Multiple Carifta champion March London won the men’s 800m at the 3rd annual Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Silver Jubilee Stadium in Bird Rock, St. Kitts on Sunday. London captured the two lap event in 1:56.09 seconds. Omari Benoit was third in the men’s high jump in 1.90m while two-time Carifta champion Andwuelle Wright was sixth in the men’s long jump with a distance of 6.92. The trio returned from St. Kitts late on Tuesday (June 11). Double Olympic bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon was second in the men’s 200m at the New Jersey International Invitational in the USA in 20.82 behind Winston George of Guyana (20.59) with Grenada’s Joel Redhead taking the bronze (21.07). Gordn was also ninth in the men’s 100m finals in 10.56. In the heats earlier in the day Gordon ran 10.63.
Meanwhile, Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott was third in the men’s javelin at the Joensuu Games on Saturday (June 8) with a throw of 78.90m. Olympic bronze medallist Jarrin Solomon was second in the men’s 400m at the Josef Odlozil Memorial Meet in the Czech Republic on Monday in 45.51, his fastest of the season. The clocking was under the World Championships B standard of 45.60. On the weekend Solomon struck gold in tthe Cezmi Or Memorial in 45.83 and was also second in Switzerland two weeks ago in 45.72. Jamaal James was third in the men’s 800m at the New York Road Runners Club Speed Series in Mahattan, USA on Tuesday night in 1:48.10 seconds (season’s best). James was fifth in the Jon Hay Memorial in 1:49.46 on May 31.
James and Wright among Tobago four in line for World Youth Selections
Two time Carifta champion Chelsea James and Andwuelle Wright among four Tobago athletes who are line for selection on the national team for the 2013 IAAF World Youth (Under 18) Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine from July 10 to 14.
James has made the qualifying mark for the girls shot put (13.50m) on several occasions. The Signal Hill Secondary student has a best distance of 14.48 which she achieved in retaining her Carifta girls under 17 shot title in the Bahamas in March. James also recorded 14.18 at the first NAAA Development Meet in January 12. The Tobago Falcons thrower had a distance of 13.80 at the Hurdles and Field Festival on April 27. Wright got past the boys long jump standard of 7.20 in defending his Carifta boys under 17 long jump crown in the Bahamas with leap of 7.29. The Signal Hill Secondary student was in quest again at the OECS Invitational in St. Kitts on Sunday (June 9) but finished with a distance of 6.92 (+4.2) to take sixth place. Kenejah Williams and Aaron Lewis also attaining the standards in their events. Williams, the 2012 Carifta under 17 and CAC Junior under 18 discus champion has bettered the shot put mark of 17.70 twice. The Scarborugh Secondary/Tobago Falcons competitor got out to 17.79 at the Hurdles and Field Festival and then improved the mark to 17.92 to secure the National Youth title on June 2. Lewis of Zenith sped back the boys under 18 110m hurdles standard of 14.40 with a time of 13.93 which he set in taking the national youth title on June 1. The quartet is among nine local athletes have made the standards for the World Youth Championships. The team is expected to named soon.
Meanwhile, no official announcement of the national team for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC ) Age-Group Championships set for Curacao from June 29 to 30. Since the trials were held on April 13 and 14 the NAAA is yet to send a release outlining the team though there are reports that athletes have been in training. Tobagonians Tyriq Horsford, Franklyn Stanisclaus, Safiya John and Anya Akili have all finished in the top two in their events and are expected to be named on the contingent.
T&T Qualifiers for the World Youth Championships.
Jonathan Farinha (Abilene Wildcats) 10.50/+1.4, May 25
(Fifth in the world)
Jonathan Farinha 21.01/+2.0, June 02, 21.10/-0.1, March 23, 21.37/0.0, June 2
(Second in the world)
110m Hurdles (14.55)
Aaron Lewis (Zenith) 13.93/+0.1, June 2,
Shot put (17.70)
Kenejah Williams (Tobago Falcons) 17.92 (June 2), 17.79, April 27
Long Jump (7.20)
Andwuelle Wright (Signal Hill Sec) 7.29/nwi (April 1)
(Tenth in the world)
Kayelle Clarke (Petrotrin PAP)23.76/+1.7 (April 1), 23.85(0.0), March 23, 23.95/+0.8, March 3
(Eight in the world)
Shot put (13.50)
Portious Warren (Toco TAFAC) 14.88 (April 27), 13.83 (June 1)
Chelsea James (Tobago Falcons) 14.48 (March 30), 14.18 (Jan 12), 13.80 (May 27)
100m Hurdles (14.55)
Jeminise Parris (Memphis Pioneers) 14.13/+1.3 (March 2), 14.39/-1.1 (June 1)