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Athletes aiming to hit the mark


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by Ezra Stuart

Barbados’ top junior athletes will be hunting CARIFTA Games qualification when the two-day Louis Lynch Championships start today at the National Stadium at 2 p.m.

The standards for the Easter weekend games in the Cayman Islands were officially ratified at an executive council meeting of the Athletics Association of Barbados on Thursday night. They were expected to be circulated to the clubs before the start of today’s track and field action.

After adverse windy conditions negatively affected the times at last Saturday’s February Classic, the athletes will be hoping for more favourable conditions.

Fresh from gaining the senior victor ludorum title at Harrison College’s sports, Aren Spencer will be looking for that extra centimetre in the Under-17 Boys’ triple jump to reach the 14-metre mark after his impressive 13.99 metres at the Joseph Payne Classic.

Spencer should also be able to go under 55 seconds in the 400 metres hurdles.

Other Under-17 athletes to keep a close eye on are middle-distance runners, Layla Haynes, Daesha Brathwaite and Savion Hoyte; throwers Kevon Hinds, Vivica Addison and Vanessa Greaves; hurdlers Anika Blackman, Aquon Waithe and Haile Emmanuel-Turney.

Sprinters Aaliyah Agard, Rickyla Fagan and Kyla Cummins will need to dip under 12 seconds in the 100 metres.

Sarah Belle and Hannah Connell will be looking for sub-14 seconds performances in the women’s 100-metre hurdles. Connell, Ashlee Lowe and Shemia Odaine will also be mindful that they need to run a lot faster and aim for 11.80 seconds in the 100 metres and try to go under 24 seconds for the 200.

Triple jumper Jemuel Miller has a season’s best 14.25, and along with last year’s CARIFTA selectees, Jadon Brome and Nathan Crawford-Wallis, will be targeting 14.80 metres.

After their close finish in the 100 metres last Saturday, sprinters Darian Clarke, Ajani Ince and Jameel Walkes-Miller will renew their battle.

They could be joined by Tramaine Smith as they target at least 10.55 seconds for the 100 and 21.40 seconds for the 200.

The improving Kyle Gale and Tafari Bishop will also be looking to book their tickets in the 400 and 800 respectively, with Rasheeme Griffith doing likewise in the 400-metre hurdles.

Shanice Hutson virtually secured her CARIFTA spot by tossing the discus 40.53 metres in last Saturday’s

February Classic and it could now be Rowland Kirton-Browne’s turn.

Ashlee Lowe

(second right),

who completed a sprint double at last weekend’s February Classic, will be aiming to go under 11.80 seconds in the 100 metres and under 24 seconds in the 200.

(Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)


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