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Henry, Huggins & Warner reach Carifta Qualifying!

Nelda Huggins stormed to a 200m win in a time of 24.98 to also reach the BVIAA's Carifta Games 2013 qualifying standard. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Jonel Lacey kick started her season by holding off Shiain Vanderburg by just .13 seconds over the 200m distance. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Jonel Lacey kick started her season by holding off Shiain Vanderburg by just .13 seconds over the 200m distance. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
J'Maal Alexander had an even closer tussle with Mark Kendall with just .01 seconds between the pair as Alexander claimed the win. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
J'Maal Alexander had an even closer tussle with Mark Kendall with just .01 seconds between the pair as Alexander claimed the win. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Eldred Henry led the threesome of student athletes who surpassed the BVIAA Carifta Games qualifying marks at the Hastings Grant Memorial Meet on Saturday January 12, 2013.

Henry grabbed his moment in the 6k Shot Put with a 16.99 metre effort which was also good enough to increase his own Junior National Record which he set at the CAC Juniors in El Salvador last season. Henry was the only competitor in the Open Category. “My performance didn’t go as I wanted it, but I still had a good outcome,” He said. “I was looking for something close to an 18m throw, because in the off season, I threw close to 19. I believe my warm up affected my throwing. I’d warmed up early and cooled down and the mindset probably wasn’t really there.”

In the U17 Boys, Kadeon Potter tossed the 5k version 13.58 to finish ahead of Dylan Moses. Djimon Gumbs finished 2nd with a distance of 9.74m.

In other Field events, the Carifta Games 2012 U17 Girls Javelin Gold Medalist, Tynelle Gumbs, threw 36.71m in the 600g Open category. “I wanted to throw between 38 and 40m, but it wasn’t my best day,” she said. “I’m happy with the 36.71, so it’s just to improve on that in the upcoming meets.”

Tynelle and Trevia duked it out in the 4k shot with Trevia’s 11.52 beating her sisters 11.27m.

In the Boys Open, Arthur Corion recorded a distance of 42.96m. Djimon Gumbs took 2nd in the U15 event and Kevin Vanterpool's 41.92m was good enough to finish top in the U20’s division

On the track, Top Notch Track Club’s  Nelda Huggins led the field home in the 200m, crossing the line in 24.98 seconds. L’T'Sha Fahie came 2nd in a time of 25.84 with Ashley Penn 3rd in 26.69. Jonel Lacey won the U20 race in 25.98 ahead of Shiain Vanderberg who ran 26.11. The U13’s was won by Naya Penn with a time of 28.77 just ahead of Xia Malone’s 29.02. J’Nae Wong took the honours in the U15’s with a time of 27.07 and Kiara Huggins was second in 27.66.

Lakeisha  Warner became the third to make a Carifta qualifying mark when she ran the  U17 Girls 800m in 2 minutes, 17.10 seconds, to finish first, with Tarika Moses second and Kelsha Fortune third.  

Shacoy Stephens sliced his U20 Boys 200m best from 22.19 seconds with his 21.89 opener en route to victory, with Ebenezer Joseph Thomas second in 23.54. Kyron McMaster beat Deshaun Douglas by .30 seconds in the U17’s with his winning time of 22.68 and despite still suffering from a hamstring tear from London 2012, J’Maal Alexander ran 22.40 to edge out Mark Kendal by a mere .01 seconds.

The next event in the Gatorade Development Series will be the Tahesia Harrigan-Scott Classic on Friday, January 25, 2013. Competition begins at 5:30 P.M.

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