It’s still early in the track and field season but junior athletes are making the qualifying standards for the 2020 CARIFTA Games, set for Hamilton, Bermuda, during the Easter break. More athletes qualified on Saturday at the DTSP (Development of Technique, Speed and Power) Wolfpack’s Rose Cleare Track Classic at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
This club originated in May 2013, and the meet is quickly becoming a staple on the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) calendar.
Shaunece Miller was the lone high jumper in the under-17 girls division on Saturday. That did not stop the 16-year-old from surpassing the CARIFTA qualifying standard as she cleared a height of 1.63 meters (m) – 5’ 4-1/4”. The CARIFTA qualifying standard in that event is 1.62m (5’ 3-3/4”).
Miller, the younger sister of Bahamian Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, won the bronze medal in this same event at last year’s CARIFTA Games when she cleared 1.68m (5’ 6-1/4”).
CARIFTA 2019 gold medalist in the under-17 girls long jump Anthaya Charlton leapt 5.66m (18’ 6-3/4”) to win the under-20 girls long jump event on Saturday. The Star Trackers athlete’s winning jump came on her second attempt. The qualifying standard is 5.66m. Her Star Trackers teammate Tanisha Floyd was second with a leap of 5.10m (16’ 8-3/4”). Finishing third was Fast Forward Athletics’ Destiny Greenslade, leaping 4.81m (15’ 9-1/4”).
Juan Carlos Brown Jr. wasted no time in the under-17 boys 100m dash as he ran sub-11 seconds to win that race. The Swift Athletics athlete’s time was a blistering 10.89 seconds. The 15-year-old comfortably surpassed the qualifying standard of 11.02 seconds.
Missing out on the qualifying standard by three one hundredths of a second was Otto Laing. He was second behind Brown on Saturday, finishing in 11.05 seconds. Laing was a CARIFTA 2019 qualifier in the 110m hurdles. Finishing third was the host club’s Jeremiah Adderley who clocked 11.11 seconds.
Improving on his high jump qualifying mark in the under-17 boys division was Leap of Faith’s Stephan Farquharson. On Saturday, the 16-year-old cleared 1.95m (6’ 4-3/4”) to win that event. He improved on his qualifying jump of 1.92m (6’ 3-1/2”) which was done at the BAAA’s Odd Distance Meet earlier this month. The qualifying height in that event is 1.92m.
Finishing second behind Farquharson and also qualifying was Dondre Saunders. The Bahamas Speed Dynamics athlete was able to clear a height of 1.93m (6’ 4”) on his first attempt. He was unable to clear 1.95m. They were the only two competitors in that event.
Qualifying for another CARIFTA was Blue Chips Athletics’ Michaelangelo Bullard. The 19-year-old won the under-20 boys javelin throw with a distance of 61.12m (200’ 6-1/4”). That came on his second attempt. He was fourth at last year’s CARIFTA Games.
Bullard surpassed the qualifying standard of 60.94m(199’ 11-1/4”).
Sean Rolle was second with a throw of 58.90m (193’ 3”) which came on his third attempt. The Fast Forward Athletics thrower, the 2019 CARIFTA bronze medalist in this event, still has more opportunities to qualify for what would be his final CARIFTA.
Picking up third place after posting a distance of 58.62m (192 3-3/4”) was Blue Chips Athletics’ Keyshawn Strachan. He is last year’s CARIFTA Champion and record holder from the under-17 boys division. Strachan already qualified for the under-20 boys javelin, doing so two weeks ago when he threw 63.76m (209’ 3-1/4”).
Miller, Charlton, Brown, Saunders and Bullard join Farquharson, Strachan, Rhema Otabor, Megan Moss and Terrence Jones as earlier unofficial CARIFTA qualifiers.
Next up on the local track and field calendar is the Star Trackers Meet set for this coming Saturday, February 1.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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