Vincentian to be inducted into US Coast Guard Academy Hall of Fame

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Caribbean Life News: The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) recently announced that Vincentian national Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” James-Lyttle will be inducted along with five other new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 during the academy’s Hall of Fame Banquet.

The New London, Ct-based academy said Dr. James-Lyttle (‘00) will be inducted alongside all-American track star and baseball player Chuck Arena (‘07), all-American swimmer Bobby Brown; Al Sowers, who led the men’s basketball team to the Elite 8 in 2008; and football standout Al Thompson (‘98).

Women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder Melissa Martinelli (‘10), who was selected in 2019, but could not make the ceremony, will also be inducted in 2021, USCGA said in a statement.

“It is an honor and privilege to announce the addition of these six extremely talented individuals to the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame,” said USCGA Director of Athletics Dr. Dan Rose. “This is a remarkable slate of inductees from top to bottom, and their athletic accomplishments resonate on a national level.”

USCGA said that Dr. James-Lyttle was a two-time All-American on the track, earning the honor during the indoor season in 1999 in the 100 meters before placing second in the 55 meters during the 2000 indoor season. She holds the school record in the 100 meters outdoors (12.22) and previously held Coast Guard Academy records in the 55, 100 and 200 meters.

Dr. James-Lyttle was the school record holder on two relays when she graduated, and was the 2000 New England 100-meter champion.  She also won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Award for scholarship and athletic prowess.

USCG said that when Dr. James-Lyttle arrived from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as an international cadet at the academy for “swab summer” in 1996, little was known about her. During her time there, USCG said she came out for track.