Athletes off to championships
The North American, Central American and Caribbean Under-23 Track and Field Championships (NACAC) got underway today in San Salvador, El Salvador and Barbados is being represented on the track by nine athletes – five males and four females.
Multiple CARIFTA gold medallist Akela Jones is scheduled to compete in the high Jump, long jump and 100m hurdles as she prepares for the Rio Olympic Games. Jones will be joined by Levi Cadogan and Tia Adanna-Belle who will be competing in the 100m and 200m and the 400m hurdles respectively as they try to get in some last minute preparations for the Olympics. The championships continue through the weekend
These athletes will be joined by Wade Gardner (800m), Tramaine Maloney (110m hurdles), Kion Joseph (400m hurdles), Janeil Craigg (Javelin), Shavonne Husbands (100m and 200m) and Sonia Gaskin (400m and 800m).
Barbadian athletes also recently departed for the IAAF World U20 Championships. This squad is headlined by 2015 CARIFTA double gold medallist Mario Burke who will be looking to complete the sprint double at these championships and Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier Sada Williams who will be competing in the 200m and looking to leave her mark on world track and field as she prepares for her maiden Olympics campaign.
Burke will be joined by the promising Jaquone Hoyte in the 100m and the ever improving Kentoine Brown in the 200m. Rivaldo Leacock will be looking to make his mark among some of the top junior hurdlers in the world while Michael Nichols will be competing in the 110m hurdles. Female sprint star Tristan Evelyn will be aiming to go out on the track and put down one of her dominating performances in the 100m as she comes up against some of the best young sprinters in the world.