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Laverne Jones Ranked in Top Ten Internationally

May 4, 2007 – National record holder Laverne Jones continued with successful performances in the Grand Prix Region de Guadeloupe, a North American, Central American and Caribbean Area Permit Meet on May 1, with a first place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 22.99 over a strong field of international competitors. British Virgin Islands top sprinter, Tahesia Harrigan, finished third in 23.41. Cuba's Roxana Diaz was second in 23.39; Charlotte Greggs of the USA was fourth in 23.94; Sylviane Feliz of France was fifth in 24.01.
Jones also ran the 100-meters and finished seventh with a time of 11.53 with both races run into a slight head wind. The 200m time places Jones, who is a graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School, at number six in the world in the event along with the listing of seventh in the world in the 400m on the International Association of Athletics Federations list.
Federation officials indicated that no other athlete in V.I. history has reached this level in the sport. No athlete has had the range possessed by Jones, the national record holder for the 100m, 200m and 400m. With her talent level and ability to compete with the top runners in the world in three events, she moves ahead in her career as a professional track athlete. With the obvious goal of the Beijing Olympics in sight, she will compete in a series of IAAF Area Permit Meets; then on to the IAAF Golden League Exxon Mobil Bislett Games where the 100m and 400m will be contested this year; then to the Pan American Games and the IAAF World Championships later in the summer.
For information contact the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation isv@mf.iaaf.org logon to: http://virginislandstrackandfield.org

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