Taylor-Ashley Bean ran a 2:12.72 in the Duke Twilight Invitational, which was almost a second faster than her sister’s 2:13.51. *File photo by Ras Mykkal
Taylor-Ashley Bean ran a 2:12.72 in the Duke Twilight Invitational, which was almost a second faster than her sister’s 2:13.51. *File photo by Ras Mykkal

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2:30PM UPDATE: Alexis Bean lost her 800m Junior National record, but at least it stayed within the family as sister Taylor Ashley Bean took it from her on Sunday.

Taylor Ashley ran a 2:12.72 in the Duke Twilight Invitational, which was almost a second faster than her sister’s 2:13.51.

Taylor Ashley was second in her heat and ninth overall.

It was third national junior record Bean has set since March 30.

She started her assault on the record book by smashing the Junior Women’s National record in the 1500 by more than three seconds with a new time of 4:42.82.

The old mark was also held by her sister Alexis.

She then thrilled the crowd at the CARIFTA Games when she won the silver medal with a new Junior National Women’s record in the 3000m with a time of 10:22.82.

That was added to the bronze medal she won in the 1500m.

Gerry Swan, her head coach, said that by simultaneously holding three Junior Women’s National records “no junior athlete, in recent times, can boast such achievements.

“Taylor Ashley Bean is looking to improve the time to at least two of those events before the season is over.”

Donna Watson, Bermuda Track and Field president, told the Bermuda Sun: “Taylor has really had a very good year at Virginia State and she continues to improve. I’m looking for a good performance from her at the CAC Juniors as she has already met the qualifying for that.”

Watson said Taylor Ashley “has been impressive” since the Carifta Games.

Duke Twilight Invitational

Ashley Berry and Lamont Marshall also competed at the Duke Twilight Invitational.

Marshall was fourth in his heat, which was fortunate as he ran in the fastest 1500m heat of the day, which made him fourth overall. His time was 3:53.56.

Watson said Berry “continues to improve each week — continually lowering her time in the 1500m by placing fourth in her heat in a PB (personal best) of 4:36.80”. Berry was ninth overall.

Jasmine Brunson competed at the Bob Pollock Invitational and placed second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.