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Nhoaa Powell finishes ahead of Massassi Maxwell-Smith to win the under-20 100 metres race at the BNAA track meet on Saturday at the National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

No Carifta qualifying standards were met during the third athletics meet put on by the Bermuda National Athletics Association at the National Sports Centre on Saturday.

Nhoaa Powell, of Bermuda Pacers, came within a second of achieving the standard in the under-20 girls 100 metres when she won in a time of 12.89sec, trying to get under the qualifying mark of 12.00. Massassi Maxwell-Smith, of Technique Track Club, was second in 13.13.

Kahzi Sealey sets the early pace in the combined under-17 and under-20 1,500 metres race on Saturday. Sealey won the under-20 race in 4:31.21 while J’Auza James (364), an under-17 competitor, was first overall in 4:27.46 and Simeon Hayward ((362) the second under-17 finisher and fourth overall in 4:40.00 behind Iziah Tucker (4:34.14) (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

In the under-17 girls 100 metres race, Zenji Washington, 13, placed first ahead of Jnaz Richards and Arima Turner, aged 14 and 13 respectively. With the qualifying time of 12.30 as the target, Washington clocked 13.50, ahead of Richards in 13.69 and Turner in 13.71.

J’Auza James, an under-17 competitor, leads under-20 pair Kahzi Sealey and Iziah Tucker on the final stretch of the combined 1,500 metres race to record a winning time of 4:27.46. Sealey finished in 4:31.21, Tucker in 4:34.14 and Simeon Hayward, in the rear, fourth in 4:40.00 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Adriana Argent leads eventual winner Jaeda Grant (361) in the under-17 1,500 metres race. Grant, aged 13, won in a time of 5:14.45 with Argent second in 5:19.06 and Fenella Wightman (384) and Daria Desmond third and fourth. Meron Simons (374) won the under-20 age group in a time of 5:25.66 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Zenji Washington seen winning the under-17 100 metres race in a time of 13.50 seconds during the BNAA track meet on Saturday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Pacers athlete Jaeda Grant, who turns 14 this year in time to qualify for the Carifta Games on home soil, shows a good stride in winning the under-17 1,500 metres race at the BNAA track meet on Saturday at the National Sports Centre (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Nhoaa Powell, centre, wins the under-20 100 metres race ahead of Massassi Maxwell-Smith (389) at the BNAA track meet on Saturday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

In the boys under-17 100 metres, Denver Tucker placed first in 11.66 while Anaya West was second in 11.86. The qualifying time is 11.03.

Jaeda Grant, 13, was outside the qualifying mark of 5min 2sec in the under-17, 1,500 metres, winning in 5:14.45. The minimum age for Carifta qualification is 14, with the athlete required to turn 14 by December 31 of the same year to be eligible.

Second behind Grant was Adriana Argent in 5:19.06, with Fenella Wightman third in 5:19.80.

In the under-20, 1,500 metres, Meron Simons won in 5:25.66 with Jezhari Talbot second in 5:58.80. The Carifta qualifying time is 5:00.00.

Breynia Darrell went close to the qualifying mark in the under-17 girls shot with a best throw of 10.13 in trying to achieve the mark of 11.83 to qualify.

Veteran Shianne Smith had a best throw of 10.70 metres in the women’s open shot. She also won the open 400 metres in a time of 59.58, which beat her previous best time of 59.60.

Kahzi Sealey, of the Pacers, won the boys under-20 1,500 metres in a time of 4:31.21, with Iziah Tucker second in 4:34.14. The qualifying time is 4:12.00.

In the under-17 race, J’Auza James, also of Pacers, was first in 4:27.46 and Simeon Hayward second in 4:40.00. The qualifying time is 4:23.00.

Nirobi Smith-Mills took first place in the under-20 400 metres, just outside the qualifying time of 48.50 with his time of 49.93.

Suresh Black, of Dash Track Club, picked up two wins in the open 100 and 400 races, clocking 10.87 and 49.72. Antonio Bailey, also of Dash, was second in both, in times of 11.37 and 50.60.

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Published March 08, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 07, 2021 at 6:53 pm)

No qualifiers but athletes make strides at Carifta trials

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