Eight locally based athletes attained the minimum standards for them to earn possible selection to the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) team to the 50th edition of the Junior Carifta Games, next month in the Bahamas.
Male athletes: Kyle Lawrence, AJ Delpesche, J’mar Saunders, Recardo Williams, Henreek Francois, J’avair Cato, Zichri Hepburn and female athlete: Samaaya Connell, all qualified for the Games, according to the standards set by Team Athletics SVG.
They did so last Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, when the official trials were held at the Sir Vincent Beache Stadium at Diamond.
The trio of Lawrence of Chatoyer; Delpesche of Troumaca Mustangs; and Saunders of IT DAT Academy, qualified in the U-20 male 100m. Lawrence also qualified for the 200m.
Recardo Williams of High Performance earned qualification in the male U-20 Octathlon, while R.O.S.E.S Academy’s Francois did so in the U-17 male 3000m.
X Ceed Sports Club’s Cato jumped his way to consideration in the U-17 Male long jump; Hepburn of High Performance in the U-20 male 5000m; and X- Cel Track Club’s Connell in the U-20 female heptathlon.
The eight add to five others who had already attained the standard.
Among them are Keo Davis of IT DAT Academy in the U-20 male 100 and 200m; Uroy Ryan in the U-20 Male long jump and triple jump; with Tyhra Charles achieving in the U-17 female 100m and 200m.
Also, in the mix are Amal Glasgow in the U-20 Male 400m and Tedre O’ Neil in the U-17 Male pole vault.
Ryan and Glasgow are based in Jamaica, Charles in St Kitts/ Nevis, with O’ Neil residing in St Lucia.
The 2023 Junior Carifta Games are set for April 7 to 10.