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Local Track and Field athletes exposed to “high level competition”

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(L-R) Coach Mahuka, Alexarae Toeina, Pele Seigafo, Elama Faatonu, Claire Morgan and Alex Morgan. Faatonu will represent the territory in Track and Field at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, while it is unknown at this time if any of the women will be a part of the local Olympic team. [courtesy photo]

American Samoa was represented by five Track and Field athletes June 27-29 at the Track and Field Oceania Regional Championships held at Barlow Park in Cairns, Australia.

The athletes were Alexandra Morgan, Alexarae Toeaina, Claire Morgan, Elama Faatonu and Pele Seigafo with Coach Clayton ‘Boom’ Mahuka along with Assistant and Team Manager Ruth Mahuka guiding the athletes as they competed at the Oceania Regional Championship in Cairns, Australia.

“Cairns gave our athletes exposure to high level competition and this is a real benefit for our program in American Samoa,” said Mahuka. “I was impressed with how our athletes handled themselves as they developed bonds with athletes from other federations. As far as how they performed, our runners improved from times set before they left the island”.

“We still have a lot of work to do and the field event athletes did us proud. Elama Faatonu will be representing us in Barcelona, Spain, then in London for the 100 meters and we wish him the best,” said Mahuka.

Here is a list of the American Samoa Track and Field Athletes and how they performed last week in Australia:

Alexandra Morgan (Women’s Under 20) Shot Put: Gold Medal for Eastern Division-11.44 meters. Discus Throw: Gold Medal for Eastern Division-46.79 meters.

Alexarae Toeaina (Women’s Open) Shot Put: Gold Medal for Eastern Division-11.44 meters. Discus Throw: Gold Medal for Eastern Division-48.99 meters. Hammer Throw: Gold Medal for Eastern Division-41.98 meters.

Claire Morgan (Women’s Open) Javelin Throw: Silver Medal for Eastern Division-34.20 meters (Broke American Samoa’s Javelin Record of 32.71 meters). Discus Throw: Silver Medal for Eastern Division-44.91 meters.

Elama Faatonu (Men’s Under 20) 100 Meter Sprint: Electrical Time-11.72 seconds. Hand Timed-11.47 seconds. 11th overall out of 16 runners.

Pele Seigafo (Men’s Open) 800 Meter Run: 2:37.27-5th place overall Eastern Division

 Samoa News wishes Elama Faatonu the best as he competes among the elite athletes of the world in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England from July 27 to August 12, 2012.

It is unknown at this time, if any of the women who competed at Cairns, will be a part of the local team to the 2012 Summer Olympics Games.

Samoa News will bring more photos of the Track and Field Oceania Regional Championships on Thursday, July 5th.



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