Tobago runner steals show
Nicholas Douglas of Tobago stole the spotlight on the opening day of the 11th Austin Sealy Classic, clocking 10.72 seconds to win the Under-17 Boys’ 100 metres on Saturday evening at the National Stadium.
Building on a fast start, Douglas pulled away from the field, showing the local boys just how it is done. In the process, he pulled along CARIFTA representative Levi Cadogan who had a personal best 10.80 for second place.
Cadogan had the better top-end speed and rapidly closed the gap over the last 50m, but needs to work on his start. That time was a “B” qualifier for the World Youth Championships in Lille, France, from July 6 to 10.
Mario Burke of the High Performance Programme, who had a quick start and ran alongside Douglas for the first half of the race, was third in 10.99 seconds. It was his first ever sub-11 clocking in the 100 metres as an Under-15 athlete.
Shakera Reece powered down the straightaway to win the women’s race in 11.46 seconds, a qualifying time for both the Pan Am Games and Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships.
Tameka Rawlins was second in 11.69 seconds and Darnetia Robinson of the British Virgin Islands club Fast Lane, third in 12.10 seconds.
Also with a CAC Seniors qualifying mark of 10.39 seconds was Justin Gooding who recorded the season’s best time as he pulled away from Cave Hill’s Jermaine Hinds (10.62) and Shaquoy Stephens (10.87) of Fast Lane.
Akela Taylor of Quantum Leap took the Under-17 Girls’ race in 12.06 seconds from Tobago’s Zakiya Denoon and her clubmate Leah Barker, who were both timed at 12.27 seconds.
The other 100m winners were Akayla Morris (14.21) and Ajani Haddock (13.71) of Rising Stars in the Under-11 division; Tristan Evelyn (12.71) of Rising Stars who went back down to the Under-15 division, and Quantum Leap’s Joash Best who won the boys’ race in 11.70.
The 400 metres lacked the usual excitement and there were easy victories for Erica Charles (58.29) of Freedom Striders; Rising Stars’ Jerrad Mason (48.71), Jessica James (55.18) of Tobago and Jamil Jones with 48.17 in the men’s race.
Jumpstart’s Tianna Bowen cleaned up the field by almost four seconds with 60.79 seconds to win the Under-13 Girls’ one-lapper and teammate Shaquille Ifill caught a second wind on the homestretch to pass Tobago’s Clarence Hannibal (1 minute, 05.88 seconds) to win in 1:04.38.
Shakera Hall of Elite Distance won the Under-17 Girls’ 300m hurdles in 46.03 seconds from BCC Trac’s Danielle Scantlebury (46.59), who also won the Under-15 Girls’ long jump at 5.13 metres.
Kion Joseph overtook CARIFTA bronze medallist Tramaine Maloney on the very last hurdle to win the Under-18 Boys’ 400m hurdles in 54.18 seconds. CARIFTA Under-17 Boys’ gold medallist
Dario Scantlebury (54.58) also passed Maloney (55.25) who faded to third.
Kemar Norgrove, back home on break from university, won the men’s race in 55.20 seconds. Cindy Forde (5:12.62) of Freedom Striders and BC Trac’s Jamarley Toney (4:55.19) won the two 1 500m races contested.
Nicoliai Bovelle of Elite Distance qualified for World Youth with 62.17m in the javelin and was joined by Springer Memorial’s Akela Jones with 5.96m in the long jump.
Owen Best of Elite Distance had an impressive 12.06m to take the Under-15 Boys’ shot put while Tristan Whitehall stepped down to the Under-18 division to win the shot put with 16.76m from Tobago’s Shervonne Worrell (16.10).
Twin sisters Winmalecia (30.10) and Winmarie (25.31m) were first and second, respectively in the Under-17 Girls’ discus.