LEXINGTON, Ky. — Saturday marked the fourth annual Trinity Gay Memorial Classic. The track and field meet was hosted by the Lexington Blazin’ Cats track club.

The event has been held every year since 2016 to honor their former teammate and Olympian Tyson Gay’s daughter Trinity, who was killed by a stray bullet in 2016.

What You Need To Know

  • Trinity Gay’s life was taken by a stray bullet in Lexington in 2016

  • The Trinity Gay Memorial Classic is hosted at Fredrick Douglas High School 

  • The classic is hosted by the Lexington Blazin’ Cats track club’

  • Athletes can compete at the classic to raise money for others to attend the Junior Olympics

Lexington athletes braved the heat for a day of shot put, hurdles, long jump and races at Frederick Douglas High School. For athletes participating in this meet, it served a special purpose. 

“It makes all these kids feel better about themselves. We try to keep the memory of Trinity alive by running this meeting every year,” said Blazin' Cats Assistant Coach Jewel Duncan. 

The fourth annual Trinity Gay Memorial Classic is held in memory of former Lexington Blazin’ Cats athlete Trinity Gay who was killed by a stray bullet during an exchange of gunfire in Lexington in 2016.

A silent auction sits in front of the Fredrick Douglass track. (Spectrum News 1/Diamond Palmer)

The Classic also held a silent auction, auctioning off Olympian Tyson Gay’s shoes. This effort for athletes locally to continue to compete at the Junior Olympics in Texas this year and every year. 

It is the Cats biggest goal to make sure Gay is being honored the right way, and that means it is about more than just winning.

“Really that is what running for Trinity is about and that is why I like to win. I would imagine that she is there and I am running for her,” said Jayden Channer, an athlete with the Blazin' Cats.

Channer added that the meet meant more than just winning.

“So when I am actually competing, obviously I always want to win. I just think it is really nice being able to compete and having that opportunity,” Channer said.

It's an opportunity that was taken from Gay too soon. Now it is about honoring her legacy through meets like this.

“You can be successful at anything you do, and that was Trinity’s mindset. You can be successful at anything you do, you never give up, keep driving and moving forward,” Duncan said.

Gay’s former teammates know that if she were there competing alongside them, she would want one thing.

“Well I think like anyone they would always want to tell you to always do your best, compete with your heart and always want to win,” Channer said.