There were three additional qualifiers at Star Trackers meet

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Simba FrenchSend an emailFebruary 7, 2023 215 2 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 Andrew Brown has qualified in both the under-17 boys 100m and 400m for the 50th CARIFTA Games, set for the Easter holiday weekend, April 8-10, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The 20th Star Performers Track and Field Classic came to an end early due to inclement weather but four Bahamian athletes were able to go under the CARIFTA qualifying standards at the meet at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Saturday.

The number of unofficial qualifiers moved up to 23 as three new qualifiers joined the list at the meet that was hosted by the Star Trackers Athletics Club, and another athlete qualified in a second event.

At the meet, dubbed ‘Battle to CARIFTA’, both Azaria Marshall and Tamia Taylor added their names to the list of qualifiers in the under-17 girls division. They became the ninth and 10th qualifiers, respectively, in that division when they made the standard in the 400 meters (m) hurdles, and there are now five qualifiers in the under-17 girls 400m hurdles.

The Roadrunners Track and Field Club’s Taylor was able to cross the finish line almost two seconds ahead of Marshall with a meet record time of 1:06.33. The CARIFTA standard in that event is 1:09.86 and the meet record was 1:06.72.

The Red-Line Athletics’ Marshall clocked 1:08.44 to finish second. Finishing in a distant third was Spirit of Excellence Track and Field Club’s Gabrielle Rolle who ran 1:15.69.

In the under-17 boys division, Andrew Brown, who is already a qualifier in the 400m, qualified in the 100m. He and Ishmael Rolle, of Swift Athletics, both went under the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 10.96 seconds.

Brown was too quick for the field as he clocked a winning time of 10.82 seconds. Finishing second in that race was Rolle who clocked 10.93 seconds. The Golden Eagles Track Club’s Aiden Kelly clocked 11.05 seconds to place third.

Otto Laing from Speed Dynamics ran a quick time of 14.03 seconds in the under-20 boys 110m hurdles but it was wind-aided. The CARIFTA qualifying time is 14.20 seconds. He won that event and finished ahead of the SunBlazers Track Club’s Tayshaun Robinson who ran 14.41 seconds to finish second. Robinson’s teammate Rowan Sands was third with a time of 15.63 seconds.

The other qualifiers for The Bahamas are Shayann Demeritte (under-17 girls 100m), Darvinique Dean (under-17 girls 400m hurdles), Bayli Major (under-17 girls 400m hurdles), Yulianis Akompi (under-17 girls 400m hurdles), Alexandria Komolafe (under-17 girls high jump), Taysha Stubbs and Kamera Strachan (under-17 girls javelin), Terrell McCoy (under-17 girls shot put), Shatayla Dorsett (under-20 girls 100m), Amari Pratt (under-20 girls 200m), Cassie Thompson (under-20 girls 200m), Javonya Valcourt and Lacarthea Cooper (under-20 girls 400m), Calea Jackson (under-20 girls discus), Annae Mackey (under-20 girls shot put), Adam Musgrove (under-20 boys 200m), Mateo Smith (under-20 boys long jump), Kaden Cartwright (under-20 boys javelin) and Brenden Vanderpool (under-20 boys pole vault).

The 50th CARIFTA Games is set to be held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium from April 8-10. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) CARIFTA Trials is set for March 25-27 at the national stadium.

Next up on the local calendar is the Roadrunners Diana Lynn Track and Field Classic, set for Saturday at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

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