Rising Stars shine at weekend
Rising Stars athletes dominated the track on Saturday during the Athletic Association of Barbados’ (AAB) Odd Distances and Field events held at the National Stadium.
The hard work being put in by coach Alwyn Babb and his team spoke for itself with top performances from rising star Tristan Evelyn who comfortably blazed down the track in 12.07 seconds ahead of fellow teammate Danea Gill who ran 12.84 and Tamika Inniss of High Performance in 13.18. Also performing in the ladies’ category for Rising Stars was Vivica Addison in the under-13 division with a time of 15.01, ahead of Freedom Striders pair of Tianna Coward and Tia Coward who ran 15.01 and 16.57 respectively in the 100m.
Sada Williams of Elite Distance ran a personal best of 55.32 in the 400m open but had to settle for second behind the experienced Sade Sealy of Rising Stars in 55.15.
Just as the ladies were showing good form, so too were the men with Savion Hoyte winning the under-13 boys 400m in 1:02.26 ahead of Daquan Spencer of Wibisco 1:07.93 and Jadon Pearce of Rising Stars who clocked 1:10.91.
CARIFTA medalist Rivaldo Leacock had no competition whatsoever in the under-18 boys 400m where he represented Rising Stars. Leacock ran 52.19 and the closest time to that was Akeem Callender in 58.60 also of the same club.
Michael Nicholls and Juwan Augustin-Mayers representing Stars ran 13.89 and 14.48 in the under-20 boys’ 110m hurdles respectively. Stephen Griffith, also of Stars, ran 54.32 to win the 400m huddles.
There were a few good performances by other clubs who participated including the Coward duo of Tia and Tianna who represented Freedom Striders in the under-13 girls 400m. Tia ran 1:21.72 while Tianna did 1:21.95.
Levi Cadogan won the men’s 100m open in 10.86 for Quantum Leap ahead of Debarge Carrington of Pacers Track Club in 11.03 and Ramarco Thompson 11.08 for Freedom Striders. While the boys under-18 100m open was a close one between Pacers trio of Kentoine Browne, Kevin Briggs and Reco Griffith who ran 11.11, 11.23 and 11.34 respectively.
Jaria Hoyte of Quantum and Shonita Brome of Elite Distance carried the under-18 girls 400m down to the line with just two seconds separating Hoyte who ran 58.05 ahead of Brome 58.07. While Rosette Hoyte of Rising Stars ran 1:01.01 to round off the top three.
The men’s open 3 000 was won by Joshua Hunte of Barbados Defence Force in 9.04.34 while Elite Distance took second and third respectively thanks to Raheem Skinner in 9:12.64 and Jonathan Jones in 9:21.13. Meanwhile in the women’s 1500m, Wibisco captured one and two respectively due to Amanda Griffith who ran 5:07.50 ahead of Anya Williams 5:17.60 and Florence Fields of Elite Distance who ran 5:41.50 for third position and a personal best.
Shem Williams, a former Luther Thorne pupil and now a member of the Rising Stars team, jumped 4.65m to beat out club mate Hason Ward’s 4.63.