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Two more qualify for CARIFTA, bring total to 22


EZRA STUART, FP

Two more qualify for CARIFTA, bring total to 22

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TWO OF Barbados’ most talented junior athletes Shonita Brome and Tremaine Smith were the latest qualifiers for next month’s CARIFTA Games when the National Junior Championships concluded at the National Stadium on Sunday night. 

Brome joined Hannah Connell as the only girls to qualify so far when she ran 62.79 seconds, inside the required 63 seconds for the Under-18 400-metre hurdles. 

Smith also met the qualifying standard after clocking 21.65 seconds in the Under-18 Boys 200 metres to bring the number of qualifiers to 22 for the April 15-17 Games in Curacao. 

The big-striding six-footer made the grade in the Under-18 Boys’ 200 metres when he finished second in 21.65 seconds to many-time qualifier Matthew Clarke, who clocked 21.56 to follow 21.54 in his heat.  

United States-based Tai Brown, who qualified in the sprint hurdles on Saturday along with Nathan Fergusson and Tre Hollingsworth, finished third in 21.93 seconds after running a qualifying time of 21.60 in winning his heat. 

Rasheeme Griffith (52.57) and Nathan Fergusson (54.27) warmed up for the defence of the gold and silver medal they won at CARIFTA last year with another solid qualifying effort in the Under-18 Boys’ 400 metres. 

Also repeating their earlier qualification were Under-18 middle distance runner Ronaldo Rock (1:56.42) in the 800 metres; triple jumper Jonathan Miller (14.48 metres); Kalvin Marcus (63.21) in the Under-20 Boys’ javelin and shot putters Triston Gibbons (16.30 metres) and Enrique Babb (15.60) among the Under-20 and Under-18 boys respectively. (EZS)

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