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Track and Field: Independence Games 2020

THE St. Judes Hospital / George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort was the venue for the 2020 Independence Track and Field championship this past weekend and close to 225 athletes representing 14 clubs competed. The one day showpiece is one of the oldest events on the Independence Day calendar of activities organized by the Saint Lucia Athletic Association (SLAA) as a springboard for the Inter Secondary Schools qualifers and finals and the National Junior track and field Championship / Carifta Trials in March.

The participating teams/clubs were – Choiseul, Speed Printing Survivors, Pace Setters, Abilene, Nightriders, Rockets, Elite, Mon Repos, Gros Islet, Morne Stars, Mercury, Rockhall and Road Busters.

Image: (L-R) No. 1458 Sirgio Mc Kenzie 1st across the finish line in the boys 100 meters final; No. 1504 Annela Phillip made light work of the field to win the Women 800 meters final. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) No. 1458 Sirgio Mc Kenzie 1st across the finish line in the boys 100 meters final; No. 1504 Annela Phillip made light work of the field to win the Women 800 meters final. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

As at press time yesterday there was nothing coming from the SLAA as to whether any national records were broken, however a number of athletes recorded personal best times, heights and distances.

In the field events there was something tangible to smile about as pole vaulters Jeremiah Felix and Jarmol Marcel attained the Carifta Games qualifying standards of 3.48 meters. Both pole vaulted at 3.50 meters.

Here are some of the top performances on the day: In the Girls 80 meters – Heat one – 1st Jada Emmanuel 10.60 seconds (Choiseul); Heat two – 1st Shaimaell Pierre 11.89 seconds (Pacesetters); Heat three – 1st KershamaInce 11.06 seconds (Pacesetters). Boys 80 meters – Heat one – 1st Lester Emmanuel 10.34 seconds (Choiseul); Heat two – 1st Jahabri Darrell 10.11 seconds (Rockets), Heat three – 1st Kevin Bicar 10.43 seconds (Nightriders).

Girls 100 meters Youth finals – 1st Naomi London 12.37 seconds (Pacesetters); Boys 100 meters Youth -1st SirgioMc Kenzie 11.65 seconds (Rockets).

Women 100 meters finals – 1st Kayla Thorpe 12.75 seconds (Morne Stars); Men 100 meters finals -1st Corneil Lionel 10.40 seconds (Speed Printing Survivors).

Girls 300 meters Age Group – Heat one – 1st Sierrati Hilaire 45.44 seconds (Morne Stars), Heat two – 1st Evanka Ellick 45.95 seconds (Morne Stars). Boys 300 metres Age Group – Heat one – 1st Milan Mitchell 39.61 seconds (Rockets), Heat two – 1st Sharmael Durand 45.24 seconds (Pacesetters), Heat three – 1st Donaj Eugene 43.24 seconds (Elite).

Image: (L-R) No. 1494 Corneil Lionel first across the finish line in the Men 100 meters final in a time of 10.49 seconds; Nos. 1355 Kayla Thorpe & 1252 Jola Felix finish 1st & 2nd in the Women 100 meters finals. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) No. 1494 Corneil Lionel first across the finish line in the Men 100 meters final in a time of 10.49 seconds; Nos. 1355 Kayla Thorpe & 1252 Jola Felix finish 1st & 2nd in the Women 100 meters finals. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Girls 200 meters Youth finals – 1st Naomi London 25.28 seconds (Pacesetters), 2nd Hannah Charles 25.51 seconds (Rockets); Boys 200 meters Youth finals – 1st Kershel St.Rose 23.55 seconds (Pacesetters), SirgioMc Kenzie 23.73 seconds (Rockets). Women 200 meters Open finals – 1st Zoe Dorville 26.10 seconds (Morne Stars); Men 200 meters Open finals -1st Stephan Charles 21.69 seconds (Nightriders).

Girls 400 meters Youth finals – 1st Mya-Jad Napoleon 1:02.60 seconds (Gros Islet); Boys 400 meters Youth finals – 1st Ricardo Joseph 56.14 seconds (Elite). Women 400 meters Open finals – 1st Annela Phillip 1:02.04 seconds (Unattached), Men 400 meters Heat one – 1st Rowell St.Omer 51.87 seconds (Elite), Heat two – 1st Paul Poleon 49.38 seconds (Nightriders).

Women 800 meters finals – 1st Annela Phillip 2:24.74 (Unattached); Men 800 meters finals – 1st Asa Francis 1:56.86 seconds (Pacesetters). Women 1500 meters finals – 1st Wildia Bernard 6:13.39 seconds (Nightriders); Men 1500 meters finals – 1st Keithan Monero 4:37.45 seconds (Morne Stars).

Boys Long Jump Age Group – 1st Dyami Belasse 5.21 meters (Abilene); Women Long Jump finals – 1st Aaliyah Estephor 5.61 meters (Speed Printing Survivors); 2nd Kereser Augustin 5.60 meters (Speed Printing Survivors). Men Long Jump finals – 1st Lenyn Leonce 7.27 meters (Morne Stars).

Women High Jump – 1st Bernet Joseph 1.60 meters (Speed Printing Survivors); Men High Jump – 1st Jarmol Marcel 1.80 meters (Nightriders).

Women Discuss Throw – 1st Amber Lucien 35.81 meters (Choiseul), Men Discuss Throw Youth -1st Guyius Pierre 21.20 meters (Gros Islet). Men Discuss Throw – Hansel Augustin 35.02 meters (Nightriders).

Women Javelin Throw Youth – 1st Shelby Primus 22.91 meters (Rockhall); Men Javelin Throw Youth – Evert Symphorien 21.60 meters (Mon Repos). Men Javelin Throw – Deandre Jules 49.57 meters (Speed Printing Survivors).

Boys Pole Vault – 1st Jeremiah Felix 3.50 meters (Mon Repos), 2nd Jarmol Marcel 3.50 meters (Nightriders) both athletes attain the Carifta Games qualifying mark of 3.48 meters. Girls Pole Vault – 1st Naya Jules 2.10 meters (Mon Repos).

Boys Shot Putt Youth – 1st Jesse St. Phor 9.97 meters (Gros Islet); Girls Shot Putt Youth – Anna Claxton 9.87 meters (Nightriders); Boys Shot Putt Open – 1st Deandre Jules 12.36 meters (Speed Printing Survivors); Girls Shot Putt – 1st Joy Edward 11.39 seconds (Speed printing Survivors).

Mixed 4×100 meters relay Age Group – 1st Pacesetters 51.51 seconds, 2nd Abilene 53.81 seconds. Women 4×100 meters relay – 1st Speed Printing Survivors 50.79 seconds, 2nd Morne Stars 51.92 seconds; Men 4×100 meters relay – 1st Nightriders 42.61 seconds, 2nd Morne Stars 44.12 seconds; Men 4×400 meters relay – 1st Speed Printing Survivors 3:36.95 seconds, 2nd Nightriders 3:41.74 seconds.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

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