Mar 03, 2013 Sports
Linden’s Cassey George completely obliterated the under-17 female 1500 metres field on day one of the junior Carifta trials Saturday at the Camp Ayanganna ground.
George, 14 became the lone athlete to qualify for the junior Carifta Game to be held in April in Bahamas by clocking 4:44.1s to eclipse the qualifying time of 4:57s set by the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG). She relegated junior Carifta Games under-17 1500 metres bronze medalist Andrea Foster to second (5:13.3s) as fellow Lindener Cassie George came third in 5:15.2s.
George ran the race so perfectly that she even clocked a faster time than the female under-20 1500 metres winner in two time under- 17 junior Carifta Games gold medalist Jevina Straker who won the event in a time of 5:05.5s at the trials.
Meanwhile, Police Sports Club Alita Moore executed a perfect drive phase and extended her lead after 70 metres to win the female under-20 100 metres easily in a time of 11.88s to narrowly miss the qualifying time by one hundredths of a second. Letitia Myles came in second with 12.4s while Alzemo Britton took third in 12.7s.
Tirana Mitchell continued her dominant ways by claiming the under-17 female 100 metres without much fuss in a time of 11.9s leaving Onassha Rogers in the wake of her dust in a time of 12.4s ; Shonett Freeman was third in 12.6s.
The female under-17 400 metres saw Avon Samuels, Natricia Hooper and Jevina Sampson came stride for stride to finish with Hooper resorting to diving for the finish only to see Samuels prevail in the dramatic finish with a time of 59.3s. Hooper with her plunge was second in 59.6s, while Sampson, who will switch from the short sprints to the 400 and 800 metres events was third in 59.9s.
Meanwhile, Jason Yaw was the most impressive male on day one as he ran away with the male under-17 400 metres quite comfortably in a time of 51.8s while second place finisher Compton Caesar finished in 55.2s some 15 metres behind Yaw.
The male under-20 100 metres was won by Kevin Abbensetts in a time of 10.8s while Quacy Simpson and Daniel Frank clocked 11.0s and 11.5s for second and third respectively.
Dequan Vancooten took the boys under-17 100 metres in a tight finish with Jamal Fortune clocking 10.9s for the win while Fortune finished the event in 11.3s.
The male under-20 400 metres saw Quacy Simpson coming from behind to defeat Danta Thom in a time of 51.2s as Thom clocked 51.8s for the second position while Samuel Doris was third in 52.6s.
In the under-17 male long jump Joel Thom topped the field with a leap of 5.72 metres while Quincy Winter was second with a jump of 5.68 metres leaving Shamar Simon in third with a jump of 5.50 metres.
Grivon Grant easily won the male under-20 1500 metres in a time of 4:21.6s while mark Jarvis won the under-17 version of the event in 4:33.7s to round of the day’s events.
Meanwhile, day two of the event will continues today with the likes of Moore, George, Mitchell and Yaw aiming for double victories along with qualifying times to make the team as George is the lone athlete who has officially secured her spot.
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