Setting records. The Brampton Track Club’s girls youth 4 x 100m relay team set a Canadian youth record recently in winning the gold medal at the provincial championships. Team members from left are: Nita Patterson-Reid, Naomi Kerr, Khamica Bingham, and Jayden Chevannes-Skeens.
Khamica Bingham set an Ontario and Canadian youth record at the Ontario Bantam, Midget and Youth Track and Field Championship recently at York University.
Bingham, who competes for the Brampton Track Club, sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 609, ran a time of 11.53 seconds in the 100m. That broke the Ontario record of 11.56 established by Angela Bailey in 1979. She also broke the Canadian mark of 11.54 seconds set by Jenni Hucul in 2003.
Bingham then won the 200m in a personal best time of 23.78. She finished ahead of Christina Brennan of Waterdown, the Canadian record holder in the 200m and the recent silver medallist in that event at the World Youth Championship in France. BTC had other individual medals. Jayden Chevannes-Skeens took a silver in the midget 100m in 12.16 seconds. Naomi Kerr was a pair of bronze medals, in the youth 100m in 12.22 and the youth 200m with a clocking of 24.95. The club had two relay teams set new records in wining their events. In the 4 x 100m Brampton now holds the national youth record of 46.27 seconds, breaking the previous Canadian record of 47.79, set in 2010. The BTC quartet was made up of Skeens, Kerr, Nita Patterson-Reid and Bingham.
In the youth 4 x 200m BTC won gold in a time of 1:40.65, just missing the Ontario record by two tenths of a second. Team members were Kerr, Shanice Prendergast, Patterson-Reid and Bingham. BTC has begun training this season on the new track at Chinguacousy Park and is hoping to host major track meets at the facility in the future. The club needs equipment and is looking for sponsorship. For more information contact Frank Bucca at 905-793-4068.