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Wildcats Abroad #CatTracker: Johnson and Stoute (July 10)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats track & field team have not one, but two athletes making the journey overseas during the midsummer weeks, with freshman Tristie Johnson headed to Russia and junior Keron Stoute making an appearance in Mexico.

Johnson was selected as part of the 20-athlete team representing USA Track & Field in Kazan, Russia for the World University Games. Johnson will be representing USATF in the 200m dash with consideration to be part of the 4 x 100m relay, July 7-12, at Kazan’s Central Stadium.

Stoute will compete in the high jump in representation of his home territory, the British Virgin Islands, at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships, July 5-8, in Morelia, México.

What better way for fans to be able to track the progress of these ‘Cats’ trips is to get it straight from them. Over the next couple of weeks, B-CU Athletics will be posting blog entries from each, as they report back live from their respective countries.

July 10

Tristie Johnson - July 10: 4:58 p.m. (Day Seven)

After turning in a solid performance in both the semis and finals, Tristie simply said:

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."

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July 9

Tristie Johnson - July 9: 2:04 p.m. (Day Six)
So far, I have just been supporting the team, making our bond stronger. The track is very nice and no one has said anything bad about it.

My practices have been going very well, the coach was a little shocked on how I run like I'm 6 foot...I couldn't do anything but laugh because I get it a lot. My coaches are very cool and easy to get along with, and that's a 10+ in my book. I'm very happy I got this experience and all I can do is thank God and I know he has my back on the track....I'm ready!!!
I feel good going to the next round. My hamstring is not that bad right now but hopefully it’s not raining again.

To advance to the final round, I need to get my start right on reacting faster. The way they do it is confusing, but long as I react and cover what I practice, I should be OK.

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July 8

Keron Stoute - July 8: 5:43 p.m. (Day Five)  
Hey everyone,

It was an interesting day of competition. After making the finals in the high jump, the mood quickly changed after I almost missing check in. There was an issue with my bib number and by the time I got out to the pit I wasn't able to get an accurate mark, and was forced to wing it. Even some of the big names had complications, like the jumper who was favored to win had the same issue and ended up no-heighting.

It was definitely a learning experience. Sometimes things aren't going to go your way, but you have to figure out a new plan and move forward. All in all it was a great experience and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that was given to me.

Despite not being able to show up in the finals, I decided not to dwell on it and enjoy the remaining time I had in Mexico. There were many celebrations for the athletes at different locations, and we took time to visit most of them. The people of Mexico were very happy to have us. Even though I didn't do as well as I should have, It was a great experience.

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July 6

Tristie Johnson - July 6: 6:47 p.m. (Day Three)

Opening ceremony was great!!! 

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Keron Stoute - July 6: 12:52 p.m. (Day Three)
Hello everyone,
Today was the beginning of the competition. It was started by the opening ceremony and the events proceeded afterwards. I met up with a bunch of my friends from other countries that I've either met in college or competed against at other meets.

The environment was very exciting. The people of Morelia have great respect for athletes and treated us like we're movie stars. When we weren't busy taking pictures and signing t-shirts, we were busy in the warm-up area getting ready for the competition ahead.

Two more days until I jump and I can’t wait to represent not only the British Virgin Islands but Bethune-Cookman as well.

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July 5

Keron Stoute - July 5: 9:30 a.m. (Day Two)

Hello hello,

My second day in Mexico started of fairly slow as the team and I slept in, trying to recover from our long day of travels. After we got up, we ventured the town to do a little sight-seeing. The area of Mexico we're staying in has a European feel with Mexican infused designs. The streets are full with life starting from vendors all the way to street entertainers.

There was an event going on honoring all the athletes here who will be competing, which drew a lot of locals to come out. The people are very friendly and quite a few approached me to take pictures. We ended the day with dinner at the hotel in preparation for a long day ahead at the track tomorrow. 

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July 4

Keron Stoute - July 4, 2013: 2:42 a.m. (Day One)

Greetings from Mexico!

It's been a very long day, but finally we arrived at the hotel in the beautiful city of Morelia. After leaving Florida, I met up with some of my teammates in Dallas where we flew to Mexico City.

We got to do a little sight-seeing and I must say it’s a very impressive city, almost reminding me of New York.

We headed to the delegation in order to get our athlete accreditation and it was in a stunning building filled with artwork embodying the Mexican culture and roots. After all the paperwork was completed we took an escorted chartered bus to our destination, which was a 4-5 hour drive. Didn't get to do much exploring due to how late we arrived but will keep you guys posted.

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Tristie Johnson - July 4, 2013: 4:03 p.m. (Day One)

Hey, this Tristie Johnson, day one was log and busy. The traveling and dealing with the flight was a bit confusing, but all that matters is I got here safely.

It's very different from being home but not in a bad way. Everyone here is very nice and easily to get along with, especially my teammates. We all get along very easy and have a lot in common. However, meeting people from all over the world has been crazy in a good way, we all look at each other trying to figure out what sport we do and it’s not hard to figure out.

I like that its very diverse here because I like meeting new people. I tried the food here and I can honestly say I have to get used to it, so far. I like McDonald’s.

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         Tristie Johnson's WUG Photo - Day 1

We'll keep up with the #CatTracker up until these two Wildcats are back on the ground in Daytona Beach.

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