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Carifta trials set to excite

Published:Saturday | March 5, 2016 | 3:00 AM
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THE country's top junior athletes will be in action today and tomorrow inside the National Stadium as they seek places on the country's team to the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place in George Town, Grenada between March 26-28.

Fans are in for a treat as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships just a few days away, top performances are expected in both the Under 18 and Under 20 categories.

Today's opening day will see the finals of the 100m in the Under 20 section with St Elizabeth Technical's Nigel Ellis commanding most attention here. He is expected to compete in both the Under 20 100m and 200m events.

While Ellis will start favourite the likes St. Jago's Raheem Chambers, Waseem Williams of Jamaica College along with the Calabar duo of Xavier Angus and Fabian Hewitt will be hoping for a major upset.

After dominating the sprints all season, Calabar's young sprinters including Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Tyreke Wilson, will get their first big test this season when they face Kingston College's outstanding sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson in the boys Under 18 100m.

KC' 400 metres standout Akeem Bloomfield will finally make his first appearance on the track this season.

Bloomfield, the Carifta Under 20 champion has been absent all season but looks set to control the event here as there has not been any special performance so far in the event this season.

An exciting battle looms in the Boy's Under 20 400m hurdles as the likes of St. Jago's, Tmor Barrett and KC's Sherwayne Allen, who both have gone sub 53 seconds so far this season are expected to have their hands full as Calabar's Akyeme Francis and the talented Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical should make it an interesting affair.

Calabar's Christopher Taylor should continue his great form this season and score an easy win in the Boy's Under 18 400m.

Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Girls Under 20 400m as Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical will square off with Tiffany James of the Mico University College and Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen.

In the Under 18 Girl's 100m, Kimone Shaw of St Jago and Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen will renew their rivalry when they clash in the event. At Central Championships, it was Shaw who drew first blood after defeating Clarke in a close finish and Clarke will be hoping to avenge that defeat.