ST LOUIS of Memphis Pioneers, centre, romps to victory in
the Girls Under-18 200 metres dash on Sunday at the Sagicor
Junior Championships. Her win was timed at 23.96 seconds.
Cadajah Spencer of Dovers, left, was second (24.50), followed
by Zeniths Semoy Hackett (24.72), second from right.
The youngsters who took part in the Sagicor Junior Championships
on Saturday and Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium have
given the individuals appointed to pick T&Ts World
Youth Track and Field Championships and Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships teams quite a task.
After two days of competition, 36 athletes attained the qualifying
standards for the July 13 to 17 World Youth meet in Marrakesh,
Morocco, with ten of these achieving CAC qualifying marks.
Newly crowned national junior 100 and 200 metres champion
Monique Cabral just might get her wish of being selected for
the T&T womens 4x100m relay team that will compete
at CAC in Nassau, Bahamas (July 8 to 11), after the impressive
performances she produced over the weekend.
In the straight sprint, her golden 11.78 seconds run was well
under the 11.94 secs required for CAC action. She easily made
the mark for the half-lap (24.44) as well, stopping the clock
at 24.01 secs.
Cabrals Memphis Pioneers club-mate Sade St Louis was
also in fine form. Opting to run the Girls Under-18 100m instead
of the 400m for which she is better known, St Louis shocked
the modest crowd at the stadium when she soundly whipped a
field featuring Carifta Girls Under-17 100m silver medallist
Jurnelle Francis of Concorde and Cadajah Spencer of Dovers.
She had things a little easier in the 200m final, after her
arch-rival/cousin Brittany St Louis pulled up lame with just
the first 100m of the race completed.
Apart from attaining CAC standards in both events, what was
more impressive about St Louis victories was that her
winning times in the 100 (11.70) and 200m (23.96) were faster
than those of her older counterparts.
Carifta shot put gold medallist Annie Alexander, Carifta Boys
Under-17 400m champion Kervin Morgan and Keston Bledman, who
did the sprint double in the Boys Under-18 age group, also
made CAC-qualifying marks in two events.
Alexander, who set a personal record in the Girls Under-20
discus contest on Saturday, bettered the 40.00m standard by
3.80m, returning 43.80m. Her winning mark in the shot put
(14.47m) was also good enough to earn her a spot on the CAC
Morgan achieved standards in the 200 (21.49) and 400m (48.17).
Kieron Anthony (100m), Damon Douglas (400m), Damon David (400m)
and national mens 200m champion Marcus Duncan (200m)
were the athletes achieveing CAC qualifying marks.