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Women's Mile relay team runs new national mark
(Kaieteur News - June 25th, 2008)


The FOUR A\'s: With the new Guyana national 4x400m mark in hand,Ashlynn (l.) and Ashley DeCruise share a hold on the historic baton with Aliann Pompey (2nd r.) and Angela Corlette, after their record run. (Photo courtesy of Clifford Wong)

By Gary Tim
New York, NY (SMS) — Another episode in Guyanese sports history has been written with the setting of a new national record in the Women’s 4×400m relay, as a team of US-based athletes on Saturday, June 14 blew away the old mark that stood for a little over 12 years.

Running at the USATF-NJ Masters & Open T&F Outdoor Championships in West Long Branch, New Jersey, seasoned sprinters Angela Corlette and Aliann Pompey teamed with upcoming sprinting twins Ashlynn and Ashley DeCruise to put up the new time of three minutes forty five point zero eight seconds (3:45.08).

The old record was listed as 3:53.92, and set in Port of Spain by Althea Tyndall, Lorie-Ann Adams, Innocent and Karen Forde on May 11, 1996.

Referred to as the ‘Four-A Team’ – because of their first names’ initials - the new record holders ran without competition in the meet’s penultimate event.

“They showed the exceptional possibilities of Guyana’s relay participation regionally and internationally,” noted athlete agent, coach and physio Keith Basdeo who worked assiduously on Corlette to get her ready for the race after she had contested the Women’s 200m only 15 minutes before.

The relay was led off by Ashlynn who after a 56.2s split handed to Aliann (split 52.5s). Then Angela (split 56.5s) circled the track before sending Ashley (split 59.0s) on the anchor leg. “Like most things with Guyanese, the record did not seem like it would happen with athletes required to run back to back races, and the team expected to set the record with no competition. But, history was not to be denied, not this time,” an overly elated Clifford Wong told this newspaper afterwards.

The meet which doubled as a 2008 Championships and USCAA Regional event, marked the culmination of months of attempts by US-based Guyanese sports executives to line up relay squads.

Their main target was the Women’s mile relay which Wong, an athlete agent and Manager, said “presented the best odds for Guyana to qualify for international meets, based on the girls we have right now.”

Writing on his website, he conceded that “athletes, coaches and fans of Guyana Track and field always knew the talent was there to break and set a national record on the women’s side. Only problem, we just could not get the wonderful athletes in the same place to set those.”

The new stars Ashlynn and Ashley are from Maryland, and they took the trip down with the father Melvyn DeCruise.

They are freshmen at the Mount Saint Mary’s University where Ashley was the Northeast Conference (NEC) indoor 200m champion, and Ashlynn the conference runner-up at outdoor 200m. Corlette, a former collegiate champion at Lindenwood University, runs for Emerging Elite Athletic Club.

She had double wins on the day in the Women’s 100m (11.84s in -0.7m/s wind) and 200m (23.95s in -0.7m/s wind).

Pompey, who represents the Shore Athletic Club, will be making the Olympics for a third straight time, and is a Commonwealth 400m gold medalist and national 200m and 400m record holder.

She had also breezed to a 52.03s win in the Women’s 400m. As the senior member of the quartet, Pompey said she was excited about the feat, “especially for Ashley coming off injury and Angela having just run a race.

I think we are on the road to greater things.” She agreed that the showing would urge fans in the Diaspora “to come out and watch these GT athletes.”

Wong thanked the girls for their performance and reminded that “their teaming up for the first time, and doing this, underscores our efforts to pull together as a nation and fortify our imprint on the track and field world.”

“The other seasoned athletes were away at nationals (Diane Munroe and Jeavon Benjamin at NCAA Championships) and in Europe (Marian Burnett on the elite circuit), but it’s good thing our pool is growing so we had open options.”

He also lauded the support of several aficionados who “made it happen”, including world masters indoor 60m record holder Val Barnwell; Guyana’s national coach to the Beijing Olympics, Joe Ryan (Pompey’s coach); Ms. Suzanne Green and head coach of Emerging Elite AC, Zolden Eastwood.

He reserved special thanks to the senior DeCruise who is formerly of Charles Street, Georgetown, the meet directors and officials, and Monmouth University head coach Joe Compagni.

Wong is arranging other appearances at sanctioned meets, and hopes to put out the best foursome.
“Again availability is a major issue that informs our makeup. Ideally, based on personal best (PB) times, our best would come from a team comprising Aliann, Jeavon, Marian, Diane and Angela.

According to the reporting system the 400m PB listed are: Pompey - 50.96s, Benjamin - 53.45s, Burnett - 53.76s, Munroe - 55.57s, with Corlette having a 39.51s at 300m which translates to 53.26s for the one lap.

This would give a 3:32.19 for the baton carry. Wong carefully noted that the times are for flat races, adding “obviously the splits would combine to knock off at least 2 to 3 seconds from that total.”

Global meets like the Olympics take the top-16 teams, and once Guyana could consistently run that time or better, “our chances of getting to the 12th to 16th is greatly in hand.” For Beijing those positions are currently held by Japan - 3:30.35, Brazil - 3:31.11, China - 3:32.25, Italy - 3:32.73 and Romania - 3:32.95, respectively.

In related news, Wong disclosed that Guyana needs to take up “the chances to qualify for global meets into next year by putting up relay teams in at least two outings each.” Apart from the 4×400m, he identified Men’s and Women’s sprint relays, saying “based on recent shows, names on hand are Lee Prowell, Randy Lee, Jeremy Bascom, Dax Danns, Kwesi Sarabo, Rawle Greene and hopefully Gordon McKenzie. On the distaff side, there are Dianne, Angela, Analisa Austin, Alicia Fortune, Michelle Gomes and the DeCruises.”

Guyana Women's National 4x4 Record Set - 3:45.08.
Athletes, coaches and fans of Guyana Track and field always knew the talent was there to break and set a national record on the women's side. Only problem, we just could not get the wonderful athletes in the same place to set those record. However, a giant set was taken today (June 14th, 2008) at Mommouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
Like most things with Guyanese, the record did not seem like it would happen with athletes required to run back to race and the team expected to set the record with no competitions. But, history was not be denied, not this time.
Mount Saint Mary's University freshman and Northeast Conference Outdoor 200m dash runner up champion Ashlynn DeCruise (daugther of Melvyn DeCruise of Charles Street, Georgetown, Guyana) led off the relay with a 56.2 and hand off to Two-time Olympian and National 200m and 400m record holder and Shore AC's Aliann Pompey (who earlier won the 400m dash - 52.03) ran a 52.5 leg, she hand off to Emerging Elite's Angilla Corlette (had just won the 100m and 200m less an 15 minute earlier) who ran a heartful 56.5 third leg before hand off to another Mount Saint Mary's University freshman, Northeast Conference Indoor 200m dash champion and twin sister Ashley DeCruise (daugther of Melvyn DeCruise of Charles Street, Georgetown, Guyana) who carried the team to a national record of 3:45.08 with a 59 second anchor.
Ashlynn DeCruise (56.2)
Aliann Pompey (52.5)
Angilla Corlette (56.5)
Ashley DeCruise (59.0)
New National Record - 3:45.08.
Special thanks to the Meet Directors and officials at USATF-NJ Masters & Open Outdoor T&F Championship, Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni for his help and support. Thanks to National Coach Olympic Joe Ryan and Emerging Elite Head Coach Zolden for their support support and guidance. Thanks to Ms. Suzanne Green and Mr. Melvyn DeCruise for their support and most importantly thanks to all the Guyanese at the meet who supported the team, Val Barnwell and Keith Basteo.
Lets set the record again next week.
The video of the National Record

Women's 4x4 Qualification Chances
Based on the personal best in my report system
Aliann Pompey - 51.34
Jeavon Benjamin - 53.45
Marian Burnett - 54.19
Dianne Monroe - 55.57
The relay total would be 3:34.55
However, Aliann (PR) = 50.96 and Angilla Colette ran 39.51 - 300m PR.
Our chances of getting to the 12th to 16th is greatly in hand.
12 - JPN - 3:30.35
13 - BRA - 3:31.11
14 - CHN - 3:32.25
15 - ITA - 3:32.73
16 - ROU - 3:32.95

Hampton International Games

–Guyana’s Powell stuns 200m field


By Edison Jefford (5/25/08)


Saturday night he was complaining about a heel–spur but said he wanted to run Sunday to prove a point after a miserable 10.42 seconds third place finish in the Men’s 100m on the opening day of the Hampton International Games in Trinidad.


United States of America–based Guyanese sprinter Lee Powell was the lone hope for his country under in the Men’s 200m on Sunday after compatriot Rawle Greene was led into falsely believing that he did not qualify for the half lap event.


Powell seemed to have taken offence to the fact that his long time friend was falsely omitted from the race when he turned in a blistering 20.98 seconds in a legal -0.4 miles per second wind that stunned those gathered at the Haseley Crawford Stadium.


The Beijing Olympic Games hopeful fulfilled his intention to win in excruciating heel pain. He proved his point while Trinidad’s Rondell Sorillo (21.05s) and Suriname’s Jurgen Theman (21.42s) had to settle for second and third places respectively.


Guyana’s Derwin Eastman was awarded a place in the race owed to the absence of Greene. Eastman, however, chased the flock throughout the race for a disappointing eight place in 22.82s.


Greene was summoned late to compete in the event, which forced him to inform officials that he was not prepared to run. He had qualified for the race in 21.42s Friday night but when the list of finalists was released Sunday, Greene’s name was omitted.


Alika Morgan added another silver to her cache (she had placed second in the 1500m on day one) in a valiant effort for the women’s 3000m race; it came down to the wire with Antigua’s Kenryca Francis giving chase down the backstretch and Morgan trying to contain her with the little energy she had left.


Both athletes dipped at the finish line then briefly recovered to gaze intently at the electronic clock that bordered the end mark on the track. When the results flashed on the screen it was Francis that came out on top with 10:36.64s while Morgan was given 10.36.66s.


Janella Jonas was in the lead pack of four with 300m to go in the race but could not keep the pace that ensued thereafter. She was dropped but tried to run back in the race with 150m left–a tactic that cost her more than she bargained for.


In the end, Trinidad’s Shermin LA Salda in 10:37.82s came home third while Jonas (10:40.00s) obviously put out all that she had left. The top athlete, whom Haseley Crawford gave running shoes to in 2006, collapsed at the finish line; hours after she recovered.


Jonas had earlier won the under–17 girls’ 800m with a time of 2:18.27s. Trinidad’s Marissa Gale and Dawnel Collymore finished second and third in that order in times of 2:18.33s and 2:25.54s.


Following his bronze medal in the under–17 boys 1500m on day one, Jonathan Fagundes continued to exhibit excellent progress in the 800m race; the diminutive middle distance athlete ran a personal best time of 1:59.53s to place second.


Trinidad’s Anthony Mascall won the race in a torching 1:56.64s while Guyana’s Ricardo Martin finished third in 2:01.02s. Martin, a national schools’ record holder, told Kaieteur Sport later in the afternoon that he experienced pains in his feet throughout the tour.


Royal Youth Movement’s Jarvina Straker struck gold for Guyana in the 800m girls under –15 race with a winning time of 2:25.18s, which knocked Trinidad’s Dominique Williams (2:25.21s) and Antigua’s Jewel Lewis (2:27.89s) into second and third respectively.


Jermaine Pilgrim picked up his first individual medal, a bronze, from the men’s one mile race. Pilgrim ran 4:24.59s that put Lionel D’Andrade, fourth in 4:26.76s, out of contention. Jules LA Rode won the race in 4:22.47 while Cliffton Sylvestor (4:24.54) was third.


In total, from a fleet of about 45 athletes, Guyana won 11 individual medals while the count from the relays is yet to be tallied. Some athletes were expected in Guyana yesterday.

A Coach’s dream
Middle distance star in the making

Kaieteur News (05/24/08)

Sometimes you wonder where it will all lead to and this depressing thought arises because of past examples where an abundance of junior talent is spotted, but suddenly disappears due to the negative treatment sports receive throughout this country.
Despite that fact, whenever individual talent is identified it is only fair to the athlete that his or her performances be highlighted if only for the sacrifices that they and those who help develop that talent make.
One athlete who deserves to be recognised for the strides she has made in a short time is 14 year old Tutorial High School student Jevina Straker.
This Third Form student, who also balances her academic work with the same sharpness as her achievements on the track has been a tremendous find for Guyana since entering the sport just over seven months during which time she has attended the Inter-Guianas and Hampton Games with much success and seems destined for an impressive athletic career, providing that she gets the opportunities to be exposed to a high level of training.
The slimly built middle distance star, since her arrival in the sport has built up quite a reputation as an excellent athlete with a bright future ahead.
Jevina recently struck gold in the Under-15 800 metres event at the Hampton Games and this was after winning two gold medals at the Inter-Guianas Games where she literally destroyed the opposition in the 800 metres and ran a terrific second leg which gave her team a commanding advantage en route to copping the 4x400 metres relay.
The Royal Youth Movement athlete who is coached by Anson Anderson at the National Park has the full support of her family, especially her mother Patricia who has so far been present on all her overseas sojourns and who has been a pillar of strength in her daughter’s career, offering her the guidance she needs at this age.
“I try my best to motivate her in both her academic and athletic careers since I think that they are equally important to her,” Patricia pointed out.
Seemingly quiet in appearance, Jevina told Kaieteur Sport that she also likes art and dancing and revealed that even though she would like to make athletics a career, she also would like to become an architect one day.
“Drawing is one of my pet subjects and I would like to pursue architecture and give myself more options in life,” she said.
A student of the National School of Dance as well, this well-rounded teenager appears to be very receptive to the astute leadership qualities of her mom and reacts positively to her advice.
The last of six children, Jevina disclosed that she is now setting her sights on competing against the country’s best female distance runner Alika Morgan, who also attends the same school and her stable-mate Janella Jonas.
Asked if she feels confident enough to challenge them, Jevina responded in the affirmative, while telling that very soon she will be adding the 1500 metres to her list of events.
Commenting on the track in Trinidad and Tobago, she said that the first sight of the track at the Hasley Crawford Stadium which has Astro-Turf really surprised her because it is completely different to the grass she is accustomed to running at home, but added that she was determined not to let that hinder her chances of doing well.
Describing the race, Jevina recalled that her initial strategy was to keep close to the front runners and as they approached the bell lap she went to the front and never looked back.
She extended thanks to the following individuals George Humphrey of Humphrey Bakery and Farm Products, her uncle Claude and aunt Myrtle for their unwavering support.

More fortune for Alisha in T&T 08 track season

May 21, 2008

By Kiev Chesney

Guyana’s top female sprinter and 2007 Sportswoman of the Year Alisha Fortune is again enjoying a successful campaign on the track scene in Trinidad and Tobago.

Although she has not yet qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics to be held in Beijing, China, Fortune has so far won six races and recorded two third place finishes, in four competitions within the last three weeks in Trinidad.

Fortune competed at the Hampton International Games, the Zenith Interclub meet, Point Fortin International Games and the Masters’ International Grand Prix.
At the Masters International, she made a clean sweep of the sprint events, winning the 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m making her the clear choice for the Most Outstanding International Athlete Award at that meet. Last weekend, she clocked 11.76s in the Women’s International Invitational 100m dash, about 0.30 seconds short of the qualifying time for the Beijing Olympics, but well enough for third place behind Trinidad’s Ayanna Hutchinson (11.42s) and Wanda Hudson (11.68s).

Fortune’s other third place finish this season was in the 100m of the Zenith Games which was held two Sundays ago. She also completed a sprint-double in the 100m and 200m events at the Point Fortin International Games which was held on April 27, two days after she arrived in the twin-island republic. 

Fortune, who has been Guyana’s lone senior sprinter competing on local soils for quite some time, said that she travels to Trinidad every year to compete for many reasons.

She mentioned that the some of the advantages of competing in Trinidad include running on their many rubberized tracks as apposed to grass tracks in Guyana.

She also said competitions are held more regularly and that she is exposed to more skilled opponents that would boost her  performance every time she takes to the track.

 Apart from her dominance on the local level, her success in many international competitions that she medalled in throughout the region (mostly in T&T),  formed an impressive resume for the 2007 sportswoman of the year.

Already off to a flying start, Fortune plans to continue her successful track campaign for the next month regionally, and with  her recent fitness title in the Hugh Ross Classic already in the bag, she just may have an attractive enough resume to defend that Sportswoman of the Year award come next year.

Hampton International Games
Guyanese secure five medals on day one
Bolt runs year’s second fastest time

By Edison Jefford
A pin’s drop would have thundered at the Hasley Crawford Stadium Saturday night at the start of the International Men’s 100m final, which was the premier and concluding race on the first day of the 2008 Hampton Games.

Patrons somehow knew that they were in for a treat after the announcer introduced the world’s second fastest man, Jamaican Usain Bolt, who broke both the Games Record and fastest time recorded in Trinidad with a 9.92 seconds win.
Bolt comfortably took top honours, shutting down about 10 metres before the finish line with United States of America’s Mike Rogers and John Capel in second and third respectively in times of 10.07 and 10.12 seconds.
The wind for the race was 0.6m/sec, which was well below the 2.0m/sec legal limit. Bolt told reporters after that he had to overcome a slow start. “I was slow out of the blocks but I was ok overall,” Bolt said.
Answering questions about his plans to compete in the 100m and 200m at the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer, Bolt said that he has one more 100m in New York planned then he will be concentrating on his speciality, the 200m.
“I have one more 100m in New York and then I am going to the 200m. I am not sure about that (running the 100m at the Olympics). It depends on my coach,” the 2007 World Athletics Championships’ silver medallist informed.
Bolt’s 9.92 seconds is the second fastest time this year behind his 9.76 seconds on May 3 at the Jamaica International Invitational. The 9.76 time was the second fastest official time ever recorded in the history of track and field.
The 9.92 mark also broke Ato Boldon’s Hampton Games record of 10.00 set in 1998 at the same venue. In another landmark, the time erased Marc Burns’ 9.96 seconds, which was the previous fastest time ever recorded in Trinidad.
Despite winning their heats Friday night, Guyanese sprinters Rawle Greene and Lee Powell did not make the cut for the ‘Super 100m’. Apparently, a time of 10.20 seconds was the minimum requirement for the star–studded race.
Capel, a world athletics 200m gold medallist in 2003; Jacey Harper, a part of Trinidad’s 4x100m world silver medal team in 2005 were among the competitors in the ‘Super’ or international 100m that Bolt easily won.
Instead, Greene and US–based Powell were placed in the second tier race for qualifying times between 10.20 and 10.40 seconds. Both athletes ran 10.40 in their heats Friday night but failed to reproduce dominant performances in the final.
Their race was the penultimate of the night; Greene had a mid–race crisis after disposing of his nearest rival in a blistering start that was almost perfect while Powell salvaged some amount of respect after recovering from a poor start.

Powell ran back to complete the race in third with a time of 10.42 seconds while Greene finished fifth in a below par 10.60 time. Trinidad’s Niconnor Alexander won the race in 10.30 seconds with compatriot Rondell Sorillo second in 10.40s.
Greene told Kaieteur Sport after the race that he had a poor transition phase (the period between the drive phase at the start and acceleration in the middle) in the race. “I just went flat for about 20m in the middle,” Greene said.
Apart from Powell’s, Guyana’s other four medals on the opening day came from Alika Morgan in the 1500m, Jonathan Fagundes in the 1500m, Alicia Fortune in the 100m and senior distance campaigner, Lionel D’Andrade in the 5000m.
Morgan won silver in the women’s 1500m in a time of 4:49.97s behind Jamaica’s Janice Barnet (4:35.22s); Trinidad’s Dawnel Colleymore was third in 4:50.24.
Fortune clocked 11.76s for a personal best time and finished third behind Trinidad’s Ayanna Hutchinson (11.42s) and Wanda Hutson (11.68s).
D’Andrade finished third in a time of 16:01.63s in the 5000m; St Vincent’s Pamenos Ballentyne won the race in 15:24.25s with Jamaica’s Rupert Green second in 15:42.89s.
Guyana’s Cleveland Thomas (16:20.72) and Dennis Horatio (16:24.18) finished the race fourth and fifth respectively.
Fagundes outclassed countryman and rival Ricardo Martin in a thrilling finish among Trinidadians for third place in the race. Fagundes got a time of 4:12.66 seconds to snatch the bronze from Christian Benn (4:12.75) with a sprint down the homestretch.
Trinidad’s Sherwin Stapleton and Dillon Thomas took first and second with times of 4:11.66 and 4:12.15 in that order. Martin, who hails from the Rupununi, was sixth in the race with 4:23.65.
The men’s 200m featuring Greene and Powell were scheduled for the final day of competition yesterday.

Gold for Jonas, silver for Morgan

By Donald Duff (Stabroek News - May 20th, 2008)
Rising star Jenella Jonas justified the faith of her sponsors TCL Cement Limited by snatching a gold medal in the 800m U-17 girls’ division at the just concluded Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
Jonas, representing Rising Stars, ran a personal best of 2:18:27s to win the event from a strong field.
Speaking of the event the 15-year-old Jonas told Stabroek Sport:”It was a little bit tough.”

Jonas said this was the second year she had participated at the Hampton Games.

She revealed that she ran the 400m and 800m at the games last year but had failed to win a medal.
Jonas’s partner Alika Morgan, bothered by a knee injury she sustained during the Junior Carifta Games in March settled for two silver medals in the 1500 and 3000 metre Women Open and International/Invitational events.

“I think I could have done better if CXC was not around the corner. I would have been able to train more often than I used to,” said Morgan.

The local track and field queen clocked 4:49 in the 1500m and 10:36:66 in the 3000m which was won by Kenryca Francis running for the Antigua Pioneers Track Club.
Avril Black, a member of Morgan’s management team, who accompanied the star athlete to the Hampton Games, said a doctor had recommended that a cat scan which she estimated at around $60,000 be done.

Guyana gained a second gold medal at the games through Jarvina Straker of Royal Youth Movement who clocked 2:25:18s to win the 800m girls’ U-15 while Alisha Fortune placed third in the women’s 100m Open.

Morgan feels the event was bigger and had more international competitors than last year’s.
“Compared to last year’s event there were a lot more international athletes.

The two track stars said even though Usain Bolt participated in the competition they were unable to get a word with him as he had a bodyguard wherever he went.

Morgan and Jonas said they were very grateful to their sponsors.

“I would like to say a special thank you to Mark Bender,” said Jonas.

Morgan on the other hand, praised the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company,  COPS Security Services, her coach Leslie Black and… “Aunty Avril who had it rough during the past week to make the trip possible.”

Burnett place 2nd @ Ponce Grand Prix, PR 
--Olympic hopefuls shine.
Two time Olympian and 2008 Beijing 800m qualifier Marian Burnett took home another silver medal in her 2nd Grand Prix meet of the season. Burnett ran a season best and pushed American Hazel Clark to her first sub 2 minute clocking of the season. However, Burnett once again finished behind the American as she did in Kingston on May 3rd.

Ponce Grand Prix

Ponce, Puerto Rico - Sunday, 18 May 2008

800m - Finals
1 Hazel CLARK USA 1:59.82
2 Marian BURNETT GUY 2:00.41
3 Rosibell GARCÍA COL 2:02.02
4 Sheena GOODING BAR 2:04.75
5 Melissa DE LEON TRI 2:05.10
6 Rebecca JOHNSTONE CAN 2:05.10
7 Julia HOWARD CAN 2:06.62
8 Lizaira DEL VALLE PUR 2:11.50
9 Yahaira PÉREZ DOM 2:15.63


Hampton Games - Trinidad  
Guyana's Lee Powell won the "B" race in 20.98, from T&T's Rondell Sorillo (21.05) and Jurgen Theman (21.42) of Suriname.
In the trials, Powell clocked 10.47 and 21.28 in the 100m and 200m, respectively. Rawle Green ran 10.50 in the 100m trials.
Concorde's Ayanna Hutchinson won the "B" race in 11.42, from Wanda Hutson (11.68) and Guyana's Alisha Fortune (11.76).
Big Ten Championship
University of Illinois's Freshman Analisa Austin missed qualifying for the 2008 World Junior Championship in two wonderful performances @ the Big Ten Conference championship. Austin missed the 200m qualifier by 0.07, she needed 24.64 but placed 10th in the trials with a 24.71 clocking.
Analisa surpassed the 12.04 needed for the Juniors, however her performances were wind aided. She did achieved her first sub 12 clockings in the event, 11.86 (+2.7) in the trials, 11.94 (3.0) in the finals.
Georgia Tech Invitational
Angilla Corlette competing at high level Georgia Tech Invitational won her heats in the 100m and 200m dash in comfortable fashion and inches closer to the Olympic Standards.
Corlette's 100m clocking of 11.69 (0.3) and 200m (-1.5) is one good race away from the A Standards of 11.32 and 23.20.
See the video of her race on the website.
Big 12 Championship
Nebraska Sophomore and South American Junior 200m Bronze Medalist, Dan Dax ran 10.54 (-1.2) in the 100m dash at the Big 12 Championship but missed out making the finals by 0.02.

Greene and Powell breeze through Prelims
May 18, 2008 (From the Guyana Chronicle)

In a last minute push towards qualification for the 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympics, current national sprint champion Rawle Greene and
overseas-based Guyanese Lee Powell secured comfortable victories in
their respective 100m heats on Friday to qualify for the 100m final
of the Hampton International Games at the Hasley Crawford Stadium,

Greene was the first to secure his place when he blew away the
competition by some 10 metres in heat one, clocking a time of 10.50s.

"I just wanted to do enough to qualify, so I wasn't at full blast,
I'm leaving everything I have for the finals," Greene said.

Powell, in the third heat, ran a blistering 10.47s, to gain his
place in the final.
"The race felt real good, I jumped out ahead of the pack and cruised
to the finish," he said. "I am hoping to run somewhere in to 10.20's
so I can get to the Olympics this year," he added.

Powell, who has also competed at the collegiate level in the United
States, also won his 200m heat in a time of 21.28s to qualify for
the final while Greene missed out on qualifying when he placed third
in the same heat in a time of 21.62s.

Royal Youth Movement's (RYM) Treiston Joseph did his club and
country proud when he stormed through to the final in both the boys'
under 20 100m and 200m.

Joseph ran 10.95s to win his 100m heat and then turned in his
personal best (PB) time (22.29s) for second place in the 200m.
Joseph, who has bettered his PB three times this season, told
Stabroek Sport… "I checked the qualifying times for some of the
local athletes and although they are very fast I will run them down
because I am determined to go back home with a medal." Timothy Doris
also of RYM placed second in the U-20 100m (11.23s) and the 200m (PB-
22.78s) heats but only qualified for the 200m since his 100m time
was bettered by competitors in other heats.
Kenneth Semple (11.25s) missed out of the men's 100m final while
Kizan Brumell 11.60s also came up short in the boys' U-20 final.

RYM's Octavia Austin clocked 30.06s in the girls' U-11 200m for
second place and a qualifying spot while Ianna Graham (28.06)
settled for fourth in the girls' U-15 200m. Rhondell Adams, Shannah
Thornhil and Patrick King all ran their PB times in the 400m.

Adams clocked a blistering 48.57s for third place in the men's 400m
(awaiting qualifying status), while Thornhill (1.00.09s) qualified
with second place, and King (52.6s) fourth in the boys' U-20 400m.

The middle and long distance runners: Jonathon Fagundes, Alika
Morgan, Jermaine Pilgrim, Dennis Horatio, Lionel D'Andrade,
Cleveland Thomas and Kiev Chesney,who were scheduled to run heats
yesterday, went straight to the finals.

Jasper Track and Field Assistant Coach Ryan Named Nation of Guyana’s Olympic Track and Field Coach

Riverdale, N.Y. (April 24, 2008) Joe Ryan, the assistant coach of Manhattan College's track and field team, has been selected to be the nation of Guyana's track and field coach for the Olympic Games to be held this summer in Beijing.

Ryan will be situated in Beijing for the month of August and will be staying in the Olympic Village.  Among the athletes he may coach for Guyana will be Manhattan alum, sprinter Aliann Pompey.  Pompey is still looking to post an Olympic qualifying time, but is likely to post that mark and represent Guyana this summer.

This is a great honor and I'm thankful to the Guyana Olympic Committee for putting its faith in me," said Ryan. "I also think it is a tribute to the track and field program at Manhattan College."

Ryan has coached at Manhattan for nearly 20 years. After serving two years as the women's assistant coach and two years as the women's head coach, Ryan has spent the last more than 10 years as an assistant coach in Manhattan's combined track and field program.

In 2003, Ryan was named as of the recipients of the 2003 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. He was one of the 500 selected out of 350,000 high school and college assistant coaches across the nation. He was recognized for his expertise, longevity, contributions to the school and community, and special achivements throughout his career.


Williams and Morgan selected for Beijing 2008 Olympic camp


By Michael DaSilva
CYCLIST Geron Williams and track athlete Alika Morgan have been
selected by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) to attend an
Olympic Youth Camp in Beijing, China.

Addressing members of the media yesterday at Olympic House, GOA's
president K. Juman-Yassin disclosed that each of the association's
affiliates was written to, asking to nominate a male and a female
athlete for possible selection to represent Guyana at the Beijing
Olympic Youth Camp which will involve youth athletes from all the
International Olympic Association's affiliates.

Juman-Yassin said after looking at the names that the various
associations submitted the General Council met and selected Morgan
and Williams as the two who will represent Guyana at the Youth Camp.

The GOA head said Morgan and Williams will leave Guyana on August 4
and will return on either August 16 or 17.

GOA's General Secretary Ivor O'Brien pointed out that the Camp will
be a sport and cultural one and part of the programme will include
some of the Olympic events as well as tours around the city of

Chef de Mission of the Guyana delegation, Noel Adonis, said the
campers from around the world will also attend the opening ceremony
on August 8 and will be able to view the torch relay which will
still be in progress on their arrival in Beijing.

With regards the actual Olympics, Juman-Yassin informed that he had
just recently returned from Beijing where there was an IOC General
Meeting regarding the actual Games and some of the things that were
dealt with included the question of some nations wanting to boycott
the Olympics and the smog situation that is currently a worry for
the IOC.

However, the GOA president informed that all the nations represented
at the meeting signalled their intention to attend the Games. "They
all said there would be no boycott and I've been told by officials
in China that the smog situation will be cleared in time for the

They have agreed to tend to the situation six weeks before the
opening of the Olympics," adding "all factories that produce smoke
and dust will either be closed or relocated and Guyana is satisfied
with the arrangements".

The former Chief Magistrate informed that to date US-based Guyanese
athletes Marian Burnett and Aliann Pompey are the only two athletes
who have made the qualifying times for their respective events at
the Beijing Games.

He could not indicate the times the two US-based athletes recorded
in order to qualify for the prestigious Games, but said Burnett has
qualified for the `A' standard women's 800-metre event, while Pompey
made the `B' standard for the women's 400m race.

Asked who were the officials to accompany the team to China, Juman-
Yassin disclosed that Adonis is the Chef de Mission while Pompey's
US-based coach will accompany her and Burnett.

He said a manager for the two athletes have not been named but names
have been submitted and a decision will be made shortly.

Asked what was the closing date for athletes to make the various
qualifying times and standards, GOA's assistant secretary/treasurer
Garfield Wiltshire notified that the date is July 31.

O'Brien said in addition to Pompey and Burnett, the GOA is still
hopeful that Guyana will get a wild card in Taekwondo.

Greene sets blistering 100m time
April 28, 2008
By Kizan Brumell

A day of exciting events it was as the AmateurAthleticAssociation of
Guyana ran off its fourth President's Invitational Grand Prix meet
at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary yesterday.

Alika Morgan started the day with a bang by blowing away her
competition in the female 1500m, while Jermaine Pilgrim had a close
finish in the male 1500m as he and Cleveland Thomas went diving into
the tape to stop the watch at 4:21.50s and 4:22.50s respectively.

Leota Bobb and Rawle Greene were the first-placed finishers in the
female and male 100m crossing the line with times of 12.40s and a
10.20s respectively.
When the female 400m got underway, Letitia Miles (1:01.90) won
clearly ahead of Jevina Strayker (1:03.50) and Ianna Graham
(1:04.90) while Rhondell Adams (49.90) walked away again with the
male 400m as Odel Adams (50.10) and Carlwyn Collins (52.00) picked
up second and third.
Triston Joseph (22.40) one, Carlton Bobb (23.20) two and Derwin
Eastman (23.40) three, were the top finishers in the male 200m while
Bobb picked up another victory in the female 200m.

Morgan and Jermaine Pilgrim both registered their second wins of the
day in the 800m female and male, joining Leota Bobb as the only
athletes to win two track events.

Terrence Johnson was victorious in the javelin, shot put and discus
throws blowing away his competition in each event.

Phillycia Burke won the discus throw with 26.49m and Stacy Wilson
won the Javelin with a throw of 29.65m.

Kelvin Johnson won the 5000m in 15:58.80 as Dennis Horatio made a
brilliant come back to finish second after trailing in fourth
position for the entire race.

The Inter Guiana Games teams stormed to victory in the male and
female 4×100m relay events while in the male 4×400m relay, Police
Sports Club ran away with a victory in a nail biting race.

Team Guyana - Run - 41.16 - with a 800m runner @ New York Relays
Bascom, Deon
Bascom, Jeremy
Prowell, Lee
Sarabo, Kwesi

Morgan slams AAG over Carifta Games flaws
By Kiev Chesney
Friday, March 28th 2008
Track and Field star Alika Morgan yesterday slammed the Athletics
Association of Guyana (AAG) over its handling of certain issues with
respect to the team's participation at the just concluded Carifta
Games in St Kitts.

The middle and long distance star, who won Guyana's only two medals
at last weekend's games (a silver and a bronze medal), pointed out
that the AAG came up short in a few areas namely the uniforms
provided for the athletes and naming a manager who she said knew
little about athletics.

She also blamed the AAG for not sending a larger contingent to the

"The uniforms that they gave us to run with were uncomfortable for
all the athletes and the team manager said we had to wear them.

"You could have even seen that the boy who ran the 100m (Timothy
Doris), pants were too big when he was next to the other runners.

"My pants felt like a football trunks and it didn't feel like
clothes that I normally run in," she added.

Morgan also faulted the AAG for naming Wendy Hermonstine as team
manager, pointing out that the AAG should have selected someone more
knowledgeable about athletics to accompany the team.

"I also think that the AAG should send a team manager that knows
more about athletics like a coach or somebody who has been about
athletics for a long time," she declared.

Asked to respond to Morgan's comments, president of the AAG, Claude
Blackmore, said that the uniforms were donated by a reputable
company that has made uniforms for the association before.

Though admitting that the AAG erred in not sending a more
knowledgeable individual, Blackmore was at pains to point out that
the AAG could not send a coach or someone more knowledgeable about
athletics because no one else was available at the moment.

"The uniforms were donated by a reputable company that has made
uniforms for many clubs and schools before and I think they even
export those uniforms to parts of the Caribbean.

"It is, however, our fault for not sending someone more qualified in
athletics, but we needed to send a female and no one else was
available," he said.

Morgan also said that the AAG should send more than one participant
to take part in distance events as a tactical move much like the
Jamaicans did in nearly every event at the Carifta Games.

She noted that especially in the events that she took part in,
countries had pairs of athletes running strategically and claimed
that if she had a running mate like Janella Jonas, who had been
shortlisted, but was left behind because of funding, she would have
been able to win both of her events.

Morgan placed third in the girls' Under-20 1500m and second in the
girls' 3000m in a repeat of her last year's performance.

Though her performance in the two events is considered exceptional
by many, Morgan said she was somewhat disappointed that she was not
able to bring home a gold medal for her country.

In the 3000m Morgan said that she led for most of the race but lost
her form in the final 100m and was edged at the line.

"I did not really get to train much for this event because of the
rain which kept me inactive for a while. I think that I ran better
last year, and now that we have better weather, I will get back to
my training to move on to bigger things," she said.

Morgan returns home with silver, bronze medals (Kaieteur News)
- calls for more support in future races

Guyana's top female distance athlete Alika Morgan, who returned home
with silver and bronze medals from the March 22-24 Junior Carifta
Games in St. Kitts, told Kaieteur Sport that she was a bit
disappointed with her performance.
Morgan, who was part of a three-man team that included middle
distance runner Ricardo Martin and sprinter Timothy Doris, said that
she felt she could have done better if her preparations were more
She gained the silver in the 3,000 metres, while the bronze was
secured in the 1,500 metres.
"I was not happy with the times I ran faster times before, but
because I'm doing extra lessons now and the bad weather we had
severely affected my preparations," Morgan pointed out.
She said she was not fully prepared like last year and that was one
of the reasons a gold medal was not won.
Another reason Morgan stated that could have affected her quest for
gold was that she was running against a strong Jamaican team that
had a few athletes in her races and they ran as a team lending vital
support to each other.
She added that this is a situation that has to be corrected since
according to her other countries are registering more than one
athlete for each race and they are supporting each other admirably.
Morgan returned times of 10 minutes 15 seconds for the 3,000 metres
and 4:47 for the 1,500 metres; times she indicated were way off her
best. She felt that if training partner Jenella Jonas was present,
the results would have been different.
Another complaint made by Morgan was the apparel they were given to
run in which she said was not ideal for them, referring to them as
football trunks and not the usual skin fitting outfits seen in
athletics nowadays.
She also revealed that she felt some amount of displeasure that
Manager Amanda Hermanstine had not seen it fit to accompany her or
even offer a comment on the team's performance to the media to
Meanwhile, Martin and Doris failed to gain a medal.
Special thanks were expressed to Mr. and Mrs. Black, the Guyana
Olympic Committee, Athletic Association of Guyana and her stable
mates Kelvin Johnson and Jonas.

Morgan again does Guyana proud at 2008 Junior Carifta Games
Wednesday, March 26th 2008
Once again Guyana's middle and long distance athletic sensation
Alika Morgan did her country proud by copping a silver and bronze
medal at the 2008 Carifta Games held last weekend in St.

Just as she did last year, Morgan made the podium in both of her
events, placing third in the girls' under-20 1500m and second in the
girls' 3000m.

Although her times were slower than last year's, Morgan returned the
same position as she did the previous year in both events.

In the 1500m, Morgan clocked a time of 4:44.48s, three seconds off
her last year's time , while Jamaicans Natoya Goule and Mackola
Joseph finished 1-2 in 4:33.69s and 4:45.22s respectively.

At the 2007 Carifta Games in the Turks and Caicos, Morgan placed
second to Jamaican Tenisha Davis who won the race by .32s after a
close sprint to the finish.

This year, Morgan was edged out of a gold medal yet again by a
Jamaican who, coincidentally, carries her surname. Niesha Morgan
edged her at the line, finishing in a time of 10:15.22s while Alika
Morgan finished in 10:15.28s.

Timothy Doris of Royal Youth Movement, who, according to the
Athletics Association of Guyana was the only athlete to make their
qualifying standards, failed to make the finals in both the boys'
under-17 100m and 200m.

Doris was placed in heat two for both the boys' 100m and 200m, and
placed seventh in both of those events crossing the line in 11.63s
and 23.7s respectively.

This event was eventually won by Bahamian Geno Jones who clocked
10.76, while Moriba Morain (10.84s) of Trinidad and Christopher
Garia (11.00) placed second and third.

Rupununi-based middle distance athlete Ricardo Martin improved on
the 4:45s that he ran in the 1500m at the Athletics Association's
Carifta Trials and ran 4:33.40s which was good enough to earn him an
eighth place finish from 14 entries in the boys' under-17 1500m.

According to the official website of the 2008 Junior Carifta Games,
Martin was apparently disqualified in the preliminary rounds of the
highly contested boys under-17 800m for a reason unknown to this
newspaper at this time.

The 800m U-17 finals was won by Javere Bell of Jamaica who ran a
time of 1:56.12s followed by Anthonio Mascoll (1:56.68s) and
Jamaican Waquar Dacosta (1:58.99).

Burnett gets to World's Indoor semis
Guyana's middle-distance star and records holder, Marian Burnett was
knocked from her chance to get to the Women's 800m final at the 12th
IAAF World Indoor Championships at the meet which ended yesterday in
Valencia, Spain.

Amid unlikely Russian casualties on the first day of the global
meet, Burnett used her trademark grit to run to a new time of two
minutes, two point six-five seconds (2:02.65) to place third in her
heat on Friday.

That performance got her into the 12-runner semifinals on Saturday,
where she clocked 2:02.27 for fifth in the second race in front of a
packed Luis Puig Velodrome Palace crowd. However, it was not enough
to get the Guyanese into the six-person final, as she finished
eighth overall from a field of 12 of the world's best.

Almost all of the half-milers came away from the three-day meet with
season bests (SB), personal bests (PB), national records (NR) or
area records (AR). However, in a tactical final, perennial Olympic
and world champion Maria Mutola (2:02.97) of Mozambique saw her
chance for an unprecedented eighth indoor crown evaporate as she was
outfoxed at the end of the four laps and finished her distinguished
indoor career with a bonze.

Surprisingly, Australia's 400m and 800m champion Tamsyn Lewis, who
brought her spectacular outdoor season form from 'down under', got
the gold in 2:02.57. Lewis, had also set a new Australian indoor
record (2:01.85) in the earlier rounds. Silver went to Ukraine
champion Tatyana Petlyuk (2:02.66) who in earlier rounds had a PB
and meet best 1:59.58.

Earlier in the meet, event favourite Natalya Ignatova (Russia)
limped over last in the same opening race with Burnett, and was
later disqualified for running out of lane. Ignatova who came in
with the field's fastest time of the year (1:58.84) was half of the
Russian disappointment as her compatriot Mariya Savinova who holds
the season's third best time (1:59.46) had finished a distant fourth
in heat three - 2:06.72.

As is customary, the 5'1" Guyanese was pitted in a cluster of much
taller runners, but managed to defy that adversity with a nifty
approach and execution for her best ever indoor performance. The
diminutive Burnett, who has been living in Germany after breaking
her national one mile indoor record in January in the USA, has been
having a favourable indoor season on the European circuit. She won
gold and silver, and twice placed 4th in four meets in Germany and
Sweden. Burnett who is the only Guyanese listed in an IAAF top-50
world ranking, coming it a #22 as at March 4, will likely ascend the
chart with these performances.

Another Guyanese, Deon Bascom also competed at the championships,
and recorded a time of 1:55.88 to place fifth among six runners in
his heat of the Men's 800m on the opening day. The US-based
Guyanese, whose time was almost six seconds outside his personal
best, failed to advance out of the opening round.

Two days later, the Men's crown was also surprisingly won by
teenaged Sudanese Abubaker Kaki Khamis (1:44.81 - PB), who held off
pre-meet favourite Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa (1:44.91), and
Bahrain's Yussuf Saad Kamel (1:45.26).

Collins shines at Carifta trials
By Kiev Chesney
Monday, March 10th 2008

Carlwyn Collins of the Progressive Youth Club (Police) completed an
oustanding sprint double in the 200 and 400m under-17 category
yesterday at the Athletics Association of Guyana's Carifta Trials
held at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.

The 15-year-old Collins, ignored the soggy, rained-out condition of
the Eve Leary ground and outclassed the entire field in the hope of
impressing the selectors for the 2008 Carifta Games scheduled to
take place from March 22-24 in St. Kitts/Nevis.

In his pet event, the 400m, Collins ran a blistering 54:80s to
finish ahead of Learie Campbell (57:70s) and Carlon Pitt (58:10s).

In the 200m, Collins shot-out from lane one and flew past four
athletes, making up the stagger at the 150m mark before easing past
rival Timothy Doris (24:20s) on the final straight to cross the line
in a time of 23:50s.

Collins's coach, Lyndon Wilson, told Stabroek Sport that he gave his
athlete an important race strategy to adapt to the condition of the

"I told him that he should run the turn as hard as possible and then
give it his best on the final straight since he was placed at a
disadvantage in the muddiest lane on the track," Wilson said.

The quickness of Triston Joseph was exhibited in the boys' under-20
100 and 200m when the Royal Youth Movement athlete completed his
sprint double recording times of 10:80s and 22:9s respectively.

Joseph won the 100m ahead of Ian Campbell (11.10s) and Maekel
Williams (11:40s) and 200m ahead of Stephen Harris (23.00) and Ian
Campbell (23.30s).

Alika Morgan also claimed commanding victories in the girls' U-20
1500m (5:05.9s) and 3000m (10:55.10s) while her training partner
Janella Jonas won the girls' U-17 800 (2:227s) and 1500m (5:08.9s)
respectively to ensure a clean sweep of the female distance events
for the Rising Stars club.

The middle-distance sensation hailing from the Rupununi Track Club,
Ricardo Martin, stole the spotlight from seasoned campaigner
Jonathon Fagundes just as he did at last year's schools' Nationals,
as he captured victories in the boys under-17 1500m (4:35.00) and
800m (2:14.40s) races.

Fagundes, was however, able to win the boys' under-17 3000m in the
absence of Martin, finishing ahead of Fernando Primus (10:16s) and
Colin Lewis (10:29s).

Timothy Doris of Royal Youth Movement clocked 11:20s in the boys' U-
17 100m as he made quick work of Jamoke David (11:50s) and Ageday
Chavez of Ruralites 11:60s.

Also of Royal Youth Movement, Letitia Myles ran a speedy 1:03.90s in
the girls' U-17 400m, ahead of Keyandra Zephyr (1:06.70s) and Jevina
Straker (1:06.80s).

Ianna Graham ran a blistering 27:00s to finish ahead on Tiffany
Smith (27:60) and Myles (27:70s) in the girls' U-17 200m.

Afeez Samad recovered from his fourth-place finish in the U-20 boy's
200m, to win the boys' U-20 400m in 53.20s, piping Odel Adams
(53.40s) and Adrian Ross (56.30s).

Shemeka Caesar won the girl's U-17 javelin while Phillycia Burke
captured the girls' under 20 Javelin with a throw of 23.15 metres.

Brooklyn Crash Kills 96 Olympian Roger Gill age, 35.
To the Stony Brook Community,

This past weekend, Stony Brook lost two of its great alumni and two
special men, Roger L. Gill ('95) and Warren Davies ('97) in a tragic
car accident. Both men were just thirty-five years old. We have been
friends, no brothers, of Roger and Warren since during our days at
Stony Brook from 1990 to the present and while we send our
condolences to both families at this time, we wanted to share a
little bit about the man we all knew as Roger and the type of
husband, father, son, friend and student athlete that the University
community can be proud to call one of its own.

Roger was recruited by some of the top track programs in America
(including UCLA & Georgia Tech), yet chose Stony Brook for its
educational and athletic opportunities. Roger was a 4 time All State
high school track athlete in high school and decided to attend Stony
Brook with 4 other freshman. These freshman, along with senior Jean
Massilon became known as the "Stony Brook Express." The Stony Brook
Express brought forth a golden age at Stony Brook for the men's
track and field team and this group still currently holds over 12
university men's track and field records, captured the ECAC track
championships in 1991 (the first one ever), and has several All-
Americans and Olympians. Roger graduated from Stony Brook with a BA
in Human Resource Management and took graduate classes at Stony

Roger epitomizes the notion of student athlete, husband, father and
a quality person in America that we can all honor. While at Stony
Brook, Roger was Stony Brook's first ever Freshman All-American.
Roger was also one of two members of the Express to run in the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta. One of our proudest moments in life was
seeing him and Anderson Vilien on television as they marched in the
Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies. It brought tears to
our eyes see our former teammates at the Olympics when knowing just
two years before we would all speak, not in jest, about how they
would run in the Olympics. That was typical Roger, setting goals and
achieving them.

Roger was truly a special student athlete. We all drew strength from
Roger's ability and desire to be the best. He was known for his
ability to bring our relay teams back from 4th or 5th place to first
in a blink of an eye. We also remember watching his performance at
the Penn Relays, where he passed 6 teams, many of which were
Division I programs to lead our relay to victory. It was because of
Roger that our team continued to get better, stronger and faster. We
had no fear with our leader by our side, and Roger never showed any

Clearly, if you look at the university record books, Roger is the
best athlete that Stony Brook has ever had, both pre and post the
division I move. Roger not only performed at meets, he was one of
the hardest working students we knew. We all owe part of our own
track success at Stony Brook directly to Roger, who pushed us,
reminded us that we could do better and eventually let by example on
the track and in life.

Roger ran for the love of the sport. Back then, there were no
athletic scholarships and no additional funds for the athletic
department. We even had to purchase our own running shoes. But
despite this, Roger ran all four years, proudly wearing the Stony
Brook jersey. He was even the last SB athlete to compete under the
old school mascot, the Patriots.

But, there's so much more to Roger than just his running. He and his
wife are part of the Stony Brook family. Our Stony Brook family. He
fell in love and married Annette Hicks ('96), who is also a SB
alumni, and they have shared over ten years of marriage together.
During her time at SB, Annette was elected SGA vice-president and
president. To us, the Gill family reminds us of how unique our SB
experience has been to all of us. Roger and Annette have four
beautiful daughters, ranging from 10 to 1 years old. And, they are
expecting twins in the coming months. This is truly a tragic event
in all of our lives and for the Stony Brook community.

We were with Roger the night of his death, and as usual he spoke of
his wife, his daughters and becoming a new father again. That night
he also spoke of Stony Brook, and discussed why it was that neither
he nor any of the Express members were in the Athletic Hall of Fame
at Stony Brook. In some ways, it bothered not only him, but all of
us, and its ironic to know that during his final day, he still had
Stony Brook on his mind. He truly admired our University and lived a
beautiful life.

Given all of what the Gill family has accomplished and meant for
Stony Brook, the time is now for the University to take action and
acknowledge to Roger's family how special Roger was to our
University. Everyone of our past, current and future students should
aspire to live life as Roger did. Therefore, we are sure that the
University will join us and our friends to help Roger's family at
this time. We hope that the University is willing to recognize Roger
and Annette's efforts in life by providing their children with
scholarships to the University, and additional support, as we all
take this time to honor one of Stony Brook's greatest alumni.

Roger's additional accomplishments: First Freshman All-American, 6
time All-American, 2 time SBU Athlete of the Year, 2 time ECAC- MVP,
Senior Athlete of the Year, Milrose Games- Madison Square Garden-
1st Place- 4x400M, Guyana National Record Holder- 4x400M, Bronze
Medal CAC (Central American and Caribbean) Games- 4x400M.

He was also involved in the following activities at Stony Brook:
Polity Senator, Vice President- Caribbean Student Organization,
Gospel Choir, Faculty / Staff Advisor- Caribbean Student
Organization, Student Manager- Campus Catering, Assistant
Foodservice Manager, Part of Opening Team for the Student Activities
Center, Foodservice Director- Stony Brook Union, Humanities Café.

Roger was also a deacon at his church, Corona Seventh Day Adventist
Church, where he and his family often participated in many of the
church's activities.

With love, brotherhood, and admiration. We will always miss you
Roger and Warren.

Courtney O'Mealley Jerry Canada Jeremiah Ellis
Jean Massilion Anderson Vilien Wayne Mattadeen

Donations to benefit Roger's daughters and wife Annette should be
payable to the "Roger L. Gill Family Trust". Donations should then
be sent care of Jerry Canada, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, One Broadway, NY,
NY 10004.

Roger Gill Arrangements

Wednesday March 5th
5pm – 9pm viewing
Roy L Gilmore's Funeral Home
19102 Linden Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11412
(718) 529-3030

Thursday March 6th
Viewing from 5pm – 7pm.
Funeral Service from 7pm – until.
Corona Seventh Day Adventist Church
35-40 103rd Street
Corona, NY 11368

Friday March 7th
meet at church at 9am.
8315 Kew Gardens Road
Jamaica, NY 11415

Stony Brook - Long Island Tribute to Roger Gill

Guyana Olympic sprinter Gill dies in Brooklyn car crash (ESPN & Associated Press Article)

Olympic sprinter among five dead in city car crashes (NY Daily News)