Following is a message for Syracuse from the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation National 4 x 100 relay team which competed at the Felder-Nottingham Track Meet on June 25, as a tune up for the Universiade Games which were held in July in Kazan, Russia.
Perhaps you saw the link. The men were timed at 40.60 and improved to 40.40 in Kazan, but did not advance from their heat; we can hope they stay together for another year. Each man competed otherwise in the Universiade, as well, and Eddie Lovett won the gold in the hurdles. He is a former SEC Champion. The World Championships are to be held in Moscow, in August. Please see the link. Captain Leon Hunt is a long jumper, as well, and the picture he refers to is the one which is attached. This is his message.
On behalf of the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation, we will like to thank you for the great support and team achievements.
One of our 4x100m relay members tweaked his hamstring so we will be shutting down our relay for the season. Lovett will represent the Virgin Islands at World Championships.
Maybe we can set something up for next season indoor and outdoor so our athletes can come up and compete.
Thanks again. Will be in touch.
Thanks for the great picture.
Lèon Hunt, Captain, Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation 4 x 100 Relay Team
The Virgin Islands National 4 x 100 Track Team participated in the Felder-Nottingham Relay Carnival last evening, June 25. The team trains at Cornell for the summer and they plan to run in the University Games next month in Kazan, Russia; and in August to run the World Championships in Moscow. Seed time, coming into the meet was 39.99 and their time for the Final heat was 40.60. Their coach, Adrian Durant, thought it a “good start” on the road to World’s. World Record, set by the Jamaicans at the 2012 Olympics is 36.8. You might remember Bolt’s finish. American Record, set at the same meet, is 37.3. That was Gatlin’s team.
On Tuesday, Virgin Islands lead-off runner Eddie Lovett, second runner David Walters, third runner Collister Fahie, and anchor Leon Hunt had company. On the track for the 4 x 100 were 4 local teams. Among these, Fowler High School students, Liverpool, C-NS, and OCS high school students, and long-time coaches and runners like USATF-Niagara Association president Bill Quinlisk and children’s coach Jasper Royal appreciated the moment. Actually, less than a moment, as it happened. Running the later events was a Syracuse City Family Team, the Terpenings, whose youngest child is seven year old Chris Gilkes. World Champions in senior events, Coreen Steinbach and Patti Ford competed in the 4 x 800. Our oldest competitor (we brag about age, here) was Connie Ciccone, a Thrower in the only field event scheduled for this meet, 68 years.
The next Felder-Nottingham meet is July 9.
The Believe to Achieve Awards recognize meritorious contribution to the Central New York Sports Community. Believe to Achieve was founded by Gary Bugenhagen, Syracuse Sports Corporation member and former Syracuse University football player.
The presentation of these awards marks the hard work and commitment of individuals and teams whose contributions to Central New York are immeasurable.
Winter 2012/2013 Award Winners
Ashley Winn, Cazenovia High School Individual Female Athlete Award
Cazenovia High School’s Ashley Winn’s achievements this past season included placing 4th in the NUSPHSAA Championship in the 55mm Dash, competing in the New Balance National Championship in the 60m and 200m Dashes and being chosen as NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week. She lives by her philosophy “If you believe you can do something, you will be able to accomplish it and reach your goal.”
Romeo Kpolo, Sterling Lowry, Jefari David and Tayquon Hightower
Nottingham High School Individual Male Athlete Award
These four young men from Nottingham High School accomplished a lot this past year highlighted by winning the state championship in the 4 x 200 relay. Romeo, Sterling, Tayquon and Jefari achieved this by working hard, believing in themselves and never giving up.
West Genesee High School Cheerleading Barbara Henderson Female Team Award
The West Genesee Varsity Cheerleaders won back to back Section III Championships, placed 3rd at Nationals and won the first ever Western Invitational State Championship Title for Cheerleading. Despite injuries throughout the season, they overcame obstacles, believed in each other and always pushed each other to work harder than they ever thought possible.
CBA/JD Boys Hockey Joe LaGuardia Male Team Award
The CBA/JD Boys Hockey Team had significant achievements this year that included winning the Section 3 Championship for the first time in 32 years and winning the State Championship game trailing 2-1 going into the 3rd period and scoring 3 goals to beat John Jay. After starting the season 1-6, 1-4 in the Division, they turned their season around by staying in control and focused.
Pictured: Carol LaGuardria, Michael McKie (CBA Coach) and Lori Harrington (Carol's Daughter)
Tom Blackford, FM High School Coach Award
The Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Fayetteville-Manlius has had many highlights in his career and in this past season his team was state ranked most of the season, lead CNY in scoring averaging 71.4 points per game and the #1 NYS Scholar Athlete Team with a 96.26 grade point average out of 220 teams who qualified. Tom goes by the “E” Motto – Effort, Energy, Enthusiasm, Every Day, Every Play.
Lennie Tucker Reed Hawke Excellence in Sportsmanship
Lennie Tucker, a retired teacher, has experienced many high points in her career. This past season, through her efforts, Felder Stadium achieved permission from SCSD Athletic Director Christian Hodge to hold a series of four summer track meets at Nottingham High School . Lennie loves running, particularly cross country. She has run in the Mountain Goat and coached children for the youth race early in her career. Lennie’s motto is “Do everything you need to do to win, no matter how long it takes.”
Coreen Steinbach (W60) also won a gold medal Thursday in the 3,000m with a time of 12:28.86. Team USA also picked up three silver medals and one bronze medal. The performances bring the total of American gold medals to eight for the week and a total of 22 overall, which is currently the sixth most medals among all countries.
We congratulate Coreen Steinbach on her two awards, USATF Age-Group Runner of the Year and New England Runner of the Year, and Kevin Collins and Maegan Krifchin on their awards "New England Runner of the Year".
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