ST GEORGE’S, February 7, 2016 – Athletes competing in the field events stole the spotlight at the 2016 Carifta Trials held at the National Athletic and Football Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Of the nine events in which Carifta Standards (CS) were met over the two days, seven of them were in the field.
On the track, team Grenada will have a competitor in the 400 meter hurdles after 13 years in the likes of Kyle Bowen who won the event in a time of 55.80 seconds (CS 57.00 secs) ahead of Jared Sylvester 1:00.55 seconds.
Bowen is the only grenadian since Shane Charles in 2003 to compete in the event. Shane Charles currently holds the National record in the event of 49.51 seconds.
Carifta Games 2015 silver medalist in the 5000 meters Tallan James won the Boys under 20 in a time of 16:35.54 secs (CS 16:50.00 secs).
James will seek to better his position this time around.
The other qualifier on the track is Junior Charles who finished first in the boys 400m under 20 in a time of 47.39 seconds (CS 47.50 secs).
The standout performance of the trials was in the boys Discus Throw under 20 as Josh Boateng gained automatic qualification for Carifta and also made the qualifying mark for the IAAF World Junior Championships.
Boateng’s Throw of 55 63m (CS 48.00m) was just 2 meters off from the world junior lead of 57.87m.
In the boys Javelin Throw under 20, the top three athletes each met the standard for the event with reigning Carifta gold medalist Anderson Peters winning with a distance of 72.10m, Markim Felix finished second with 68.98m and Ronaldo Romain third 60.12m (CS 60.00m).
Peters won the event in 2015 with a throw of 70.09m.
In the boys Shot Put under 18 Adrian Thomas 16.08m (CS 15.50m) was the only athlete to meet the standard with Johann Jeremiah narrowly missing the mark with 15.39m.
Thomas also qualified for the boys Javelin Throw under 18 with a distance of 60.18m (CS 58.00m).
In the girls Shot Put under 18 Reanna Joseph gained qualification with a mark of 13.06m (CS 12.50m) Karlene Peters narrowly missed the mark with a throw of 12.45m.
Carifta bronze medalist in the girls Javelin Throw under 20 Candesha Scott outclassed her competitors with a throw of 47.80m (CS 42.00m).
Eight medals were won in 2015 with two on the track and six in the field.
Grenada last hosted the Carifta Games in 2000 and picked up 18 medals 5 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze.