A local track team saw some of its members qualify for the Carifta Games recently.
The Mustang Track Club was in Kingston, Jamaica for the weekend of 9 February at the 4th annual Camperdown Classic. There they made four athletes eligible for the Carifta Games.
Kadeen Foster, Travis Webb, Chantelle Morrison and Ashleigh Nalty were the lucky qualifiers.
Foster posted a time of 2.21.76 seconds (s) in the girls class 1 800m. Her time just beat the Carifta qualifying mark of 2.22.00s and gave her third place in the event.
Webb had a leap of 1.85m in the boys class 2 high jump. This beat the required jump of 1.75m and placed him fifth in the event.
Morrison sprinted to a time of 12.34s in the girls class 3 100m. She beat the qualifying mark of 12.65s and came in second overall.
Nalty leapt to 1.55m in the girls class 3 high jump. She equalled the required jump to make Carifta and finished fourth overall.
There were also encouraging performances from the rest of the team. The girls class 3 4x100m posted a time of 50.18s, good enough for third place.
Individual performances were also solid. Melissa McLean, a member of the aforementioned girls relay team, ran 13.32s in the girls class 4 100m and placed ninth overall. Two other members of that relay team, Kristen Dixon and Shayla Torres, also did well in their 100m events.
Special mention goes to Anissa Owen, Jahzenia Thomas, Gizelle Wright and Kimberly Bush. All tried their best to compete in spite of suffering injuries at the meet.
In the end, Coach Yen was very pleased with the overall performances. He said he hopes the rest of the team who have not yet qualified for Carifta will do so in the next few weeks at their next district meet.
The next big event for the track club will be the Bahamas Carifta trials. These will be held in Nassau, Bahamas 7-8 March 2008.
This year’s Carifta Games will be held in St. Kitts over the Easter weekend. Cayman is expected to send a significant caravan of athletes across various disciplines to compete.