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Cayman Invitational 2014 attracts a 'formidable foursome' of top hurdlers
Published on April 26, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Cayman Invitational 2013 Women’s Hurdles

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Organisers for this year’s Cayman Invitational, taking place on Wednesday 7th May, will present a star studded line up of top international athletes all set to battle it out for the top spot in their chosen race.

Third-time returnees Tiffany Williams of the United States, Ajoke Odumosu of Nigeria and Jamaican representatives Ristananna Tracey and Shevon Stoddart are scheduled to race in the women's 400 m hurdles event, a particularly exciting event given the stature of the participating athletes.

Odumosu set the standard in 2012 with a winning mark of 55.09 seconds, but slipped to fifth last year. Williams upped her position from runner-up to the top spot in 2013, bringing down the record to an amazing 55.04 s. Tracey jumped from sixth place in her first appearance to the second spot in 2013 and Stoddart has finished fourth in both previous outings.

Meet director and international athlete Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens said the race is sure to be a tightly run event.

“Although any one of this formidable foursome could stand on the top step during the victory ceremony, other possible show-stealing starters will include veteran Nickiesha Wilson from Jamaica,” she confirmed. “Every one of the competitors in the event presents an impressive list of accomplishments.”

Williams, from Miami, Florida represented the Miami Northwest Express Club in her early competitive career. She won the South-eastern Conference 400 m hurdles three times and was also a 15-time All-American while attending the University of South Carolina. She was the United States champion in the event in 2007 and 2008 and was a finalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her personal best is listed at 53.28 s.

Odumosu is the national record holder for Nigeria in the women's 400 m hurdles at 54.40s posted in the semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympics. Prior to that achievement, she had attained several victories and other medal-winning performances at international competitions. She struck gold at the African Championships in 2008, the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the All-Africa Games in 2011. Odumosu was a standout for the University of South Alabama track squad.

Lowering her time substantially to place second at last year's Cayman Invitational, Tracey has a formidable record of achievements. At the World Junior Championships in 2010 she finished fifth and the following year she was victorious at the CAC Junior Championships. At the Jamaica National Championships in 2011 her second place time of 54.50 s. was noted as the second-best all-time mark in the event at the junior level.

Stoddart is another stalwart representative of the University of South Carolina. She competed for Jamaica at the 2004 Athens Olympics while still in college and later in 2008 in Beijing, where she finished fourth. She gained a third-place medal at the CAC Games in 2005 and competed in the World Championships later that year. Shevon placed fifth at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. Her best mark for the 400 m hurdles is 54.40 s. In addition, Stoddart is a noted singer, songwriter and model.

For Wilson, Cayman Invitational 2014 will be her first appearance at the event. She has enjoyed a distinguished career representing Jamaica all the way from CARIFTA up to the Olympics. She is acclaimed as the most prolific hurdler in NCAA history for her achievements in the 60 m, 100 m and 400 m hurdle events at Louisiana State University, where she won three NCAA titles and was named a 17-time All-American. At the 2010 Continental Cup, she defeated runner-up Odumosu.
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