Myaguez, Puerto Rico - Current and former Texan and Lady Texan track and field athletes had successful outings at the recent Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games held July 15-17 in Myaguez, Puerto Rico. In all, SPC athletes earned one Gold, two Silver, and a bronze medal.
Renny Quow, who ran for the Texans during the 2008 and 2009 track seasons and is the former school record holder in the 400 meters, claimed the Gold medal in the 400 meter dash with a time of 45.44 seconds. Quow's time of 46.11 seconds in the preliminary round was the fastest to enter the final.
Andrae Williams was the final athlete to qualify for the final of the men's 400, clocking a time of 46.48 seconds in the preliminary. Williams finished sixth in the final with a time of 46.69 seconds.
Six-time 2011 NJCAA champion Jura Levy earned two silver medals at the CAC Games with runner-up finishes in the 100 meter dash and as a member of Jamaica's 4x100 meter relay team. Levy finished behind Semoy Hackett - an NCAA All-American and winner of the 2011 SEC Commissioner's trophy for LSU - in a fairly pedestrian time of 11.36 seconds. She later ran the opening leg of the 4x100 meter relay to help Jamaica to a time of 43.63 seconds and a second place finish behind Trinidad & Tobago.
Natoya Goule came up just short in her bid to attain the World Championship ‘A' or ‘B' standard when she finished third in her primary event, the 800 meter dash. Goule's finishing time of 2 minutes, 2.83 seconds was 1.53 seconds off the ‘B' standard of 2:01.30. Goule just barely missed the standard late last month when she finished second at the Jamaican Championships in 2:01.45.
The 2011 summer track circuit continues to be a busy season for current and former Texans and Lady Texans. Rondell Bartholomew - the fastest man over 400 meters in 2011 - is preparing to run two Diamond League meets in Stockholm (July 29) and London (August 5-6) before taking on the best in the world at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea August 27-September 4. Levy is reportedly scheduled to compete in London and has also qualified for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships.