Sprinters sizzle on truncated day of athletics
By Edison Jefford
As ambitious as she may be, national junior sprint sensation, Tiffany Carto, was faced with the reality on Sunday that Neisa Allen is still, literally, her senior when the two met in 100m at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground in Linden.
Carto and Allen was the highlight in one of the most heated contests of an Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Development Meet. The duo did not fail to disappoint with Allen winning the rivalry with her well-established bottom-end power.
Because there were not enough females to have a full-fledged Women’s 100m race, Allen, among maybe one other, was placed in the youth and junior race, which turned out to be as scintillating as the most popular track and field event is usually.
Allen won the women’s 100m while Cindy Fraser topped the youth category. Carto was given a time of 12.7 seconds to win the junior race on the heavy track, which was soaked during an early morning downpour of rain. Evelyn Raveith was second in 13.28 while Aletha Moore (13.30) was third.
Marlon Moshette was the fastest of the timed 100m on Sunday, clocking 11.0 seconds to win the youth race ahead of the Guyana Defence Force’s, Dominique Fraser, and Guyana Police Force’s, Kevin Scott, who had times of 11.4 and 11.7 respectively.
New Amsterdam’s Cortez Fraser showed sublime form in winning the junior male 100m in 11.2 seconds. Fraser was registered with the Royal Youth Movement Club. Akeem Stewart with 11.2 seconds as well was second while Norville Jeffrey (11.5) was third.
The fastest man in Guyana last year, Guyana Defence Force’s, Rupert Perry narrowly edged his longstanding rivals in the sprints, Winston George and Keith Roberts respectively in winning the Men’s 100m. No times were available for the athletes subsequently.
Patrick King won the Men’s 200m in 23.6 while Leslyn Baird placed second in 24.0. Carl Lewis was third in 24.2 seconds. Allen doubled with her win in the 200m as the former promising, and talented, Running Brave athlete returns to form for the season.
Trevough George topped the male 1500m race in 4:22.02 with Tyshon Bentick placing second in 4:23.0 and Devon Barrington third in 4:23.03 seconds. Melissa Byass won the female race while Jenella Jonas and Alexis Williams were second and third respectively. Double CARIFTA Games gold medallist, Jevina Straker had dropped out of the race.
Earlier in the day, Linden’s Nathaniel Giddings had eased to a comfortable win in the 5000m in a competitive 17:30.0 while Owen Chin was second with 18:40.0. Calvin Thomas (20.63.8) placed third. Tisha Grimes won the 3000m female race in 12:26.0 with Shenika Chapman second in 12:22.4 and Ashanti Scott third in 12:26.00. Heavy rainfall forced an abandonment of some of the remaining events after lunch on Sunday.