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Sr. women 4x100m relay squad debuts in Penn Relays

BVIAA - Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Karene King, left, Chantel Malone, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott and Ashley Kelly ran together as seniors for the first time since they established the 4x100m Relay National Record in 2010 PHOTO CREDIT: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

APRIL 30—For only the second time in its 42-year history, the BVI Athletics Association fielded a true Sr. Women 4x100m Relay team, when they lined up in the USA vs the World at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, competing against the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, USA Red and USA Blue.

The foursome of Tahesia Harrigan-Scott, Chantel Malone, Karene King and Ashley Kelly, placed seventh in 44.87 seconds. The quartet established the National Record of 44.34 in 2010 when Malone and Kelly were juniors.

Another team with Sanya Penn minus Malone ran 45.08 in Miami on April 14.

“The relay went fine but I think we have some issues in reference to hand offs,” starter Harrigan-Scott said. “This week I felt much better considering that I’m coming off the injury, my rhythm was bad but today I felt I did a good job. We pumped it up and we had a good hand off between Chantel and I.”

Harrigan-Scott said Malone ran good, had some killer people on her leg but held own and everybody else did a good job. “But, we have to make sure we get the baton around the track more effectively that way we can take time off,” she noted. “The more efficient we get, the faster we’ll get and that should make some major improvements in our time.”

King said the experience was great and she was happy to have another opportunity to run. “A little shaky with the handoffs but with a little more practice with each other we’ll be set to go,” she said. “We had nothing to loose but everything to gain and I think everybody did their part. With more baton practice, we’re well on our way.”

Coach Willis “Chucky” Todman the BVI has arrived on the scene and can compete internationally. He said there are some things that can be fixed and they can be one of the better teams in the Caribbean and by becoming one of the better teams in the Caribbean, they’ll become one of the better teams in the world.

“One of our counterparts said to us, he would like to see us really getting our act together because come to the Olympic Games, of those 16 teams, he’d like to see eight Caribbean countries there and he figure with our horse power, we stand a good chance,” Todman explained. “As a team and as a group, we have to get together whether its for two weeks at a time, that’s the only way we are going to be able to do it. Over the last couple of years, St. Kitts has done it and everyone knows Bahamas and the Golden Girls, so I think the only thing we are lacking right now is the togetherness. If we work together we will accomplish a lot more than we are doing right now. Individually, they can matchup with anybody. We just haven’t gotten together stick wise.”

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  1. BVI
    May 1, 2012
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    Karene ran the sh*t out of that 3rd leg, so proud of the girls putting BVI on the map. Work harder on getting those times down and better batton exchange and you shall be a force to reckon with

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  2. BVI Pride
    April 30, 2012
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    Great showing to our home girls! They represented us, and we should be very grateful that they are putting the Territory on the map. Believe it or not, this type of coverage goes a far way in promoting the BVI favourably. Home girls, we are with you all the way!!!!

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  3. lock
    April 30, 2012
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    ooooooooooooooooooooh please we all know better.

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  4. fun time
    April 30, 2012
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    Who is the cutest and who is the sexiest?

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    • :)
      April 30, 2012
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      I find chantel is very cute. tahesia is up there with her…. as for sexy i would say all

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  5. crocodile
    April 30, 2012
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    Tahesia has gone slowier since she got married. Tahesia slow down on the grind please, its an Olympic year

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  6. white boy
    April 30, 2012
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    And they are also pretty….

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  7. Brad Boynes
    April 30, 2012
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    Cess u nee4d to cease

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  8. tla
    April 30, 2012
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    Here is the link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtK59RM6fwc

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    • fun time
      April 30, 2012
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      BVI got a bad lane… The USA really obliterated Jamaica which had its A time, albeit without queen veronica..carmilita is in excellent form. hope she is not on the juice

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  9. a start
    April 30, 2012
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    good effort girls! bvi will grow from strength to strength

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  10. cess
    April 30, 2012
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    I predicted last place 8-O and I received 9 dislikes as if I said something wrong. Now it came to pass. Good effort but running almost 4 45 seconds in a senior womens 4×100 aint gonna cut it. the team needs to be running an average of 11.2 as 100m runners to be able to hit 43 low which is still not good enough for bronze.

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  11. lucky dog
    April 30, 2012
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    Look girls just get our you act together and get this done, we know it can happen.

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  12. Eric Marlowe
    April 30, 2012
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    The team looking good! Go Chantel we rooting for you all the way.Tahesia you have my support regardless, do the teamwork and bring home the medals.

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