Jan 25, 2023 Sports
…Eron Leitch bags four victories
Kaieteur News – This past Sunday the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) gave their athletes their first chance of the season to compete when they hosted the first Development Meet of 2023 at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, on the West Coast of Demerara.
The event, geared to aid in Guyana’s junior performers’ development, also featured an Open Division (over 20 years old) for both the Men and Women.
In the juniors’ bracket, Nalicia Glen, Attoya Harvey, Amrist Hector, Rehana Williams, Marissa Thomas, Mortimer Nascimento, Kaidon Persaud, Ezekiel Newton and Eron Leitch were the standout athletes that each snagged consecutive wins under their belt.
For the 20+ Division, Nicholas Dehnert with the Men’s sprint double, was the only athlete to achieve the feat of claiming two consecutive wins.
A number of regular suspects decided not to show for the season opener but are expected to turn out in the coming weeks as they intensify preparations for upcoming International engagements.
On Sunday, Newton clocked the fastest time with 10.50s in the Boys 17 – 19 100m dash. The Bladen Hall Secondary student won ahead of De Neilson Gill (11.24s) and Emmanuel Pyle (11.51s).
Newton also turned in the fastest 200m time when he stopped the clock at 21.81s. Finishing behind Newton were Upper Demerara’s Omar James (22.39s) and Bladen Hall’s Kwesi Tumbler (22.67s).
Other 100m Boys winners were Christopher Semple (13 & under) with 13.32s, Ryan Allmon (14-16) with 11.48s and Denhert, with the day’s second fastest time of 10.77 in the 20+ Division.
Other winners in the Boys 200m races were Nascimento (13 & under) with 28.10s, Christopher Goddette (14 – 16) with 23.47s and Denhert (22.57s).
The 400m Boys winners were Nascimento (1:07.60s), Malachi Austin; 14 – 16yrs (52.33s), Enock Munroe; 17 – 19yrs (52.15s) and Lennox Douglas, who clocked a blistering 50.02s in the 20+ Division, the quickest in that distance on Sunday.
In the 800m run, wins were claimed by Eyon Glasgow; 13 & under (2:57.04s), Kaidon Persaud; 14-16yrs (2:15.30s), Kosi Thomas; 17 – 19yrs (2:07.87s) and Trevor Morris: 20+yrs (2:09.71s).
Persaud (4:42.29s), Odida Parkinson (4:21.97s) and Royston Fordyce (4:23.95s) were the winners of the Boys 1500m 14 – 16yrs, 17 – 19yrs and 20+ yrs, respectively.
The 14-16y Boys 3000m was won by Melvern Leitch in a time of 10:36.00s while Cleveland Thomas dominated in the 17+ 5000m run with a time of 16:39.75s. Meanwhile, Eron Leitch claimed the Long Jump and Javelin throw wins to take his tally to four.
The Girls Divisions featured more competitive races but the standout athletes were in a lane of their own.
Nalicia Glen clocked times of 12.29s and 25.39s to win the Girls 17 – 19y 100m and 200m races while Marissa Thomas stopped the clock at 1:01.45s and 2:43.02s to win the 14 – 16y 400m and 800m races and Harvey turned in times of 1:00.72s and 2:32.52s to claim the 17-19y 400m and 800m races, respectively.
Other 100m victors included Rehana Williams; 13 & under – 14.73s, Akeela Dover; 14-16y – 12.89s and Leoni Adams; 20+yrs – 13.84s.
In the 200m races, Williams, who competed alone for all three of her events, stopped the clock in 30.49s while Tianna Springer won the 14- 16y Division with a time of 24.82s.
Williams finished her 400m dash in a time of 1:17.10s while Keliza Smith turned in the fastest female 400m time in the 20+ Division when the crossed the finish line at 57.14s. Ruth Sanmoogan with 59.63s finished second and was the only other female to crack the one minute barrier.
The two 1500m races saw Abie Edwards win in a time of 5:57.90s in the 14 – 16y category while Ivern Murphy ran 5:56.62s to win in the 17-19y category. Odessa George was the only athlete to compete in the 3000m run and she stopped the clock at 13:29.96s.
Amrist Hector leaped to victory in the Girls 17 – 19yrs Long and Triple Jumps while Renata Liverpool (Javelin – 17-19), Kizzy Wrong (Javelin – 14 – 16), Leoni Adams (Triple Jump – 20+) and Shelly Sampson (Triple Jump – 14 – 16) were all victorious in the field events.
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