Here is a preview of selected events.
The sprints are shaping up to events of the trials with five girls already under the 100m (12.15) and 200m (25.15). In the 100m, Akilah Lewis (Bishops Anstey/Concorde), 11.95, and her club mate, last year's World Junior semifinalist, Jenea Spinks (Holy Name Convent-POS), 11.96 dipped under 12 seconds at the Southern Games heats last Sunday. Deleth Charles (Bishops High/Memphis Pioneers) was third (12.15). The Concorde duo finished 1-2 at last year's Trials with Spinks winning in 11.98 ahead of Lewis who was quicker in the semifinals (11.83).
In the 200m Charles is the quickest so far for the season running 24.56 at the Southern Games heats with Lewis next best in 24.72. Ayla Stanislaus (Scarborough Sec/Zenith), 25.11, also dipped under the 25.15 standard. However, under 16 runner Rae-Anne Serville (St. Josephs Convent-POS/Memphis Pioneers) has run 24.82 and 24.92 already this season and should not be overlooked by her older rivals. Lewis is the 2016 trials winner.
Serville is the one to beat in the 400m as she had surpassed the 57.00 standard four times already for the season with her best of 55.01 set on February 11. She is the defending trials champ. Fellow 15 year olds Patrice Richards (Holy FaithConvent-Couva/Neon Wolves), 57.49 and Caliyah Wallace (St. Francois Girls/Cougars), 58.34 are the next quickest. However, last year's runner-up Joanna Rogers (St. Francois Girls/Cougars), 58.56, should not be discounted.
Cheziah Philip (Toco Sec/Toco Titans) and Safiya John (Scarborough Sec/Kaizen Panthers) are expected to battle for the 100m hurdles crown. Philip will start as favourite with her 2017 best times of 14.91 and 14.92 when compared to John's best of 15.07. The two should push each other under the 14.70 Carifta standard. Over the 400m hurdles Philip will have to go well under her 2017 best time of 1:06.26 to go near the 1:02.25 standard.
Safiya John will be aiming for the jump double at the trials. So far for the season she has surpassed the long jump standard of 5.45 with 5.48. In the high jump her best so far is 1.60.
Reigning Carifta shot put silver medallist Ianna Roach (Bishops Anstey/Memphis Pioneers) is the one to beat in the shot put as she has already gone over the 13.50 standard twice for the season (13.62 and 14.28). Kemoy Noray (Signal Hill Sec/Zenith) leads the field in the quest to get over the 40.00m barrier in the javelin with her 38.60 effort. Antonia Sealey (35.06) and John may battle for the second spot, should they compete in the event.
Avindale Smith (QRC/Abilene Wildcats) is leading the way having dipped under the 100m (10.85) and 200m (22.05) with his 10.83 and 21.91 clockings at the Southern Games heats. Smith is the lone sprinter to go under 11 seconds so far. Terry Frederick (Vessigny Sec/Pt. Fortin New Jets) 11.03 and Shakeel John Concorde) 11.06 are next quickest.
The 15 year old has gone quicker than older rivals Che Lara (QRC/Abilene Wildcats), 21.92 and with only Fredericks 22.02 and 22.02 making the half lap race a very competitive one. Jumper Diamond Payne (Goodwood HIgh) is seeking to upset the trio with his unconfirmed 22.18 clocking. Smith has shown his versatility as a sprinter getting the 400m standard of 49.25 with 49.06. Lara is will be aiming to improve on his season's best (49.35) to book a spot on the team to Curacao.
Tyrese Rawlins (Neon Wolves) has been the leading hurdler running unbeaten all season. In the 110m hurdles his best of 14.76 is off the 14.50 standard but with Edson Moses (Bishops High/Tobago Falcons) and Justin Guy (Scarborough Sec/Kaizen Panthers) in the race the three can speed under the standard. Moses is the the odds-on favourite in the 400m hurdles after he clocked 55.97, missing out on the 55.00, barrier having eased up after clearing the final hurdles at the Eight NAAA Meet on February 12.
Shaquille Benjamin (Bishops High/Kaizen Panthers) had dead on spot in the high jump equaling the 1.90m standard on four occasions. He will be aiming at getting up to 2.00m to boast his confidence. Savion Joseph (Zenith) 6.70 is leading the field the long jump ahead of Josiah Edwards (Abilene Wildcats), 6.49 and Diamond Payne (6.29). Edwards and Payne should contest for the triple jump places.
Two time Carifta javelin champion and record holder Tyriq Horsford (Signal Hill Sec/Zenith) is a class of his own as his improved his own record of 73.17 in his first meet of the season. Randolph Isaac (Burnley) and Christopher Crawford (Tobago Falcons) are the leading contenders for the shot put discus spots.
World Junior bronze medallist Khalifa St. Fort is expected to open her 2017 season at the trials and should have little problem surpassing the 100m (11.80) and 200m (24.00) standards. Training partner Sarah Wollaston should is tipped to take the second slot in the 100m. Renee Stoddard (Providence/Speed Factory) is the leading lady for the 400m title.
Anya Akili (Bishops High/Kaizen Panthers) will be aiming to for the 100m hurdles. She will also be favoured for the Heptathlon title. Antonia Sealy and Safiya John are expected vie for the second spot.
Asha James (Signal Hill Sec) has gone over the javelin (39.00) on two occasions and be looking to extend her 42.60 season’s best. Akidah Briggs (Toco Sec/Toco Titans) and Talena Murray (Zenith) will be the other competitors to look out for. Briggs will also be aiming to secure a spot for the spot put.
Jamella Potts (Bishops High/Kaizen Panthers) opened her season with 5.53 in the long jump and be seeking to further improve that mark to get over the 5.80 standard. Potts and the Toco Sec/Toco Titans pair of Kerneka Waldron and Delicia Thom are the names to look for in the triple jump
Jerod Elcock (QRC/Avindale Wildcats) leads the pack in the 200m with two pb runs of 21.10 and 21.26. Elcock is tipped to take the 100m title. His school and club-mate Jacob St. Clair (21.40) will be seeking to place in the half lap. Defending Carifta champion Akanni Hislop (Zenith) is off on scholarship in the USA. St. Clair is one of the two qualifiers in the 400m with his 47.75 clocking along with another QRC/Abilene Wildcats runner Judah Taylor (47.80). Kashief King (Pt. Fortin New Jets) will be looking to upset the pair.
Myles Jackson (Memphis Pioneers) with 1:57.12 is the top 800m so far and will be gearing to go under the 1:54.00 standard. Otis Barker (Toco Sec/TocoTitans) was just outside the 5000m standard of 16:20.00 and will be determine to get the mark at the trials.
Clarence Hannibal (Signal Hill Sec/Tobago Falcons) heads the pack in the discus with qualifying effort of 48.28. Konnel Jacobs (Speyside High/Tobago Jaguars) will be looking to get the 47.00m. Both will also be vying for the spots in the shot putt. In the javelin Zenith’s Vandel Joseph and Odel Joefield (Zenith) are the contenders in the javelin.
Franklyn Stanslaus (Kaizen Panthers) and Kristian La Touche (Memphis Pioneers) have been the top high jumpers so far for the season and should push each other over the 2.00m standard.
Kerlon Ashby (Kaizen Panthers), Anson Moses (Tobago Falcons) and Aaron Caesar (Pt. Fortin New Jets) are the main suspects to vie for the top spots.
The qualifying standards for all the events are:
Girls Under 18:
Horsford and St. Fort
Reigning Carifta champions Tyriq Horsford (Signal Hill Sec/Zenith), left, and Khalifa St. Fort (Unattached), right are expected to lead the way at the 2017 Carifa Trials at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on March 11 and 12. (Photo courtesy: SPORTSCORE TOBAGO)
St. Forte and Horsford main stars……..
The 2017 Carifta trials are set for the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Saturday, 11 and Sunday 12 March.
Reigning Carifta champions Khalifa St. Forte (girls under 20 100m) and Tyriq Horsford (boys under 17s javelin) are expected to head the list of the country’s top junior athletes who will be vying for spots on T&T’s team for the 2017 Carifta Games set for Williamsted, Curacao from April 14-17. Last year’s Carifta silver medallists Iyanna Roach (girls under 18 shot put), Tyrel Edwards (boys under 18 200m) and bronze medallists Anya Akili (girls open heptathlon), Onal Mitchell (boys under 18 400m/4x400m), Asha James (girls under 18 javelin), Che Lara (boys under 18 4x400m) and Adell Colthrust (boys under 18 100m) as well are 2015 medallists Jacob St. Clair, Akidah Briggs,Cheziah Phillip, Vandel Joseph, Judah Taylor are all scheduled to bid for spot to Curacao. Hislop has already impressed for the season as he has broke his own national and Carifta record in first meet of the season when he threw 73.17 at the Eight NAAA Development Meet on February 12.
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