GBTC sent two athletes, Kateema Reittie in javelin and Sherita Williams in triple jump, to compete at the televised Reebok Grand Prix track meet at the Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, NY, on June 11.
Female javelin thrower Kateema Reittie, 2x NCAA Champion, 2x Jamaican National Champ, Central America & Caribbean Champ Runner up, (4x All-American) lines up against some of the best on Saturday. Kateema, currently resides in Bridgeport, CT and is coached by fellow GBTC member, Rich Destefano. She has a personal best of 174′. Representing the club, Kateema has been consistently throwing over 168 feet this outdoor season (1st UVA Meet (6/5), 170’3, 3rd Tucson Classic Invite (5/21), Univ of AZ, 168’3, 1st Brown Invite (5/1), 158’3 (in rain), 3rd Mt. SAC Relays (4/17), 172’10). Her 172’10 at Mt. SAC is the current GBTC javelin record. Following the Reebok Grand Prix Invitational, Kateema along with Coach DeStefano will travel to MIT for the USATF New England Champs before departing for the Jamaican Senior Nationals in Kingston, JA and the Caribbean Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. And then back to the US representing GBTC in our Club Nationals.
Female triple jumper Sherita Williams, her 13.30m from June 2004 automatically qualifies her for the US Nationals in California. Her plan this weekend, a tune up as she prepares for both US and Club Nationals. She is a 2x NCAA Outdoor All-American (2002 (12th in TJ), 2004 (8th in TJ, 14th in LJ), the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Long Jump Champion breaking (her) MSU school record (20’7.75) and also breaking (her) triple jump school record placing 4th (43’5 at the time). In 2004, she was 7th out of the NCAA triple jump prelims, and finished 8th in the 12 person final, she went on to compete in several June and July meets including US Senior Nationals, she finished up the year ranked 30th in the country. She is the current Michigan State school record holder in both long jump and triple jump (43’7.75). She started lowering the school record beginning in her freshman year 2000 at MSU, when she was also a member of the USA Junior National Team. She was named All-Big Ten First Team in 2001 capturing first in the indoor triple jump (41’9.75). Took third in TJ (42’6) and recorded a season best long jump (19’5.25) that year in the US Junior National Championships. In 2002, Sherita finished 9th in the US Senior Nationals in triple jump (42’1.25), that year winning the Big Ten’s triple jump (42’10.75) and 6th in the long jump (19’6.75), she was also second at Penn Relays in triple jump with a 40’10.25, 4th in long jump. A decorated high hurdler since high school, she ran 15.02 in the 100hh for MSU in 2002.
(Profiles written by Coach Dave Callum.)