The Cayman Islands team to this year’s Carifta Games promises to be one of the largest yet, following the performances of a number of Athlete’s at the Cayman Islands Athletic Association’s second Jumps and Throws Trials at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex last Friday and Saturday, the 10th and 11th February 2007.
Leading the qualifiers from last weeks Trials were 15 year old Travis Webb and 16 year old Arron McLaughlin. Webb won the Under 17 Boys High Jump with a clearance of 1.80m beating McLaughlin into second position with a qualifying leap of 1.75m.
Under 20 Male High Jumpers, Perry Anglin and last year’s Carifta Representative, Stephen Tatum of Cayman Brac recorded heights of 1.90 and 1.85m respectively, just short of the qualifying height of 1.95m.
In other events at the Trials, male Under 20 athlete Richard Ibeh tossed the Discus 40.79m to beat out Maxwell Hyman’s toss of 37.40m, while Alexandra Terry again confirmed that she is ahead of the curve with a toss of 33.29m well ahead of the qualifying mark of 28.04m in the Girls Under 17 event.
In the Boys U17 Shot Put Jason Wight again flirted with the qualification mark by throwing the ball a distance of 10.87m. In the U17 Boys Javelin, 14 year-old Andrew Ebanks impressed with his form and technique as did Sylvester Silburn, marking themselves for future development in this event with an eye on the 2008 Carifta Games.
In the Girls Under 17 Long Jump both Ashleigh Nalty and Jahzenia Thomas had an off day both in terms of distance and technique, failing to make full use of the take-off board. Nalty’s off day continued in the Girls Under 17 High Jump, where she failed to record a legitimate jump although it must be stated that weather conditions at the time when she jumped was not at its best. The Boys U17 Long Jump proved anti-climatic when compared to the results of the week before. Absent Travis Webb, Mitchum Forbes took the event with what for him was a pedestrian distance of 5.70m. In the Under 20 Boys division neither competitor, Michael Sanford and Stephen Tatum, from the Brac made any serious dent on the 6.80m qualifying distance.
So far 11 Athletes have met the qualifying marks for consideration to this year’s Carifta Games Team, while another 13 are on the cusp of such consideration. These Athletes and others will be afforded another opportunity to meet the qualifying standards at this week’s Bodden Town District Meet, which takes place at the Bodden Town Primary School playfield starting at 9:00am, except for the field events for age groups 14-16, 17-19 and 20 and over. The field event for these groups will be staged at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex this Friday 16th February 2007 commencing as soon as the Prospect Primary School Sports Day is complete or at 3:30pm, whichever is later. Medals will be awarded as per usual at this District Meet both at the Stadium and at the Bodden Town Field. Refreshments, complements of Progressive Distributors Ltd., will be provided for athletes and officials on both days of the Bodden Town Meet. Athletes are reminded to get their Registration Forms in by 6:00pm this Thursday, February 15th 2007.
The Carifta Games age group athletes are reminded that the CUC National Junior Championships on the 16th and 17th March 2007 will be final opportunity presented to them to meet the qualifying standards.