28 all set for CARIFTA Games
Twenty-eight athletes have been chosen to represent Barbados at the March 29 to April 1 CARIFTA Games in The Bahamas.
And in recognition of the trying conditions under which they had to train and compete all season without a track, the selectors have included half of them who did not meet the set standards, but were very close.
In addition to the 14 who did meet the standards, sprinters Ramarco Thompson, Ariel Jackson and Shavonne Husbands; hurdler Allana Ince as well as jumpers Shamar Rock, Brandon Hope and Jalisa Burrowes who were centimetres or splits off have been included.
Among the first-timers are young sprinter Timeka Jordan, hurdler Juwan Augustin-Mayers who lowered his times at every outing, half-miler Akeem Marshall and middle distance runner Joshua Hunte.
Hunte is the only first timer in the Under-20 boys’ division, while thrower Ashley Williams will make her debut among the Under-20 girls.
Husbands, who is at Missouri State University, tied the school record with 23.97 seconds. Also joining her from overseas is Akela Jones who has been making waves at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Jones will be making her sixth consecutive appearance at the CARIFTA Games and is expected to compete in the Under-20 girls’ high jump and long jump.
Sonia Gaskin, who qualified for both CARIFTA and Pan Am Juniors with a personal best time of 2 minutes 07.92 seconds in the 800 metres, has also been selected.
There appears to be a mini revival in the sprints, with Mario Burke, Tristan Evelyn and Levi Cadogan all lowering their times this season to gain selection, while hurdler Kion Joseph is faster now than he was at this time last year.
Barbados will be represented in virtually all of the disciplines, but there is noticeably no Under-17 boys’ thrower, while Hayley Matthews is the lone thrower in the Under-17 girls’ division.
The feeder system also appears to be working as Tiana Bowen, Jordan and Leacock, all of whom were part of the Caribbean Union of Teachers Games last year have stepped up to the next level, with Bowen making her second appearance.
However, there is no room for sprinter Tamal Atwell who is yet to lower his time to a sub-ten this season in the 100 metres, nor middle distance runner Jade Searles.
Tramaine Maloney, who won a bronze medal in the 400m hurdles last year, has been a victim of the deadline as the Texas Tech freshman is yet to run outdoors, while javelin silver medallist Nikoliai Bovelle is injured.
Under-17s – Tiana Bowen, Jalisa Burrowes, Tristan Evelyn, Allana Ince, Timeka Jordan, Hayley Matthews, Juwan Augustin-Mayers, Mario Burke, Brandon Hope, Rivaldo Leacock, Akeem Marshall, Michael Nicholls, Ramarco Thompson.
Under-20s – Tia-Adana Belle, Sonia Gaskin, Shakera Hall, Shavonne Husbands, Ariel Jackson, Akela Jones, Ashley Williams, Levi Cadogan, Janeil Craigg, Charles Greaves, Joshua Hunte, Kion Joseph, Jerrad Mason, Shamar Rock, Tristan Whitehall.
Management: Maureen Dottin (manager), Bryan Holder (head coach), Ramon Armstrong, Anthony Williams, Desiree Crichlow (assistant coaches).