Quarter-miler takes comfortable 200m victory @ mini meet
Guyana’s Junior 400 meters record holder, Stephan James returned from his two weeks training session in the United States of America to continue his dominance on the track in the 200 meters yesterday afternoon when the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) hosted a mini meet at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary to accommodate the Trinidadian athletes who came for the postponed Youth and U-23 Trails.
The now established athlete from Running Brave (RB) took advantage of the field while using the mini meet as a gauge to guide him into the upcoming Youth and U-23 Trials which is slated from September 1 and 2.
James took the golden spot on the podium in a time of 21.9 seconds, outclassing Police Progressive Youth Club’s (PPYC) Shawn Semple, second in 22.4 seconds and Trinidad and Tobago’s Odou Hazel from Mustang Club, third in 22.5 seconds.
The excitement continued at the meet when Chavez Ageday, Tevin Garraway and James, three rivals, clashed in the Men’s 100 meters. Ageday, who was having an inconsistent athletic season, stamped his authority to claim the race in a time 10.6 seconds as James and Garraway trailed behind in 10.8 and 11.15 seconds respectively.
Neisa Allen of RB took a double in the Women’s 100 meters and 200 meters to remind her rivals of her sprinting ability in 12.5 seconds and 25.1 seconds. PPYC’s Tiffany Carto was second in the 200 meters in 25.3 seconds, while Allen’s club mate Natrena Hooper settled for third in 25.7 seconds.
Natrena Hooper and Shawn Semple rebounded from their defeats in the 200 meters to alienate the field in the Women’s and Men’s 400 meters in 59 and 49.4 seconds. Trinidad’s Odou Hazel was second to Semple in 49.5 seconds as Selwyn Foster registered 50.4 seconds.
The middle distance events saw Ornesto Thomas (1500 meters), Devon Barrington (800 meters), Dennis Horatio (5000 meters) and Jevina Straker (800 meters) coming out victorious.
Thomas, a double gold medalist at the Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Morvant Jets and Mustangs Games, sprinted his way to gold as he usually does ahead of Winston Missigher and Kevin Bayley in 4:20.8 seconds.
Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Devon Barrington took the Men’s 800 meters in 2 minutes as Thomas and Mandela Collins finished second and third in 2:02.04 and 2:18.03 seconds.
Straker claimed the Women’s 800 meters in 2:02.04 seconds as Horatio won the Men’s 5000 meters in 17:22.38 seconds.
Leon Bishop was the winner of the Men’s Triple Jump with his best leap of 12m89cm as Maurice Gibson who had the exact best leap as Bishop was given second as a result of his other two jumps (12m22cm, 12m15cm) which were not comparative to Bishop’s 12m85cm and 12m67cm. Troy Williams was third with 12m51cm.
Natrena Hooper (10m80cm) bounded to victory in the Women’s Triple Jump ahead of Tracy Moses (10m49cm) and Juanita Hooper (10m16cm).
PPYC would have taken a clean sweep in the Women’s Long Jump when Juanita Hooper, Tracey Moses and Cindy Fraser took to the pit, but Fraser fouled all of her three jumps. Hooper won the event with 5m02cm; Moses was second with 4m94cm.
Yowl Benjamin out did his club mates Shiekele Scott (10m33cm) and Larry Josiah (7m93cm) with his 10m45cm throw in the Men’s Shot Put. (Juanita Hooper)