Controversial Carifta Games Trials begins on Friday
Jamaica's young sprinting sensation, Florida-based Briana Williams will be in action on Friday's opening day of the Carifta Games Trials.
Jamaica's junior athletes will return to action for the three-day Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium, which begins on Friday at 4:30 pm with the Girls' Under 17 and Under 20 long jump finals.
The trials, which will be used to select Jamaica's team to the 48th staging of the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman from April 20-22, comes just a week after the five-day ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
As a result of staging the Carifta Games Trials a week after the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, a number of the top junior athletes will miss the meet.
Edwin Allen High star sprinter Kevona Davis and the Hydel High pair of Ashanti Moore and Charokee Young have pulled out.
Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High.
Davis, 17, who won the sprint double at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships is being rested, according to coach Michael Dyke.
Corey Bennett, coach of the Hydel High track and field team said fatigue – mental and physical and preparations for external examinations – were the reasons why he did not enter the Class 1 100m champion, Moore to compete.
Young, who won the 400/800 double at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, is out because of personal reasons.
Bennett said he sees no reason why the athletes have to compete again this weekend seeing how close the trials were to the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.
However, the JAAA defended its decision saying that the coaches were aware of the schedule from November 2018 and the local governing body did not receive any objections until now.
There are further reports that the entire Hydel High team may pull out. Hydel High, over the weekend, lost a close battle with Edwin Allen High for the girls’ title at the ISSA GracceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.
Leford Grant, who led Kingston College to their 32nd boys’ title and first in 10 years at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, pointed out that a lot of his athletes will miss the trials because of the schedule.
The opening day will feature the heats of the 400m, 1500m, and 100m for both Under 17 and Under 20 boys and girls. The finals for those events will take place on Saturday’s second day.
In addition to the first rounds of the 100m, 400m and 1500m, there will be eight finals, all in the field.
The opening will see one of the country's biggest junior stars in action, sprinting sensation Briana Williams, who resides in Florida, the USA where she is coached by Trinidadian Olympian Ato Boldon.
The 17-year-old Williams, who heads the Girls' Under 20 category, is entered to compete in the 100m and 200m.
Williams won the sprint double at the 2018 IAAF Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where she set a new personal best and championship record of 22.50 seconds in the 200m.
In addition to her accomplishments at the World Under 20 Championships, Williams won three gold medals at the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas and with it the Austin Sealy Award.
Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College.
Also facing action on the opening day is Kingston College’s outstanding athlete Wayne Pinnock, who won three gold medals at the ISSAGraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships. Two of Pinnock's gold medals - long jump and 110m hurdles - came through record performances.
Pinnock broke Vere Technical's Leon Gordon's 26-year-old record Class 1 long jump record twice on March 27 with successive jumps on his way to register a big personal best.
Firstly, Pinnock soared 7.95m with his second attempt and then improved on the mark with a massive 8.05m effort.
Pinnock returned three days later to clock a stunning 13.06 seconds to break De'Jour Russell's 2018 record of 13.10.
Pinnock will compete in the Boys' Under 20 long jump on Friday.
Oblique Seville of Calabar High wins the Boys' Class 1 100m at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
The Calabar High pair of Oblique Seville and Kevroy Venson, who also head the Under 20 category, will also see action on the day.
Seville won the Boys' Class 1 100m title at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, while Venson won the 1500m-5000m double
Venson will compete in the preliminary round of the 1500m on Friday.
Twin sisters Tia Clayton (left) and Tina of Edwin Allen High.
Also facing action on the day are twin sisters Tina Clayton and Tia Clayton, of Edwin Allen High, in the Girls’ Under 17 category and Jamaica College’s Christopher Scott along with the KC pair of Bouwahjgie Nkrumie and Adrian Kerr in the Boys’ Under 17 category.
Scott enters the trials in brilliant form after breaking the Boys’ Class 3 100m record at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships before securing the sprint double with a gold medal in the 200m.
Jamaica has won all but five of the meets over the Carifta Games history. This will be the 48th staging of the games.