Alicia Fortune stormed to a superb 11.6 seconds in the women’s 100m in the Guyana Defence Force Developmental Meet after recovering from an injury endured last year while training with Running Brave Athletic Club in the National Park circuit.
Fortune took charge of the race about 20 meters before the finish line when she passed Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC) athlete, Alita Moore, who separated herself from the group from the start of the race. Moore who clocked 12.1 seconds settled for third when CARIFTA team athlete, Letitia Myles bolted past her to clock 11.9 seconds.
Chavez Ageday was also in the winning spree in the 100m after out doing his rivals Akeem Stewart and Jermaine Newton, both of the Guyana Defence Force to clock 10.2seconds, Stewart and Newton ran 10.4 and 10.6 seconds respectively.
With the absence of Guyana’s sprint queen (Fortune), Myles was able to take her first win for the day after outsprinting PPYC’s Tiffany Carto on the backstretch to register 24.3 seconds; Carto clocked a new personal best of 24.8 seconds.
Patrick King (21.4 seconds) settled for nothing less than first in the 200m after distributing his power on the track which dusted his opponents.
The 400m saw Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) 400m gold medalist Stephan James running 50.3 seconds ahead of PPYC’s Shawn Semple. Natrena and Natricia Hooper of Running Brave Athletic Club took the women’s version in 1:00.1 and 1:01.4 seconds.
Kevin Bailey took his first victory for the year in the men’s 1500m in 4:18.6 seconds. Bailey, who stated that the race was one of his easiest wins since running, took charge of the race from the final 200m mark when he increase his race pace separating from Tyshon Bentick and Trevon Dotson who were second and third in times of 4:22.7 seconds and 4:23.4 seconds.
CARIFTA gold medalist Jevina Straker showed that she was a force to be reckoned with after outsprinting Andrea Foster (CARIFTA Team) to take a simple win in a time of 4:56.6 seconds, Foster clocked 5:04.2 seconds ahead of Cassey George’s 5:08.7 seconds.
PPYC girls did a clean sweep in the Triple and Long Jump leaving no room for the competitors from the other clubs to take top positions. IGG long jump gold medalist Juanita Hooper surprised her teammates when she leaped to 10m94cm in the triple jump ahead of IGG triple gold medalist Alita Moore’s leap of 10m81cm, Marcia Isaacs jumped 10m64cm to take third place.
The long jump (5m21cm) saw Hooper settling for third when her teammates Tracey Moses and Isaacs leaped to impressive distances of 5m89cm and 5m73cm respectively.
The Guyana Defence Force boys took the long jump after PPYC’s Troy Williams pulled up during his second attempt in the event. Ryan Scott was first in 6m98cm, Leon Bishop and Quacy Payne best jump of 6m84cm and 6m63cm were second and third.
Scott also took the Triple jump after bounding to 13m17cm ahead of PPYC’s Williams (13m18cm) and Marvin Tinnis (11m58cm).
Julio Sinclair of PPYC won the men’s Shot Put and Discus after registering distances of 16m39cm and 39m49cm. His teammate Cordell English was second to him in both events with throws of 12m54cm and 31m55cm respectively.
University of Guyana student, Lawanda Whaul’s 29m51cm throw won the women’s Discus ahead of GDF’s Phyillicia Burke’s throw of 28m39.
The CARIFTA male and female team destroyed the other contestants in the 4X100m in times of 42.5 seconds and 51.1 seconds. The male team received a marvelous start from the little bullet, Tevin ‘de rocket’ Garraway who alienated the field before handing the baton to James who maintained the position when handing to Davin Fraser who made no mistake when he fiercely attacked the final turn to relay to Ageday who was uncatchable on the final 100m.
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