Greene beaten at AAG Development Meet
– Running Brave ‘Super Twins’ impresses
By Edison Jefford
It was fiery, it was quick and discernible. The open male 60 metres marked the highlight of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Development Track and Field Meet that initiated the 2009 Season under new management.
It seemed as though national senior male sprint champion, Rawle Greene did not get the desired start and found himself struggling toward the end of the race, which climaxed with a left quad muscle strain on the finish line.
Track officials later revealed that Greene was beaten into third place in the steamy race with a time of 6.55 seconds. Royal Youth Movement’s Rhondel Adams won in 6.51s with Kenneth Semple second in a 6.53s time.
“I can’t question the judges but I feel like I didn’t lose the race though I pulled up before the finish. I expected ‘Beastie’ [Semple] to be ahead of me when I started because he is an explosive starter,” Greene said yesterday.
The top sprinter, who is looking to improve his times ahead of the Caribbean Games, told Kaieteur Sport that he was not doing any speed work ahead of the meet since it is improper for him to peak so early in the season.
“This is February, I wasn’t doing any speed work; I am preparing for later in the season. I can’t afford to peak at this time. My real pressure is trying to get my time down but I am satisfied with my running,” he declared.
Asked how serious his quad injury is, the national sprinter indicated that while it is not as threatening, he is struggling to walk normally. “It’s hurting me, I hope when I go to the physiotherapist it is not serious,” Greene optimised.
In another scorcher on Saturday, Trevor Scotland eased his way to a commanding win in the open male 600m race after Jermaine Pilgrim and Ryan De Peazer had set a stunning pace for approximately 400m of the event.
Scotland used his experience against that of the other competitors to come away with the win after opting to remain with the pack while Pilgrim and De Peazer shot to the fore and subsequently dropped out of the race.
Rivalry was endemic on the sunny and ‘fun day’ atmosphere at the Police Sports Club as the leading athletes and rising stars look to improve their condition ahead of what is to be a very hectic year for local athletics.
Running Braves Athletics Club’s ‘Super Twins’: Shemaine and Shequane Daniels, made their initial mark in the under–15 girls 60m where they placed first and second in that order in times of 8.29 and 8.40s respectively.
Timica Wilson was third in the female race as Police Progressive Youth Club’s Oladele Manifold won the male version in 7.88s with Saint John’s’ Laquan Fortune (7.89s) and Stephon Cort (7.93s) taking second and third.
Continuing in the same race at the under–17 level, Tiffany Carto sprinted away with the women’s event in 8.01s beating Kimberly Hamilton and Cindy Fraser into second and third places respectively with 8.07s and 8.30s times.
In the male under–17 group, Saint John’s’ Lionel Medford took top honours in 7.07s with Royal Youth Movement’s Fabian Hall in second with 7.12s and Bedford All stars’ Junior Sobers third with a 7.20s mark.
New Amsterdam Track Club’s Roxanna Rigby won the under–20 female 60m race with 7.65s as Royals’ Mercedes Forde took second in 7.69s and Running Braves’ Nadine Rodrigues a distant third in 8.05s.
Timothy Doris and Delon De Abreu continued their outstanding rivalry in the under–20 male 60m with the former edging De Abreu (6.70s) with a 6.65 seconds time as Dwayne Massay finished third in a 6.92s time.
Things heated up in the women’s 60m as Leota Bobb almost pulled off a stunning upset against Alisha Fortune. The early signs are indicating that juniors could threaten the reign of a few top seniors in this defining year.
Bobb was off to a flying start and led the race until about 2m before the finish line where Fortune caught her for a photo finish. The times could be no closer than 7.54s for Fortune and 7.55s for a noticeably improved Bobb.
In other results, national schools’ record holder, Ianna Graham dominated the under–15 girls’ 150m with a 20.20s time while club mate, Shequane Daniels (20.90s) finished second with Timica Wills (20.95) third.
Michael Williams won the male version of the race in 18.97s while Manifold took second in 19.58s as Enmore Athletics Club’s Pernell Perry took third in 19.92s. Upper Demerara was noticeable absent from the meeting.
Under–17 boys’ 150m: Andre Josiah (17.48s), Junior Sobers (17.68s) and Curtez Fraser (17.83s). Under–17 girls’ 150: Carto (20.28s), Fraser (21.77) and Hamilton (21.93) in that order in both categories.
Under–20 boys’ 150m: Triston Joseph (16.86s), De Abreu (17.03s) and Massiah (17.39);
Under–20 girls’ 150m: Rigby (19.17s), Rodrigues (19.42s) and Niesa Allen (19.72s) respectively in both races Saturday.
Adams returned from his 60m win to snatch the leading 150m race in a time of 16.72s as Patrick King returned 16.80s for second place. Royal Youth Movements Ian Bishop finished third in 16.93s to seal the top three.
Under–15 boys’ 300m: Williams (40.84s), Manifold (41.06s) and Belgrave (42.72s) and in the Under–15 girls’ 300m: Shemaine Daniels (44.65s), Melissa Byass (45.35s) and Shequane Daniels (48.95s) respectively.
Andre Josiah placed first in the under–17 boys’ 300m in a time of 37.57s with Fraser in second with 38.76s and Lionel Medford third in 40.22s.
Phillip Drayton won the under–20 race in 36.54s with Frank Mercurius second in 36.68s and Anthon Sebastian third in 38.40 while Rodrigues (42.95) won the female race ahead of Tiffany Smith (43.55s) and Allen (45.04s).
Mark Edward came out on top in the open race with a 36.42s time with Derwin Eastman (36.47s) second and Wayne Harlequin (36.56s) third.
Jamaal Holder (16:47.23s) won the 5000m ahead of Cleveland Thomas (16:50.32s) and Winston Missenger (18:19.72s). The next AAG Development Track and Field Meet is slated for next weekend at the same venue.