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Big names out for January Classic

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AFTER A SLUGGISH START things are gathering pace in the Athletics Association of Barbados’ (AAB) open meets.

The numbers were up by far for Saturday evening’s January Classic which brought out some of the big names in local track and field to the National Stadium.

And they delivered wholesale.

Central American and Caribbean 100 metres silver medallist Levi Cadogan, representing Quantum Leap, primed himself for an upcoming meet in the Bahamas, and the 2015 season in general, with an effortless 10.86 seconds in the timed finals in the men’s open division.

The promising rising star Tristan Evelyn had the best time among the Under-18 girls of 12.07 seconds although she had no real competition.tristan-evelyn

Pacers’ Kentoine Browne was also impressive against the Under-18 boys, registering a time of 11.11 seconds. Clubmate Janae Jordan also got some notice, posting a good time of 13.67 seconds in the Under-15 girls age group.

Tristan Evelyn had few problems disposing of her competition in the Girls’ Under-18 100 metre sprint.

The long-awaited return of Rivaldo Leacock to the track after injury to his shoulder at World Youths in China last August was successful, as he clocked 52.19 seconds in heading the 400 metres Open class. His season’s opener last year was 53.06 seconds. So where there’s smoke there’s usually fire.

jaria-hoyte-and-shonita-broPerhaps the most anticipated clash was in the Women’s 400 metres open event, and there were no disappointments. The island’s best at this distance, Sade Sealy and CARIFTA champion Sada Williams went stride for stride from start to finish but Sealy held off her younger opponent in a time of 55.15 seconds. Williams clocked 55.32 seconds and seemed happy with her performance this early in the season.

The name Hoyte figured prominently in the other 400 metres. Jaria, of the Quantum Leap team, was the top Under-18 girl in 58.05 seconds, just beating out Shonita Brome of Elite Distance in 58.07 seconds.

Jaria Hoyte and Shonita Broome battling to the line in the women’s 400 metres, with Hoyte taking the win.

Rhea Hoyte of High Performance topped the charts in the Under-15 girls in a time of 1:00.30 and Savion Hoyte of Rising Stars ran 1:02.26 in posting the superior time among the
Under-13 boys.

In the field, two Rising Stars competitors, Shem Williams and Jason Ward fought a very keen duel in the Under-15 boys long jump, with the former taking it with a leap of 4.65 metres, just ahead of his colleague who jumped 4.63 metres.

The Alleyne School’s Jelani Lowe hurled the javelin 43.87 metres in the Under-18s.

The next meet, the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic will be held on Saturday at the National Stadium.

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