BERMUDA TRIANGLE

Jul. 20, 2013 @ 09:42 PM

Not everyone can have an off day like Durham Striders track and field club standout Isaiah Moore and still come up with bragging rights.

The gravity-defying Moore barreled down the approach, pushed airborne and planted his feet in the sand 22 feet, 9 inches away. In the process he claimed the long jump gold Saturday in the 17-18 men’s division at the 36th annual Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational Track Meet at Durham County Memorial Stadium.

The last day of competition starts at 9 a.m. today, with the host Durham Striders in first place among 36 girls' teams and second place among 48 boys' teams after two days of competition.

“It wasn’t that good. But for just coming back, my ankle still hurts, it’s pretty good,” Moore said of his winning long jump, which fell short of his 24-foot seeding mark coming into the prestigious meet. His personal best is 24 feet, 8.5 inches.

He had some problems with mechanics, getting a red flag as he fouled on his first jump in the finals.

“This time instead of moving back one step I moved back two, and I still scratched,” Moore said.

And he admitted that it was a tough adjustment to the crowd and competition in Durham after returning recently from his bronze medal performance in the Ukraine, where he competed in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championship.

“It was way different,” the rising senior at Burlington’s Cummings High School said of the international meet. “I felt more energy when I was there,” and the world level competition and larger crowds helped energize his performance.

Moore, who has received recruiting interest from UCLA, Clemson, Oregon, Tennessee, N.C. State, UNC and Texas, will attempt to win a second gold today in the 110 meter hurdles after qualifying with the best time in the preliminaries.

“The hurdles felt very good. I cruised in like the last 50, but I felt good and stayed tall,” he said. “I ran 14.08 just jogging so tomorrow I should be sprinting pretty fast.”

Asked who might give him a run for the gold, Moore said, “Hopefully my teammate, Thomas Jones. He’s going to be real good competition. We always bundle up. T.C.’s my high school teammate, so we pretty much bond through the whole year.”

The Bermuda Pacers, one of three teams from the tiny Caribbean island nation competing this weekend, had a comfortable 113-93 lead over the Striders in the men’s division. Juma Mouchette, the Pacers’ undisputed superstar, has positioned himself to win three golds for the third consecutive year.

“This is my last year here so I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it,” Mouchette said.

“My 3,000 meters I actually ran a PB (personal best), 9:18.61” to win gold on Friday, Mouchette said.

“The 1,500 meters wasn’t so fast, 4:13. I guess my legs were just feeling a little tired from that 3,000 yesterday,” he said. It was still good enough for gold on Saturday.

“I’m looking for one more tomorrow,” said the soft-spoken Mouchette. “Tomorrow’s the 800 meters, so I’ll get an ice bath tonight. Hopefully it makes my legs nice and fresh.”

Mouchette is looking to be crowned back-to-back most outstanding male athlete, in the 17-18 bracket.

Born into a soccer family, Mouchette soon learned his best talent — and the one that offered him the most opportunities — was running. He enrolls next month at Central Arizona College, winner of four men’s junior college national track titles.

“I wasn’t born a sprinter. I’m a long distance runner. I have long skinny legs for it. It shows that you’ve got a lot of endurance and strength,” he said. “I’m thankful that God blessed me with this talent because not everybody can get on the track and run.”

Mouchette already has medaled in international competition at the CARIFTA Games, a high-level event among countries in the 26-member Caribbean Free Trade Association. He’s also represented Bermuda in the Central American and Caribbean Championships sanctioned by the 34-member Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation.

Olympic sprinters such as Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Grenada’s Kirani James, and Trinidadian Olympic javelin champ Keshorn Walcott have competed in the CARIFTA Games.

Mouchette has run in three CARIFTA Games, taking bronze in the 5,000 meters this year and last, while also competing in the 1,500.

Pacers teammate Sakari Famous, who won gold Saturday in the 13-14 girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches, also has competed in the CARIFTA Games, winning a silver medal.

“We’ve had some outstanding runners over the years. Juma is definitely ranked in the top five or 10 runners in the club as it relates to, one, his ability, two his success,” said Pacers head coach Calvin Simons, who’s been at the helm since the club was founded 32 years ago and has brought teams to the East Coast Invitational every one of those years.

Pacers alumni include Bryan Wellman, former indoor world champion triple jumper and two-time NCAA champ at Arkansas, and Aaron Evans, three-time All-American 800 meter runner at the University of Georgia.

“This is like our Olympics for the club,” Simons said of the exposure and competition his athletes receive at the Blunt East Coast Invitational. “A lot of the kids … get an opportunity to come up here and secure some scholarships or even go on to represent Bermuda at a higher level.”

Track and field lags behind cricket and soccer in participation in Bermuda, but Simons said there is a huge push in track the past decade and predicts the next generation will produce even more big name stars.

 

Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational

Durham County Memorial Stadium

SATURDAY’S FINALS RESULTS

(Top 3, if 3 or more competed)

Javelin

8&Under Boys — 1. Landon Lawrence (Unattached) 59-07; 2. Immanuel Ezeogu (Gs Roanoke Chowa) 41-0; 3. Le’Ezra Brown (G’Boro Cheetahs) 40-07. 8&Under Girls — 1. Rhian Lawrence (Unattached) 59-05; 2. Tabitha Harris (Island Gliders) 35-10; 3. Selah Jackson (Carolina Elite) 35-10.

9-10 Girls — 1. Mariah Frazier (Durham Striders) 74-03; 2. Destiny Fletcher ( Island Gliders) 48-07; 3. Anais Jackson (Carolina Elite) 45-05. 9-10 Boys — None.

11-12 Boys — 1. Timon Edelen (Jr Striders) 147-06; 2. Hayden Smith (Sandhills TC) 98-08; 3. Ariston Tomes (W-S Roadrunners) 81-02. 11-12 Girls — 1. Angel Bowden (Triangle Champions) 62-07; 2. Jayza Lowry (Charlotte Flight) 61-09.

Long Jump

13-14 Boys — 1. Elisha Darrell (Bermuda Pacers) 19-06; 2. Alphonse Smith (Charlotte Flight) 16-07; 3. Damondrez Phillips (Charlotte Flight) 16-01.75. 13-14 Girls — 1. Kenyae Austin (Durham Striders) 16-10.75; 2. Kayla Moore (Durham Striders TC) 16-05.25; 3. Jordan Gary (Track Xplosion) 16-01.5.

15-16 Boys — 1. Romel Ponder (Sandhills TC) 20-07.25; 2. Roman Barnette (Unattached) 20-03.50; 3. Chance Callahan (Central VA) 20-03.50. 15-16 Girls — 1. Milika Houston (Capital City Inc) 16-00.25; 2. Mia Little (HP Panthers) 15-10.25; 3. Brianna Miller (Central VA) 15-07.75.

Discus

13-14 Boys — 1. Arik Smith (Unattached) 151-07; 2. Chauncey Copeland (Central VA) 141-07; 3. Vincent Buckley III (Smyrna TC) 110-10. 13-14 Girls — 1. Avianna Hopkins (Unattached) 103-10; 2. Ashley Taylor (Charlotte Heat TC) 70-08; 3. Cyerra Cruise (Next Level TC) 64-02.

15-16 Boys — 1. Marcus Abraham (Unattached) 151-02; 2. Iyin Battle (Durham Striders) 137-08; 3. Zach Lembersky (Knoxville Youth) 129-00. 15-16 Girls — 1. Alycia Springs (Unattached) 134-01; 2. Khayla Dawson (Charlotte Flight) 111-10; 3. Sidra Morris (Central VA) 104-08.

Shot Put

13-14 Boys — 1. Arik Smith (Unattached) 50-06.25; 2. Vincent Buckley III (Smyrna TC) 39-01.25; 3. Chancellor Crawford (Elite Champions) 38-00.75. 13-14 Girls — 1. Avianna Hopkins (Unattached) 41-07.25; 2. Cyerra Cruise (Next Level TC) 32-03.5.

15-16 Boys — 1. Marcus Abraham (Unattached) 55-00; 2. Chetney Taylor (HP Panthers) 47-04.25; 3. Magnus Herweyer (Unattached) 45-07.25. 15-16 Girls — 1. Khayla Dawson (Charlotte Flight) 41-00.25; 2. Alycia Springs (Unattached) 38-07.75; 3. Nia Baker (Higher Power AC) 36-06.75.

1,500M

8&Under Boys — 1. Dylan Core (Jr Striders) 6:51.64. 8&Under Girls — 1. Victoria Gregory (HP Panthers) 7:05.67.

9-10 Boys — 1. Wesley Haws (Carolina Allstars) 5:18.10; 2. Byrum Brown (Carolina Elite) 5:23.82; 3. Jalen Patterson (Supersonics TC) 5:24.03. 9-10 Girls — 1. Selah Tuzo (Bermuda Pacers) 5:31.59; 2. Jade Johnston (Bermuda Pacers) 6:00.24; 3. Makayla McDonald (Durham Striders) 6:32.93.

11-12 Boys — 1. Aamine Rivera (Elite Champions) 5:00.27; 2. Jayden Ming (Bermuda Pacers) 5:05.00; 3. Sajan Harvey (Bermuda Pacers) 5:08.16. 11-12 Girls — 1. Sydni Patterson (Supersonics TC) 5:18.03; 2. Alayna Suitte (Track Xplosion) 5:33.26; 3. Glerisbeth Gonzales Vega (Isla Menos) 5:47.96.

13-14 Boys — 1. Aaron Jacobs (Bermuda Pacers) 4:37.81; 2. Isaiah Lynch (Central VA) 4:41.32; 3. Jesus Flores De Alejandro (Ligas Pequeñas) 4:48.91. 13-14 Girls — 1. Paige Hathaway (Durham Striders) 5:12.69; 2. Tori Martin (G’Boro Pacesetters) 5:26.86; 3. Meghan Goldman (Unattached) 5:27.43. 15-16 Boys — 1. Vincent Crisp (Charlotte Heat) 4:14.82; 2. Nolan Cook (G’Boro Pacesetters) 4:17.21; 3. Jahmari Sutton (Bermuda Pacers) 4:31.90. 15-16 Girls — 1. Sara Platek (G’Boro Pacesetters) 5:06.91; 2. Cameron Rutherford (Track Xplosion) 5:24.35; 3. Sharyah Bethea (Bull City Express) 5:46.31.

17-18 Boys — 1. Juma Mouchette (Bermuda Pacers) 4:13.44; 2. Bryan Whyms (Stallion TC) 4:15.10; 3. Brandon Boyd (Western Branch TC) 4:20.94. 17-18 Girls —1. Alexandra Chura (NWTC) 5:32.29; 2. Nia Adeeb (Central VA) 5:56.76; 3. Silvia Del Castillo Rodriguez (Ligas Pequeñas) 6:01.04.

High Jump

13-14 Boys — 1. Elisha Darrell (Bermuda Pacers) 5-11.25; 2. Chauncey Caldwell (Triangle Champions) 5-07. 13-14 Girls — 1. Sakari Famous (Bermuda Pacers) 5-05; 2. Kayla Nesbitt-Mcewen (Hi Point Heat) 4-09; 3. Alani Rouse (Durham Striders) 4-09.

Long Jump

17-18 Boys — 1. Isaiah Moore (Durham Striders) 22-09; 2. Steven Dunbar (Lions Den) 21-11.75; 3. Dre Lewis (BATC) 21-00.5. 17-18 Girls — 1. Dejah Hayes (G’Boro Champions) 18-03; 2. Imari McLean (Bull City Express) 18-03; 3. LaKenya Legette (Charlotte Flight) 17-09.

80M Hurdles

11-12 Boys — 1. Jabari Dalton (Salisbury Speed) 12.90; 2. Jakobe Bussey (Unattached) 13.36; 3. Khalleed Robinson (Greensboro Blazers) 13.36. 11-12 Girls — 1. Madison Jones (Supersonics TC) 12.81; 3. Liyah Jones (Charlotte Flight) 14.30.

100M Hurdles

13-14 Boys — 1. Ke’Von Palmer (Lights Out) 20.26.

110M Hurdles

15-16 Boys — 1. Brent Carroll (Prime TC) 14.82; 2. Emmanuel Jackson (Hurdles First TC) 14.82; 3. Dominick Patterson (Hurdles First TC) 14.97.

4x100M Relay

8&Under Boys — 1. Track Xplosion ‘A’ (Anthony Jones, Jaden Miller, C.J. Timmons, Ryan White) 1:04.66; 2. Carolina Elite ‘A’ 1:09.98. 8&Under Girls — 1 Carolina Elite ‘A’ (Shawnti Jackson, Mia Lipscomb, Zuri Little, Chloe Pigues) 1:04.10; 2. Island Gliders TC ‘A’ 1:12.72.

9-10 Boys — 1 Carolina Elite ‘A’ (Tharon Adkins, Silas Demary, Matthew Garrett, Kailen Perry) 56.01; 2. Carolina Elite ‘B’ 57.23; 3. Durham Striders 57.70. 9-10 Girls — 1. Track Xplosion ‘A’ ( Sidney Freeman, Noelle Horton, Kassidy Jones, Tia Outlaw) 59.62; 2. Next Level TC ‘A’ 1:01.21; 3. Track Xplosion ‘B’ 1:01.34.

11-12 Boys — 1. Charlotte Flight ‘A’ (Khafre Brown, Isaiah Gadson, De’Andre Gilliam, 4. Daniel Rooks) 49.55. 11-12 Girls — None.

13-14 Boys — 1. Carolina Elite ‘A’ (Kobe Barnes, Isaiah Bowman, Leo Crudup, Joshua McLean) 45.57; 2. Next Level TC 45.91; 3. Carolina Elite ‘B’ 48.84. 13-14 Girls — 1. NC Speed Divas ‘A’ (Tyresha Alexander, Victoria Porter, Kayla Reape, Payton Russell) 49.43; 2. Carolina Elite ‘A’ 49.57; 3. Durham Striders ‘A’ 50.49.

15-16 Boys — 1. Track Xplosion ‘A’ (Bruce Adams, Stephen Chambers, Andre Freeman, David McPhail) 43.51; 2. High Point Heat ‘A’ 44.99. 15-16 Girls — 1. Next Level TC ‘A’ (Jahnae Bowman, Aaliyah Craft, Amodia Crosby, Deonica Reid) 48.07; 2. Track Xplosion ‘A’ 48.53; 3. Durham Striders ‘A’ 48.94.

17-18 Boys — 1. Track Xplosion ‘A’ (Caleb Gabriel, Marquis Howard, Khairee Lewis, Jordan Martin) 42.12; 2. Charlotte Flight ‘A’ 42.75; 3. Baltimore Athletic Club ‘A’ 45.11. 17-18 Girls — 1. Bull City Express ‘A’ (Alexandria Council, Markia Franklin, Imari McLean, Sydnei Murphy) 46.66; 2. Durham Striders ‘A’ 47.14; 3. High Point Panthers Elite ‘A’ 47.63.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21 BLUNT SCHEDULE

at Durham County Memorial Stadium

Track Events

(All Finals)

9 a.m. — 800M

11 a.m. — Parents/Coaches 4x100 relay

Noon — Opening Ceremonies

12:30 p.m. — 80M hurdles

12:50 p.m. — 100M hurdles

1:10 p.m. — 110M hurdles

1:20 p.m. — 100M

2 p.m. — 400M

3:30 p.m. — 200M

4:30 p.m. — Outstanding Athlete Awards

5:30 p.m. — 4x400M relay

5:45 p.m. — Team Awards

 

Field Events

(All Finals)

9:30 a.m. — Girls’ shot put (17-18)

9:30 a.m. — Girls’ high jump (15-18)

10:30 a.m. — Boys’ shot put (17-18)

9:30 a.m. — Long jump (8&U)

10:30 a.m. — Long jump (9-10)

Noon — Long jump (11-12)

12:30 p.m. — Boys’ high jump (15-18)

12:30 p.m. — Girls’ discus (17-18)

1:30 p.m. — Boys’ discus (17-18)

NOTE — Admission is free and open to the public. Event schedules may be moved up an hour by meet director’s decision.