PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Timothy Frederick (Pt. Fortin New Jets), Patrice Richards (Neon Trackers) and Safiya John (Zenith) were all double winners of the opening day of the NGC/NAAA Juvenile Championships at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on Saturday (June 7).
Frederick secured the boys under 14 400m and 100m gold medals, all within the one hour. The lanky sprinter took the one lap title in 56.18 ahead of this year’s top male athlete at the National Primary School Champs, Ethan Forde (Cougars), 59.12, and Chez Alexander (Palo Seco), 59.19. Frederick advanced to the finals after clocking the fasted time in the heats (57.48) earlier in the day.
In the 100m finals, Frederick blazed to the top spot in 11.73 (+0.6m/s wind) ahead of fellow Southerner Simplex’s Joshua Bulter (11.84) and Shakeel John (Concorde) 11.91. Forde was fourth (11.98). Butler came into the finals with the fastest time of 11.93 ahead of Renaldo Mc Cachine (Concorde) 12.10, Forde and John (12.13).
Richards landed the girls under 14 60m hurdles and 400m titles. She won the hurdles gold in 10.42 ahead of Melissa Boxhill (Cougars) 10.58 and Antonio Sealy (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 10.77. In the 400, she sped to the top prize in 58.32 with Jeneil Morris (Memphis) 58.95, Daniel Hamilton (Palo Seco) 1:00.50 taking the minor medals.
John secured the girls under 14 high jump and cricket ball throw. In the high jump finals, John cleared 1.46m to beat Antonia Sealy (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 1.43m and Shannon Daniel (Tobago Falcons) 1.35m for the gold. John then claimed the cricket ball crown with a distance of 48.91m ahead of Crystal Gibbs (St. MarysHome) 45.21 and Shakira Crosby (Unattached) 42.97.
Pt. Fortin News Jets athletes, on the first day of the two day meet, won six titles as Kareem Bedeau (boys under 14 80m hurdles-14.92/+0.5), Devin Augustine (boys under 12 80m-10.42/+1.0, Stephon Caesar (boys under 14 cricket ball throw-46.06) and the mixed under 12 4x100m (53.64) were all winners.
Defending champion club Cougars and rival Memphis won four titles each. Leading the way for Cougars were Shaniqua Bascombe (girls under 12 80m-10.93/0.0), Jordan Pope (boys under 12 800m-2:36.15), Asim Atherton (girls under 14 1000m-3:54.83) and the mixed under 10 4x50m relay (30.03). For Memphis Jamali Lynch (boys under 12 long jump-4.32/+2.4), Deleth Charles (girls under 14 100m-12.56/0.0), Reyshawn Andrews (goys under 10 60m-8.69/+0.1) and the mixed under 14 4x100m (48.99) were the winners.
Ariel Villareil collected the first of Zenith three titles on the day when she won the girls under 12 800m in 2:59.88.
Silver Bullet and Abilene Wildcat clubs collected two golds. Kerneil Waldron (girls under 12 long jump-3.61/+2.3) and Daniel Qui (boys under 12 cricket ball throw-53.29) were champions for Silver Bullet while Avindale Smith(boys under 12 high jump-1.57m) and Aaliyah Mitchell (girls under 14 1000m-3:09.44) secured wins for Abilene.
Joel Andrews of D’Abadie Progressive (Boys under 14 javelin-36.94), Nikkeda Peters of Simplex (girls under 10 60m-8.87/+0.2) and Saffire Villafana of Burnley-8.41) were also winners.
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