Dutranoit reaches Carifta standard
Isabelle Dutranoit became the fifth Bermudian athlete to achieve the Carifta Games qualifying standard at the weekend.
The Wake Forest University freshman met the standard for the 3,000 metres with plenty of time to spare competing at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina.
Dutranoit placed eighth in a field 35 competitors with her time of 9min 54.86sec being well inside of the qualifying time of 11:15. Her time was also close to the national indoor record of 9:52.94, which has been held by Ashley Berry since 2014.
Dutranoit won the gold medal in the women's open 3,000 in 10:21.63 at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas last year.
“We are looking for some great things from Isabelle in Carifta and hope she can repeat the gold medal performance in the 3,000 at home,” Donna Raynor, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president, said.
Sanaa Morris, Kahzi Sealey, Tommy Marshall and Ryan Outerbridge are the remaining local athletes to have met the Carifta qualifying standards in their respective disciplines.
Sprinter Morris met the standard in the under-17 girls' 200 after placing ninth among a field of 79 competitors at the Galleria Games in Birmingham, Alabama, last month.
The IMG Academy student, who was a member of Bermuda's 4x100 girls' relay team that won bronze in the Bahamas, covered the distance in 25.99, with the Carifta standard being 26.00.
Middle-distance runners Sealey, Marshall and Outerbridge all reached the qualifying times during the first track meet of the year at the National Sports Centre this month. Sealey and Marshall qualified in the under-17 boys' 3,000, with Sealey clocking a time of 9:34 to go under the qualifying time of 9:45, while Marshall also went under the mark with a time of 9:40.
Outerbridge achieved the standard in the under-20 5,000 when he posted a time of 16:50 to go under the qualifying time of 17:00.
The qualification deadline is March 15.
Bermuda earned six medals, including three gold, at the Carifta Games last year.
The island is hosting the Games for the first time in eight years and fifth overall at the National Stadium from April 10 to 13.
Meanwhile, Nathan Armstrong won the 800 at the Lou Molino Invitational at Rotherham Centre in Hackensack, New Jersey, with a time of 2.05.1 at the weekend.
He claimed silver in the 3,000 and bronze in the 1,500 in the under-17 boys age group at the Carifta Games last year.
“Nathan is running well in his preparation towards the Carifta Games,” Raynor added.
“We hope that he also is able to repeat his performances at this year's Carifta, even though he will be moving up to the under-20 age group therefore running the 1500 and 5000.”