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More athletes make Carifta Games mark

Ezra Stuart

More athletes make Carifta Games mark

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PERSEVERANCE paid off for distance runner Dario Grandison, shot putter Romario Antoine and multi-eventer Danielle Scantlebury as they qualified for next month’s CARIFTA Games in Martinique.
Also qualifying on the final day of the two-day CARIFTA Trials at the National Stadium Sunday night were hurdler Stephen Griffith and Under-18 high jumpers Josiah Beckles and Hakeem Clarke.
The two fastest schoolboys in Barbados, Levi Cadogan and Mario Burke, who had already qualified for CARIFTA and the CAC Juniors, also met the standard for the World Juniors in the United States in July with blistering runs in the 200 metres.
Cadogan clocked a career-best 20.72 seconds in the Under-20 Boys’ race to win from Joshua Walcott (21:75) and Kyle Farrell (21:78), while Burke sped to 21.17 seconds in the Under-18 race with Romarco Thompson (21.95) second.
Former Deighton Griffith Secondary student Grandison, who entered St George Secondary this school term, achieved the mark with a determined run of 15:45.76 minutes in the gruelling Under-20 Boys’ 5 000 metres.
Forced to run alone for the last five laps after the Under-18 Boys completed their 3 000 metres race, the Pacers athlete beat the CARIFTA requirement of 16:05 minutes.
BC Trac’s Antoine joined Dequan Lovell, who had qualified at the Louis Lynch Championships in the Under-20 Boys’ shot put with a distance of 15.73 metres, surpassing the required 15.00 metres.
Needing to run at least 2:58.63 minutes in the final event of the heptathlon, Quantum Leap’s Scantlebury went even better in the 800 metres by clocking 2:38.15 minutes. She got a further 594 points to end with a total of 4 005 points, far more than the qualifying standard of 3 800.
Rising Stars’ Griffith qualified in the Under-20 Boys’ 400-metre hurdles when he raced home first in the 53.70 seconds asked for by the Athletics Association of Barbados.
Beckles might have missed the mark in the long jump but both he and Clarke cleared the high jump bar at the required standard of 2.00 metres for Under-18 Boys.    
The Elite Distance pair of Joseph Parris (9:47.71) and Jonathan Jones (9:58.68) were just short of the required 9:15 minutes in the Under-18 Boys’ 3000 metres but the selectors would’ve taken note of their performance.
Ufukozo’s Carlie Pipe (11:05.80) warmed up for the upcoming World Half-marathon in Denmark by winning the women’s 3 000 metres.
Elizabeth Williams, fresh from Saturday’s victory in the 1500 metres, was second in 11:31.34, short of the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 10:52 minutes.
Wibisco’s Tre Hinds (1:54.67) narrowly missed the qualifying time of 1:54 in the Under-20 Boys’ 800 metres, which he won from Elite Distance’s Pius Emilien (1:55.98) and Joshua Hunte (1:55.98) of the Barbados Defence Force.
It was a one-two for twin brothers Akeem Marshall (1:58.19) and Romario Marshall (1:58.23) of Pacers but they were also shy of the required 1:56 for the Under-18 Boys’ 800 metres.
So too was two-time CARIFTA selectee Tiana Bowen (2:24.56) in the Under-18 Girls’ 800 metres which she won from Elite Distance’s Florence Fields (2:26.03) and Rosette Hoyte (2:26.13) after they hunted 2:14 minutes.
Elite Distance’s Sada Williams (24:38) handed Rising Stars’ Tristan Evelyn (24:42) a rare sprint defeat in the Under-18 Girls’ 200 metres.
The experienced Jade Bailey also competed in the Open Women’s 200 metres where she clocked 23.42 while UWI’s Fallon Forde won the Men’s 200 in 21.67 seconds from Pacers’ Debarge Carrington (21.77).