Cayman’s track champs get another chance to compete on the superb new surface this weekend.
Today and tomorrow marks the 22nd annual running of the CUC National Junior & Senior Championships. The Truman Bodden Sports Complex will be the site for the competition which is put on by the Cayman Islands Athletic Association.
Today’s programme starts at 4:00pm and will feature the hunt for huge bragging rights as the title of Cayman’s fastest man is up for grabs.
Adding to the intrigue is the position of Kareem Streete-Thompson. Kareem was once Cayman’s best all-around athlete, having risen to the top in events such as sprints and high jumps. These days most people consider Kareem in semi-retirement mode as he has not competed since 2006.
Among those slated to make a serious run for the distinction is Stephon Johnson, Tyrell Cuffy and Robert Ibeh. Most in the athletic fraternity feel the Men’s 100m has all the makings of a tight finish and also holds out the possibility of recording the fastest time by a Caymanian male on home soil.
Meanwhile tomorrow’s action will be highlighted by the Men’s 400m and 200m. The 200m is shaping up to be a three way showdown between Kings College team-mates Cuffy and Kemar Hyman and locally-based Johnson. In the 400m, look for a winner amongst Ibeh, Junior Hinds and David Hamil.
Truman Bodden is slated to be the site of the races throughout the day as heats are slated to start at 9:00am and finish at 7:00pm.
In addition to those match-ups, attention will also be given to the hunt for division champion.
In the Girls section of the Under 8 division Dannika Lyn will try to preserve her lead over Johyleeha Williams and Aaliyah Morris. Meanwhile in the Boys section Bodden Town’s Justyn Powell will look to secure his title over distant contenders Taj Yen and Jondane Dawkins.
In the Girls section of the 8-9 division Ashanti Myles is out to pad her lead over Shaelyn Roberts and Shalysa Wray. On the other hand Inter-Primary Division 2 Champion Boy Karim Murray will have to be at his best to win the Boys section over the likes of Brian Walters and Jabari Clarke.
Bodden Town’s dynamic duo of Jada Wright and Pearl Morgan will duke it out for the 9-12 division crown in the Girls section while the absence of Jamal Walton should spell the title for Jeahvon Jackson in the Boys section.
Cayman Brac’s Amelia Gillespie has the Girls 12-13 division title all but wrapped up though Melinda McLean and Cristen Jones will fight to the end while in the boys section the title is far from being decided as Jonathan Frederick has a slim lead over O’Laro Waite and Anfernee Wright.
In the Girls section of the 14-16 division Ashleigh Nalty absence will loom large as Sheyla Torres will try to fight off Chantelle Morrison for Nalty’s top spot. In the Boys section Arron McLaughlin can just about taste victory as only Shannon Crichlow and Neville Marston are within earshot.
The closest race is slated to be in the Boys section of the 17-19 division. Steven Reid is currently in the lead but Joseph Suberan Daryl Lashley, Mitchell Forbes and Shane Evans are right on his heels.
Finally a fit Stephon Johnson should take the overall Men’s crown over both Rhymiech Adolphus and Christopher Sampson.