Track season is off and running in the Cayman Islands, judging by the hot performances at the Truman Bodden Track and Field Meet held Saturday at the Sports Complex in George Town.
Some 50 athletes registered for the meet. Numbers were down from previous years, say organisers, because many young athletes are attending schools overseas due to Hurricane Ivan.
The meet was part of the Carifta, Island Games and CAC Games qualifiers. Several athletes achieved qualifying standards for the Carifta Games to be held in Tobago this Easter.
Young Chantelle Morrison continued where she left off last season by cruising to victories in the girls 10-13 100m and 200m with times of 12.8 and 28.3 respectively.
An early season rivalry was established between Kemar Hyman and Tyrell Cuffy, with Cuffy edging out the younger Hyman in 100m with both athletes clocked at 10.8. Hyman would later return in the 200m to edge Cuffy in times of 22 flat and 22.1 respectively and in the process leaving a number of senior athletes in their wake.
Jenna Gaio performed creditably in the Girls 17-19 Division where she took the Long Jump with a leap of 17’6′ and the 200m in a time of 26.0, threatening the qualifying standards set for both events as did Tyrell Cuffy in the 100m and 200m for the boys under 20 sprints.
The star performer of the meet, however, was Shane Evans who posted qualifying marks in the shot put, discus and javelin. Also making the qualifying standards were Kemar Hyman in the 100m and 200m for his age group, Robert Ibeh in the Discus and Opal Bodden in the Triple Jump for her age group.