The V.I. Track and Field Federation updates how Virgin Islands high school and college athletes are doing this month.
Virgin Islands Track and Field Team member Malique Smith opened up his Indoor Track and Field season in Gainesville, Fla., at the 2023 RADD Sports Invitational on Jan. 19. Malique placed 1st in the 600m setting a facility record of 1:19.77 in the event.
RADD Sports Invitational 1/19/2023 – 600m Male Heat 1
Virgin Islands Track and Field Team member Michelle Smith, a high school junior at Montverde Academy, competed in the VA Showcase in Virginia on Jan. 14, Michelle ran a personal record in the 500m in a time of 1:13.48, which is a Virgin Islands U20 Indoor record. Michelle also competed in the 55mH running a time of 8.46.
On Jan. 21 and 22, Michelle competed in the RADD Sunshine Showcase in Gainesville, Fla. She finished 1st in the 400m in a time of 55.38. Michelle’s performance is currently No. 7 in the U.S. for all high school athletes and No. 1 in the World for the Under 18 age group.
Michelle RADD Sunshine Showcase 2023 – 400m Heat 1
Michelle also competed in the 60mH, finishing 1st in her prelim heat with a time of 9.24 and following that up with a personal record of 8.93 in the final.
Michelle will return to Gainesville, Fla., on Jan. 28 for the Legends of Alachua Meet.
Virgin Islands Track and Field Team member Mikaela Smith, competing for Austin Peay State University, competed in the Ed Temple Classic, in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 7. Mikaela finished 1st in her heat of the 400m with a time of 60.67.
Mikaela Smith 400m TSU Invitational 2023
On Jan. 13, Mikaela competed in the Commodore Challenge in Nashville, Tenn., running the 600m in a personal record of 1:33.70.
Mikaela will compete next in the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational on Jan. 27 in Louisville, Ky.
Virgin Islands Track and Field Team member Rachel Conhoff, a senior at Ursinus College, competed in the Collegeville Classic Invite in Collegeville, Penn. Rachel finished 1st overall in the 800m in a time of 2:20.73.
Rachel’s next track meet will be the Mini-Dip Invite in Lancaster, Penn., on Jan. 27.
The 3rd Developmental Meet was held on St. Croix on Jan. 20. Athletes competed in the U13, U15, U17 and Open categories.
Faith Eatmon from the St. Croix Track Club won the girls’ U13 – 100m in 14.37, 400m 1:10.53 and the long jump in 3.55m. In the boys U13, Malachi Maclorrain won the 100m in 16.03 and the 400m in 1:17.41.
In the girls U15 age group, Safiyah Prasad from St. Croix Track Club placed 1st in the 60mH in 11.20, first in the 400m in 1:07.73 and first in the long jump 3.96m; Kennedy James for the Jolly Rogers Track Club won the 100m in 17.76. On the boys’ side, Juvante Hurst from St. Croix Track Club finished 1st in the 80mH in 15.27, 1st in the 100m 12.72, 1st in the 400m in 1:03.81 and 1st in the long jump in 3.20m.
In the girls’ U17, Candice Felix from the Jolly Roger Track Club won the 100m in 15.22; Akyra Joseph of the St. Croix Track Club finished first in the 400m in 1:07.30, Javelin Throw 16.53m and Long Jump 4.63m. Boys U17 Vadent Middal from Jolly Roger Track Club won the 100m and 400m. Wilfredo Concepcion from St. Croix Track Club placed 1st in the Javelin Throw 21.00m
In the Female Open category, St. Croix Track Club athlete J’Neolise Green placed 1st in the 100m in 13.76; Kirra Lambert Jolly Roger Track Club placed 1st in the 400m 1:07.21; Davina Browne St. Croix Track Club placed 1st in the Javelin Throw 13.45m. Male Open category Denzel Huggins St. Croix Track Club finished 1st in the 100m at 12.47 and 400m at 1:03.15. Jordan Vaughn St. Croix Track Club placed 1st in the Javelin Throw at 33.19m; Curtis Charlery St. Croix Track Club placed first in the Long Jump at 4.97m.
Full results can be found at the Virgin Islands Track and Field website:
The Interscholastic Track and Field series will start on St. Croix for middle school and high school on Jan. 26 and for elementary school on Jan. 27 at the St. Croix Educational Track.
Sofia Swindell, a sophomore at Lawrenceville School, competed in the Mercer County Championship in Princeton, N.J., on Jan. 19. She earned first place in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet and 75 inches, In the Long Jump Swindell placed 4th with a jump of 16’ 3.5”. She ran 8.74 in the prelims of the 55mH to advance to the final and ran a personal record of 8.66 to place first in the final. Swindell placed 1st in the 200m in 26.14.