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Former Morgan State Track Athletes Win Gold in Mexico

by Kevin Paige
Special to the AFRO

    Former Lady Bear Romona Modeste, seen on far right with her teammates, helped Trinidad and Tobago capture gold in the 4X400 meter relay in Morelia, Mexico. (Courtesy Photo)
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BALTIMORE, Md.-- Former Morgan State track and field athletes Romona Modeste and Allison Randall continue to perform on the grand stage. Both athletes won gold medals in their respective events at the Central American Caribbean Athletics Championships (CACAC), which were held on July 5-7, 2013 in Morelia, Mexico.

Modeste, who was a member of Morgan State's 2005 squad which captured the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Team Championship and is the school's record holder in the 400m hurdles (57.92 in 2006), won gold in the 4x400 meter relay for Trinidad & Tobago. The team ran a time of 3:30.64, which currently ranks them among the top eight fastest times in the world.

"Our goal was to qualify for the World Championship and in doing that we won gold, broke our national record as well as ranked No. 8 on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) list," said Modeste on the team's performance. "Going into the World Championship we aim at breaking our record again and making it to the finals."

Modeste and her 4X400 meter teammates of Shawna Fermin, Sparkle McKnight and Alena Brooks will head to Finland on July 26, where they will look to improve on their time, before competing in the 14th Annual IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place Aug. 10-18, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

Allison Randall, who is the MEAC and school record holder in the weight throw, as well as school record holder in the discus (52.65m in 2010), captured gold in the discus at the CACAC with a throw of 55.26.