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Juniors stepping up

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Juniors stepping up

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Juniors Charles Greaves and Levi Cadogan stepped up with two big performances last weekend at the Hampton Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
Greaves won the men’s long jump with a personal best 7.66 metres, while Cadogan won the men’s 100 metres in 10.34 seconds, both performances surpassing the required standards for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Track and Field Championships in July in Mexico.
Greaves’ mark was just one centimetre shy of Kevin Bartlett’s 13-year-old junior national record. Two other leaps measured at 7.27 and 7.37 metres, would have also won the gold. He was second in the triple jump with 15.07 metres behind Miguel Van Assen (15.43), of Suriname, who was second in the long jump with 7.20 metres.
Cadogan was an easy victor in the 100 metres, beating Jonathan Farinha of Abilene (10.50) and Antigua’s Cejhae Greene who was third in 10.53 seconds.
Cadogan was third in the 200 metres in 21.41 seconds.
Greaves and Cadogan have also qualified for the Pan American Junior Championships.
Shakera Reece continues to struggle and is yet to qualify for the CAC Seniors.
She was third in the 100 metres in 11.78 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 24.59. She needs to dip under 11.55 and 23.70 seconds, respectively.
Ariel Jackson, who has qualified for both Pan Am and CAC, was fourth in the Under-20 Girls’ 200 metres in 24.54 and in the women’s 400 metres in 56.09 seconds. Shani Adams was sixth in 56.77 but won the 800 metres in 2 minutes 14.71 seconds
Jalisa Burrowes took the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.64 metres and Kion Joseph won the 400 metres hurdles in 51.78 seconds. Christopher Davis was second in 53.22 and Shamar Greenidge fifth in 59.03.
Latoya Griffith was second in the women’s 400 metres hurdles in 61.78.
Romario Marshall won the Under-17 Boys’ 800 metres in 2:02.05. His twin brother Akeem, who was second in that event at the CARIFTA Games, was runner-up in 2:02.88.
Dario Grandison was second in the Under-20 Boys’ 1 500 metres in 4:17.02.
Kentoine Browne won the Under-17 Boys’ 100 metres in a wind-aided 10.95 seconds and was second in the 200 metres in 22.48.
Dajuan Boyce was third in the Under-15 Boys’ 100 metres in 11.74 and Raheem Taitt-Best was third in the Under-13 Boys’ 300 metres in 43.97.
Several athletes from Track and Field Academy also competed, with Nicholas Jones placing fifth in the men’s high jump with 1.80 metres; Seanico Pilgrim was seventh in the men’s shot put with 8.58 metres and Dayna Francis was also seventh in the women’s event with 27.22 metres.