Tarahj Hudson qualifies for CARIFTA at Star Performers Classic

It was a windy day at the 17th Annual Star Performers Track and Field Classic but Bahamian Tarahj Hudson was able to unofficially qualify for the 2020 CARIFTA Games to be held in Hamilton, Bermuda, over the Easter weekend. The meet was held this past Saturday at the old Thomas A. Robinson stadium.

Hudson had a powerful throw in the under-20 boys discus throw. He threw the discus for a distance 52.67 meters (m) (172’ 9 1/2”) – a new meet record. He crushed the field by over 20 meters. It was no surprise to see the Blue Chip Athletics thrower register that distance to return to the CARIFTA team after missing last year’s edition in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Finishing second to him was Andros Heats’ Paul Hanna with a throw of 29.73m (97’ 6 1/2”). Third place went to Charence Brice who posted a distance of 17.90m (58’ 8 3/4”).

Hudson now joins Shaun Miller (U-20 boys high jump), Shaunece Miller (U-17 girls high jump), Rhema Otabor (U-20 girls javelin), Nathaniel Zervos (U-17 boys javelin), Anthaya Charlton (U-20 girls long jump), Carlos Brown Jr. (U-17 boys 100m), Michaelangelo Bullard (U-20 boys javelin), Stephan Farquharson (U-17 high jump), Keyshawn Strachan (U-20 boys javelin), Megan Moss (U-20 girls 400m) and Terrence Jones (U-20 boys 200m) as early CARIFTA unofficial qualifiers.

On Saturday, Otabor took it upon herself to throw a distance of 47.92m (157’ 2 1/2”) – a new meet record. That was enough to win the under-20 girls javelin throw by over 12 meters.

Otabor is on the right path as it looks like she will be going after the CARIFTA record of 51.13m (167’ 9”) set by Grenada’s Candesha Scott back in 2016.

Otabor’s teammate, Carnita Mackey, finished in second place with a throw of 35.36m (116’ 1/4”). Triple Threat’s Myranda Tucker was third with a distance of 33.02m (108’ 4”).

Joining the locals on the track and the field on Saturday were out-of-town guests from Bermuda who were also trying to qualify for CARIFTA.

One such athlete was Jannis Roberts, who cleared the bar at 2m (6’ 3/4”) to win the under-17 boys high jump.

Farquharson was second after he was able to clear 1.90m. Third place went to PVS Sports’ Jaiydan Brown, who cleared 1.66m (5’ 5 1/4”).

There was also Kahzi Sealey, who won the under-17 boys 1500m with a blistering 4:21.94. That time shattered the old meet record of 4:31.54 set back in 2016 by Mookie Rolle.

Sealey’s teammate, Thomas Marshall, was the silver medalist when he clocked 4:23.82. Finishing in third place was Silver Lightning Club’s Jayden Wright with a time of 4:31.22.

The meet was sponsored by REV and Sun Oil Limited.

Up next on the track and field calendar in the capital will be the Road Runners Dianna Lynn Track Classic set for Saturday, February 15.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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