ARIMA, Trinidad: (Wednesday, May 17): Triple Carifta silver medallist Jerod Elcock blazed the way for the host club at the 3rd annual Abilene Track Classic at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on Saturday, May 13. Elcock raced to gold in the boys under 20 100m and 400m to end the meet as the only double individual champion. In the 100m, the 2017 Carifta boys under 20 200m runner-up clocked 10.76 to win the fourth and final heat in the fastest time of the day. He finished ahead of Dillon Bernard (Concorde), 10.98, whose time was also the second fastest overall. Another triple Carifta medal-winner Tyrel Edwards (Toco Titans) was third, after topping heat two in 10.99. Elcock then return to upset the field in the 400m in leading a Abilene Wildcats sweep of the top three places. The 100m/200m sprinter was not the favourite in the one lap race as his club-mate Jacob St. Clair was the standout following his bronze medal run in the event at the Carifta Games. Howevever, Elcock got the better of St. Clair taking the gold in a close finish as the two crossed the line virtually inseparable, both clocking 47.21 but the photo finish officials gave Elcock the nod. Another club-member Jahi Hernandez took third in 48.84. Elcock then teamed up with St. Clair, Hernandez and Judah Taylor won gold for Abilene Wildcats in the men's 4x400m, the final event of the meet. The quartet clocked 3:09.16 to win ahead of University of Trinidad and Tobago (3:09.62) and Cougars (3:10.55).
Another Abilene Wildcat sprinter, reigning Carifta champion Adell Colthrust duly won the boys under 18 100m in 10.83. In his first race since his triumph at this year's Carifta Games in Curacao in April, Colthrust held off the Point Fortin New Jets duo of Timothy Frederick (10.88) and Brendon Monsegue (11.11). Colthrust ran fourth leg on his club's winning team in the men's 4x100m in 41.31 ahead of Petrotrin Pt-A-Pierre (41.59) and Speed Factory (41.79). Former World Youth Championships boys 800m finalist Jamaal James (men's 800m) and Renne Stoddard (women's 400m) contributed to Abilene Wildcats' eight gold medal haul. However, the host club had to but had to settle for second behind Cougars who ran away with 14 titles,. Cougars dominated the relays taking nine of the 18 events. The green and black clad team swept the girls and boys under 10 (4x100m) and boys and girls under 14 (4x100m and 4x400m) disciplines as well as the boys under 12 and girls under 16 (4x100m) and girls under 18 4x400m honours. Maekaelan Woods (boys under 10 100m), Tyler Springer (boys under 12 100m), Shaniqua Bascombe (girls under 16 100m), Joanna Rogers (girls under 18 400m) won individual gold for Cougars to landed more gold with their respective age group relay team teams. Kerchelle Mc Intyre (women's 800m) also stuck gold for Cougars.
Abilene Wildcats (men's 4x100m and boys under 18 4x400m) and Memphis Pioneers (women's 4x400m), girls under 18 4x100m and boys under 16 4x100m) disrupted Cougars's charge taking three relay titles each. Simplex (girls under 12 4x100m), Point Fortin New Jets (boys under 18 4x100m and St. Vincent and the Grenadines' Community College (women's 4x100m) were the other teams to taste success in the relays. Memphis Pioneers finished the meet with seven titles as Jordan Pope, Shakeem Mc Kay, Rae-Ann Serville and Cyril Sumner were in winners' row. Pope won the boys under 16 400m to add to his triumph in the boys 13-14 heptathlon at the National Combined Events Championships one week earlier. McKay took the 100m to add to his resume. The 2016 National Juvenile and Secondary Schools Championships quadruple champion landed the boys 13-14 heptathlon crown at the NACAC Age-Groups Trials on April 22 and 23 to earn selection on the national team for the NACAC Age-Group Championships to be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on June 17-18. Jordan and Pope were also ran legs of their club's winning boys under 16 4x400m outfit. Serville, a double medallist at this year's Carifta Games, topped the field in the girls under 400m and helped the club's women's 4x400m team to first place. Sumner captured the boys under 14 400m first prize.
Simplex sprinters ran away with the men's and women's 100m finals .Kamaria Durant won the women's 100m title for the third year in row. Durant, a member of T&T's women's 4x200m which placed fourth at the 2017 World Relays Championships in the Bahamas in April, clocked 11.72 to win the finals. matching the time she ran in the heats. Her club-mate Shikyla Walcott was second in 12.00, shy of her 11.92 clocking in the heats. Julen Purcell took care of the men's 100m finals. The 2017 Carifta boys under 20 4x100m silver medallist crossed the line in 10.51, slower than his 10.46 run in the heats and the 10.34 posting by Marcus Duncan in the prelims. Duncan did not contest the finals. Jaycelle Bailey (girls under 14 100m) and Natasha Fox (girls under 14 200m) took gold for Pt. Fortin New Jets. In total, fourteen clubs produced champions on the day while athletes from 25 of 40 clubs won medals. The third annual Abilene Track Classic was hosted by the Abilene Wildcats Athletic Club, The main sponsors for the 2017 edition of the meet were Republic Bank Limited Blue Waters and Mark Laquise of Polonais, Blanc, De La Bastide and Jacelon.
Please find link to videos clip of races from the meet courtesy the Abilene Wildcats Athletic Club......https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd0Teu3Z50vdkBOo27ulpTQ
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Alexander-Farinha & Clarke
Isaiah Clarke of ZC Athletics (right) and Tristan Alexander-Farinha of Memphis Pioneers (left) in action heat two of the boys under 12 100m, Clarke finished second in 13.57 while Alexander-Farinha was fourth (14.21).
Elcock wins B U20 400m
Jerod Elcock (left) dives to the line to win the boys under 20 400m title. Elcock won in a time of 47.21 to edge out his Abilene Wildcats club-mate Jacob St. Clair (right) who also clocked 47.21. Franklyn Stanislaus of Kaizen Panthers (second from right), was fifth in the race and sixth overall in 50.61 while Cougars' Recardo Prescott (second from left), was sixth and 12th overall.
Heat three -G U10 100m
Janiyah Spring of Memphis Pioneers (right) on her way to victory in heat three of the girls under 10 100m. Springer clocked 16.02 to beat Tisha Russell of Cougars, third from right (16.40), Simplex's Nikita Gosine, left (16.50) and Safiya Bristol of Point Fortin New Jets, second from right (17.81).
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Photos courtesy JOHN VILLAFANA taken at the 3rd annual Abilene Track Classic at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar, Arima on Saturday, May 13
Durant takes W 100m gold
Kamaria Durant of Simplex (right) races to her third straight women's 100m title. Durant clocked 11.72 to beat her club-mate Shikyla Walcott (second from right), 12.00. Danae David of UWI (left) was fifth and Stallion's Curfia Joseph was sixth.
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Submitted by Clayton Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org; May 17, 2017