CARIFTA hopeful sprinters must grab their last chance

With the CARIFTA track and field championships approaching over the Easter weekend in Bermuda, several athletes are hoping for late qualification for the celebrated tournament.

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association host the aptly named CARIFTA Last Chance Meet on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex to allow aspiring kids the chance to qualify.

It starts at 9am and any late qualifiers will join the five already in the team for the trip to Hamilton from 7-9 April. In addition, it will also offer competition for athletes preparing for the Inter-Secondary School Championships being held in early April.

Events being contested are 100 metres hurdles, 110m hurdles, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5,000m, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin.

Age groups eligible to participate are 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17 and over.

The team that has qualified so far is Peter Chamalian, Ashleigh Nalty, Tiffany Cole, Jonathan Frederick and Alex Pascal. Athletes with a good chance to squeeze in are all sprinters – Troy Long, Demetri Chambers and Ashton Ebanks.

Chantelle Morrison is edging back to peak fitness, as seen last week when she won the 200m comfortably. But she is still not blazing down the track like before. Her right hamstring is still repairing. “Chantelle is getting in shape for the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in June,” said her coach Tyrone Yen. “She will be running again on Saturday but won’t be trying for CARIFTA. She didn’t come out of her last race with any ill effects.”

For further information contact Elizabeth Ibeh 925-4763, Coach Wason at 916-6966, Coach Williams 925-1943 or Coach Yen 925-6917. There will be no registration on the day of the meet.