Athletes show early form
At least one record fell on Saturday in the discus event when the Joseph Payne Memorial Classic took place at the National Stadium.
Dequan Lovell of Elite Distance broke the previous under-20 discus mark with a giant throw of 44.64 meters.
A large number of athletes took part in the classic which witnessed a big showdown in the men’s open 100m race which was won by Levi Cadogan of Quantum Leap, ahead of Mario Burke of the High Performance Programme Club.
The classic gave a sneak preview of what is to come in the local track and field season with Rivaldo Leacock winning the under-18 boys 400m followed by Deshon Trent in second in 50.89 and Akem Callender in 51.46 for their club Rising Stars. It could definitely be a different story among those three when they represent their respective schools come the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC).
Tristan Evelyn was also in action and she will definitely be one to watch for Springer Memorial at BSSAC. She produced exciting wins in the 100m and 200m respectively.
Coleridge and Parry should be able to dominate the girls 400m at BSSAC once Sada Williams produces the kind of form she is currently showing. Williams, a CARIFTA gold medallist, represented her club Elite Distance and won the 400m in 54.67 ahead of Sade Sealy also a CARIFTA medallist.
Elite Distance took one, two, three in the women’s open discus event when Dayna Francis won with a distance of 9.92 meters followed by Angela Jackson 9.56 and Malik Roach of Elite 9.50m. Seth Agard won the under-18 boys discus with a throw of 42.54.