BT set to run wild

Local athletics continues its hunt for young talent this weekend.

The Cayman Islands Amateur Athletic Association is putting on its third district meet of the year tomorrow morning.

The meet will be held at the Bodden Town Primary School Field in Bodden Town from 9am.

A number of field and running events will take place with participants separated by age group.

The list of events is as follows:

Field events – Long jump: m/f 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, Shot put: m/f 12-13, 14-16, 17-19, open (20+) and ball throw: m/f 6-7, 8-9, 10-11

Running events – 60m: m/f 14-16, 17-19, open (20+), 80m: m/f 6-7, 100m: m/f 6-7, 8-9; 10-11, 12-13, 600m: m/f 14-16, 17-19, open (20+), 300m: m/f 12-13, 14-16, 17-19, open (20+), 1500m: m/f u17, 17-19, open (20+) and 150m: m/f 8-9, 10-11

As CIAAA member Elizabeth Ibeh explains the meets are a way for hidden talent to come to the fore.

‘Track season usually starts in January with athletes hoping to meet qualifying standards for regional and international meets.

‘District meets are mainly used for talent searching. There might be some unknown talent in the districts that is not affiliated to a club but out of curiosity would come and participate.

‘Hopefully he/she becomes interested and decides to get seriously involved.’

The Bodden Town meet is one of a series of developmental meets taking place across the island. Two meets were put on last month with the last being in West Bay.

As Ibeh says the meets take place on a regular basis to keep runners busy.

‘The regular meets provide regular competition and opportunities for athletes to qualify.’

From here the next meet is scheduled for 21 February in George Town at Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Registration forms are available by contacting National Coach Kenrick Williams at 323-0163, Coach Tyrone Yen at 925-6917 or Coach Canover Watson at 916-6966.