Wednesday 22nd June, 2005

 

Young stars lift standards

 
 
 
 
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SADE 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 Zenith’s Semoy Hackett (24.72), second from right.

Photo: ANTHONY HARRIS

BY KWAME WILLIAMS

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&T’s 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 women’s 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.

Cabral’s 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 team.

Morgan achieved standards in the 200 (21.49) and 400m (48.17).

Kieron Anthony (100m), Damon Douglas (400m), Damon David (400m) and national men’s 200m champion Marcus Duncan (200m) were the athletes achieveing CAC qualifying marks.

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