One of the most popular track meets of the year is staged this weekend and with the international competitions approaching – including the Olympics – every opportunity is vital.
The Cayman Islands Athletic Association stages the annual Truman Bodden Track Meet on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, starting at 9am.
The meet, which is sponsored by businessman and former politician Truman Bodden, has been staged for over 20 years and is one of the major meets of the association’s calendar. Bodden has been an enthusiastic supporter of track and field here for decades as well as the association and has assisted in obtaining corporate sponsorship from other local business houses.
With the Inter-Primary and Inter-Secondary Track & Field Championships looming, as well as the CARIFTA Games a large turnout is expected of local athletes competing at this meet in preparation for the international season.
Senior and junior athletes will be vying to qualify for such tournaments as CARIFTA, Junior CAC, CUT and NACAC Under-23.
At the Truman Bodden Sports Complex meeting last Thursday, the men’s 100 metres was won by Ryhmiech Adolphus who just edged out the ever improving Troy Long in 10.7 seconds who finished in 10.8secs. Lloyd Barker was third in 10.9secs.
Long took the 200m title in 22.1secs ahead of Dwayne Anglin-Folkes (22.5secs) with Lloyd Barker third (22.9secs).
Mikayl McLaughlin and Pearl Morgan won their respective 100m and 200m titles in girls races. McLaughlin also triumphed in the long jump. Kiara McLaughlin looks destined for big things having run the 800m in 2 minutes 37.2 seconds. She also won her age-group high jump. Tiffany Cole coasted to the 1500m title.
Rashaun Connolly was one of the top boys sprinters. The men’s 1500m produced a competitive race as Jamie Montero beat coach Derek Larner by a mere second, finishing in 5:11.7.
Newcomer Jonathan Shillito took the men’s 800m title, finishing in 2:14.7, ahead of Tristan Von Kirchenheim (2:17.9) and Larner (2:21.6).