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Junior Athletes Get In Gear For ‘The Battle Of The Stars’

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will stage its National Junior Championships from Wednesday to Thursday at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Then from Friday to Saturday, the National Open Track and Field Championships will take place at the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

The Nationals are dubbed “The Battle of the Stars” and will showcase some interesting match-ups in the majority of the events being contested over the four days of competition.

The Junior Nationals will be divided into the under-18 and under-20 categories for male and female and will be highly prescribed in events from the 100 to the 400 metres.

• Here’s a look at some of the match-ups anticipated, based on the leading performances turned in so far this year and released by Trevor Moss:

Under-18 girls

100m – Top two contenders- Divine Parker and Sasha Wells. Others included are Megan Moss, Kendesha Ingraham, Rashan Darling, Onnieka Rolle, Tylar Lightbourne, Gayneil Sands, Kennedy Culmer and Robyn Burrows.

200m – Two top contenders – Divine Parker and Doneisha Anderson. Others included are Megan Moss, Chanice Forbes, Rashan Darling, Kendisha Ingraham, Alexya Sawyer, Dejanique Turnquest, Tavia Bullard, D’Nia Freeman, Kennedy Culmer, Robyn Burrows and Tylar Lightbourne.

400m – Top two contenders – Britni Fountain and Doneisha Anderson. Other included are Chanice Forbes, Alexya Sawyer, Krista Collie, Dejanique Turnquest, Tavia Bullard, Deejha Moss, D’Nia Freeman, Marissa White, Quanisha Marshall and Latevia Adderley.

800m – Top two contenders - Melina Andora and Tavia Bullard. Others included are Marissa White and Quanisha Marshall.

1500m – Top contender – Melina Andora.

100m hurdles – Top two contenders – Sasha Wells and Charisma Taylor.

400m hurdles – Top two contenders – Robyn Burrows and Amina Forbes.

Long jump – Top two contenders – Charisma Taylor and Deejha Moss. Others included are Kendesha Ingraham and Dejanique Turnquest.

Triple jump – Top two contenders – Charisma Taylor and Deejha Moss.

Shot put – Top two contenders – Carnitra Mackey ad Tiffany Hanna.

Discus – Top contender – Tiffany Hanna.

Javelin – Top contender – Dejanique Turnquest.

Under-20 girls

100m – Top two contenders – Alexis Gray and Ambrose Jenae. Others included are Kaylea Albury, Alicia Morris, Ashya Butler, Brianne Bethel and Andira Ferguson.

200m – Top two contenders – Jenae Ambrose and Alexis Gray. Others included are Antonishka Deveaux, Alicia Morris, Edwinette Sturrup, Brianne Bethel, Britni Bethel and Ashya Butler.

400m – Top two contenders – Shaquania Dorsett and Edwinette Sturrup. Others included are Antonishka Deveaux, Breanna Pratt, Dreshanae Rolle, Nicole Callis, Brianne Bethel, Britni Bethel, Jazmyn Rutherford and Kenderia Capron.

800m – Top two contenders – Breanna Pratt and Payton Knowles. Also included is Nicole Callis.

1500m – Top contender – Payton Knowles.

3000m – Top contender – Payton Knowles.

100m hurdles – Top two contenders – Kaylea Albury and Beyonce Scott.

400m hurdles – Top two contenders – Dreshanae Rolle and Kenisha Stubbs. Others included are Kenderia Capron and Vashanti Simmons.

High jump – Top two contenders – Celine Thompson and Beyonce Scott.

Long jump – Top two contenders – Beyonce Scott and Bria Sands. Also included is Andira Ferguson.

Triple jump – Top two contenders – Bria Sands and Jazmyn Rutherford.

Shot put – Top two contenders – Serena Brown and Tahj’Nee Thurston. Also included is Kellee Stubbs.

Discus – Top two contenders – Serena Brown and Tahj’Nee Thurston.

Under-18 boys

100m – Top two contenders – Max Azor and Johnathan Smith. Others included are Keron Dean, Shaqiel Higgs, Javaughn Culmer, Joel Johnson, Nathan Moss, Cynque Saunders, Brentan Edwards and Rashad Darling.

200m – Top two contenders – Johnathan Smith and Kaze Poitier. Others included are Max Azor, Shaqiel Higgs, Bre’Shaor Pennerman, Cynque Saunders, Joel Johnson, Nathan moss, Brentan Edwards and Tylar Lightbourne.

400m – Top two contenders – Kaze Poitier and Bre’Shaor Pennerman. Others included are Kendrick Major, Michael Adderley, Nathan Moss, Kesh Flowers, Corey Sherrod, Branson Rolle, Baron Wilson and Bryant Lowe.

800m – Top two contenders – Mo0okie Rolle and Kendrick Major. Others included are Glen Knowles, Tyrece Simms and Bryant Lowe.

1500m – Top contender – Richardson Ambrose.

3000m – Top contender – Richardson Ambrose.

110m hurdles – Top two contenders – Branson Rolle and Alexander Storr.

400m hurdles – Top two contenders – Alexander Storr and Branson Rolle. Also included is Michael Stuart.

High jump – Top two contenders – Keron Dean and Nathan Moss. Others included are Tristen Hanna, Glenwitte Russell, Javaughn Culmer and Denvaughn Whymns.

High jump – Top two contenders – Jyles Etienne and Benjamin Clarke. Others included are Kyle Alcine, Stony Duncanson II, Tyler Lightbourne and Shaquan Mackey.

Long jump – Top two contenders – Keron Dean and Nathan Moss. Others included are Tristen Hanna, Glenwitte Russell, Javaughn Culmer and Denvaughn Whymns.

Triple jump – Top contender – Tristen Hanna.

Shiot put – Top two contenders – Johnie Jean-Jacques and Michael Adderley. Also included is Tristen Hanna.

Discus – Top two contenders – Johnie Jean-Jaques ands De’Vaonte Mackey.

Javelin – Top two contenders – Saequan Miller and Tristen Hanna.

Under-20 boys

100m – Top two contenders – Samson Colebrook and Anthony Bowleg. Others included are Tavonte Mott, Greg Munroe, Perez Knowles, Christopher Moree, Corey Sweeting, Aron Cox, Scharann Cash and Cylde McKinney III.

200m – Top two contenders – Samson Colebrook and Verdell McIntosh. Others included are Perez Knowles, Carlos Outten, Anthony Bowleg, Greg Munroe, Christopher Moree, Vincent Simmons, Clyde McKinney III and Michael Gomez.

400m – Top two contenders-  Henri Delauze and Kinard Rolle. Others included are Verdell McIntosh, Bradley Dormeus. Michael Gomez, Damian Brown, Carlos Outten, Darius Major, Vincent Simmons and Rameech Deal.

800m – Top two contenders – Philip Armbrister and Ricardo Richardson. Others included are Rameech Deal and Everette Thurston.

1500m – Top two contenders – Ricardo Richardson and Everette Thurston.

110m hurdles – Top two contenders – Tavonte Mott and Shakeem Smith. Others included are Aaron Ross and D’Chaz.

400m hurdles – Top two contenders – Jarrod Stuart and Jonathan Thompson.

High jump – Top contender – Aaron Ross.

Long jump – Top two contenders – Darius Major and Aron Cox. Also included is Holland Martin.

Triple jump – Top contender – Holland Martin.

Shot put – Top two contenders – Malik Stuart and Perry Adderley.

Discus - Top two contenders – Malik Stuart and Perry Adderley.

Javelin – Top contender – Jvon Albury.

Decathlon – Top contender – Ken Mullings.

The athletes competing in the Junior Nationals will also be vying to qualify for the national team that will represent the Bahamas at the IAAF World Junior Championships, scheduled for July 19-24 in Poland.

On Wednesday, we will take a look at the top list of athletes going into the Open Nationals, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games, scheduled for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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