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Handful of former athletes ready for World Championships
BCC represented at World Championships - photo by AP Photo

It reads like a Who’s Who of former Barton Community College track and field stars.

Some of the biggest names in the storied history of the program will be taking part in the 15th IAAF World Championships in the upcoming week in Beijing, China.

Olympic medalists Veronica Campbell-Brown and Leevan Sands will be there as well as former world record holder Tyson Gay. They will be joined by Aleec Harris and Alonso Edward.

Gay will get things started Saturday on the opening day in the 100m dash. He will run in the first round with semifinals and finals on Sunday. Gay won the World Championship in 2007 with a 9.85 and took second in 2009 with a 9.71. He will also be in the relay pool for the USA.

Campbell-Brown will start on Sunday with the opening round of the women’s 100m. She has medaled three times in the 100m at the World Championships including a gold in 2007. She won bronze at the most recent Olympics in the event in 2012. The semifinal and finals will be on Monday.

Campbell-Brown is the captain for the Jamaican team this year. Her best event throughout her career has been the 200m, where she won a pair of Olympic Gold medals.

She will also run in the 200m in Beijing. She is a 3-time medalist in the 200m at the World Championships, winning gold in 2011. The 200m will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Campbell-Brown will be a part of the Jamaican relay pool as well.

Edward will be taking part in the 200m for the men. It was the 13th World Championships in 2011 that Edward broke on the world scene by taking silver in the 200m behind Usain Bolt. He is the Panama record holder.

In the most recent World Championships in 2013 he made the semifinals. The men will run the 200m on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday will prove a very busy day for former Barton athletes. Sands will get underway in the triple jump that day as will Harris in the 110m hurdles.

Sands’ recovery has from his knee injury in the 2012 Olympics has been well documented. He just started triple jumping again this year and qualified for the World Championships just a few weeks ago at the Pan Am Games.

Sands will be competing in his sixth World Championships missing only 2013 due to injury since his first one back in 2003. He won a bronze medal that first year but has yet to earn another. He finished fourth twice. He did win a bronze in the 2008 Olympics at the same stadium in Beijing.

Harris will be competing in his first World Championships after qualifying during the US Outdoor Championships. He will run qualifying Wednesday with the semifinals on Thursday and the finals Friday.

Also in Beijing is Akeem Haynes for Canada. Haynes is part of the Canada relay pool.