The St. Croix Track Club
is enthusiastic about its five athletes who participated in the AAJI (ASOCIACIÓN DE ATLETISMO JUVENIL E INFANTIL) Track and Field Championship Finals on May 13 that was held in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Three of the athletes qualified for more than one event based upon the two previous qualifying meets, which is quite remarkable.
In the case of Mikaela Smith, who qualified for three events (400m, 800m, 1500m), she had to choose two. These championships would be considered a state championships due to the population of Puerto Rico. According to the USA’s 2016 census, Puerto Rico is ranked the 29th largest in population among all states and territories. This is one reason the athletes’ performances are so impressive.
Performances by St. Croix Track Club Athletes Track and Field Championship Finals
Valence Modeste 7th: 200m at 24.12sec (16/17 boys)
Makari Matthew 5th: 400m at 58.17sec (14/15 boys)
Mikaela Smith 3rd: 800m at 2:17.46 (personal record);
8th: 400m at 65.37sec (16/17 girls)
Krystahl Gordon 2nd: Triple Jump — 10.83m (seasonal best);
2nd: Long Jump 4.85m (seasonal best) (18/19 girls)
Anelia Austrie 1st: Triple Jump — 11.17m (seasonal best);
1st: High Jump — 1.56m (16/17 girls)
The team achieved two gold, two silver, and one bronze medal.
For full results, visit www.finallaptiming.com/AAJI/
For more details or inquiries, contact Coach Keith Smith at 277-1123.