A number of records fell and CARIFTA qualifying standards were met when the 2018 Joseph Payne Memorial Athletics Classic was held Saturday at the National Stadium.
Booking a sure seat for the 2018 Games to be held in two months time in the Bahamas was Triston Gibbons of Elite Distance Club with two record-breaking performances.
The strongly built Gibbons set a new junior national record in the Under-20 Boys discus with a personal best throw of 55.67m to replace the 54.13 mark held by Romario Antoine and the 44.64m of Dequan Lovell for the Joseph Payne Classic record. Gibbons also threw 17.28m to remove the previous mark of 16.48m previously held by Lovell.
Those two performances were more than up to standard for CARIFTA, as Gibbons surpassed the required 45.00m and 14.80m in both the discus and shot put respectively.
Shanice Hutson of Coleridge and Parry Secondary School also captured the selectors’ attention setting records in both the Under-17 discus and shot put.
Hutson, who was on the Barbados CARIFTA team to Curacao last year but failed to medal, convincingly qualified for both events. She putted 13.23m which by a good distance surpassed not only the required mark of 11.83m for CARIFTA but also the Joseph Payne event record of 9.91m.
Also in the same event, Roland Kirton- Browne of Rising Stars (11.84m), Rashanna Thorne (10.22m) and Julisa Jones-Smith (10.22m), all added their names to the records book as well. In the discus, Hutson needed a distance of 32.41m and did way better with a 40.03m throw.
Kirton-Browne again came close as well in the discus (31.18m) and javelin (36.33), which she won but missed out on making the CARIFTA qualifying standard.
Quantum Leap athletes dominated the Under-17 male sprint with St Michael schoolboys Kyle Gale and Darian Clarke both running qualifying times and setting records in their respective races. Gale clocked 48.85m to erase the 49.03 record belonging to Rivaldo Leacock, Clarke in the 100m equalled the 11.02 set by Jaquon Hoyte in 2015, and which was a split-second faster to make the CARIFTA cut of 11.03. Fabian Norgrove competed unattached, running three split seconds faster to break his own record of 47.76 seconds set two years ago.
Records were erased in both the men and women’s triple jump. Dwayne Lubban’s record mark of 13.34m is no longer, with Hakeem Belle (14.68m), Kelsey Daniel of Zaizen Panthers (13.98m) and Jemuel Miller (13.78m) all landing past that previous record.
In the women’s triple jump, Dominique Wood of Velocity Management (10.95m) and Misha Nelson (9.36m) both obliterated the 9.89m set by former record holder Samantha Harrison.
Meanwhile, in the women’s long jump, Jamie Drayton of High Performance (5.63m) and Safiya John of Kaizen Panthers (5.57m) were good enough to erase the 5.50m set by Ashley Branch. The Under-17 Girls long jump event saw Quantum Leap duo of Leilani Haddock (4.92m) and Rhema Boyce (4.49m) touching down over four meters to banish the 3.97m of Natisa Tempro.
Sabrina Newton’s 1.30m in the high jump went through the window when Samiya Dell went over the bar at 1.44m. Joy Squires of Rising Stars was quite elated with her record throw of 37.71m in the women’s discuss.
Former Barbados CARIFTA Games representative Matthew Wright won the men’s five-kilometre race and sailor Amy Cox came out on top among the women.
Akeem Stuart of the visiting Falcons from Trinidad and Tobago broke two records in the men’s shot put and discus. He delivered a gigantic 59.62m to demolish the previous 40.37m mark and 18.41m in the shot put that made the previous record of 14.14m look like a joke.