NSAF Leads Contingent Of 28 American Athletes In Cuba

The NSAF site visit at Grand Bahamas Stadium in early May. Pictured are (left to right): Jason Larrimore; Sandra Laing, Special Projects Ministry of Tourism; Denyse Ferguson Rolle, Bahamas Air representative; Kristi Rieger, NSAF; Joy Kamani, NSAF; Jay Philippe, Ministry of Tourism-Sports Division. Jason Larrimore is the meet director and head coach of the Kenyan Knights TC in Freeport.

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The National Scholastic Athletics Federation selected 28 athletes from the United States to compete for the first time at the Frederick Bastian Track and Field Classic at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex in the Bahamas on Saturday. 

The roster includes athletes from 13 different states: Alabama (3), Florida (3), Georgia (4), Illinois (2), Kansas (1), Maryland (1), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (6), Utah (1), Virginia (1) and Washington (1).  

The contingent of American athletes won 26 individual titles in their respective states. The American squad includes recent 4-event state title winner Meghan Hunter of Provo (UT), New Balance Nationals Indoor 400m runner-up Nick Ramey of Brookwood (GA) and Thomas Dale (VA) senior Titiana Marsh, a three-time All-American at New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor. 

Formerly The Caribbean Scholastic Invitational, the change in venue was prompted by renovations to the track and field stadium in Cuba. The inaugural meet was launched in 2006 by the NSAF to give high school athletes -- mainly junior-class students -- an international team competition and travel opportunity. 

The NSAF staff, including managers, coaches and other personnel includes 10 individuals. 

USA Roster: 

  • Boys: Gatlin Lawson (100/200), Caleb Jackson (100/200), Charles Lewis (100/200), Randolph Ross (400), Nick Ramey (400), Hugh Brittenham (800), Andre Turay (110mH), Myles Marshall (110mH), Dominick Houston-Shepard (400mH), Charles McBride (HJ), Matthew Boling (LJ), Kevin Snyder (TJ), Patrick Piperi (Shot put), Sam Hankins (Jav).
  • Girls: Aliya Wilson (100/200), Kailei Collins (100/200), Nicole Payne (400), Jan'Taijah Ford (400), Dajour Miles (400), Meghan Hunter (400), Brynne Sumner (800), Ally Henson (100mH), Darci Khan (100mH), Rayniah Jones (400mH), Titiana Marsh (LJ), Tosin Alao (TJ), Chloe Lindeman (Shot put), Skylar Ciccolini (Jav).