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Ten Belizean athletes to compete in Mexico’s National Athletics Championship in Querétaro

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Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 4:13 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize is sending ten athletes to compete as invited guests in Mexico’s National Athletics Championship in Querétaro.

“We’re sending a team to the Mexico Senior National Championships in Querétaro, Mexico from the 11th to the 13th,” said Deon Sutherland, president of the Belize Athletics Association.

Traveling details have not been finalized yet, but the team is more than likely leaving on on June 9.

“We have a list of eleven athletes,” Sutherland said.

However, National 1500m and 5000m champ Brandon Adolphus is not traveling because the dates clash with the Central American Cross Country Championship in Guatemala.

Since it’s Mexico’s National Championship, the Belizean athletes will participate as invited guests, but their times will be considered for the international events coming up, including the Tokyo Olympics.

“We’re asking for participation because we want our athletes to get timing and more events under their belt in order to qualify for ranking points for the Olympics and the Pan American Games 2023,” said Sutherland.

In the Men’s Category, National 100m champ Shaun Gill, National 200m champ Mark Anderson, National 200m subchamp and 3rd place in 100m Rahim Monsanto, and Jihad Ahmaad will compete in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay, Linden Wade will compete in the 400m and 800m, while National 400m champ Gary Neal will compete in the 200m and 400m. National discus champion Canaan Smith will also compete in Querétaro.

In the Women’s category, the BAA is sending Samantha Dirks to compete in the 200m and 400m, National 100m champ Hilary Gladden will participate in the 100m and 200m, Ashontie Carr will do the 400 and 800m, and her sister Ashantie Carr will compete in the long and triple jumps. All four will also compete in the 4x100m relay.

Since Adolphus is going to the Central American Cross Country Championship in Guatemala, Sutherland said the BAA is considering sending another athlete in his place.

The team will be led by BAA Executive member and coach Shelmadine Carr.

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