National champs will be crowned

Cayman’s athletics scene is bracing for more excitement. 

The 2012 National Track and Field Championships of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association will be held on Friday, 15 June, starting at 6pm and on Saturday, 16 June, starting at 9am at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. 

The meet is opened to all schools, clubs and individuals and will showcase many of Cayman’s best athletic talents. It will also serve as a qualifier for athletes preparing for upcoming regional and international competitions in the youth, junior and senior categories. 

Events being contested are 100 metre Hurdles, 110m Hurdles, 80m, 100m, 150m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and Ball Throw. 

Age groups eligible to compete are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17 and over. 

Registration closes on Tuesday, 12 June. Registration forms are available on or by contacting Liz Ibeh 925-4763, Coach Williams at 925-1943, Coach Yen at 925-6917 or Coach Wason at 916-6966. Forms will also be available at School Physical Education departments.  

Completed registration forms should be returned to any of the above persons or emailed to [email protected] 

News of the meet comes after the staging of the inaugural Cayman Invitational last month. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the 100m world champion, set his season’s best time of 9.84 seconds. Blake, 21, had previously run the 100m in 9.90s and had competed at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston, finishing the 200m in 19.91s. 

Blake’s biggest competition is countryman Usain Bolt, the Olympic and world record holder in the 100m and 200m. He started his 2012 campaign with a 9.82s run at the Jamaica Invitational. The two are preparing for a showdown in both sprints at the London Olympics this summer.  

Cayman will have three track stars at the Olympics in 100m sprint queen Cydonie Mothersill, 110m hurdler Ronald Forbes and 100m sprinter Kemar Hyman. 

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Youngsters can race for national glory now. – PHOTOS: CHRIS COURT