THE Bermuda Pacers Club returned home on Tuesday with nine medals after competing at the Russell E. Blunt/East Coast Invitational Track Meet at Duke University this past weekend.

The athletes competed in 90 degree temperatures and torrential rains to win two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

The club is calling Harold Tre Houston ãthe cream of the young team winning three medals.ä

Houston set two new records in the 100 and 200 metres. Vernal Lambe, another Pacers member, held both of these records.

In the 100 meters Tre placed second with a wining time of 13.48 seconds. Both broke Lambeâs record which was 13.67 seconds set in 1997.

Tre set another record in the 9-10 boysâ 200 metres when he won the event with a speed of 27. 43 seconds. The previous record was 27.78. Tre picked up his gold medal when he won the 9-10 boysâ long jump with a leap of 14â2ä.

Richard Walcott and Gabriel Wilson both enjoyed double-medal performances. In the 17-18 boysâ event Mr. Walcott placed second in the 1500 metres with a time of 4:07:33 PB in the 800 meters. Gabriel Wilson won silver medals in the shot putt and discus, 50â2ä and 153â6ä respectively.

Other medal winnerâs were Latroya Darrell in the 11-12 girlsâ high jump. She also won a silver medal with a leap of 4â9 (PB). In the 9-10 girls 800 meters Deanne Lightbourne finished with 2:35:46 (PB) to place third in the event and take 12 seconds off her previous best time.

The team also had three other athletes place fourth in their individual events. Danielle Watson overcame sickness to place fourth in the 13-14 girls 400 metres. Kumar Grant placed fourth in the 9-10 boysâ long jump with a leap of 13â6ä and Kyle Wade hit the mark when he came fourth in the 9-10 boysâ 100-metre finals and sixth in the 9-10 boysâ long jump with a leap of 13â2ä.

Due to severe thunderstorms the organizers had to cancel the 4x100 and 4x400 relay finals. Both the boys 4x100 and the girls 4x400 teams qualified for the final, with the boysâ team having the third fastest time going into the finals. Some 2,500 athletes from the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Bermuda competed.