The track season took off with an ‘Odd Meet’ on Saturday morning at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex that had spectators on the edge of their seats keeping up with all the events. Rather than competing in traditional runs like the 100-, 200- or 400-metre races, athletes ran 150, 300 and 600 metres.
“This is one of our calendar meets. It is the first meet of the season and the turnout has been tremendous,” said Cayman Islands Athletic Association president Lance Barnes. “We have a lot of young children here from the primary level, so it’s just a meet for the athletes who have been training during the off-season to see where they’re at, and the coaches are here as well so they can see their progression and they can take that and do more development from that.”
Several athletes are preparing for upcoming meets, like the 49th edition of the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda taking place in April. The odd meet saw 2019 CARIFTA bronze medalist Rachael Pascal qualify for the Javelin event again this year in Bermuda.
Barnes added that the association will be looking to offer more support to the track clubs for the upcoming season.“For the 2020 season, we are actually putting in more mechanisms and offering more resources to the coaches and athletes, so they can train and truly harness that talent. It is a very busy year; there’s a lot of competition overseas.”Odd Events Classic 2020 Results (1)