Bodden Town District Meet

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association continued its program of local Meets for the Season with the staging of the Bodden Town District Meet on the 15th and 16th days of February 2007.

Due to the lack of facilities at the Bodden Town Primary School field events for the 14-16, 17-19 and 20 and over age groups were staged at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Friday the 15th while all running events as well as the Long Jump for the younger age groups took place at the Bodden Town Primary School on Saturday 16th February 2007.

At the Truman Bodden Sports Complex Perry Anglin, Jahzenia Thomas and Mitchell Forbes continued their efforts to qualify for this year’s Carifta Games but all failed to meet the requisite standards.

The following day at the Bodden Town Primary School Field an appreciative audience, led by former CIAAA President, Evelyn Rockett, witnessed a number of thrilling finishes on a wet track. Kemar Hyman returned to the local scene to edge his brother, Maxwell in the Boys 17-19 200m. Wallace Little, who impressed last Season, also marked his return to active competition this Season with an easy looking 11.00 in the Men’s 100m. The Men’s 400m saw David Hamil winning quite easily in the handy time of 52.20secs.

Amongst the younger Athletes Melinda McLean, used the absence of Chantelle Morrison and Ashleigh Nalty, to good effect by edging Kristen Dixon in the 10-13 Girls 100 and 200m. Young Pearl Morgan’s continued improvement since last Season continued in resulted in her maiden first place finishes in the Girls 6-8 60m and 80m in the process dismissing the challenges of two of her main rivals Jada Wright and Miyah Seymour. So far the Girls 6-8 60m and 80m have resulted in victories for Jada Wright at East End/Northside, Miyah Seymour at West Bay and now Pearl Morgan at Bodden Town. All three girls have successfully defended their ‘home turf’ at these Meets and with Daneliz Thomas lurking in the background their clash at this year’s Inter-Primary School Championships promises to be quite exciting. In the Boys equivalent Tevin Crawford of Bodden Town had the better of West Bay’s Karim Murray in the Boys 60m dash but the tables were reversed in the Boys 80m dash. In the Girls 10-13 400m dash Cristen Jones showed impressive form in winning by the proverbial city block.

Over the weekend as well, five of Cayman’s young Carifta hopefuls competed in Jamaica at the UWI Invitational Meet. Chantelle Morrison won the 100m for her age group at the Meet in an impressive 12.63s bettering the Carifta qualifying standard by .02 seconds; Travis Webb recorded a height of 1.70m for 16th overall; Ashleigh Nalty jumped the qualifying height of 1.55m for 7th place in the event; Kedeen Foster recorded 2.26.96 for second place in the Under 20 800m, while her sister turned in a time of 5.31.05 for third place in Under 20 1500m.

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