CARIFTA Games medallist impress at trials
– Sampson, Abbensetts make selection claim
By Edison Jefford
Last year’s CARIFTA Games medallist, Tirana Mitchell, Jason Yaw and Cassie George were all impressive yesterday at the trials for the 2014 Games at the Police Sports Club Ground, with the talented Jevina Sampson and Kevin Abbensetts putting up performances that could earn them the right to be shortlisted.
Mitchell seemed to be fully recovered from an injury, which kept her out of the National Schools Championships last year, when she blasted 12.00 seconds to win the Under-18 Girls’ 100m in a canter ahead of Christianburg’s, Onasha Rogers and Enmore’s, Cassie Tixey, who were second an third in 12.20 and 12.60 respectively.
The Mercury Fast Laners’ athlete, Mitchell, is a 2013 CARIFTA Games 200m bronze medallist. In the Boys’ U-18 100m race, Running Brave’s, Dequan Vancooten sprinted to 10.9 seconds to beat Christianburg’s, Compton Caesar (11.0) and Police’s, Linton Mentis (11.10) in a keen battle.
Running Brave’s, Shoquan Daniels ran 12.10 seconds to win the U-20 Girls race ahead of Upper Demerara’s, Shannon Griffith (12.30) and Police’s, Onika Eastman (12.30) in that order.
Mecury’s Fast Laner, Abbensetts then continued his excellent form last year with a stormy 10.4 seconds to win the U-20 Boys event from Samuel Doris (10.7) and teammate, Quacy Simpson (11.30), making a definite claim for his selection on the 2014 CARIFTA Games team.
Last year’s 400m bronze medallist, Yaw obliterated the field in the 400m Boys race with a time of 49.4 seconds. The Running Brave athlete left Mercury’s, Kwesi Blair (52.9) and Running Brave, Carlston Whyte (55.60) in his wake with a dominant performance in the U-18 race.
The young prodigy, Running Brave’s, Sampson, then made light work of her opposition in the 400m Girls U-18 race with 57.7 seconds, which was better than Avon Samuels 58.50 and Natricia Hooper’s 59.60 seconds. Running Brave Athletics Club swept the event down to fourth place (Kenisha Phillips 64.30).
Another Running Brave athlete, Shomane Daniels won the U-20 race in 63.10 from Sasha James (74.70). Police’s Arinze Chance beat Simpson (52.10) and New Amsterdam Conquerors, Leon Blair (53.20) in the Boys’ U-20 event with his time of 50.0 seconds.
Christianburg’s double CARIFTA Games medallist from last year, George, then set the field alit with a sensational 1500m run in 4:47 that clearly set her on path to be once again selected for the Games. Christianburg’s, Shontel Hinds (5:07) and Running Brave, Claudrice McKoy (5:09) were second and third respectively in the U-18 race.
Police’s Grivon Grant won the 1500m Boys U-20 race in 4:22 from Running Brave, Orin Prince (4:28) and Carl McKenzie (4:29).
Meanwhile, in the field events competition, Upper Demerara’s Chantoba Bright won the U-18 Long Jump with 4.97m ahead of Mercury’s Mearisha Carter (4.91m) and Upper Dem’s Kelanie Griffith (4.71m) respectively.
Enmore’s Joel Thom won the Boys event with 5.95m while Running Brave’s, Whyte (5.52m) and Upper Demerara’s, Sherwin Vangendern (5.20m) was second and third. Jabary Joseph won the U-20 Long Jump event with 6.57m while Miguel Williams (6.09m) and Damon Williams (6.05m) finished in that order.
Mercury’s Khadija Ba won the U-18 Girls Shot Putt with 9.08m with Prystal McAllister second with 5.69m. Jamal Joseph won the Boys event with 12.18m while Mentis (10.97m) was second and George Jacobs (9.57m) third.
Christianburg’s Keoma Dover won the U-18 Boys Javelin Throw with 42.14m ahead of Jamal Joseph (36.11m) and Jermaine Simmons (34.18m). Clarence Greene was superior in the Under-20 Boys event with 52.59m with Damon Williams (46.19m) second.
Competition in the 2014 Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) CARIFTA Games trials is scheduled to continue today at the same venue from 10am.