More athletes qualify for Carifta Games
Five more Bermuda Track and Field Association (BTFA) athletes have qualified for next month's Carifta Games in Jamaica.
Those who made the mark last weekend were Ashley Berry (Under-17 1500 metres 'A' standard), Tahira Butterfield (Under-17 100 metres 'B' standard), Bruce DeGrilla (Under-17 boys long jump 'A' standard), Jeneko Place (Under-20 boys 100 metres 'B' standard) and Kindane Callender (Under-17 boys 100 metres 'A' standard).
Three CedarBridge school athletes who are not involved in the BTFA programme also qualified over the weekend.
They were Jhquaone Callabras (Under-17s long jump 'A' standard), Quintonio Lima (Under-17 boys 100 metres 'A' standard) and Jaquan Heatherley (Under-17 boys shot put 'B' standard).
However, Donna Watson, BTFA president, said that for athletes to be considered for the Games they needed to be part of the national programme.
“As we are allowing the school sports as our qualifiers also we have a some athletes who met the qualifying standard during Cedarbridge School sports,” she said. “There are some athletes who are already in the track and feld programme but also some who are not involved.
“Of course for them to be considered they have to compete in our track meets and have to been seen to be training with a coach of their choice. Jaquan Heatherley competed in the BTFA track meet (last) Saturday and met the “B” standard in the shot put again. He will begin training with one of our coaches this week.”
Henry Stevens-Carty began his outdoor season with a fourth place finish in the 1500 metres in a time of 4 minutes 5.92 seconds at an overseas meet last weekend. Steven-Carty will be unable to compete at Carifta because of school commitments despite qualifying for both the 1500 and 800 metres.
Also over the weekend, four Bermuda athletes took part in the Gibson Relays in Jamaica.
In the mile event Chayce Smith came six in 4:23.80, Shaquille Dill was ninth in 4:39.60, Darico Clarke finished tenth in 4:46.90 and Juma Mouchette placed 12th in 4:50.80.