Many competed in Jamaica over the weekend as they hone themselves for the biggest challenge – the London Olympics in July.
The two biggest names were at press conferences this week – world 100 metres champions Yohan Blake and Carmelita Jeter.
Other top sprinters competing at the Cayman Invitational at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from 5.30pm are Novlene Williams-Mills, Chris Brown, Michael Frater, Kim Collins, Shawn Crawford and shot putter Dylan Armstrong.
Cayman’s Commonwealth gold medallist Cydonie Mothersill runs in the 200m to open her season in readiness for her fifth Olympics in July. Other Caymanians slotted competing are fellow Olympian Kemar Hyman in the 100m, plus the Morgan twins, Carl and Carlos in the long jump, Jon Rankin in the 1500m, sprinter Tyrell Cuffy and Rhymiech Adolphus in the 100m. The meet will feature over 80 athletes in 11 track and two field events – shot put and long jump.
Mothersill is expecting a packed house and ticket prices are reasonably priced and available at easily accessible locations. Seating for finish line area tickets are $35 (adults and children) and general seating at the TE McField Grandstand is $30 (adults) and $12 (children under 12). Mackie Seymour Stadium seating is $20 (adults) and $10 (children under 12).
Jeter said on Monday: “This is my first time running in Cayman and I’m really excited. Cydonie called my representatives earlier in the year and asked if I could be part of this and I had no problems in deciding to come to the inaugural Cayman Invitational meet.
“In the past we would run every three or four days and your body would get into a rhythm and your body would settle into a race pattern. So I’m really excited to be racing back to back.”
Jeter will go back to the United States before going to meets in Daegu for an IAAF Challenge and Shanghai for a Diamond League next.
Bahamian 400m runner Chris Brown said: “This is my first time in Cayman and I’m looking forward to the excitement and coming here and enjoying the support. This is going to be my opening 400m and I’m definitely hoping to do a time that nobody has achieved so far this year. The warm weather and the crowd means I’m looking forward to giving it 100 per cent.”
Jeter ensured that she got to see some of Cayman before they left. “Cydonie is always talking about how beautiful it is. I’ve seen bits of it and it looks very pretty.”
Mothersill said: “I’m super excited and very much appreciative that my friends and colleagues came aboard to support this event and I’m really looking forward to Wednesday and for them to have the chance to enjoy the Cayman hospitality.”