called back after a wretched false start resulted
in Canadian Aimee Teteris suffering a punctured ankle that took her
out. Burnett's new time betters her previous best national mark of
2:04.48 recorded at the 2004 Adidas Boston Indoor Games in
Massachusetts. Burnett had broken the indoor mark twice last year,
as well as similar times for the outdoor record, leading up to a
superlative 1:59.47s in May. Earlier this season, Burnett suffered a
dislocated ankle that suppressed her performance, and following her
Millrose Games run a week ago, she began complaining of headaches
and feverish temperatures. Burnett said she "still travelled to
Arkansas on Thursday because I was taking treatment and felt that I
might overcome it to compete."

However, she related that while doing her initial warm-up drills for
the race (7:35 pm Arkansas time) she felt weak to the point of
aborting the event. "I was constantly dizzy with an uncomfortable,
burning sensation in my throat and chest, and I thought about
scratching from the start list," Burnett confirmed.

Burnett utilized her good fortune being in the upper batch of
runners in the water-fall start to keep within striking distance of
the front runners, including Clark. She said she "just couldn't quit
without a try." She opined that her ill fortune here couldn't
measure up to the misery being suffered by flood victims back home,
and felt a duty to uphold the name of Guyana. "I want everyone to
know that there is a God, and praying to and trusting in Him will
see us through any bad times," Burnett opined. She related to
Stabroek Sport that when she was on the verge of giving-up, she
called a church-mate in Louisiana, Jamaica-born collegiate track
stand-out Chenelle Marshall, who helped her pray and purposefully
direct her resolve. "I told her I wanted to see a doctor and she
advised me to consult and trust in the 'best doctor' there is ...
and, now look! ... isn't this Man really great?" Burnett confessed.

The Louisiana-based runner said her trainers (medical attendants)
felt her hectic training, competition and travel schedules over the
past four weeks have contributed to "stressing and weakening her
immune system." One trainer who has worked with Burnett since her
Boston run, Andy Miller, highlighted the problems she faced carrying
a high fever and swollen tonsils, then encouraged her to "take it
easy for a while." Since January 16th, Burnett has made six trips
outside of Louisiana to Jamaica, Massachusetts, Arkansas and New
York (three times). "With the exception of Arkansas, I have
travelled 3,000 miles or more every time I step on a plane for a
round-trip," she noted.

Burnett now intends to rest and take some physiotherapeutic
treatment and recuperate for the outdoor season. She would still be
performing her non-sport duties as a tutor-mentor for student-
athletes at the Academic Center of Louisiana State University.
 
Son of Guyanese wins Milrose 60m for second year
Saturday, February 26th 2005
Gordon McKenzie created a name for himself in New York recently,
when he won the 60-metre dash at the Milrose Games for a second
consecutive year.

McKenzie, who was born in the US to Guyanese parents 17 years ago,
returned 6.97 seconds to win the race, less than two hours after
leaving his high school basketball game in Queens, New York.

"McKenzie, tabbed the fastest kid in New York last summer, now may
be known as the most athletic kid in the city, after he won the high
school boys' 60-metre dash in the Milrose Games at [Madison Square]
Garden, less than two hours after leaving his high school basketball
game in Queens," the New York Daily News reported.

According to the report, McKenzie, a point guard for Holy Cross
High, played for 20 minutes and scored seven points in the Knights'
74-55 loss to Molly in Flushing. He walked off the court with 3:10
left in the third quarter, exited the school at 8.37 pm and hopped
into a green SUV driven by an off-duty police officer.

Speeding down the Clearview Expressway before taking the Midtown
Tunnel, Gordon's vehicle was escorted by an unmarked police car with
a red light on the dashboard.

He made it from Francis Lewis Boulevard to 33rd Street and Eight
Avenue in just over 15 minutes, and in plenty of time for the 10.18
pm start of his race.

"That ride over here was amazing," McKenzie is quoted to have said
moments after crossing the finish line in 6.97, just ahead of Kim
Williams of Erasmus. "It was like a roller coaster."

However, there was some confusion just after the race ended. On the
screen above the Garden floor, McKenzie was listed as finishing
third behind Lehman's Francisco Santos, and the announced winner
Sheepshead Bay's Lamont Downing.

After officials sorted out the results, McKenzie was announced as
the winner, and his father Bryan, watching from the stands near the
finish line, yelled, "He won? He won?"

Speaking to Stabroek Sport yesterday, McKenzie's grandfather, Henry
Mitchell, said his grandson has always been energetic as a
youngster. "He has always put himself to work hard and I'm very
proud of him. I wish him success in all his endeavours and hope to
be there for next year's meet."

The grandfather said he hoped that some day soon his grandson would
be able to represent Guyana at athletics or basketball.

McKenzie concentrates on track during the fall and spring seasons,
but devotes most of his time to basketball during the winter. That
has scared away both basketball and track coaches, according to Holy
Cross Hoops coach, Paul Gilvary.

"For me to come out here and win this," McKenzie said, "shows that
I'm serious about track."

McKenzie was born to Ann Mitchell-McKenzie and Bryan McKenzie on
August 21, 1987. The latter served the US army, but returned to
Guyana in 1980 and married Ann.

Carifta Games trials
Doris, Munroe, Bobb and Fraser shine
By Michael DaSilva
Sunday, March 6th 2005
Based on performances yesterday, the Athletic Association of Guyana
(AAG) should have little problem selecting Guyana's contingent for
this year's Junior Carifta Games, slated for March 26-28 in Tobago.

Performance by most of the athletes was poor, bar those of female
middle distance runner Leanna Doris and sprinters Dianne Munroe and
Latoya Bobb (girls) and Phillip Fraser (boys).

Doris won the under-17 girls' 1500-metre race in what can be
described as a common canter. She returned four minutes 59.1 seconds
(4:59.1) to win from arch rival Alika Morgan (5:06.8) and Doneka
Lyle (5:51.4).

Four competitors faced the starter for this event and, from the
start, Doris and Morgan stuck together for most of the race, while
the other two were left struggling at the back. It was at the 1200m
mark that Doris stamped her authority and pulled away from Morgan to
win with approximately 50 metres in hand.

Munroe, who returned 11.1 seconds to win the under-20 girls' 100m,
won by just over a metre from Rushanna Major (13.4) and Delyse
Mohabir (14.3) respectively. Bobb won the under-17 girls' 100m in
12.9 seconds from Cammy Canterbury (13.1) and Tiffany Bynoe (13.5)
respectively.

Fraser, for his part, narrowly edged Emerson Campbell to win the
under-20 boys' 100m. Third place went to Kenneth Semple .

Fraser clocked 11.1 seconds, Campbell 11.3 and Semple 11.4.

From the start of the race, the seven finalists were neck and neck
all the way down the track, and it was only in the final two metres
that Fraser managed to surge ahead.

In other track results, Kevin Haynes won the under-17 boys' 100m
(11.3) from Travis DeHaarte (11.6) and Leon Daniels (11.7)
respectively. Sherwin Hercules clocked 53.4 seconds to win the under-
17 boy's 400m from Steven Harris (55.3) and Hafeez Samad (55.6)
respectively.

Monica Roberts was the winner of the under-17 girls' 400m (1:01.3)
from Marcia Mentore (1:02.5) and Mercedes Forde (1:04.3)
respectively.

The under-20 girls' 400m was won by Maria Mentore (1:00.2). Second
was Thelma Persaud (1:07.5) and third, Luanna Hernandez (1:11.8).

Marion Kelman (4:27.2) won the under-20 boys' 1500m from Kevin
Chester (4:27.3) and Cleveland Thomas (4:27.3) respectively. On the
distaff side, Saskia Sancho (6:08.1) was first, Shondell Chapman
(6:21.7) second and Sonia Kirton (6:48.2) third.

In other selected results, Rushanna Major won the girls' under-20
long jump with a leap of 4.60m. Second was Stacy Wilson, who
registered 4.48m, and third, Shonette Hinckson who returned 4.29m.

Wilson, however, won the under-20 girls' javelin with a throw of
28.8m. Hinckson threw 21.8m for second place, while Abeena Peters
placed third with a throw of 18.4m.

Hinckson also placed second in the under-20 girls' discus. She
registered 19.59m. The event was won by Schevon Eastman, who
recorded 21.25m. Peters (17.70m) was third.

Eastman won the under-20 girls' shot-put with a throw of 7.80m.
Second was Peters (7.40m) and third, Hinckson (6.82m).

In the girls' under-17 field events, Cammy Canterbury registered
4.44m to win the long jump from Keisha Duncan, who returned 4.08m
and Orsine Skate, who recorded 3.90m.

The Allicock sisters, Minerva and Carlita, placed first and second
respectively in the javelin event. Minerva registered 27.4m, while
Carlita returned 23.3m. Third place went to Shenelly Bowen who
recorded 21.2m.

Minerva Allicock also placed second in the discus event with a throw
of 21m. The event was won by Akesia Williams who registered 21.82m.
Third place went to Cornette Adams who recorded 16.46m.Williams,
however, won the shot-put (7.65m) from Latoya Bynoe who registered
7.15m, while third place went to Bowen (6.50m).

In the under-20 boys' field events, Curtis Greavesande won the
javelin throw by registering 41.6m. Second was Delon DeYounge who
returned 41.5m, while Ronald Payne placed third with a throw of
41.4m.

Payne, however, won the shot-put (11.02m) and the discus events
(36.72m). Selwyn McPherson who registered 10.47m placed second in
the shot-put, while third place went to Timothy Gardner who recorded
7.83m. McPherson also placed second in the discus (28.85m), while
DeYounge was third (27.05m).

Phillip Fraser was first in the long jump (6.39m). Second was
Greavesande (5.76m) and third, Lyndon Fordyce who recorded 5.50m.

In the under-17 age group, Terrence Tull won the discus with a throw
of 22.32m. Second was Michael Bowman who registered 1.05m.

Tull also won the shot-put (9.91m) from Bowman (7.56m).

Bowman, however, won the javelin (30.84m) from Tull (20.53m).

Stephen Harris won the long jump (5.61m) from Melroy Payne who
returned 5.58m and Travis Morris who recorded 5.38m.

 
Chris Hercules takes Bronze @ US Nationals
Men Triple Jump
===================================
World: W 17.83m 3/1/1997 Aliecer Urrutia, CUB
American: A 17.76m 2/27/1987 Mike Conley, Tyson TC
Meet: M 17.76m 2/27/1987 Mike Conley, Tyson TC
Name Year Team
Finals Points
===================================
1 Walter Davis Nike 17.31m 56-09.50
2 Kenta Bell Nike 16.86m 55-03.75
3 Chris Hercules Unattached 16.83m 55-02.75
4 Marcus Thomas Unattached 16.10m 52-10.00
5 Marcus Jones Unattached 16.02m 52-06.75
6 Michael Roberts Unattached 15.75m 51-08.25
7 Erik Newby Holyfield I. 15.47m 50-09.25
8 Robert Renschler Unattached 15.22m 49-11.25
9 Benjamin Washington Abilene Chr. 14.87m 48-09.50
10 Mark Axt Lemans TC 14.48m 47-06.25
 
Jeremy Bascom takes 2nd at NEC Conf. Champs.
C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
Northeast Conference Indoor Championship Meet - 2/12/2005 to
2/13/2005
Results at www.cfpitiming.com
Prince George's S&LComplex in Landover, MD

Event 2 Men 60 Meter Dash
==================================

Finals

1 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 6.82N 2 10
2 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island 6.95I 2 8
3 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 6.96I 2 6
4 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 6.98I 2 5
5 St. Elme, Fabrice SO Monmouth 6.99 1 4
6 Giordano, Scott FR Sacred Heart 7.05 2 3
7 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island 7.06 1 2
8 Carter, Greg SR Robert Morris 7.10 1 1
9 Howard, Arnold SO Fairleigh Dickinson 7.15 1

60m
Preliminaries

1 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island I 6.88Q 2
2 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island I 6.95Q 4
3 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth I 6.96Q 1
4 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 7.02Q 3
5 Giordano, Scott FR Sacred Heart 7.00q 2
6 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island 7.00q 4

==================================
200
Finals

1 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart 21.86I 2 10
2 Hillian, Michael JR Long Island 22.07I 2 8
3 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 22.14I 1 6
4 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island 22.41 1 5
5 Simmons, Charles SO Monmouth 22.48 2 4
6 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 22.59 2 3
7 Phillips, Jay SR Mount St. Mary's 22.63 1 2
8 Williams, Markio SO Cent. Conn. St. 22.84 1 1

200m
Preliminaries

1 Hillian, Michael JR Long Island I 22.00q 8
2 Dixon, Arman FR Sacred Heart I 22.01q 4
3 Johnson, Shaun SR Long Island 22.38q 7
4 Simmons, Charles SO Monmouth 22.41q 8
5 Dennis, Troy JR Monmouth 22.55q 6
6 Thomas, Antonio SR Long Island 22.58q 3
7 Bascom, Jeremy SR Long Island 22.62q 1
 
Burnett grab 2nd at Tyson Invitational
 
Event 110 Women 800 Meter Run Tyson
================================
Name Year School Finals
===============================
1 Hazel Clark Nike 2:02.68
2 Marian Burnett Nike 2:03.17
3 Kameisha Bennett Nike 2:03.85
4 Anita Denton Arkansas 2:03.91
5 Tiffany McWilliams adidas 2:04.70
6 Heather Hennigar Nike 2:05.35
7 Alice Schmidt Nike 2:06.04
8 Michelle Ballentine Jamaica 2:06.91
9 Mishael Bertrand U.S.A. 2:07.00
10 Frances Santin S.M.T.C. 2:07.20
11 Perry Fields Nike 2:10.33
-- Aimee Teteris Nike DNF

Forde shows remarkable progress in Kenya
By Michael DaSilva
Tuesday, February 8th 2005
Guyana's 2008 Beijing Olympics prospect Cleveland Forde has shown
remarkable progress after one month of training at the world renowned
Kip Keino High Altitude Training Centre in Kenya.

According to a report from the centre's Director Ian Keino, since his
arrival in December, Forde participated in two cross-country meets,
organised by Athletics Kenya, to gauge his ability. According to the
director's report, his performance was very encouraging. "He even
managed to beat a handful of Kenyan athletes."

He was scheduled to participate in another event over the weekend.

According to the report, the triple Junior Carifta Games 5,000-metre
gold medallist returned 28.55 minutes on January 23, at the Nike
Discovery Cross-Country 8km Meet. Six days later, he improved on that
performance, registering 28.14 minutes in the District Cross Country
8km.

Forde is currently training for the 5000-metre as well as for cross-
country events.

Forde arrived in Kenya in mid-December 2004, at a time when
preparations for cross-country events were already in progress.

During the Christmas season, when not much training was in progress
since most of the athletes had gone home to celebrate the holidays,
the coaches used the opportunity to have Forde and another athlete
from the USA familiarise themselves with the high altitude and the
tropical weather.

January saw the start of some slightly serious training, and it was
mainly for the purpose of building up for the ongoing cross-country
season and the track season later this year.

After acclimatising, Forde joined the other senior athletes who are
training at the centre, including Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi and
World Junior 3000m. champion Ronald Kipchumba. His training approach,
according to the report, was easy and meant for him to familiarise
himself with the different kinds of terrain and for his breathing.
His daily routine includes a 6am run of about 45 minutes to one hour.
This is mainly done at the centre's 4km training circuit.

Occasionally, a variety of training methods is used in the morning
session to avoid repetition. The main training sessions take place at
10am and these include track, hill runs, speed workouts and Fartlek.
Fartlek is a Swedish word meaning, literally, speed play. Fartlek is
a training technique used by runners, cyclists, and other endurance
athletes. It combines intervals of high speed or intensity with
intervals of normal or lower intensity. The goal of fartlek is to
increase endurance and speed.

Later in the evening, easy short runs, light stretching exercises,
drills and gym work form the basis of his training, to end the day.

The workouts are progressive, from light to heavy and from short to
long, all aimed at equipping him with stamina, strength flexibility
and endurance.

Since his arrival, Forde's progress has been steady and positive. His
adaptation to the training is encouraging, as he has shown
commitment, determination and discipline. This has enabled him to fit
in very well with the rest of the group.

Pompey donates airfare to flood relief
-heart bleeds to hear of suffering back home
By Michael DaSilva
Tuesday, February 8th 2005
Olympian and national record holder Aliann Pompey, who was
scheduled to visit Guyana later this month, has instead donated her
airfare to Guyana's flood relief.

The United States-based Pompey told Stabroek Sport she has been
following the reports on the flood, and has been hearing "so much
from so many different sources. But one thing remains constant, and
that is: a lot of people are in a lot of trouble, and my heart goes
out to them."

Pompey, who holds the national women's 200 and 400-metre records,
said she and her father were scheduled to visit Guyana later this
month, but she has since shelved the idea.

Her father may make the trip alone.

Pompey, who reached the semi-finals of the 400m at the Athens 2004
Olympics, said she signed up for daily updates about what's going on
at home and has learnt that there are reports of people taking the
donated items and selling them, or not sending all the money, while
some supplies are not reaching Guyana. "I hope they're all
speculations and, if anything, they're happening on a small scale."

Pompey said she has also learnt of the outbreak of a disease that has
claimed the lives of a few people, while others are receiving
treatment for it. "Someone I know [a very young boy] was affected,
and my grandmother told me yesterday that it's most likely he will
die. Things like those break my heart. I'm not as affected as you in
Guyana are, and I feel completely helpless, so I can only imagine
what people at home are going through."
 
Results - Millrose Games
Held: February 4, 2005 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Event 22 Women 800 Meter Run
==================================
Name Year Team Finals
==================================
1 Hazel Clark Nike 2:06.00
2 Alice Schmidt Unattached 2:06.40
3 Marian Burnett Nike/GUY 2:06.52
4 Francis Santin SMTC 2:08.78
5 Sheena Gooding Barbados 2:09.30
6 Heather Hennigar Nike/CAN 2:10.56

Men 200 Meter Dash
============================================
  PSU Record: * 20.98  2002        Ryan Olkowski                              
    Facility: F 20.84  2001        Andrew Pierce, Ohio State                  
   NCAA Auto: A 20.83                                                         
   NCAA Prov: P 21.23                                                         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H#
============================================
  1 Williams, Rubin           FR Tennessee                21.20P  1
  2 Ifill, Grafton            SO Penn                     21.58   1
  3 Langan, Alex              JR P S U                    21.65   2
  4 Steele, Bryan             JR Long Island              21.78   4
  5 Merritt, Aries            SO Tennessee                21.81   2
  6 Davenport, Michael        JR Coppin State             21.82   2
  7 Grossman, Adam            JR Umbc                     21.87   3
  8 Bascom, Jeremy            SR Long Island              21.96   3
  9 Pritchett, Matthew           Tennessee                21.98   7
 
Blackmoore returned as AAA president
Thursday, February 3rd 2005
President of the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA),
Claude Blackmoore, will meet his new executive and council members
on Saturday, at the YMCA, Thomas Lands.

According to newly-elected honorary secretary Pamela Phillips, at
Saturday's meeting the association will appoint heads of the various
committees and members of each committee.

The committees to be set up are: Appeals, Discipline, Track and
Field, Finance, Fund-raising, Registration and Records, Development,
Marketing and Medical.

Phillips said heads of committees or committee members are not
necessarily chosen from within the association's executive or
council members.

Blackmoore was unanimously returned as president of the AAA when the
association held its Annual General Meeting recently.

According to a release, Blackmoore gained full votes of the six
clubs represented.

Meanwhile, Keith French has replaced Neville Denny as senior vice-
president and Ken Elexey was elected junior vice-president.

Phillips, who had acted as honorary secretary for some time, was
confirmed in the position. Kwabena Wright replaced Franz Welch as
honorary treasurer. Welch did not seek re-election.

The new assistant secretary/treasurer is Shirley Hooper.

Ten council members have been elected in Robert Chisholm, Lyndon
Wilson, Raymond Daw, Amanda Hermonstine, Keith Smith, Neville Denny,
Wendy Doris, Hanley Selman, Edward Singh and Mayfield TaylorTrim.

The life of this executive will run until 2009.

Marian Burnett donates to flood relief
Saturday, February 5th 2005
One week after gaining the runner-up 2004 Sportswoman honor in a
stern selection process, track star Marian Burnett got back to her
impressive ways of promoting Guyana and supporting her compatriots.
Last Thursday, the champion athlete made a courtesy call on the
Guyana Consulate in New York to express her concern about the flood
situation, and give a personal donation to the National Disaster
Relief Fund. Burnett, along with president of the New York-based
electrical contracting firm Pertronic Electrical Inc., Percy
Pantlitz, made separate donations at the mid-afternoon visit.

In the presence of senior consulate staff, the two Lindeners who
have a long association matched each other's contribution, totalling
G$80,000, before presenting the money and cheque to Consul General
Brentnol Evans. Pantlitz, who last served in Guyana as manager of
Linden's sole television transmitting outfit (LTV), said his gesture
is a natural act of humanity he inherited through his family
upbringing and professional career.

"Given my background, I understand people's needs in these
unfortunate situations, so I am honoured to assist," he said. His
company has been doing work on major projects in the Queens and Long
Island areas over the past two years, and his presentation was on
his company's and his own behalf.

On the other hand, Burnett said she follows developments in Guyana
on the internet, and was emotionally "moved by what the floods have
done." She highlighted the support to her endeavours that she had
received from various quarters over the years, that have continually
driven her to "rise to the occasion."

"I am giving back and promoting my country in good and bad times;
and given what is happening now, I am more compelled to lend a
shoulder to lean on," she emotionally offered.

In response, Evans updated the donors on the situation in Guyana,
and gleefully thanked them for their wonderful gesture of compassion
and contribution.

"It's so wonderful for them to take time off to emphatise and share
with their compatriots back home, who are so affected by this
overwhelming act of nature," Evans said. He noted that both Burnett
and Pantlitz are from Linden, which has not been affected by the
floods, and said, "Their act today should inspire anyone from
anywhere to help since it speaks to the Roberta Flack song 'Where Is
The Love?'."

Evans added that all Guyana should be proud of the achievements and
deeds of Pantlitz, and Burnett who is based 1400 miles away in
Louisiana. "Marian, for instance, calls me regularly and visits
almost everytime she's in town, and that's admirable."

Burnett's donation stretches a pattern of similar presentations she
has been making to benefit her fellow Guyanese.

Last year, the Olympian presented several items of sports clothing,
equipment and other supplies including Nike footwear and apparel.
She was in New York to compete in the women's 800m at the 98th
Millrose Games at the world famous Madison Square Garden, last night
(Friday).

Her invitation to contest the event came after her notable third
place finish at the prestigious Reebok Boston Indoor Games last
Saturday in Massachusetts. It was a repeat of her placing last year,
her first-ever on the indoor elite circuit.

Running at the Reggie Lewis Stadium, Burnett braved a nagging sprain
and swelling of her right ankle sustained two weeks before while in
Jamaica, to place behind world record holder Jolanda Ceplak of
Slovenia and American Alice Schmidt.

However, she stated her contentment with her first race for the
year, as she secured a top-three placing in a strong field of 10
athletes.

"That's what I feed off ... ensuring Guyana's name is printed on the
podium graphics and regularly called by the announcers and TV
commentators," she quipped, referring to the televised presentation
the following day.
 
Lee takes 2nd @ Montgomery Invit.
Montgomery Invitational
1/8/2005 - Prince George's Sports & Learning Center, Landover, MD

Event 13 Boys 400 Meter Dash
================================
Meet: % 49.55 1/10/2004 Afalobie Amorie,
C.H.Flowers
Name Year School Finals H#
===============================
1 Aromire, Afolabi 12 C. H. Flowers 50.06 12
2 Lee, Randy 11 Archbishop Carro 50.56 12
3 Buckner, Dante 12 DeMatha Catholic 50.83 10
4 Perry, Cameron 11 Forest Park 51.51 11
5 Moore, Larrone 12 Northwestern 51.55 9
6 Moten, Wayne 11 Forestville 51.71 11
7 Hines, Anthony 10 I.C. Norcom High 51.94 8
8 Williams, Kimery 12 John F. Kennedy 52.05 9
9 Ligon, Bret 11 Richard Montgome 52.19 10
10 Richardson, Malcom 11 Gaithersburg 52.39 3

Event 16 Girls 800 Meter Run
================================================================
Meet: % 2:18.83 1/10/2004 Quantika Stephey, Merganthaler
Voc HS
Name Year School Finals
================================================================
1 Thomas, Latavia 10 West Catholic HS 2:12.73%
2 Bowman, Sarah 12 Fauquier High Sc 2:14.08%
3 salcido, veronica 09 Wootton 2:19.55
4 Bumbrey, Shylan 12 James Monroe VA 2:20.40
5 Sinclair, Ashlyn 10 Montgomery Blair 2:22.48
6 McElroy, Kelly 11 Wyomissing 2:22.88
7 Nicholson, Kate 10 Atholton 2:23.67
8 chichester, jennifer 10 Archbishop Carro 2:24.60

Lee wins 500m @ DCIAA Invit.
DCIAA INDOOR INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET 1/12/05 - 1/12/2005
PG Sports & Learning Center

Event 17 Women 1600 Meter Run

====================================
Name Year School Finals
Points
====================================
1 Ravenscraft, Megan Cmw HS 5:17.24 10
2 Klein, Erin Lake Braddoc 5:19.07 8
3 Snowden, Kelsey Lake Braddoc 5:24.46 6
4 Chichester, Jennifer Archbishop C 5:31.59 5
5 Lee, Caitlin Centreville 5:32.26 4
6 Prinkey, Meghan Bishop Mcnam 5:32.43 3
7 Cook, Victoria Langley HS 5:36.89 2
8 Buck, Kelli Cmw HS 5:42.13 1

Event 20 Men 500 Meter Dash

========================================
Name Year School Finals H#
Points
========================================
1 Lee, Randy Archbishop C 1:05.82 7 10
2 Bailey, Howard Oxon Hill HS 1:06.71 7 8
3 Bowman, Barshied Cmw HS 1:07.27 7 6
4 Ligon, Bret Richard Mont 1:07.82 6 5
5 Chorney, Mike Centreville 1:08.88 7 4
6 Bright, Norman Dunbar Sr HS 1:09.30 5 3
7 Rackens, Chris Poolesville 1:09.45 5 2
8 Frames, Chris Langley HS 1:09.91 5 1

 
No medals, but good year for Olympic body - Juman-Yassin
By Michael Da Silva
Thursday, January 6th 2005
Though there were no medals forthcoming from the 2004 Athens
Olympics, the local body believes it has done quite well during the
past year.

"Maybe we may not have achieved what we exactly wanted, but I think
last year was an extremely good year," President of the Guyana
Olympic Association (GOA), K.A. Juman-Yassin said.

"We didn't win any medals at the Olympics. But what happened is that
our two female athletes, Aliann Pompey and Marian Burnett, moved from
the qualifying stages to the semi-final in their respective events,
bettering their personal best."

Apart from the two Olympians' achievements, he noted that the GOA was
able to consolidate itself in new premises, though not its own, and
opened its Resource and Documentation Centre. "We hope it will be a
full-fledged centre for people to come and do research."

The GOA head said the association had hoped to complete and
commission the long jump track at the Thomas Lands YMCA, but because
it did not acquire the right type of adhesive, the commissioning will
take another week or so. "It would have been completed, but we did
not have the correct adhesive, and we expect that to come in another
week.

Ivor O'Brien [GOA's General Secretary] was in New York recently, and
was able to source it. But that has to be specially packed because
it's flammable." Juman-Yassin said as soon as the track was
transported here it would be commissioned. He said one of his
personal objectives last year was to start sending Guyana's top
athletes for training overseas, and to this end, the GOA was able to
tie up arrangements with former world champion Kip Keino of Kenya.
Guyana's top middle-distance runner, Cleveland Forde, has gone to
study and train at the Kip Keino High Altitude Training Centre in
Kenya, leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Forde left Guyana
last month for Kenya.

"I was talking to Mr Kip Keino for some time, and that has now borne
fruit. I just received an e-mail from Kenya; Cleveland is in good
spirits … and was to have started serious training on January 3
[Monday]."

Several sports associations, through assistance from the GOA,
benefited from Olympic Solidarity courses. The GOA also conducted a
Sports Administrators' course which attracted participants from
throughout the country.
 
Pompey honoured in New York for athletic prowess
By Michael DaSilva
Tuesday, January 4th 2005
Guyana's Aliann Pompey was honoured recently for her athletic
prowess over the past few years by the Allied Organizations of
Guyana (AOG) USA.

The 2004 Olympian said her main focus this year is the Central
American and Caribbean Championships, as well as the World Outdoor
Championships.

According to Pompey, the AOG, which is in its 40th year, annually
acknowledges outstanding Guyanese/West Indians who have made various
contributions to their communities.

This year, at an awards dinner held on December 26 at Le Courdon
Bleu in Queens, New York, eight persons were honoured. Pompey was
the recipient in the Athletics and Sports category.

Another Guyanese, Winston Smith, a former member of the Guyana
Police Force Band, received the Entertainment and Artists award.

The other six awardees are from other Caricom countries.

Pompey said the proceeds from the dinner went to benefit the Dr
Peters Memorial Fund, Rev Gladwin Fraser Scholarship fund, and the
Dr Thomas E. Thompson Scholarship Fund.

Pompey, who last year broke her own 200- and 400-metre records on
more than two occasions each, said she thinks a lot of things worked
out for her in her training last year.

And she was able to transfer most of it to her races. "My coach [Joe
Ryan] and I feel that we had a fairly successful campaign last year
breaking the national record four or five times, and he feels that
if it weren't for the accident, we could've accomplished so much
more."

Pompey was involved in a motor vehicle accident in London, England,
one month before the Athens 2004 Olympics, while returning to the
USA after campaigning in Europe. Though she was injured, she reached
the women's 400-metre semi-finals.

"She was getting progressively faster and stronger. She was training
to peak at the Olympic Games. And I have no doubt she would've made
the finals," Ryan said. "The plan for this year will be similar.

"As with every year in training, there are variations to strengthen
certain areas. Focusing on speed was very successful last year.

"This year, we may have her run some more 800-metre races to
reinforce her strength.

"She can run a good 800. She's run 2:03 seconds without even
training for it.

"We're still going to focus on the 400m, but some competitive 800-
metres will help."

Ryan said Pompey's weight training is going excellently at the
moment. "She's recovered well and, so far, anything that I've thrown
at her she's been able to handle. I'm really excited about the
prospects for this year and I think she'll shock everyone."

Pompey ended the 2004 season ranked 12th in the world for the 400-
metres on the IAAF ranking system, the highest ever by a Guyanese.

 
Morgan places third in Trinidad 10K
Tuesday, November 30th 2004
Rising Stars' athlete Alika Morgan placed third in the Mayaro
Coconut Run 10K, in Trinidad on Saturday.

Pamenos Ballentyne of St Vincent and Pilar McShine of Trinidad won
the male and female categories respectively.

According to Morgan, soon after the race started, there was some
amount of jostling by some athletes, and this caused her to lose her
balance and wrench her ankle. "But I got up and started to run again,
even though I was in pain," Morgan told Stabroek Sport.

She said McShine, who clocked 37 minutes 42 seconds (37.42), crossed
the finish line approximately 400 metres ahead of her. Morgan's time
was 40.01.

Morgan said that while she has run in Trinidad before, this is the
first time that she competed in an international road race.

Last year, while competing at a track meet in Trinidad, Morgan won a
3000-metre race, and placed second in a 1500-metre.

For her performance over the weekend, Morgan has been promised a free
ticket to compete in a 5K race in Trinidad next month.

Morgan expressed thanks to her aunt Lynette Waldron and her
manager/coach Leslie Black for making her trip possible.

Forde for training under Kip Keino in Kenya
 
By Michael DaSilva
Wednesday, December 8th 2004
Guyana's triple Junior Carifta Games gold medallist, Cleveland Forde,
will commence training under the tutelage of former World and Olympic
distance champion, Kip Keino of Kenya. Forde is expected to leave
Guyana today for Kenya.

The good news was announced yesterday by Guyana Olympic Association
President K. Juman-Yassin at a press conference at Olympic House.

Juman-Yassin said that while attending a meeting overseas, he had
discussions with Kip Keino who runs and is in charge of a high-level
training centre in Kenya. "I was in discussion with him… telling
him about our athletes and requested to have one of our athletes go
and train at his camp and he readily agreed," Juman-Yassin said. "But
we (the GOA) had to wait until after the 2004 Olympics were
completed, so that the new cycle would start, which would take the
athletes to Beijing in 2008.

"Word has come through from Kenya that Cleveland is accepted to go,
live, train, study and make new friends with all the Olympians and
budding Olympians there. As a result of that offer, the GOA met the
Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) President Claude
Blackmoore and it was agreed that we should make all efforts in order
to send Cleveland there."

Juman-Yassin noted that Forde is one of the most promising long-
distance athletes in Guyana who has been showing his potential over
the years. And as a result of his performances, he said, the GOA
sought ways of ensuring Forde gets as much assistance as possible to
realise his true potential.

According to Juman-Yassin, after six months of training, the GOA and
the whole of Guyana would be able to see where Forde is heading.

The GOA head said that during the first six months, the coaches in
Kenya would advise Forde which event he should specialise in. He said
while the GOA hopes that Forde would be able to train in Kenya until
the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the exercise is a costly one and he would
be seeking the assistance of the general public and the business
community to maintain Forde in Kenya.

According to Juman-Yassin, it would cost the GOA US$1,100 per month
to keep Forde in Kenya. He said the GOA is hoping to get a
scholarship for Forde.

Forde is expected to represent Guyana at a number of meets prior to
the 2008 Olympics, Juman-Yassin informed. These include the Islamic
Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia next April, the 2006 Commonwealth
Games, the CAC Games and the Pan American Games.

Juman-Yassin thanked all constituent members of the GOA for agreeing
to have Forde train in Kenya, "because to my mind, if Guyana is to
really put its hat in the ring for us to win an Olympic medal, we
have to ensure that our athletes are exposed to the proper training
facilities, they are exposed to competitions, and part of the
agreement with the training Centre in Kenya is that Cleveland would
be taken to competitions," he said.

Juman Yassin also thanked BWIA's Area Manager Carlton De Four and
BWIA, for coming on board and assisting the GOA with part of the
ticket for the Georgetown to London part of the journey. "BWIA has
been very kind to give us 50 percent discount on the
Georgetown/London leg."

Blackmoore endorsed all that Juman-Yassin said and added that it is
common knowledge that the AAA is ever supportive of the junior
athletes in particular. "We always keep an eye out for them, because
we recognise that, until there is a synthetic facility, these
athletes will be at a total disadvantage. And we realise that if you
don't get them out before they turn seniors, then the chances of
their progression go down," Blackmoore stated.

According to Blackmoore, when Juman-Yassin spoke to him on the
matter, he told him that the first person they have to speak to is
Forde.

"I said once Cleveland is in favour of it, and don't think that we
are pushing it on him, once he agrees to it, then we will support it
100 percent, and that is what we did. On behalf of the AAA, I want to
wish him well, and to let this be a fillip, especially for the long
distance athletes."

Blackmoore said that over the past ten years, he has been insisting
in the association, that the way for them to go, in the absence of a
synthetic track, is for middle and long-distance running and field
events. He said the performances of Forde and other long distance
athletes have shown that is the way to go, but unfortunately, many
local coaches have not bought into the idea as yet.

Forde thanked the GOA and the AAA for making his dream a reality.

"I want to thank the GOA and the AAA for making this possible for me.
But most importantly, I must thank God, because it's a prayer come
through for me. I also want to thank the business community who
assisted me in the past," Forde said.

AAA opens 2005 season with West Berbice meet
 
Tuesday, December 14th 2004
The 2005 season of the Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA)
will open with a development meet at one of the sporting facilities
in the West Berbice area on January 9.

According to the AAA's 2005 calendar of events, the association will
also stage another development meet on January 16, at the Wales
Community Centre.

During the month of February, the association will run off its annual
National Track Relays, the National Cross Country Championships and
the National Junior Championships.

The National Track Relays will be held on February 6 at the Police
Sports Club ground, while the National Junior Championships are
billed for the Enmore Community Centre ground on February 26 and 27.
A date and a venue is still to be decided on for the cross country
championship.

On March 6, the Police Sports Club ground will be the venue for the
National Senior Trials.

During the month of March also, the Royal Youth Movement Track Club
will stage an Open Meet at the Carifesta Sports Complex, while the
Guyana Teachers Union has set March 8 to 11 for its National Schools
Championships.

Five events are on the cards for the month of April, with the first
being the Leon Fraser Memorial Junior 5K, to be organised by the Road
Runners Track and Field Club on April 3. This event will be staged in
Georgetown.

The New Amsterdam Track Club (NATC) will have an Open Meet on April
10 at the Rose Hall ground, Canje, Berbice, while the AAA's National
Senior Championship is billed for April 17 at the Uitvlugt Community
Centre ground.

The other event for the month of April is the Police Youth Club's Age
Group Meet slated for April 30 at Eve Leary.

The Bedford All Stars Club will stage an Inter-Ward Under-20 Meet on
May 1 at the National Park, while the AAA will run off its Annual
World Athletics Day Meet on May 8 at a venue to be named.

One event each will be staged in the months of June and July. On June
6, the Police Sports Club will run off its Inter-Club 10K Road Relay
in Georgetown, while from July 26 to 29 the Annual Police
Championships will be staged at Eve Leary.

The NATC will stage an Open Track and Field Meet on August 13 at the
Rose Hall Canje ground, while the Guyana Geology and Mines will run
off the inaugural Porkknockers 10K Run in Bartica on August 27.

The Silver Fox Track Club has set September 17 and 18 for its Junior
and Senior Meet at a venue to be named, while the Upper Demerara
Sports Association will stage an Athletic and Cycle Meet on a date in
September to be decided.

In October four 10K road races have been scheduled. The NATC will
stage one on October 2, while the Thomas Lands YMCA will run off
another on October 9. The AAA will stage the Guyana leg of the South
American Classic on October 23 and the National Sports Commission
will run off their 10K on October 30.
 
Athlete to Watch - Randy Lee, Carroll, Jr.
Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page D08 (The Washington Post)

Randy Lee is entering his junior season, but already has had an
illustrious career. An All-Met as a freshman and a sophomore, he
earned all-America honors last winter after finishing fourth at the
Nike indoor championships in the 400 meters. Last April at the Penn
Relays, he ran a come-from-behind anchor leg to lead the Lions to the
4x800 title. In June, he took seventh place in the 400 at the Adidas
outdoor track and field championships.

 
Mr Blackmoore has a good relationship with the international bodies 
 
Wednesday, November 17th 2004
Dear Editor,

For many years. I have been associating with the President of the
Guyana Amateur Athletic Association regardless of the many critics,
constructive or not. He sticks to his goal.

Two years ago Mr. Claude Blackmoore as President was considering
tendering his resignation.

He pointed this out during a discussion. I said to him at this time,
taking into consideration that he had established very good
relationships with nearly all the international bodies, especially
the International Athletic Association Federation, athletics in
Guyana is at a crucial stage. From my observation there is no unity
existing with coaches and athletes in respect to the Amateur Athletic
Association. I am appealing to coaches and athletes to work together
with the association, knowing that in the near future there will be
elections.

It would not be advisable to remove Mr Blackmoore as president of the
organisation because of his knowledge and good stewardship.

I don't think the world bodies will appreciate this move in view of
his experience.

We should seek to have from our government (1) A rubberised track.
(2) To award athletes scholarships to study in Guyana or abroad at
university level according to their qualifications to assist them in
lifting their low standards and looking forward to them winning gold
medals for our country.

Yours faithfully,

Hugh Allan Benfield

Thompson vs Blackmore – Amateur vs Prize Money
Sun Nov 14, 2004
 
I feel both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Blackmore made some mistakes in
address the issues that arise from the Barry Massey Games. Mr.
Thompson was wrong for accusing parents of being "hustlers" and Mr.
Blackmore was wrong in stating that the junior athletes should be
paid when they compete in open events.
I disagree with Mr. Thompson for making should accusation
because its make all of us (Guyanese) look bad. We can't be making
our people and our athletes looked upon in such light. Giving such a
damaging interview to a respected regional and international
newspaper can have unfavorable effects on our athletes and people. It
will make it hard for the future of the games and organizing
committee especially as they aspire to have a bigger better event
next year. I also feel they rules and standards of the games needs to
be more clearly stated before the competition. It is hard to not
expect athletes to be upset if the information was incorrect before
the games.
However, I feel this issue of expected payment by junior
athletes rest with the AAAG. According to reports from past meets (in
the newspapers) junior athletes have received payment from meet
directors as prize money. As the governing body for athletics in
Guyana, the AAA is the sanctioning body and it should have informed
the junior athletes that they will lose their amateur status if they
received money. Accepting prize money from meet mean you're cannot
obtain athletic scholarships from universities, high school or
college and it would have rule out any athletes (who accepted from
money) from the scholarships to University of Guyana. While the IAAF
does not have any rules prevent athletes from accepting money, the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – the governing body
for college athletics does have rules again it.

"Awards Prior to Enrollment: If a student-athlete has never enrolled
full-time in any college, he/she may receive awards for athletics
participation. The award(s) needs to conform to the rules of the
amateur sports organization that governs the competition and cannot
include cash. The awards presented to the student-athlete may include
gift certificates and items that are not personalized, provided the
awards are permitted by the rules of the amateur sports
organization." See website link below for more info on amateurism and
edibility.
(
http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/enforcement/amateurism/cheat_sheet?
ObjectID=14509&ViewMode=0&PreviewState=0).

"Compensation: An individual who accepts compensation (e.g.prize
money above actual and necessary expenses, salary, benefits, etc.)
should not be permitted to compete in intercollegiate athletics." See
website below.
http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/enforcement/amateurism/sar_directive.r
tf?ObjectID=23854&ViewMode=0&PreviewState=0
As the governing body for all athletics in Guyana, the AAAG has the
responsible to make sure the athlete's future is secure. Allowing
them to accept money would not be in their best interest at the age
of 13 or under 20 regardless of how incorrect the meet organizers
were by not clearly identifying the rules and policies of prizes.

Respectfully,
Mr. Clifford C. Wong
Chairman
Friends Of Guyana Athletics.

Blackmoore lashes back at Thompson

Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) president Claude Blackmoore lashed back at Richard Thompson, president of the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) most vehemently, saying the latter was not truthful in his interview with Stabroek Sport, regarding the Barry Massy Games.

In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, Thompson had said it was made quite clear to Blackmoore, that his organisation (GSANY) would not be paying any athlete who is under the age of 20 years, any money, should they place among the top three in any event at the recently concluded Barry Massay Games. "That is an amateur status and when we pointed this out to Mr. Blackmoore, he said he did not understand it that way," Thompson had stated.

"Thompson never told me anything about that. They never told me one day, that, that will be the case. That's not the AAA's policy. They are saying that if an athlete is under-20 years of age that athlete is an amateur. They don't know what they are saying.

"They don't even know that the governing body (IAAF) changed its name from International Amateur Athletic Association to International Association of Athletics Federation. The amateur word was dropped in 2001 when the world body held its Congress, so what are they saying. Look, Maria Mutola just won US$1M at the IAAF's Grand Prix. What they are saying about amateur status is sheer garbage. There is nothing like amateur anymore" Blackmoore declared in a telephone interview with Stabroek Sport.

Blackmoore pointed out that a number of junior athletes (under the age of 20) competed in open events and received their cash prizes.

Blackmoore also pointed out that the GSANY officials said they will be paying in US dollars but on the day in question they paid in local currency "and they even calculated the rate at Gy$188 to US$1. Then to make matters worse, they paid in cheque. They never told us they would pay in Guyana dollars and with cheque" Blackmoore stated, adding "Some cheques had irregular signatures and wrong spelling. Where a cheque is to have the numeral 4, it was spelt our instead, but instead of spelling it FOUR, they spelt it FORE" Blackmoore stated.

The Games were originally scheduled for August 1 and 2, but because of the inclement weather that prevailed at the time, it had to be postponed and according to Thompson, the Guyana Olympic Association, the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) and the AAA were notified of the new date (October 23 and 24) "yet they did not do enough to promote it and they (executives of the three organisations) spent very little time at the Ground (GCC)" Thompson charged.

Asked to respond to this, Blackmoore reasoned "if the GOA is an integral part of the meet, would they have organised the Sports Administrators course that very weekend. One gets the impression that me or Hector (GCF president) were not interested, in fact we were part of the sports administrators course and we don't have to be there (GCC) to see the sports being run. I was the Meet's Director and I had my officials there doing what they were supposed to do and Hector had his cycle officials doing their part, but I think there was some sort of mis-communication, because I can't see the GOA organising a course on the same weekend the Games were scheduled."

Thompson had stated that the GOA has always been co-operative with the GSANY.

According to Blackmoore, the refreshments and food for the officials that worked during the Games, as well as the welcome reception, the band that provided the music at the opening ceremony and the transportation to get the said band to and from the venue was paid for by the GOA. The television advertisements were paid for by Demerara Distillers Limited while the AAA paid for the stationery used.

Blackmoore also took issue with Thompson referring to the parents of some of the athletes as `Hustlers'.

Thompson had said "the parents of these kids I think, they are hustlers, because they knew that those children were only about 13 years old and they knew that they had no other body in that category running, so what they did, they entered their children in that category just to get the money, because it was only three kids. So they just jog around the track and want to claim this money."

Blackmoore responded by saying "some parents approached me saying that they were upset about the article and more so by the remarks that Thompson used (`Hustlers'). The word Hustlers is very uncouth. This is the same athletes that you would want to participate next year.

"This is the first time that the AAA has co-ordinated an activity and is accused of all sort of things. This is the first time that we are working with a group and is accused of this kind of thing. All the various meets we run we never had problems. We are here for the development of the sport. We are the people who are trained by the IAAF and we know the rules and are working by them so they can't tell us how to do things."

Guyana among 20 countries to draw down from US$4M
…Wiltshire completes Masters
Degree in sport administration
By Isaiah Chappelle
GUYANA will be among 20 lesser developed Caribbean countries to draw down from US$4 million in the four years to the next Olympics, to develop their athletes to medal standards.

President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) K. Juman-Yassin made the announcement on Thursday during a press conference at Olympic House, Queenstown, Georgetown.

He also introduced four sport officials who were exposed to high-level training, including GOA executive member Garfield Wiltshire, who successfully completed a Masters Degree in sport administration.

Juman-Yassin disclosed that GOA Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Wiltshire read for a Masters Degree in Strategic Sport Management, while karateka Tracey Gomes attended a Women in Coaching Conference in the USA, and coaches Stephanie Fraser and Sean Baksh went to the USA and Argentina for training in High Level Coaching.

The GOA head said the courses were done through the GOA and Olympic Solidarity, costing over US$3000 per person.

“All of that is through the Guyana Olympic Association and because we are in good stead with our international body, we have been able to access these courses.”

Juman-Yassin disclosed that “new avenues” would be available for funding in the four-year cycle to the next Olympics.

He said in one of them, 20 lesser developed countries in the Caribbean would be teamed together to move our top athletes to the stage where they can be successful at the Olympics.

“One million US dollars will be spent per year for the next four years for their development. Guyana will be involved in that programme.”

In January, GOA General Secretary Ivor O’Brien will be attending a meeting in Jamaica where persons designated by the respective National Olympic bodies to discuss their proposals.

Wiltshire said that his project was a strategic planning for the GOA for the next four years, which would be concluded in another two weeks.

He presented and defended the project at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lusanne, Switzerland, on October 7, and the following day all participants had a ten-minute public demonstration at the Olympic Museum.

Wiltshire had to go to several countries for lectures - module one in Switzerland, module two in Barcelona, Spain, module three in London, England, and the final module back in Switzerland October 5-8.

Wiltshire is now qualified to assess programmes submitted by the national associations.

Juman-Yassin pointed out that Wiltshire’s paper revealed that 26 percent of Guyanese were under the age of 14 years.

“This is an exceedingly good thing for any country because we have a lot of young people to try to develop.”

The GOA head said he hoped that the young people would “channel” themselves into education so the country could benefit.

“However, having 26 percent of a population under the age of 14, must give any government the need and necessity to put in place proper sporting facilities or proper recreational facilities, that could channel the energies of these young people, so that they, perhaps, could go to a higher level.”

Barry Massay Memorial Games
Guyana sports body in New York seeking help to organise next year's games

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President of the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) Richard Thompson said his organisation is interested in getting a group of persons here in Guyana to work with them in organising next year's Barry Massay Memorial Games.

In an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport, Thompson said he was not too pleased with the assistance the GSANY received from local associations in organising the recently-concluded Games so his organization was now seeking a group of people here to work on their behalf.

"But we wouldn't want to come away from dealing with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), the AAAG (Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana) or the Cycling Guyana Federation (GCF). We don't want a pirate situation at all. Everybody we have spoken to is talking about a pirate situation, but we don't want that at all. We want to work within the framework of these recognised bodies, so it's a matter of us all getting on the same page," Thompson pointed out.

Asked to comment on this year's Games, Thompson said "it was depressing so to speak, it was a fiasco, but we sat with them (GOA/GCF/AAAG) after it was over and they claimed that there was a mix-up in communications.

They said after the cancellation in August, they never knew it would have happened. Anyway, we trashed that out and the GCF said they are willing to work with us next year. The GOA has always been cooperative with us and we have no problem, but Mr. Blackmoore (AAAG president) said he cannot make a decision, because the AAAG has a general meeting coming up next month and he didn't know if he'll be re-elected, so he has to wait until after the meeting."

Asked about the incident at this year's Games where the parent of a teenaged athlete demanded the US$130 cash prize because the athlete won the women's open 10,000-metre event, Thompson said it was made quite clear that we would not be giving money to anybody under 20 years of age.

"That is an amateur status and when we pointed this out to Mr. Blackmoore, he said he did not understand it that way. The parents of these kids, I think they are hustlers because they knew that those children were only about 13 years old and they knew that they had no other body in that category running, so what they did, they entered their children in that category just to get the money, because it was only three kids. So they just jog around the track and want to claim this money," Thompson charged.

Thompson said the three athletes that contested the women's 10,000-metre race were offered medals and trophies but their parents refused to accept it. He said one child said she wanted a running shoes and he will personally see to it that she gets it.

Thompson reminded that each athlete had and still has a possibility of getting a scholarship to the University of Guyana "but we were told at the meeting that these children (women's 10,000m) don't have the academic ability to get the scholarship, and they are only 13, so I don't understand what it is, and the thinking of officials that would say a child at 13 cannot improve academically to get a scholarship. And the parents too are just looking for money. If this child develops in school, the child would be able to get a scholarship," Thompson lamented.

Thompson pointed out that his organisation's goal is to develop the sport and enhance the associations that manage the sport.

Meanwhile, his organisation is trying to get a group of coaches from colleges in New York to visit Guyana during the August holiday next year to witness the talent that abounds here.

"Nothing might happen the first year, but they will be coming periodically and they will be looking forward to seeing the development of these kids and possibly offer scholarships to colleges in New York," the former cricketer stated.

Thompson said no decision has yet been made regarding the two persons who have qualified for the UG scholarships. He however said the AAAG, GCF and the GOA will have to sit and decide who will get the scholarships and if no one qualifies this year, it will be on offer again next year.

Thompson explained that the GSANY had given the persons selected for the scholarships three years to equip themselves to take them up.

"If the child is not academically qualified right now but they want the scholarship, then they have three years to work towards that," Thompson explained.

Next year's Games will take on an international flavour since the GSANY plans on inviting athletes from the Caribbean to compete against locals.

Thompson said they have asked the AAAG to indicate the event/s in which they have qualified athletes so that the foreign athletes can run against them.

"We don't want it to be an advantage situation, whereby they don't have the talent and have to run against these people that will come in. So if Blackmoore decides to work with us next year, then it will be his responsibility or the AAAG's responsibility to get these invitations out early to the athletes in the Region."

Forde gets sweet revenge on Johnson

Cleveland Forde enjoyed sweet revenge over Kelvin Johnson by winning yesterday's National Sports Commission (NSC) sponsored 10K Road Race in convincing fashion held in West Demerara yesterday.

Rising Stars' Alika Morgan crossed the finish line first in the ladies category.

Forde returned 32 minutes 13 seconds (32:13) in winning the event from Johnson (Rising Stars) who clocked 33.46s while Morgan returned 38:56s. Second among the ladies was Road Runners' member Carlisa Shabazz (39:58).

The third place finishers in both the men's and ladies categories were Police's Colin Mercurius and New Amsterdam Track Club's Ashanti Scott.

One week ago, Forde was beaten by Johnson in both the 5000 and 10,000-metre races at the Barry Massay Games which was staged at the GCC ground.

After being sent on their way from the Demerara Harbour Bridge junction, Forde made his intention known by taking up a position at the head of the race which he never relinquished.

Johnson, seeing Forde in the lead, challenged him, but his (Johnson) weights prevented him from giving the lanky Forde a real run for his money and he (Johnson) soon dropped some 100 metres away from the three-time Carifta Games 5000-metre gold medalist, while Lionel D'Andrade and Colin Mercurius, the two other big names in the race struggled a further 200 metres away.

At Bagotville, Forde led Johnson by approximately 150 metres while Morgan led Shabazz by approximately 80 metres. Scott was approximately a further 60 metres away in third among the ladies.

As the athletes passed through La Retraite, Forde held on to an approximately 100-meter lead from Johnson while D'Andrade was approximately a further 150-metre in third. Mercurius was another 10-metre or so away in fourth.

At Sisters Village, Forde extended his lead to approximately 300 metres from Johnson while D'Andrade and Mercurius were a further 500 metres or so away in third and fourth place respectively.

As Forde passed the Wales Police Station. he, sensing the finish line was not too far away, increased the tempo and won by approximately 500 metres from Johnson. Mercurius by this time had overtaken D'Andrade and was a further 90 metres away in third.

Morgan for her part, won with approximately 400 metres in hand from Shabazz while Scott, who placed third among the ladies in the second leg of the South American Classic 10K in Suriname one week ago, was a further 130 metres or so away in third.

D'Andrade and Larry Josiah placed fourth and fifth place respectively among the males while Leanna Doris and Carla Benjamin finished fourth and fifth respectively among the ladies.

The presentation of prizes to the respective winners was done by Director of Sports Neil Kumar.

Barry Massay Games concludes with a twist
… Cleveland Forde beaten twice in one day
By Leeron Brumell

THE seventh edition of the Barry Massay Memorial Games concluded
yesterday with a bitter twist in the minds of some athletes and their
coaches/managers at the GCC ground Bourda, despite top performances in the track and field and cycling championships.

For the better part of the day, the ground was set on fire with the
intense rivalry and perhaps the biggest upsets came when Cleveland
Forde lost two races, something that has been unheard of for the past
year on homesoil.

The twist in all this came when junior athletes approached the
organisers of the event - the Guyana Sports Association of New York
(GSANY) about monies their charges won in races over the past two
days.

The GSANY had noted that athletes in the Under 13-20 divisions would
not be awarded cash prizes, since they did not want to jeopardise the
amateur status of the athletes. However, some talented junior
athletes ventured out of the junior categories and ran in the women's
division where they dominated, only to be told that despite winning,
no money would be awarded to them.

The organisers declared they had no control on what happens on the
field despite announcing, noticing and acknowledging the athletes
during and after winning the races. On a brighter note, Guyana's top distance athlete Cleveland Forde showed signs of things to come, maybe not for him in the future but certainly for the others.

Under former manager Leslie Blacks, Forde was virtually unbeaten in
Guyana by the other athletes for over year at a minimum, however, in
street terms `Forde get docta (doctor)' yesterday.

He suffered his first defeat in the 1500m to a fast improving Kelvin
Johnson with Lionel D'Andrade in third, while the 10,000m race was
the defining moment of things to come in the future.

The race boasted Forde, Johnson, D'Andrade and Colin Mercurius - the top athletes in Guyana. Half way through the race Forde and Johnson were ahead with D'Andrade a few metres behind and Mercurius well over 50m behind.

As the laps dwindled down, so did Forde's energy and he showed signs
of fatigue, tiredness and immortality, a picture we've not seen in
over two years of the athlete. With five laps remaining, Mercurius was back in the picture and the four were all in a bunch with the pace significantly slowed from earlier.

They stayed together until the bell was sounded for the final lap and
they increased the pace and with 200m remaining an all out sprint
broke loose, Mercurius the `dark horse' sped to the front of the pack
and moved at least three metres clear of the field with Johnson and
D'Andrade in a ding dong sprint, the former took second with the
latter third. Forde finished fourth, something unheard off in years.

Since the split between Forde and Blacks as manager, things have
looked bleak for the athlete. In other events a number of athletes claimed doubles, Andre Blackman who beat Rawle Greene in the 100m men's race with Brennon Thomspon third. Blackman on Saturday had beat Greene into second.
Leslyn Major followed up her 200m win with victory in the 100m
women's race with Dianne Munroe second and Beverly Selman third,
while Christopher Hall won the boys Under-20 200 and 400m from Derwin Eastman in both cases with Akani Doris third.
Other outstanding performances came from Sherma Mentore, Rhondell Alleyne, Alicia Fortune, Teon Roberts, Keith Roberts, Doneka Lyle and Leanna Doris and Royston Ross among others.

In the cycling division Warren McKay claimed three victories, Marlon
Williams and John Charles two while there were victories for Chris
Persaud, Virgil Jones, Maurice Fagundes, Jonathan Fagundes and Kevin Chin. The top athletes received medals in the junior divisions while the seniors received cash and medals.

Poor turnout, but good performances as Barry Massay Games open

The seventh edition of the Barry Massay Games got underway yesterday at the GCC ground, but the public response to this grand event was very poor.

A sprinkling of spectators witnessed what should have been some exciting events, but which were made sombre by poor athlete participation. Heats became finals on day one of the two-day event, because there were not enough entries.

However, there were some good performances by Guyana's top athletes, both cycling and track.

The event is sponsored by the Guyana Sports Association of New York (GSANY) to the tune of over US$25,000 and organised by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), Amateur Athletic Association of Guyana (AAA) and the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF).

President of GNASY Richard Thompson told Stabroek Sport that he is disappointed at the response of the local athletes and more so at the nonchalant attitude adopted by some officials.

Thompson cited the non-appearance of GCF President Hector Edwards and most of his officials. However, he thanked Racing Secretary Hassan Mohammed for his presence and for assisting with the officiating of the cycle races.

Thompson also lashed out at the short time GOA and AAA presidents K.A. Juman-Yassin and Claude Blackmoore respectively, graced the meet with their presence. Also sharing his concern was the athletic co-ordinator Leonard Cummings.

In selected results from yesterday's meet, Leslyn Major won the women's 200-metre final in a time of 25.5 seconds. Dianne Munroe was second and Alicia Fortune third. In the men's equivalent, sponsored by William `Billie' Braithwaite, Andre Blackman won in 21.7 seconds. Rawle Greene was second and Keith Roberts, third.

Jermaine Pilgrim won the Oscar `Fitty' Miller 1500-metre boys' under-20 event from Cleveland Thomas and Ryan DePeaza respectively. Pilgrim's time for the race was four minutes 33.0 seconds.

The Regina Spelling 1500-metre girls' under-20 event was won by Sabeia Sancho in six minutes 16.0 seconds. Sonia Kerton was second and C. McNabb third.

Alika Morgan won the 800-metre women's open in two minutes 09.1 seconds (2:09.1). Second was Carla Benjamin and third Susan Selman.

Dane Walcott returned 2:03.4 to win the 800m from Trevor Scotland and Tai Payne respectively.

Stacy Smith clocked 1:09.5 to win the under-20 girls' 400-metre from Thelma Persaud and Shenela McNabb respectively. The boys' version was won by Christopher Hall (52.5) from Derwin Eastman and Devon Young respectively.

The George DePeana 5000-metre race was won by Cleveland Forde. Lionel D'Andrade was second and Colin Mercurius third.

The Claudette Masdammer Humphrey women's 10,000-metre event was won by Leanna Doris in a time of 39:59.2. Alika Morgan was second and Carlesa Shabaz third.

The 100-metre boys under-13 was won by J. David from Marlon King and Mark Abel, while on the distaff side, A. Doris was first, G. Brotherson second and Jopeth Hackett third.

Debra Bowen won the under-17 girls' 200-metre from Marian Roberts and Tiffany Bynoe respectively.

Keisha Pellew won the 800-metre girls' under-13 in 2:40.7 from Kimberley Doris and Corolla McDonald respectively, while Quinn George was first among the boys in the same age group. He clocked 2:28.6. K. Aaron was second and C. Collins third. The 800-metre girls' under-13 was won by Sherma Mentore in 2:36.2. Marcia Mentore was second and C. Robertson third. Teon Roberts clocked 2:06.9 to win the male version of the race from Winston Alexander and Patrick Bobb respectively.

Ryan Reid returned 22.8 seconds to win the 200-metre boys under-17 race from Ralph Fraser and Antoine Bennett respectively, while on the distaff side, Sherma Mentore clocked 26.8 seconds to win from Leota Bobb and Debra Bowen respectively.

In cycling results, Geron Williams won the racing cycle boys' 12-14 years old 1000-metre, sponsored by Dennison Phillips, while Marlon Williams won the junior and juvenile category over the same distance. This was sponsored by Percy Boyce. Williams also won the junior and juvenile 2000-metre race which was sponsored by Austin's Blue Moon Disco and Restaurant of Uitvlugt.

Warren McKay won the Dennison Phillips' 1000-metre event for categories 1 and 2 riders, while Linden Blackman was first among the veterans under and over 45 years of age over 1000-metre. This race was sponsored by Joseph `Reds' Perreira.

The meet will conclude today with the first event scheduled for 10 am.

Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to outstanding individuals.

Athletes in the junior categories will receive medals while the seniors will receive cash prizes.

Winners in both track and field and cycling will receive US$130, each, while the second and third place finishers will receive US$90 and US$50. Two scholarships will be on offer for the two top performers. However, the persons selected must be academically sound.

The activity was last staged in 2002 at the Uitvlugt Community Centre ground.

Is Mr. Forde wearing no shoes? That is amazing.
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Brazilians dominate second time around
… Dos Reis breaks old course record
By Leeron Brumell
FOR the second time that the South American 10km Road Race Classic-Race One was staged here on home soil, the Brazilians have dominated the events with Selma Dos Reis, the female top athlete, breaking her course record set last year.
 
Romulo Wagner DaSilva won the male open division in a time of 30:39, eight seconds off his time last year, with Brazilian team-mate Paulo Alves dos Santos second in 31:12, while Guyana’s Cleveland Forde placed third in 32:42.

The race, which was started by British High Commissioner Steven Hiscock at 16:00 hrs outside the YMCA building, set off at a blistering pace as the international athletes took to the front of the bunch and never looked back.

They proceeded north onto the Seawall Road where DaSilva and Alves dos Santos broke away, with Forde not too far behind, however the top two pulled away and were all alone as they proceeded to the turnabout area, some 300m after the Ocean View International Hotel, with Forde being a distant third, followed by Steaven Vismale (Suriname) in fourth position, Kelvin Johnson, fifth and Lionel D’Andrade further back in fifth.

The first female to reach the turnaround point was Dos Reis, and was way ahead of the female field by then.

The pace by DaSilva was a killer coming down and he romped home to a victory unchallenged and almost one minute ahead of his team-mate.

On the distaff side, Dos Reis carrying her own pace was well within setting a record as she crossed the finish line three minutes ahead of the her second place team-mate Marlene Fortunato some three minutes behind, finishing in 39:37 while the Ashanti Scott (Guyana) finished third in 43.42.

Scott was the third Guyanese female to cross the finish line.

Dos Reis’ 2003 time was 37.14.

In the other divisions, Quinn George (Belladrum Secondary) finished first in the Under-15 boys division with Karien Aaron (Fort Wellington) second and Anthony Bowman (Road Runners) third, and on the distaff side Leanna Doris (Silver Bullets) finished first, while she was also the first Guyanese female to cross the finish line, with Alika Morgan (Rising Stars) second and Wileth Reid (Police) third.

In the Under-17 division, Teon Roberts (Belladrum) was the victor followed by Carl Fraser (Road Runners) second and Shevin Saul (Belladrum) third while Doneka Lyle and Culliann Robertson finished first and second respectively, both of Belladrum Secondary. In the Under-20 division, Cleveland Thomas was first (Silver Fox), followed by Carl Fraser and Colwin Cummings both of Belladrum and Dafa Shabazz was the lone female finisher in the Under-20 division.The race started with some 64 athletes and 56 finished the course..

Race two is in Suriname on Saturday, with the final race in Panama on November 07.

Among the sponsors for the race yesterday were Continental Group of Companies, Demerara Distillers Limited, Wieting and Richter, Auto Fashion, Delmur Company, Swiss House Cambio.

The local organising committee of the Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) will meet this week to select a two-member team to run in the event on Saturday.

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Kelvin Johnson (right) and his manager/coach Leslie Black, display the plaques he won at the New York Road Runners' American Heart Association's Wall Street 5K race and the ING New York City Marathon Tune-Up.

- Johnson's star still rising
Athlete shines in New York road races

Kelvin Johnson turned in some brilliant performances over a three-week period in New York City, competing in three road races.

The Rising Stars athlete placed third overall in the New York Road Runners' American Heart Association's Wall Street 5K road race on September 23 and followed it up with an overall eighth place in the ING New York City Marathon Warm-Up 18-mile run the following weekend.

One week later, Johnson again placed eighth overall in a half marathon `Great Gallop' road race.

The 5K attracted 3,741 athletes while the 18-mile event attracted 4,571 athletes. The half marathon on the other hand saw 3,963 athletes facing the starter.

In his age group (20-29) category, Johnson finished third in the 5K, first in the half marathon and fifth in the 18-mile.

He returned 16 minutes 12 seconds (16.12) in the 5K, averaging 5.13 minutes per mile, while in the 18-mile event he returned 1.44:38 an average of 5.48 a mile.

In the half marathon, Johnson returned 1.13:53 with an average of 5.38.

The 5K was won by Matthew Dipretore in 15.58 while the second place finisher - Christopher Malynowski returned 16.04.

The half marathon was won by Kays Kototsa (1:08.42) while Jorso Eliecer Real was second and Joaannes Ndla placed third. All three are from Africa.

Real also won the 18-mile event. He returned 1:38.05. Second place went to Edward Gapax. Johnson said all three races were very tough and he used them as a warm-up for the South American 5k which is scheduled for Sunday, here in Guyana.

The one-time local champion said he is very optimistic that he can win Sunday's race.

Burnett sows for what she's reaped
.... Olympian gives back to alma-mater

Guyana's 2004 Olympian Marian Burnett has again come from the heart to show her support for and interest in the development of sports locally.

In another demonstration of what she labelled, "giving back to her compatriots", Burnett presented a plaque to her alma mater - Mackenzie High School (MHS) - to be won for at the institution's annual inter-house athletics championships. The presentation was made two Fridays ago to the headteacher, Janice Gibson shortly after this year's meet in Linden.

Burnett said she had arranged to witness some of the day's events and personally present the plaque during the proceedings. The plaque is valued at US$237, and was custom manufactured in the USA by the internationally renowned Awards Express, Inc. (makers of the symbol of movie making excellence - the prestigious Oscar Award), and arrived in Guyana on Thursday morning. It has a notch-edged base made of lustrous piano-finish mahogany and rosewood, and measures 101/2" x 13". On the base is an antique gold and black main plaque inscribed with the MHS emblem and the words "The Marian Burnett Award for the Most Valuable Performer, Annual Inter-house Athletics Championships, Mackenzie High School, October 8th, 2004." There are six 1"x3" cast metal and resin plates for inscription of the winner's name, house and year.

Speaking to this newspaper, the Sportswoman of the Year said the plaque is intended to be competed for annually. She added, "after six years I will replace it with another but during that time I might give some other stuff."

Expressing gratitude for the gesture, headteacher Janice Gibson praised Burnett, "not only for this wonderful show of interest in her former school, but also for what she has personally achieved around the world in such a short space of time, especially this year." Gibson who had written glowingly of Burnett's underlying qualities and potential in a letter of reference five years ago, thanked her ex-student for widely expanding the success story of the school, and supplying "such immense pages in MHS's annals."

She said Burnett is an image of pride for students of the school who see her triumphs as extremely worthy of emulation.

"Her diligence, perseverance and humility have impressed everyone. We are happy we played a part in her foundation and most excited about how she regards us." Gibson said the school will make the inaugural presentation of the award at this year's speech night exercises in early December.

The policewoman who left Guyana last weekend after a 3-week visit, also took time to present NIKE-made sports apparel to young athletes at the Police Sports Club, the Amerindian community at Madewini and in Linden. Last year, Burnett had sent three pairs of NIKE running shoes to Nyota Peters, Jennifer Chichester and another female athlete. Since studying and training in the USA four years ago, she has made personal donations to the Guyana Police Force's athletic championships and Fitness Paradise gym, among others.

Burnett also thanked Caribbean Cargo & Package Services Inc. (owned by Guyanese entrepreneur Bobby Vieira) for "their extremely reliable service in getting the article here."

Burnett says she plans similarly, to assist other organizations and individuals in the near and foreseeable future. "There is an athletic meet coming up in November, a powerlifting championships, then the Kashif and Shanghai that I want to contribute something tangible," she contended.

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In photo, Dianne Munroe (left) accepts the Spike running shoes and the Nike track suit from Marian Burnette at the Police Sports Club Ground yesterday.(photo by Michael Da Silva)

Munroe rewarded by Olympian Burnette

United States-based Guyanese athlete Marian Burnette yesterday rewarded Police athlete Dianne Munroe for her efforts, discipline and determination to do well.

At a simple ceremony yesterday at the Police Sports Club ground, Burnette presented Munroe with a pair of Spike running shoes and a Nike track suit for her performance during the year.

Munroe recently won a bronze medal in the girls' 100-metres at the South American Junior Championships in Ecuador. She clocked 11.90 seconds for the distance.

"I think she is a good prospect for the future" the 2004 Olympian stated, adding, "Over the past week that I've been here, I saw the discipline in her. She's one of the athletes that approached me for advice and assistance and I personally think she can do 11.4 for 100 metres and maybe 24 for the 200 metres and that way , with her academics, I think she might be able to secure an overseas scholarship."

Munroe who just finished school (Cummings Lodge CHS) secured five subjects at the CXC examinations with grades two and three and plans on continuing her education at a school that has a sixth form.

According to Burnette, an athlete must pass five subjects and the SAT examinations as well as excel in their respective events to secure a scholarship.

Burnette opined that an athlete does not have to train on a synthetic track to achieve good timings "When I did my personal best, it was at the CAC Games in 1999 and at that time I was based in Guyana, training on grass, and I got my scholarship then, so I don't see a problem with not having a synthetic track prevents an athlete from excelling" Burnette stated.

Burnette, a former Police Sports Club athlete who will be returning to the US on Saturday, said she is impressed with the work Lyndon Wilson (Police coach) is doing with his charges and called on him to continue the good work.

In thanking Burnette for the gift, Munroe said she will put the shoes and suit to good use and "I would make her (Burnette) proud.

RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 100M PLANOS ATLETAS: FEMENINO
Viento: +2.74
POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 217 FRANCIELA DAS GRACAS KRASUCKI BRA 1987 4 11.43  
2 266 YOMARA HINOSTROZA COL 1988 5 11.67  
3 300 DIANNE MUNROE GUY   3 11.90  
4 218 TATIANE DE PAULA FERRAZ BRA 1988 8 12.05  
5 275 JAZMÍN CAICEDO ECU 1989 6 12.10  
6 274 LORENA MINA ECU 1987 1 12.14  
7 201 LUCIANA BRIOZZO ARG 1989 7 12.20  
8 321 PATRICIA BLANCO VEN 1987 2 12.29  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 200M PLANOS ATLETAS: FEMENINO
Viento: +3.22
POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 217 FRANCIELA DAS GRACAS KRASUCKI BRA 1987 4 23.92  
2 266 YOMARA HINOSTROZA COL 1988 5 24.35  
3 276 JESSICA PEREA ECU 1987 3 24.51  
4 219 FERNANDA APRIGIO BRA 1988 2 25.08  
5 300 DIANNE MUNROE GUY   8 25.10  
6 275 JAZMÍN CAICEDO ECU 1989 7 25.26  
7 201 LUCIANA BRIOZZO ARG 1989 6 25.31  
8 321 PATRICIA BLANCO VEN 1987 1 25.82  

RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 1,500M PLANOS ATLETAS: FEMENINO

POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 310 JESSICA QUISPE PER     4'21''6  
2 309 ROCIO HUILLCA PER     4'28"5  
3 322 YULIBETH JIMENEZ VEN 1987   4'29"8  
4 225 SABINE LETICIA HEITLING BRA 1987   4'35"2  
5 224 MICHELE CRISTINA DAS CHAGAS BRA 1987   4'35"9  
6 268 MURIEL CONEO COL 1987   4'36"2  
7 280 KARINA CEDEÑO ECU 1988   4'36"5  
8 214 MILITSSA SAUCEDO BOL     4'46"2  
9 301 LEANNA DORIS GUY     4'51"6  
10 281 LILIANA ALVARO ECU 1987   4'55"8  
11 215 ADRIANA ARRIETA BOL     4'57"2  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 3,000M PLANOS ATLETAS: FEMENINO

POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 310 JESSICA QUISPE PER   9 9:29.8  
2 224 MICHELE CRISTINA DAS CHAGAS BRA 1987 8 9:55.9  
3 214 MILITSSA SAUCEDO BOL   3 10:0.0  
4 226 ADRIELY DA SILVA ARAUJO BRA 1991 11 10:05.0  
5 282 VIVIANA ACOSTA ECU 1990 6 10:15.0  
6 311 KARINA VILLAZANA PER   2 10:18.0  
7 215 ADRIANA ARRIETA BOL   1 10:27.0  
8 301 LEANNA DORIS GUY   4 10:30.0  
9 252 CAROLAINE LEVTON CHI 1988 10 10:31.0  
10 269 CINDY GUZMÁN COL 1989 5 10:32.0  
11 283 ARACELY ZAPATA ECU 1989 7 10:36.0  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 200M PLANOS ATLETAS: MASCULINO
Viento: +2.59
POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 19 JOSE HOFFMAN MARTINS BRA 1987 4 21.82  
2 20 JORGE FERNANDO EUFRAZIO DOS SANTOS BRA 1987 3 22.01  
3 1 PIORNO NICOLÁS ARG 1988 5 22.05  
4 90 JUAN VENEGAS ECU 1987 7 22.09  
5 122 DIEGO VUYK PAR   6 22.18  
6 119 ANDRES LEONEL RODRIGUEZ PAN   8 22.31  
7 126 JOSE AYULO PER   2 22.54  
8 116 CHRISTOPHER HALL GUY   1 22.86  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 400M PLANOS ATLETAS: MASCULINO

POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 21 DIMAS GIOMO DE LIMA BRA 1987 3 49.14  
2 128 GERALDO RAMIREZ PER   4 49.42  
3 93 ESTEBAN LUCERO ECU 1987 2 49.52  
4 22 JONAS ALEXANDRE DE LIMA SILVA BRA 1987 5 50.14  
5 56 ALVARO VELASCO CHI 1987 7 50.26  
6 127 ANDY CORZO PER   8 50.35  
7 92 LUIS GÁRATE ECU 1987 6 50.36  
8 116 CHRISTOPHER HALL GUY   1 50.75  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: 800M PLANOS ATLETAS: MASCULINO

POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 4 CROBAT CRISTIAN ARG 1987 6 1:53.6  
2 128 GERALDO RAMIREZ PER   11 1:55.4  
3 129 RODRIGO NAVARRRO PER   12 1:55.8  
4 23 LEANDRO RODRIGUES VALLEJO BRA 1988 2 1:56.1  
5 56 ALVARO VELASCO CHI 1987 5 1:56.5  
6 95 JOSÉ CARCHI ECU 1987 9 1:56.8  
7 87 ANDERSON TRIANA COL 1987 10 1:57.9  
8 24 ANTONIO DA COSTA MIRANDA BRA 1987 3 1:59.1  
9 140 NICOLAS MACHIN URU 1987 13 1:59.6  
10 151 WALTER SABALA ARG 1988 7 2:00.1  
11 55 PABLO NAVARRETE CHI 1987 4 2:00.8  
12 94 ADRIÁN TORRES ECU 1987 8 2:00.9  
13 117 RYAN DEPEIZER GUY   1 2:00.9  
RESULTADOS PRUEBA: JABALINA ATLETAS: MASCULINO

POS. DRSL. NOMBRE PAIS AÑO SALIDA RESULT. OBS.
1 121 VICTOR FATECHA PAR   11 70.69  
2 45 ADALBERTO RICARDO MOURA DA SILVA BRA 1987 3 61.43  
3 68 FRANCOIS POUZET CHI 1987 4 61.29  
4 67 IGNACIO GUERRA CHI 1987 9 60.95  
5 110 RONNY ANGULO ECU 1988 5 60.05  
6 44 LAURO CESAR FREITAS MENDES BRA 1987 10 59.54  
7 150 RAFAEL VALECILLOS VEN   7 57.53  
8 109 RUBÉN MÉNDEZ ECU 1988 2 54.51  
9 3 FRASCARELLI CÉSAR ARG 1988 1 51.21  
10 89 ESTEBAN JAIMES COL 1987 8 49.39  
11 118 SELWYN MCPHERSON GUY   6 41.71

Police successfully defend Inter-club title
By Leeron Brumell
POLICE Track and Field Club successfully defended their Inter-Club title when they dominated events yesterday on the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.
At the end of the day, they had totalled 306 points to come out well clear of Bygeval Multilateral (BM) with 131, Silver Fox third with 74 points (SF) and Bedford Track Club (BTC) in fourth position with 51 points.

These were the only four clubs affiliated to the Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) that competed on a hot sunny day.

Apart from the win, there were notable performances from Leota Bobb who claimed the women's 100m and 200m sprint double and Lionel D'Andrade who won the men's 1500m and 5 000m races. Randy Chance who won the men’s javelin and shot put and placed second in the discus and Trishel Thompson (Police) claimed the women’s discus and shot put events.

The race of the day however was the 4x400m men’s relay between the Police and Silver Fox.

From the opening gun, Police went ahead and led the first two legs, however the momentum of the race changed during the third leg when Police athlete Colin Mercurius was out-sprinted to the line and former national junior sprinter, now senior, Keith Roberts, cruised home in the fourth leg by some 30 metres to register an overall time of 3:30.3.

The female 4x400m relay was taken by Police with Bygeval second.

Bobb, representing the Police Sports Club, sprinted to victory in the women’s 100m in 12.4 seconds with Charmane Clarke of Police second and Abiola Gordon (BM) third.

She then won the 200m ahead of Monica Roberts (BM) in 27.2 seconds with Tiffany Bynoe (Police) third.

Lionel D'Andrade (BTC) capped a good day with victory in the 1500m early in the day in 4:19.3 ahead of Colin Mercurius and Dwayne Walcott both of Police, in that order, while he had more of a commanding victory in the 5 000m race winning by at least 40m.

From the outset, the tall D'Andrade went to the front and was closely trailed by Cleveland Thomas (SF) for the entire race and it was not until the penultimate lap that D'Andrade began to pull away, leaving Thomas behind to take second position while the veteran Llewellyn Gardner (BTC) finished third and Damon Blackman fourth.

The winning time was recorded as 17:59.0.

Off the track and in the field department, Chance (BM) had a good day with the throwing events.

He claimed victory in the men’s javelin with a throw of 43.74m ahead of Winston Sutherland (SF) and Larry Josiah (Police) third, while he also won the shot put with a distance of 11.02m, followed by team-mates Royston Ross and Terrence Jackman.

Ross, however, turned the tables in the discus with a release of 37.84m, Chance second and Earl Keizer (Police) third.

Thompson won the discus with a distance of 31.60m from Bynoe and the shot put in 11.50m again ahead of Bynoe.

In other events, Rawle Greene (BTC) won the men’s 100m ahead of Andre Blackman and Brennon Thompson (Police) in 10.5 seconds. Blackman rebounded to take the 200m in 21.4 seconds, with Keith Roberts (SF) second and Christopher Joseph (BTC) third.

Derwin Eastman won the men’s 400m with a time of 52.9 seconds followed by Edison Jefford (BTC) and Devon Younge (Police) third, Sherma Mentore the women’s 400m in 1:03.2 from Monica Roberts (BM) and Marcia Mentore (Police).

Marcia Mentore claimed the women’s 3 000m race later in the day from team-mate Wileth Reid.

Reid earlier in the day had won the 1500m ahead of Marcia Mentore and Saul (BM).

Dwayne Walcott (Police) was the men’s 800m winner with Chaitram Seeram (BM) second, Carla Benjamin (Police) the women’s winner with Sherma Mentore (Police) second and Arnetia Saul (BM) third.

Police won both 4x100m relays with Silver Fox second in the men’s division and Bygeval second in the female class.

In the remaining field events Brian Bristol (SF) won the men’s long jump with a leap of six metres, with Brennon Thompson (Police) second and Bruce Elen (SF) third, and Stacey Wilson (Police) won the women’s event with a leap of 4.90m from Charmane Clarke (Police) and Marcia Sealey (BM) third.

Stacey Smith (Police) won the women’s javelin with a release of 26m, Monica Roberts (BM) second and Latoya Bynoe (Police) third.

Meanwhile, the Champion of Champions meet, scheduled for Saturday October 2, has been shifted to 2005.

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FLASHBACK: Marian Burnett is hugged by US President George Bush during a visit to the White House.

Marian Burnett is a rounded role model
- promotes Guyana on track, in class, all over

Media houses have a way of showcasing the ups and downs of athletes before and during coverage of major sports events. The Athens Olympics was another prototype a month ago.

Some of the featured personalities walked the champions' podium whereas others with their plain attendance were champions of a cause, whether national, religious or otherwise. But, beneath the hubbub in editing rooms and studios, a Guyanese athlete silently and painfully added another chapter to her stimulating storyline that makes fora full-length movie.

Track star Marian Burnett endured a long hard road to Athens amidst bumps and grinds that would fell a thoroughbred in a Kennard Memorial. Once again, not only did she defy the pains of planta faciitis and dental defects in Athens, but her entire story over the past four years in the US is one of clenching fortitude to attain a role model status for Guyanese women.

Her appearances at major meets seem to tag along a jinx. Last year, in Santo Domingo, the diminutive half-miler was tossed around in the semifinal at the PanAm Games, then being caught up in a tactless three-person bumping in the final for her silver medal. When she won the US collegiate 800m title in 2002, she had to be subjected to intense physiotherapy to reverse the doubtfulness over her participation just hours before her run. In 2001 she arrived in high altitude Guatemala City mere hours before her races. She placed fourth, but suffered dehydration and lung collapse at the finish and got emergency intravenous medication and treatment.

For the Olympics, it was felt Burnett might have been slapped a disservice by her national body and "peaked too early" when she made the `A' standard qualification in May, in an almost direct response to arguments over what standard she should be allowed to use. "Remember she was in the midst of exams and graduation arrangement when that stone was thrown her way, so being the fighter she is, she was determined to make good and may have pressured herself from all angles," IAAF Athlete Representative Keith Basdeo had said.

Incidentally, her meteoric rise started in much the same way. At the Central American and Caribbean Champion-ships in Barbados in 1999, a `green' Burnett recorded the second fastest time going into the finals. However, she got a taste of the tactics of international middle-distance running, and was severely tossed around ending just out of the medals. The next day she ran the 1,500m and secured the only medal for the eight-member team of locally-based athletes. That was in spite of doctor's advice that "her legs wouldn't withstand the rigours."

But that was the gritty performance that prompted Neville Hodge, a coach at Washington's Morgan State University, to recommend her to colleague Michael Smart at Essex County College in New Jersey.

With a full scholarship in hand, she ventured to the US where an impact was immediately evident on the track, in the classroom and socially. Her former coach had stated "she was well prepared when she got to me, so it was a joy to deal with her from the inception." In the first of her two years, Burnett met the challenges of school and sports, as well as the environmental and cultural differences with such aplomb that Smart said "she was destined to have a story worth documenting someday."

The former Mackenzie High School student maintained a GPA of 3.24 going into her second year.

Her outstanding, record-breaking champion athlete status, academic achievements, personal demeanor and leadership qualities propelled her to become the first non -American to captain the college's track team for the year 2000-01.

Responding to her new honour, Burnett led her college to second position in both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2001, and once again giving a proud Smart the Coach-of-the-Year award.

In the classroom, she demonstrated an extraordinary ardor to excel and received the United States Postal Service Award of Excellence given to outstanding student-athletes for sportsmanship and academic brilliance.

The Guyanese lass spoke loudly of her country as she accepted the honour at a showy ceremony attended by executives from a plethora of American conglomerates.

Prior to her graduation, some professors got together and recommend her to be a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship given to students whose all-round excellence best promotes the virtues of the college. Whilst accepting her Associate degree in Physical Education Science, Burnett was announced as one of only two graduands among the 982 students of the Class of 2000 to get the prestigious accolade. "We knew she was going to get it. It's a just decision for a just reward for such a just person Marion is an epitome of the kind of students we strive to admit and turn out," boasted a proud Gerald also known as Professor Pateesh, who recommended her.

A few weeks before she was a special guest at the Guyana Independence Gala and Awards Ceremony at New York's City Hall put on by the Tri-State Alliance grouping.

Before going off on her scholarship at Louisiana State University (LSU), the Guyana Ex-Police Association of New York also honoured her at a special farewell. "We thank you for unswervingly upholding the name of the Force and Guyana as a whole," Edwin Solomon had said in the presence of several well-wishers and other nationals, including Consul General to New York Brentnol Evans. Evans, who also hails from Linden, has always been accommodating to Burnett and congratulated her at a courtesy call she paid on her return from the Olympics.

According to the LSU fact file on Burnett, "she was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation." Some 15 universities were ready to get her on their rosters. But, LSU won her heart because of the advantageous climatic conditions, the environment and its outstanding legacy of being a track and field powerhouse. With a role call of over 35,000 students and an 8,000-plus faculty, the college is literally an unspoilt town. Burnett figured that out quickly and used it in her decisions. "Coming here has paid dividends more than I expected, and that's why it's my base for professional training and graduate school in the future."

Instead of shacking in a dorm, the mature Burnett took an apartment just off campus, thus providing conditions to further instill her independence and mental focus for school and sports.

With an ideal locality, she is `a stone's throw' from the college's world-class tracks, basketball, baseball and football stadiums, tennis courts, swimming pools, Atheltic Centre and gymnasium. "The golf courses are right around there also and that's where I do my long runs morning and afternoon," she quipped. "I'm next to everything, and still not more than ten minutes from my classes, libraries, clinics, rehabilitation centres, so I walk, use my bike or the campus bus, often."

While other student-athletes were faltering at her college and elsewhere, the young police officer kept up her commitment to studies, in spite of a hectic schedule travelling to meets around the US and overseas, almost on a weekly basis.

"At times, I would miss some important sessions and exams, but I would have to make up later with really high scores that's why at the airports and in the planes you'd see me reading and doing assignments because books were an important part of my luggage."

That value was underscored in 2002 when she was awarded the Director's Cup and Medallion for academic excellence at an auspicious ceremony hosted by media giant Cox Communications. Here she was the only NCAA national champion to be so honoured. The following September, Burnett was at the White House in Washington to be honoured by US President George W. Bush at the first-ever Champions' Day Ceremony. She told this newspaper of her personal chat with the American leader and other members of staff. "I also got the chance to get the President to pose for the only individual photo after I gave them a schooling 'cause they didn't know much about Guyana, duh!" she impishly recalled.

As fate would have it, it was Bush again whose propitious presence graced Burnett's graduation last May at the Baton Rouge-based university. "If I had been an American citizen, I could have taken this coincidence to mean Bush is sending a message for my vote, or is it something else?" she inquired in reference to the current American political scenario. Bush is the first serving leader to address an LSU commencement, and had passed up appearances at his daughters' graduation the same week.

Burnett graduated with a Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Social Work and Corrections. In December, she would be bestowed with another Bachelor's degree. This time in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice.

The Guyanese has set a standard for other student-athletes to emulate. She pursued her studies for both degrees simultaneously. Her achievements are remarkable, for they were realized alongside the demands of athletic training and competition in which she set national, meet and stadium records.

Burnett's proud coach said she did all these things while maintaining herself by cooking, cleaning, shopping and attending to other welfare matters, all for herself. "Marion was still able to find time to socialize, and is a favourite with my family," Mark Elliott added. "She has been an asset to our programme and school and that sure augurs well for any other Guyanese coming here for any sport or course. She has built a legacy all by herself. Her family and country have a champion on all fronts."

Her passports attest to the nature of her ambassadorship as a role model Guyanese sports figure. She has stepped on the soil of 41 of the US' 52 states. International travel has taken her to 38 countries from Hungary to Morocco, Poland to Venezuela. "Everywhere I go, it's all about getting Guyana more recognized," she contended.

Burnett remembered when she placed a surprising second in a world class field at a Grand Prix meet in Croatia. "That was in front of thousands of people, and after the race people were, like, where are you from, you're good. When I finished with them I knew they were going to read up some more about me and my country."

Algeria held another occurrence of national promotion for the straight-talking Guyanese. She said her extreme athletic appearance stuck out everywhere she went in the African state, and developed stares that turned into approaches for acquaintance.

"There was this family that I had a conversation with. We talked a little in English and Arabic which I studied at LSU. Afterwards, they were curious as to whether Arabic is spoken in Guyana."

While displaying a few photos, the young police officer explained that "even in the US some people don't believe that I am a police back in my country. Take a look at these, these are some New York (NYPD) cops who were moved by the fact and said "Hey let's have a snap, officer'," she laughingly related. "Look this one even said that he's dating a girl from Guyana," she said, pointing to a caucasian cop in a photo that shows her in casual attire with the Golden Arrowhead colours on her visor and arm bands, surrounded by the officers.

Burnett says she loves what she does in promoting her country "whenever I get the chance to do so." This nation will be a force to be reckoned with in a short while, we just need to streamline a few things and give our youths the opportunities we are just as talented, skilled and bright as others," she assured. "I been out there, I know it, I can feel the day coming, soon believe me." She is a member of the famous Pace Sports Management organization of the United Kingdom where she is based in the summer, and is probably the first Guyanese athlete to have a `shoe contract' with sports apparel manufacturing giant, Nike.

Asked about her future plans, Burnett said that she would be taking a few weeks off in Guyana for some business and relaxation. "Down the road I want to set up a few things to benefit young Guyanese women and other youths who need a break, one like I got."

Just before ending our discussion, she paused for a moment and said that she intends to make approaches to seek a diplomatic designation.

Asked why?" She responded, "it would help a tremendous lot whenever I have to travel to all these countries to compete. I am so embarrassed and spent at times when making travel arrangements like visas and so. Everyone is doing that now. I have athlete friends from Grenada and Bahamas who got theirs early this year and they can sit back and focus on training and competition while I run up and down. It is a tiring thing that can defeat your purpose." Let's initiate our champion role model's cause.

Nine and murdered

Saturday's murder of nine-year-old Christine Sukhra by bandits and the terrorising of Coldingen require Police Commissioner Winston Felix to hold himself and his force accountable. There must be an all-out attempt to apprehend the criminals behind these attacks and to bring them to justice. Coming in the wake of the brutal stabbing murder of a Non Pariel businessman, the shooting to death of a policeman in Buxton and a chilling armed challenge to the police by gunmen in that village, the killing of this girl cannot go unpunished. When sworn in as Commissioner earlier this year Mr Felix had said that he should be held accountable. This is exactly what he is now being required to do.

Olympic dreams

With the Olympics over and only the heart-warming memories of great contests left in its wake, we here in Guyana are left to rue another shutout for local athletes. Despite their heroic efforts, Aliann Pompey, Marion Burnett and the rest were unable to make the medal standard and it must force those at the helm of sport in this country to contemplate how our athletes can succeed in making ripples in the waters of international competition. It is not that the medals, accolades and records should become an obsession. But for a country choking on a poisonous diet of political diatribes, criminal violence and ethnic tension, winning would not only put the country on the map, it would lift the spirits of the country, provide a reason to celebrate together and motivate budding athletes to emulate.

However, our athletes won't win unless we invest in them, afford them the facilities to hone their skills and offer them exposure to international competitions so that when prestigious tournaments come around they won't be so unnerved by the occasion that they couldn't perform. We haven't made a big enough effort and this is clearly shown in the fact that most of our representatives at recent Olympics are based abroad because they know they have a better chance of success there.

Why can't our Minister of Sport, the various sports associations and the business community get together and make a determined effort to identify young talent and make a serious investment in them? There is still a lot of money around once a persuasive case is put together for talented sportsmen and women. Not many would object to allotting some of the state's lotto proceeds for an athlete with potential.

We are also going to be spending at least US$20M on the stadium for the cricket world cup. On the face of it, US$20M is an extravagance for a country in a tight spot especially when there is no obvious payback from a stadium which will also have high maintenance costs. As of now it is difficult to see how the stadium will make money especially when it will have to compete with a number of new facilities in more politically stable parts of the Caribbean. And where cricket is concerned, Bourda will remain the No.1 choice for the cricketing cognoscenti. It exudes history, tradition, memories and drama. Were it to strike an arrangement with the neighbouring sports club it could be even more attractive.

So when Cricket World Cup 2007 is done with we will have a vast cricket stadium frequently silent unless there is some future plan to turn it into a truly multi-purpose facility with provisions for cyclists etc. A fraction of the stadium costs could have done wonders for the country's Olympic dreams and our aspiring athletic stars.

Every four years we seem to confront the same disappointment with the silent promise of doing better in the next round. Couldn't we start planning this year to identify our best potential for Beijing 2008 and to start working with them? Maybe instead of the endless stream of brainless "beauty" pageants we could try something else.

It takes years of gruelling preparation and sacrifices to become a world class athlete and competitor. Shouldn't there be a summit among the government, the local Olympic association, sports bodies, the business sector and the émigré community to begin plotting for success in one Olympic discipline or another? What about the legions of young boxers who harbour so much untapped potential? This is a cause that the whole country should take up.

As of now, we have to be content to revel in the success of our fellow Caribbean athletes; three-medal Veronica Campbell powering to victory in the 200 metres and in the 4x100 relay where the US had been the overwhelming favourite, Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas island chain and the others from the region who made it onto the medals podium. If we want our athletes in the medals come 2008 we have to be prepared for the hard work.

Charles Allen placed 6th in 110m Hurdlers Finals

----National Record  Holder competing for Canada 

Official Results - 110m Hurdles - Men - Final

Friday, August 27, 2004 - 21:30

Wind: 0.3 m/s
Pos  Lane  Athlete Country Mark         React
4  Liu Xiang CHN 12.91     (=WR) 0.139
6  Trammell Terrence USA 13.18       0.154
7  García Anier CUB 13.20     (SB) 0.169
5  Wignall Maurice JAM 13.21       0.164
2  Olijars Stanislavs LAT 13.21       0.174
1  Allen Charles CAN 13.48       0.139
8  Inocêncio Mateus Facho BRA 13.49       0.169
3  Doucouré Ladji FRA 13.76       0.204

© 2004 - IOC Official Results.

Official Results - 110m Hurdles - Men - Semi-Final

Qual. rule: first 4 of each heat (Q) qualified

Heat 1 - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 21:00

Wind: -0.1 m/s
Pos  Lane  Athlete Country Mark         React
7  Wignall Maurice JAM 13.17 Q   (NR) 0.162
4  Liu Xiang CHN 13.18 Q     0.151
6  Olijars Stanislavs LAT 13.20 Q   (SB) 0.151
3  Allen Charles CAN 13.23 Q   (PB) 0.150
8  Ross Duane USA 13.30       0.157
5  Hernández Yoel CUB 13.37       0.174
1  Kronberg Robert SWE 13.42       0.124
2  Pinnock Chris JAM 13.57       0.196

Official Results - 110m Hurdles - Men - Quarter-Final

Qual. rule: first 3 of each heat (Q) plus the 4 fastest losers (q) qualified

Heat 1 - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - 22:15 Wind: 0.4 m/s
Pos