By Ketricia Finch
St. Kitts Reporter
Thirty-three of the Federation’s school-aged athletes returned to our shores on Monday after competing in the 7th Austin Sealy Classic meet in Barbados. The Austin Sealy Classic was held to choose athletes for upcoming international competitions such as the PAN AM games and PAN AM Juniors in Brazil later this year, the NACAC Open and the IAAF World Youth Championships. The St. Kitts team won the most medals and trophies.
Other competing countries included Barbados and Dominica. Some of the local star athletes were Trefessana White, obtaining first place in the girls 400 meter under 17 dash and Kendale Liburd who also placed 1st for the boys.
Tameka Williams was spectacular in the women’s long jump open with her teammate Sheriffa Whyte following close behind. St. Kitts did equally well in the 100 meter under 17 dash. Trefessana White took the first place medal for the girls and Akeem Eddy took one for the boys.
The other seven racers were no match for Allistar Clarke of St. Kitts as he sped down the field in first place for the men’s 100 meter dash open. The under 15 racers were successful as well. Siana Douglas and Queanela Bradshaw both did a brilliant job in their 100 meter race as they placed 1st and 2nd respectively.
Chavez Nital represented his country as he took the first place medal in the under 15 100 meter dash for boys with a time of 11.83 seconds. Lonzo Wilkinson followed closely behind with 12.44 seconds.
The short races were not the only races in which the St. Kitts team excelled. Rosalie Pringle jobbed her way into victory in the women’s 1500 meter Run Open with the time 5 minutes and 10.88 seconds. Our four sprinters won the men’s 4X100 meter relay open and finished with the best time of 41.98 seconds.
Rochel Challenger was unbeatable in her throw during the girls’ under 17 javelin event. Her javelin passed the mark of her competitors and landed at 28.83 meters. Amy Guishard showed her skills as well in the women’s javelin open as she placed first for her throw of 30.70 meters.
The officials for the delegation were Osdel Hanley, Blyden Brody – Head Coach, Stewart Joseph – Assistant Coach, Roatter Johnson – Jumps Coach, Valeria Mason – Chaperone, Francil Morris – General Coach and Elvis Williams – Throws Coach.
Osdel Hanley, the Public Relations Officer for the St. Kitts National Amateur Athletics Association said the team was comprised of athletes from various high schools such as Basseterre High School, the Washington Archibald High School, Sandy Point High and Cayon High.
Hanley said the results were promising for the future of the athletes.
“We had persons who got personal best.”
Hanley also said the team chosen to compete in the international games isn’t finalized as yet but should be done soon.