Antoine shows class with discus
Romario “Grass Man” Antoine stole the spotlight at the National Stadium Saturday night.
Antoine put in an impressive performance in the discus when the Barbados Olympians Classic, the last chance for athletes to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships in Morelia, Mexico, got under way.
The 19-year-old CARIFTA representative booked his ticket to compete in a possible second CAC event by hurling the discus 52.16 metres in the Under-20 Boys’ event.
The throw also ensured that Antoine, who had already qualified in the shot put, reached the required standard of 50 metres.
Tristan Whitehall won the men’s discus with a best effort of 45.56 and BC Trac’s Akiyl Simon prevailed among the Under-18 boys with a toss of 38.40 metres.
CARIFTA Games’ gold medallist Shamar Rock of Rising Stars continued his impressive year in the sandpit with a leap of 7.47 metres, again surpassing the CAC requirement of 7.40 metres to win the men’s open long jump from Pacers’ Charles Greaves (7.18).
Hayley Matthews (39.99) won the Under-18 Girls’ javelin and Ashley Williams (11.80) took the women’s shot put.
On the track, newly turned professional Levi Cadogan (10.55) had to dig deep over the last 30 metres to move clear of UWI Blackbirds’ Jermain Hinds (10.63). Justin Gooding (10.86) and the returning Deon Hope (10.88) were third and fourth, respectively.
Pacers’ Kentoine Browne (10.89) won the Under-18 Boys’ 100 metres, missing the 10.70 CAC requirement. He was ahead in the last 25 metres when CARIFTA colleague Jebarri Cumberbatch (11.24) limped across the line for third as St Leonards’ schoolboy Jaquone Hoyte (11.20) snatched second place.
Tameka Rawlins (12.02) had no competition in the women’s 100 metres and neither did Tristan Evelyn (11.91) in the Under-18 Girls’ race which saw Ayanna Morgan (12.36) and Timeka Jordan (12.95) finishing second and third, respectively.
Overseas-based Keon Joseph (14.53) won the men’s 110-metre hurdles and Rising Stars’ Michael Nicholls (13.73) took the Under-20 Boys’ race, again going under the requirement for both CAC and World Juniors in Oregon, United States. Nicholls’ CARIFTA teammate Justin Agustin-Mayers (14.43) was second.
Rivaldo Leacock (49.35) of Rising Stars was a comfortable winner of the Under-18 Boys’ 400 metres and so was CARIFTA golden girl Sada Williams (57.39) of Elite Distance among the girls.
Tiana Bowen (58.80) was second with Elite Distance’s Shonita Brome (59.39) third while Quantum Leap’s Leah Barker (56.90) won the women’s quarter-mile from UWI Blackbirds’ Sharon Larrier (57.11).
There weren’t the expected fireworks in the men’s 400 metres as the seasoned Christopher Davis (47.63) of Pacers easily held off the overseas-based duo of John Haynes (48.21) and Jerad Mason (48.21).