Team will be formally released today
By Edison Jefford
Guyana’s seasoned junior track and field stars will snap up most of the available places on the national team expected to compete at the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) after turning in impressive performances yesterday at Enmore.
Sprinters Chavez Ageday and Nadine Rodrigues won doubles while Winston Caesar also dominated the long and triple jumps as Jevina Straker controlled the distance events that surely placed their names in the bag for national selection.
Ageday won the boys 100m in 10.9 seconds and the 200m in 23.3 seconds leaving Shawn Semple in second in both races with times of 11.4 and 23.7 seconds respectively. Kareem Critchlow (11.8) was third in the 100m.
Franken Mercurius was third in the closely fought 200m with a time of 23.9 seconds with split seconds separating the top three finishers. Ageday will definitely be among the top names to surface on the national team.
Rodrigues will also be a lead candidate after winning the 200m and 400m girls races with times of 26.3 seconds and 1:01.2 respectively. She edged out Shanna Thornhill (1:01.9) and Ashley Tascher (1:03.2) in the 400m race. Rodrigues completed her double with a win against Ianna Graham (26.80) and Tiffany Carto (27.1) in the 200m.
Graham and Carto may also make the national team since relay teams must also be one of the considerations of the selectors. Carto won the girls’ 100m in 12.5 seconds, upsetting pre-race favourites Graham (12.7) and Deja Smartt (13.0).
CARIFTA Games gold medallist Jevina Straker ran a well-paced 800m for a comfortable win against nemesis Jenella Jonas in a time of 2:29.00. Jonas had 2:36.6 for second while Jevina Sampson ran 2:36.6 for a close third place finish.
Kevin Bailey reserved his final homestretch sprint in the boys’ 800m for a thrilling win in 2:05.6, leaving Trevon George in second with 2:07.9 and Kevin Ceres third with 2:08.7 at the ground, which usually produces decent times.
Stefan James won the boys 400m in 52.2 seconds with Franken Mercurius second in 52.7 and Leon David third in 53.7 seconds. Tyshon Bentick was the 5000m winner in 17:28.0 with Jamaal Chisholm (17:28.2) and Keith Gordon (18:41.6) placing second and third in that order.
Caesar continued his dominance in the long and triple jump events with comfortable wins in both of them yesterday. He will undoubtedly take his place among the male squad with his unrivalled performances at the Enmore Ground yesterday.
He won the boys’ long jump with a leap of 6.66m knocking Maxsim Duncan into second with his 6.52m leap. Hamere Alexander was third with 5.42. Caesar then sprang 13.37m to take the top place in the triple jump forcing Jermaine Durant (12.34m) and Kareem Aaron (11.80m) into second and third respectively.
Juanita Hooper took the top podium spot in the girls’ long jump with 4.55m with Mattica McAllister in second and Marcia Isaacs third with 4.06m and 3.95m. Lisa Bowman took first place in the girls shot putt with 8.83m as Cynead Holder (8.72m) and Onescia Byass (8.07m) taking the other two places.
In the boys’ discuss throw, Ryan Gordon was superior with 34.50m leaving Rudolph in the second position with 29.88m and Hilton Moore third with 24.89m. The entertaining boys’ high jump event closed the 2010 IGG trials.
In a repeat of last year schools’ national under-20 boys high jump final, Duncan, Carlon Pitt and Durant squared off for the second time six months for a gruelling encounter that certainly demanded lost of heart and effort in hot conditions.
Duncan again proved the superior jumper with his impeccable fosbury flop with a height of 1.85m as 1.83m proved to be Pitt’s best jump and 1.81m Durant’s, who was using the difficult scissors technique, best bar mark.
The 13 male and 13 female that will make up Guyana’s IGG Athletics Team is expected to be released today. It was announced that the team would have been selected immediately after the trials yesterday. The first stage of the IGG event will be held in French Guiana from March 26-28.
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