So far a number of athletes are making a case to board the flight for the 2018 CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas and Triston Gibbons has a sure seat in the Under-20 Boys shot and discus.
Coached by Ramon Armstrong of Elite Distance, Gibbons went past the CARIFTA mark of 48.50m in the discus when the 2018 Louis Lynch Championship was held last weekend at the National Stadium.
The tall, strapping young man was once a star on Coleridge and Parry’s track and field team but has gone over to join the Harrison College family. He did not only erase the junior national record of 54.36m set in 2015 by Dequan Lovell with a new mark of 56.27m in the Under-20 age group, but he also replaced the 2013 meet mark of 53.08m set by Tristan Whitehall.
The talented thrower with a bright future did not stop there as he putted 18.43m in the Under-20 Boys shot put which was exceptional considering the required mark for CARIFTA is 15.50m.
Another record fell in the Under-17 Girls shot put thanks to Coleridge and Parry student Shanice Hutson who delivered a 12.85m distance that surpassed the 11.83m she threw last year.
Three-time CARIFTA gold medallist Jonathan Jones was also impressive as he chopped a couple split seconds off his 400m record of 46.92 seconds set last year for a new time of 46.30 seconds. Jones also secured his ticket to Nassau as he clocked 1:50.87 in the 800m.
Two athletes will get their chance to make their CARIFTA debut and they are Sarah Belle who clocked 14.31 seconds to meet the standard of 14.40. She represented Velocity Management on the weekend. Rowland Kirton- Browne threw 37.15m in the javelin to get past 37.00m required for the Games.