The biggest talking point coming out of this year’s Louis Lynch Championships, which was held at the National Stadium last Saturday and Sunday, was undoubtedly Mario Burke’s CARIFTA Games-qualifying 10.75 seconds run in the Under-17 Boys’ 100 metres.
What was indeed noteworthy and maybe a sad reflection of the senior sprinters in Barbados is the fact that the time of Burke, who only turns 15 years old next month, was faster than the 10.77 which six-footer Justin Gooding, nine years his senior, clocked in winning the men’s 100 metres.
Deon Hope, a CARIFTA Under-20 competitor last year, recorded 10.79 seconds to be second while Shaquille Hollingsworth, another sprinter hoping to reach the 10.55 qualifying mark for the Bermuda Games at Easter, was fourth in 10.98 seconds.
The ever-improving Levi Cadogan, redeemed himself after false-starting in the 100 metres, to qualify for the CAC Games in El Salvador with a time of 21.53 seconds in the 200 metres. One expects that he will reach the 21.40 CARIFTA mark in his next competitive race.
In the quarter-mile, first-year Under-20 competitor John Haynes (47.96) narrowly missed the CARIFTA qualifying mark of 47.90 but the new Lodge School six-former had the satisfaction of beating his two former Foundation schoolmates Nikolai Gall (48.17) and Shaquille Alleyne (48.65), who are now enrolled at Combermere.
As expected, Kion Joseph (53.14) and Tramaine Maloney (53.33) reached the CARIFTA standard (53.70) in the Under-20 Boys’ 400-mere hurdles while Nicoliai Bovell (63.57) and Janeil Craigg (59.22) did likewise in the Under-20 Boys’ javelin.
Charles Greaves qualified in the Under-20 Boys’ triple jump with a hop, skip and jump, measured at 15.24 metres but his 7.27 metres was a bit short of the required CARIFTA long jump standard of 7.30 metres.
Parkinson schoolgirl Sonia Gaskin showed that she will be a thorn in the side of Combermere’s duo Cindy Forde and Shani Adams at next month’s Powerade Barbados Secondary School Sports by winning the Women’s 800 metres in 2:13.58.
Adams (2:13.58) was second but Forde, after running both the 1500 and 400 metres on Saturday night, winning the former, sat out of the 800 metres.
The best performance off the track came from Akela Jones in the long jump where she leapt 6.28 metres, way above the 5.90 CARIFTA mark. She also qualified for the CAC Games and World Juniors, to be held in Barcelona, Spain.
Jones’ next goal will be to surpass Cherita Howard’s national record of 6.43 metres which is well within her reach considering she jumped 6.42 at the Springer?Memorial Sports.