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Great leaps at CARIFTA

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Great leaps at CARIFTA

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With one leap, Akela Jones erased the 28-year-old women’s junior national record in the long jump from the books on the second and final day of the CARIFTA Trials at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Jones, 15, leaped 6.18 metres in the Under-17 Girls’ long jump, replacing the mark of 6.15 metres set by Catherine Richards in 1983. 
It was also four centimetres better than the CARIFTA record which is still held by Bahamian Jackie Edwards from 1981.
Jones has “A” qualifying times in both the long jump and high jump. 
Her Springer Memorial schoolmates Jalisa Burrowes were second with an improved “B” mark of 5.46m and Tanice Watson third with 5.20m.
There were three other “A” qualifiers in the field events.
Leah Bannister has been consistent this season, winning the Under-20 Girls’ discus with 43.09 metres; while Hakeem Belle of The Lodge School and Rising Stars’ Shamar Rock recorded 15.00m and 14.06m, respectively, in the Under-20 and Under-17 Boys’ triple jump.
Pacers’ Anthonio Mascoll alone seems to be worth the price of admission for spectators who can’t get enough of him. 
With teammate Kevin Williams used as a rabbit for the first lap of the Under-20 Boys’ 800m, Mascoll raced to a season’s best 1 minute, 52.05 seconds. Ibrahim Hinds of Elite Distance was just slightly off qualifying with 1:55.34.
In the Under-17 Boys’ race, Jerrad Mason of Rising Stars looked good, but only returned a “B” standard time of 1:55.93.
None of the girls met the qualifying standards. 
Tia-Adana Belle of Elite Distance clocked 2:20.57 and teammate A-Lea Jordan (2:23.24) was second in the Under-17 division. 
Parkinson’s Sonia Gaskin seems to be running into form, although she is not yet up to scratch with a time of 2:15.30. 
Cindy Forde (2:17.44) of Freedom Striders was left with questions surrounding her selection since she missed the standard in the 1 500m, and didn’t run the 400m where she had a “B” time.
In the intermediate hurdles, pre-race favourite Shakera Hall of Elite Distance seemed to lose her stride as she approached the last hurdle and was disqualified, leaving Springer Memorial’s Desiree Joseph the winner in 48.30 seconds. 
Joseph’s teammate Sade-Mariah Greenidge had her best time of the season with 62.50 seconds in the Under-20 Girls’ race to qualify in that event as well.
Dario Scantlebury of Rising Stars is clearly more comfortable over the 400m hurdles. He paced himself to perfection in the Under-17 Boys’ race, clocking 53.96 seconds in holding off Jahvere Worrell (54.00) of Elite Distance on the line.
Pacers’ Akeim David, who had qualified earlier in the season, finished third in 55.59.
Tramaine Maloney of Rising Stars won the Under-20 Boys’ race in 54 seconds flat to make up for the disappointment of missing out in the 110m hurdles the previous day.
In the 200m, Tristan Evelyn of Rising Stars was beaten for the first time this season, but it took someone from overseas to do it.
Lisa-Anne Barrow, who came in from the United States, finished strong in 24.82 seconds, with Evelyn second in 24.93, but both missed the qualifying time.
Pacers’ Joshua Walcott missed the Under-17 Boys’ “B” time by a whisker with 22.01 seconds, while Shavonne Husbands of Freedom Striders (24.75) didn’t run through the line in the Under-20 Girls’ race.
The double 
Alexandra’s Deon Hope did the double like Walcott and Husbands, but he was also off with 21.58 seconds. Pacers’ Nicholas Deshong, who has the fastest time of 20.80 seconds, pulled up during the semi-finals.
Kemar Jones of Quantum Leap won the heptathlon with 4 627 points and clubmate Daley Carter was second with 4 518 to reach the “A” and ”B” standards, respectively. But Stacy Maughn of Foundation Track and Field Academy missed out, with only 2 851 points in the pentathlon.
In the 200m for the Over-20s, Quantum Leap’s Shakera Reece clocked 23.74 seconds, and was just shy of the 23.70 required for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships. 
However, most observers were left wondering what Shekeim Greaves of Rising Stars was thinking in the men’s event. 
After slamming the field, he slowed to a crawl, then jogged over the line in a ridiculous 21.64 seconds, seeming to forget why he was running. 
He needs to clock 20.9 seconds or less to qualify for CAC, 20.8 for Pan Am, and 20.7 for the World Championships.