The 2009 CARIFTA Games Trials, set to be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Stadium East Complex, is expected to be the most competitive in years.
The island's top junior athletes aged 19 years and under, will face off for spots among the maximum 70 athletes who are expected to make the trip.
Based on the CARIFTA Games, teams are allowed 15 athletes each in the Under-17 girls and boys' sections, 18 in each of the Under-19 sections, along with four floats, who can be selected for any section.
This means several of the island's top athletes will not make the trip to St Lucia for the April 11-13 regional meeting.
In the Under-20 girls' sprints, Carrie Russell, who is now at The Queen's School, Vere's Jura Levy and Edwin Allen's Gayon Evans are the top 100 metre runners, while Antonique Campbell of Herbert Morrison will be added to the same field for the 20 metre.