Jamaica’s youth athletes launch battles for Carifta spots
The cream of Jamaica’s crop will be on display at the National Stadium over the weekend as they hunt places on the island’s team for the Carifta Games set for April 15-17 in Curacao.
The two-day trials will see athletes hunt spots for both the Under-18 and Under-20 male and female teams.
Action is set to begin 11:00 am with the Under-18 400m hurdles heats followed by the girls Under-20 and the boys Under-18 and Under-20.
The first final on the track is set for 2:00 pm with the girls’ Under-20 3,000m followed by the boys Under-18 3,000m at 2:15 pm. That will lead into the much-anticipated 100m events then at 2:45 pm in Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson who are favoured for the Under-18 and Under-20 titles.
The Under-20 5,000m final will take place at 2:50 pm with the four 400m hurdles finals followed by the 800m finals set to close the opening day at 5:10 pm.
One of the biggest talking points is whether Matherson of Kingston College and Calabar High’s prodigy Christopher Taylor, two of Jamaica’s biggest talents, will clash over the 200m. But apparently that will not materialise as Matherson is expected to run only the 100m and Taylor only the 400m. The 200m crown is up for grabs.
The girls Under-18 triple jump will be the first field event final of the day and that is set for 11:00 am. In fact, all field events are straight finals and the Under-20 long jump for girls will be the last on day one scheduled at 4:10 pm.
The women’s Under-18 100m is expected to be hotly contested, and St Jago High’s Kimone Shaw is surely one to watch.
Day two will also start at 11:00 am with the 1500m heats followed by the sprint hurdles heats and the 200 metres. The first final on the track of the second and final day will be the Under-18 100m hurdles with the 400m Under-20 boys closing the two-day trials in which Taylor should bring the house down.
The first field event final on day two will be the Under-18 shot put girls with the Under-20 boys triple jump concluding at 2:31 pm.