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Athletic season heads down the home straight!

-Ocean Conversion signs up as Twilight Sponsors!
All eyes will be on the National Youth Championships, which start tonight May 24, 2013 and conclude on Saturday, before the focus turns to the BVI Invitational Twilight Meet on June 1, 2013. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Athletes will also be vying for selection to the CAC Age Group Championships slated for June 7 and 8, 2013 with the games themselves being held in Curacao in July. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Athletes will also be vying for selection to the CAC Age Group Championships slated for June 7 and 8, 2013 with the games themselves being held in Curacao in July. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Some soon to be big names to watch out for include Beyoncé Defreitas, Zakaria Frett and Arianna Hayde. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Some soon to be big names to watch out for include Beyoncé Defreitas, Zakaria Frett and Arianna Hayde. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
President of Ocean Conversion Mr Glenn Harrigan (right) presents the sponsorship cheque to Secretary of the BVI Twilight Association Ms Rosalind Leonard. Ocean Conversion will serve as a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming BVI Twilight Invitational Track Meet hosted by the BVI Twilight Association. Photo: Provided
President of Ocean Conversion Mr Glenn Harrigan (right) presents the sponsorship cheque to Secretary of the BVI Twilight Association Ms Rosalind Leonard. Ocean Conversion will serve as a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming BVI Twilight Invitational Track Meet hosted by the BVI Twilight Association. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three meets, beginning with the BVI Youth Championships today May 24, 2013 and including the BVI Invitational Twilight Meet next week, will lead to the close of the 2013 domestic track and field season.

The Territory’s top U-15 athletes who competed in the Inter Primary Championships, BFEC and ESHS Championships as well as others have been invited to the 2-day competition that starts with the 100m heats at 5:30 P.M. on Friday afternoon. The meet continues its morning session at 9:45 A.M. on Saturday May 25, 2013 with an afternoon session starting at 4 P.M.

Following the BVI Youth Championships will be the inaugural BVI Twilight Invitational. This meet will also be run in conjunction with the Leeward Islands Jr. Invitational and will feature several Carifta Games finalists and medalists.

Ocean Conversion, which produces potable water, has given $5000 to assist with the hosting of the Meet and will now serve as a platinum sponsor for the event which will feature local “Star” Athletes such as Chantel Malone, Karene King, Ashley Kelly and of course Tahesia Harrigan-Scott.

President of Ocean Conversion Mr Glenn Harrigan, who handed over the cheque, noted that it will also help to ensure the track meet is a huge success. “Ocean Conversion welcomes the opportunity to sponsor such a noteworthy event and that the company will continue to support the BVI community. Hence, this sponsorship is a great opportunity to invest in youth development and sporting activities.”

Participants are also expected from: Anguilla, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, Trinidad and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While the BVI Twilight Invitational will showcase professional athletes with several interesting matchups, the Dominican Republic’s Women’s 4x100m Relay will square off with the BVI and possible Canada with the full line up to be confirmed.

The curtains will come down on the 2013 season with the June 7-8 CAC Age Group Championships Trials. This competition will be used to select the team for this year’s championships slated for Curacao, June 29-30. The BVI hosted the last edition of the CAC Age Group Championships in 2011.

In recent performances, Khari “KJ” Herbert won the 400m at last Saturday’s 37th Golden South Classic in Orlando, Florida, while Kyron McMaster was fourth with a time that improved his National Scholastic Record in the event, leading four athletes to career best performances.

Herbert used a personal best of 47.21 seconds to cut the tape with Kyron McMaster taking fourth in a personal best 48.14. In the Girls 400m at the same meet, Tarika  Moses was third with a lifetime best of 55.02 seconds, lowering her previous mark from 55.62. Lakeisha Warner was third in the 800m in 2 minutes 13.51 seconds. L’Tisha Fahie lowered her 100m best from 12.34 seconds to 12.27, and 25.91 in the 200m, while Chelsi Flax Solomon ran 13.08 in her 100m heat. Dekoya Hodge had a throw of 9.18m in the Shot Put and Shanakay Wheatley leapt 10.28m in the Triple Jump.

At the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico, Karene King placed fourth in her 200m heat in 23.67 seconds as she and several participants in the competition, tuned up for the June 1, BVI Twilight Invitational.

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