PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – World Indoor finalist Michelle-Lee Ahye (Rebirth) impressed in the heats of the women’s 100m on day one of the NGC/Sagicor NAAA Open Track and Field Championships at the Hasely Craword Stadium on Friday (June 20).
Ahye was the top qualifier in the preliminaries with 11.13secs to win the second of three heats. The 22 year old finished well clear of runner up Reyare Thomas (Neon Tracker) 11.64) and Zakiya Denoon (Zenith) 11.85. Second fastest on the day was 2006/2010 CAC Games champion Taheisa Harrigan-Scott (BVI) who secured heat three in 11.59 narrowly ahead of Kamaria Durant (Simplex) 11.60 and Aaliyah Telesford (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 11.77.
Former NCAA 100m medallist Kai Selvon (Air Bon Sonics) took heat one in 11.87. The semifinals are carded for 4:30pm on Saturday (June 21) with the finals later in the evening.
All the major contenders eased through the men’s 100m prelims with Rondell Sorillo (La Brea) recorded the fastest time of 10.40 in winning heat four. Former World Junior champion Darryl Brown (Rebirth) looked his usual self in taking heat three in 10.42 with triple Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson (Rebirth) 10.44 and defending champ Keston Bledman (Simplex) 10.46, next fastest athletes. The top 24 advanced to Saturday’s semis carded to run off at 4:40pm. The finals are set for later in the day.
In the 400m prelims Olympic relay bronze medallist Jarrin Solomon (Memphis Pioneers) recorded the fastest time of 46.13 in winning heat four. Carlyle Roudette (Abilene Wildcats) 46.93 was the only other run 47 seconds.
Former World Championship bronze medallist Renny Quow (Zenith) 47.16, Dominica’s Ericson Hartault 47.24, Double Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon (Nike) and Zwede Hewitt (Rebirth) 47.48 were next best.
The 400m event lost some lustre with the withdrawal of defending champion and recently crowned NCAA gold medallist Deon Lendore (Abilene Wildcats) who withdrew because of fatigue. Two-time Carifta boys under 20 champion Machel Cedenio (Simplex) also did not show as a club official indicated that he has a sore hamstring.
Among the ladies, 2008 World Junior bronze medallist Janiel Bellille (Neon Trackers) clocked a new outdoor pb of 52.63 to take heat three in the fastest time of the day. Former World Youth double silver medallist Allison Peters (USVI) was next best (53.22) with Shawna Fermin (Memphis Pioneers), Domonique Williams (Neon Trackers) 53.70 and Alena Brooks (Memphis) 53.90. The women’s (A and B) finals are set for 6:25pm with the men’s (A and B) to follow at 6:40 pm.
Day one Results
Women’s Hammer throw finals: 1st Tamara Louis (Toco TAFAC) 29.89, 2nd Adojoa Springer (Toco TAFAC) 17.05
Men’s Hammer throw finals: 1st Gabriel Guerra (Toco TAFAC) 20.09, 2nd Kiel Mc Neil (Toco TAFAC) 16.39, 3rd John Andalcio (Toco TAFAC) 11.79
Women (top 16 to semis)
Heat 1 (-1.1): 1st Kai Selvon (Air Bon Sonics) 11.87, 2nd Kayelle Clarke (Petrotrin Pt.-a-Pierre) 12.01, 3rd Onika Murray (Simplex) 12.06, 4th Janae Alexander (Memphis Pioneers) 12.34, 5th Terrisa Mark (Rebirth) 12.00
Heat 2 (-0.4): 1st Michelle-Lee Ahye (Rebirth) 11.13, 2nd Reyare Thomas (Neon Trackers) 11.64, 3rd Zakiya Denoon (Zenith) 11.85, 4th Mauricia Prieto (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 12.11, 5th Alisha Fortune (Guyana) 12.17, 6th Orika Murray (Simplex) 12.59, 7th Donelle Stafford (Concorde) 12.83, 8th Avian Mark (Genesis) 12.89
Heat 3 (-0.3): 1st Taheisha Harrigan-Scott (BVI) 11.59, 2nd Kamaria Durant (Simplex) 11.60, 3rd Aaliyah Telesford (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 11.77, 4th Lisa Wickham (Concorde) 11.78, 5th Trishelle Leacock (Zenith) 12.29, 6th Breanna Gomes (UTT) 12.95
Men (top 24 to semis-Winner and the next best 13)
1st: Rondell Sorillo (La Brea) 10.40/-0.3, 1h4, 2nd Darryl Brown (Rebirth) 10.42/0.0. 1h3, 3rd Richard Thompson (Rebirth) 10.44/+0.7, 1h11, 4th Keston Bledman (Simplex) 10.46/0.0, 1h1, 5th Holland Cabara (Abilene Wildcats) 10.47/0.0, 2h1, 6th Kyle Greaux (Abilene Wildcats) 10.49/+0.7, 2h11, 7th Marc Burns (Rebirth) 10.48/+0.1, 1h6, 8th Moriba Morain (Simplex) 10.50/+0.8, 1h10, 9th Emmanuel Callender (Memphis Pioneers) 10.54/+0.9, 1h5, 10th Jonathan Farinha (Abilene Wildcats) 10.60/+1.6, 1h9, 11th Micah Ballantyne (Alpha) 10.61/0.0, 2h3/Le Sean Noel (UTT) 10.61/+1.6, 2h9/Joel Dillon (Simplex) 10.61/+0.1
Women (Top eight to A finals, 9-16 to be B finals)
Heat 1: 1st Romona Modeste (Neon Trackers) 54.39, 2nd Marissa Gale (Air Bon Sonics) 55.04, 3rd Kafi Ottley (Memphis Pioneers) 57.32, 4th Sade Andrews (UTT) 58.01, 5th Kelee Spicer (Concorde) 58.36
Heat 2: 1st Allison Peters (USVI) 53.22, 2nd Domonique Williams (Neon Trackers) 53.70, 3rd Aleena Brooks (Memphis Pioneers) 53.90, 4th Ayoka Cummings (Neon Trackers) 56.05, 5th Vaneesa Andrews (Neon Trackers) 57.86, dnf Kadeisha Francois (UTT)
Heat 3: 1st Janeil Bellille (Neon Trackers) 52.63, 2nd Shawna Fermin (Memphis Pioneers) 53.59, 3rd Renne Stoddard (Neon Trackers) 57.58, 4th Shirnell Ettienne (UTT) 59.23
Men (Top eight to to A finals, 9-16 to B finals)
1st-Jarrin Solomon (Memphis) 46.13, 1h4, 2nd Carlyle Roudette (Abilene Wildcats) 46.93, 1h3, 3rd Renny Quow (Zenith) 47.16, 1h1, 4th Ericson Hurtault (Dominica) 47.24, 5th Lalonde Gordon (Nike) /Zwede Hewitt (Rebirth) 47.48, 7th Breon Mullings (Memphis Pioneers) 47.90, 8th Odou Hazel (Memphis Pioneers) 47.91, 9th Jereem Richards (Abilene Wildcats)/Devern Charles (TTDF) 48.00, 11th Asa Guevera (Abilene Wildcats) 48.06, 12th Tacuma Sterling (Alpha) 48.32, 13th Tyler Francis (Abilene Wildcats) 48.33, 14th Anika Prince (TTDF) 48.49, 15th Ohdel James (Abilene Wildcats) 48.68, 16th Akil Franklyn (Mustangs) 48.77