After some time of knocking at the door, Rowland Kirton-Browne finally made the mark for CARIFTA with a 41.90m throw in the Under-17 Girls javelin this past weekend at the National Stadium.
The Lester Vaughan schoolgirl needed to strong-arm a 37m distance during the 17th Young Olympians Age Group Meet to secure her plane ticket to the Bahamas where the 45th edition of CARIFTA will be held from March 30 to April 2.
A member of Rising Stars Track and Field Club and a national youth footballer, Kirton- Browne also putted 11.65m to win the Girls shot put event but fell below the 13m in order to qualify in that event at CARIFTA.
Several athletes for the past two weeks have aimed for a place on the team but Christ Church Foundation athlete Jaliyah Denny, also in the Under-17 category, has so far failed to make the cut.
Two Saturdays ago at the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic, Denny featured in the Under-17 Girls 200m where it was her running against the clock. In the end the time won as Denny had no one in the race to really challenge her.
It was a different story for Denny this week at the Young Olympian track event hosted by BC Trac Athletics Club. Denny crossed the finish line in 12.88 seconds, behind the 12.75 seconds ran by Adeyah Brewster, a student of Alexandra School and a member of Proformers Track Club.
Brewster was unable to come out on top in the 100m hurdles won by club-mate Anika Blackman. However, Blackman a student of Princess Margaret was made to settle for second in 26.42 in the 200m, behind Kamile Gaskin- Griffith who clocked 26.39.
In addition to Rising Stars and Proformers, other clubs were also represented with Pacers athlete Akil Howell winning his heat in both the 200m and 400m but it was not enough to reach the CARIFTA standard.
Along with those vying for a place on the CARIFTA team, the younger ones are also hunting for a chance to represent Barbados at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Games scheduled to take place in Bermuda later this year.
Samiya Dell, the Under-13 age group champion at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NCAC) Multi-Event Junior Championships held last year in Trinidad and Tobago is among them. A member of Full Flyt Athletic Club, Dell clocked 1:05.52 to win the Under-13 400m and threw 7.87m to win the shot put.
Meanwhile, last year’s victrix ludorum at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship, Brieanna Boyce, comfortably dominated the Under-15 400m field in a time of 1:2.81. Boyce also won her heat in the 200m, clocking 26.61 but Danica Gittens (25.91) and Shadae Worrell (26.14) ran a much faster heat.
The Applewhaite twins Tania and Tia of Rising Stars club ran 8.80 and 8.81 seconds for first and second respectively in the Under-11 Girls 60m dash.
However, the St Giles’ students were separated in the 100m with Tia running a much faster heat of 14.06 to outdo her sister who was timed at 14.15 seconds.