Cayman athletes show good early-season form in year’s first meet

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association’s local Season got off to a flying start with the staging of the Truman Bodden Track Meet at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Last year’s Carifta Games silver medalist, CAC Jrs. gold medalist and Female Junior Athlete of the Year, Alexandra Terry showed that she intends to be the one to beat at this year’s Games. Her toss of 29.90m to take the 14-16 Girls Discus easily surpassed the qualifying standard of 28.04m.

Annissa Owen staked her claim for consideration to be selected for this year’s 2007 Carifta Games when she heaved the Shot Put 10.52m to take the event in the Girls 14-16 category. Last year’s Carifta Games and CUT Championships representative Avril Myers also surpassed the minimum standard for consideration to the team by finishing second with a distance of 10.13m, both surpassing the minimum qualifying standard of 9.45m.

A number of the more seasoned Athletes opted to forego participating in their pet events and compete in events with which they are not usually associated. Male Athlete of the Year, Kemar Hyman, ran a smooth 400m to take the event ahead of National representative, Richard Ibeh who bested his older brothers, Andrew and Robert in the event. Kemar returned a time of 50.50, whist Richard recorded a clocking of 52.50.

Female Youth Athlete of the Year, Chantelle Morrison, first venture into the 400m was a successful one. She had to dig deep at the top of the home stretch to distance herself from 400m specialist Shenique Yen in the Girls 10-13 400m event. Chantelle returned a time of 1:09.60 while Shenique had a posting of 1:11.40.

In the Boys 17-19 200m Maxwell Hyman and Christopher Sampson’s times of 23.30 and 23.70 respectively surpassed the qualifying standard of 24.26 but may find that this achievement may not be enough to book their places on the team as Kemar and Tyrell Cuffy (now at Kings College in the United States) loom large in their rear view mirrors.

In the 17-19 Boys Shot Put, National Representative Shane Evans also passed the qualifying mark with a heave of 15.52m which bettered the qualifying mark by .82m.

Outside of the Truman Bodden Meet word has reached the Association that local Athlete Sean Troop (now at school in the USA) ran 49.08 over the 400m at the Hispanic Games at the New Balance Armory in New York. If verified as a legitimate time this would mean that he has met the qualification standard for consideration to be selected for this event in the U20 Division at this year’s Carifta Games.

In the Boys 4-16 Long Jump, Mitchell Forbes showed his intention of competing for a spot on this year’s Carifta team with a good early season leap of 6.06m, which was .24m short of the minimum qualifying distance required for consideration.