Over the weekend a few athletes booked their places to represent Barbados in St Kitts at the CARIFTA Games and among them was the multi-talented Mary Fraser who returned with a bang in the women’s open 1500m.
During the meet which started Friday at the National Stadium, Fraser, a student of Darryl Jordan Secondary who has been out of competitive action for almost two years, delivered a fine performance to run just below the qualifying time of 4 minutes 47 seconds with her time being 4. 45.
Also making the grade are Rivaldo Leacock, Stephen Griffith and Tristan Evelyn who are members of Rising Stars Club. Leacock ran the under-18 boys 400m in 52.92 which was below the qualifying time of 54.50. Meanwhile Griffith needed to run under 53.70 and that he did when he delivered 53.62 in the under-20 boys 400m.
Evelyn booked her place when she produced 14.35 seconds which equaled the qualifying standard in the under-18 girls’ 100m hurdles.
Dequan Lovell of Elite Distance Programme (EDP) is also on the team which came as no surprise when he threw 49.29m which was above the 48.50m, the required distance to compete in the under-20 discus. The women needed to run 10:52.00 in the 3000m and Elizabeth Williams also of EDP was another qualifier when she clocked 10:37.20 in that event.
Aaron Worrell a student of the St Michael School and also a member of Rising Stars equalled the requirement of 2.00m in the under-18 high jump and secured his passage.
CARIFTA gold medalist in the under-18 girls 400m, Sada Williams, who now competes in the under-20 category, will also be on the team after she ran 54.90 which was second to one of her main competitors Sade Sealy who cruised to victory in 54.83 in the same heat.