Keo Davis breaks Under-20 Male 200m record
Keo Davis
March 15, 2024
Keo Davis breaks Under-20 Male 200m record

It was the race of the weekend last Sunday March 9, when Team Athletics SVG staged its 2024 Carifta trials at the Diamond Track Facility.

The Under-20 Male 200m served up a sumptuous burst of speed from all eight competitors.

From Left: Henree K Francois and Shykeima Francis

In the end, it was Vincentian Keo Davis who motored his way with lightning speed for the last 30m, to take the event in a national record time of 20.87s.

Davis who ran for his club- IT DAT Academy shaved off 0.31s from the previous seven year old record of 21.18s held by Jabari Michael Khensu.

More so, Davis attained the qualifying standard to the 2024 World Athletics Championships set for Peru in late August.

Davis who had already made the 2024 Carifta standard the previous Saturday, also qualified for the 100m for the March 30- April 1 outing in Grenada.

The weekend also saw other athletes putting up their names for final selection, as they too attained the A standard.

Among them were Jamaar Saunders, U-20 Male 100m; AJ Delpesche, the U-20 Male 100m and 400m; Timothy Williams, the U-20 Male 200m; Henree K Francois- U-20 Male 5000m; Matthew Robinson and Jahieme Williams, the Octathlon; and Shykeima Francis, the U-17 Female 200m.

Delpesche and Francois competed for Team Mustangs, while Jahieme Williams and Francis represented High Performance; Timothy Williams, Biomechanics; Robinson- IT DAT Academy; with Saunders doing so unattached.

Jahieme Williams (left) Matthew Robinson (right)

Meanwhile, Kesiann John of High Performance made the B standard in the Under-17 Female 1500m, and Zichri Hepburn added the Under-20 Male 1500m B standard to the 5000m, a standard he achieved earlier in the year.

Apart from the locally based Vincentians, Thyra Charles who resides in St Kitts and Nevis, has made the mark in the Under-20 Female 100m, 200m and 400m. Likewise Jamaica–based Devonric Mack, qualified for the under-20 Male 200m and 400m. Both Charles and Mack achieved the A standards.

Last weekend’s Carifta trials witnessed for the first time the participation of athletes from Barbados, who used the occasion to get their athletes meet the standards set by the Athletic Association of Barbados (AAB).

Keo Davis in the first of his sprint double, winning the 100m last Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Carifta Trials at the Diamond Track Facility. He returned on Sunday to win the 200m in record time and qualified for the World Under-20 Championpionships. (photo/Edward Newman)

A contingent of 30 hopefuls from Barbados competed at the Team Athletics SVG Trials.