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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Perinchief Transfers from Arkansas to Texas Tech

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Bermuda Olympic Hopeful Jah-Nhai Perinchief has transferred from the University of Arkansas to Texas Tech University.

This summer the University of Arkansas Track and Field coach that recruited Perinchief informed the student Athletes that he was leaving and going to University of Tennessee, which turned out to be a shock to Perinchief.

Perinchief has now decided to attend the school that he was originally supposed to go to, Assistant Coach James Thomas was the one that helped him get into Junior College.

Assistant Coach Thomas said, “Perinchief is easily one of the most talented individuals I have seen at the youth, junior college, or D-1 level. He has extremely high goals and I am excited to help guide him towards hos goals of making his family and Bermuda proud.”
Monday, November 12, 2018
IAAF Announce Existing Qualification System Remains

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As tickets go on sale for the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Championships in Doha, the IAAF have announced that the existing qualification system will remain in place, reversing their initial decision.

It was previously planned that a new world rankings system would be used to qualify athletes for next year's Championships, but this suggestion received significant criticism.

Critics argued it would heavily favour certain types of athletes and geographical areas, saying it would primarily benefit those invited to Diamond League events and athletes from the Northern Hemisphere, where the vast majority of the IAAF's high-ranking events take place.

Now, following feedback from "the global athletics community", the IAAF have announced they will continue to use the traditional system involving qualification times and distances, for the time being.

"After carefully listening to groups across the global athletics community, it is apparent while there is broad support for a new world ranking system, there is still work to do to give full confidence that the points-based system is equally fair to all athletes and in all regions," a statement from the governing body reads.

Rather than shelving the new proposal entirely, they say they will continue to explore and develop the idea.

The IAAF said the new world ranking system will be introduced as planned next year, just not to qualify athletes for the World Championships.

"The IAAF's primary concern, as always, is for the athletes," the statement continued.

"So, while uncertainty remains in the points-based process the IAAF will extend the period of consultation.

"To do this without impacting the training regimes and preparations in advance of the IAAF World Championships next year, the IAAF Council agreed to stick with the existing qualification system."

"The IAAF Council has also agreed to introduce the new world rankings system as planned for the 2019 season so all athletes and all federations can follow the world ranking system in real time and become more familiar with the process before they become the primary qualifying route for the major Championships."

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said he strongly believes that long term, a world ranking system is the best way forward.

"Implementing change takes time as it is important our athletes and federations fully understand what is a complex system," he said.
Friday, November 02, 2018
Thom Awarded Canada Development Coach of the Year
In honor of his immense work in Para athletics, the late Ken Thom has been awarded the Canadian Paralympic Sport Award for Development Coach of the Year.

Thom many would know coached Bermuda Paralympian Jessica Lewis and touched many hearts and minds of Bermudians, Thom passed away September 24th 2017 and Canada have recognized the work he has done.

Lewis current coach Curtis Thom, son of Ken Thom and a three-time Paralympian said, “I know my dad would be honoured and thrilled to win this award. I and many other athletes benefited greatly from his enthusiasm and dedication to our sport. On behalf of my dad and my family, I want to thank the Canadian Paralympic Committee for honouring my dad's contribution to Canadian parasport.”
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Perinchief's Arkansas Season Set

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Jah-Nhai Perinchief and his Arkansas Men’s Track & Field team look to follow up their solid 2018 outing with an exceptional 2019 campaign set to tackle a loaded schedule that features 18 days of home competition in the Track Capital of the World.

The Razorbacks hosted 14 days of competition in 2018, the most among power-5 conference schools.

“We think we have the best home schedule in the United States this year, welcoming many of the nation’s top teams to our home tracks,” said men’s head coach Chris Bucknam. “It should be really exciting for our community and fans. The road to the NCAA Championships certainly runs through Arkansas during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. For the first time in our program’s history, we will host both the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships – the best team-scored meet in the world. The teams and individuals at both championships will be the main contenders at the NCAA Championships later on in the season, with many advancing on to the World Championships later next summer. During the indoor season, we will welcome top teams and individuals at both the Razorback and Tyson Invitationals to the Randal Tyson Track Center and the Fastest Track in the World. The National Relay Championship will once again be a highlight the outdoor season – last year’s meet produced some of the top marks in the country and we expect the same for 2019.”

Among those 10 Fayetteville-based meets is the return of the best regular season meet in the country, the second annual National Relay Championships, scheduled for April 26-27 at John McDonnell Field. Last year’s relays propelled teams to exceptional finishes at the NCAA meet. On the women’s side, nine of 14 teams at the National Relay Championships finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while on the men’s side, eight of 16 teams at the National Relay Championships finished in the top 25. Modeled after the flourishing, biennial IAAF World Relays, the National Relay Championships aims to invoke a spirited rivalry among the most competitive and historical college programs in track and field in advance of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Prior to the National Relay Championships, Arkansas will host five meets during the indoor season, culminating with the SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 at the Randall Tyson Track Center. For Arkansas, this will be the ninth time hosting at Randal Tyson Track Center since 2000 (2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2000) with Arkansas’ men taking home the title on all eight occasions.

Following the SEC Indoor Championships, Arkansas will then focus its attention on adding to its NCAA trophy collection (41), traveling to Birmingham, Ala. March 8-9 for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Smith Inducted Into Missouri S&T Hall of Fame

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Missouri S&T has inducted a distinguished class to the Miner Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that includes Bermuda’s three-time competitor in the Summer Olympics Tyrone Smith.

Smith was a standout performer for the Miner Track & Field program, where he won numerous Great Lakes Valley Conference championships in the jumping events, then carried that success to the international stage where he has competed in the Olympic Games on three occasions.

During his Miner career, Smith was the NCAA Great Lakes Region's "Field Event Athlete of the Year" in for the 2006 Indoor season and later that year was named as the "Male Athlete of the Year" by the GLVC, after capturing conference Championships in both the Indoor and Outdoor Long Jump.

Smith also won the Indoor Long Jump in 2007 and was a two-time indoor triple jump champion in the GLVC. Following his time in a Miner uniform, Smith went into the international circuit and qualified for Bermuda for the Olympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016, highlighted by reaching the Long Jump Finals in 2012.

Smith, the holder of the National Record in the event in his country, earned another significant honor at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero as he was selected to serve as his nation's flag bearer as the Bermuda Olympic team entered the stadium during the opening ceremonies.

Smith commented on social media saying, “I’m pretty excited, I never thought I’d be this excited to go back to Missouri S&T.”
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