GOLDEN: Machel Cedenio, left, wins at Carifta 2013

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Cedenio on show at Carifta trials

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Machel Cedenio will be on show at the Carifta trials, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, this weekend.

Cedenio is the reigning Carifta Games boys’ under-20 400 metres champion. At the 2013 edition of the meet, in Nassau, Bahamas, he produced a sizzling finish to grab gold in a personal best 45.93 seconds.

Akeem Marshall, the boys’ under-20 5,000m champion in Nassau, is also expected to be at the Hasely Crawford Stadium this weekend, bidding for selection on the Trinidad and Tobago team for the 2014 Carifta Games in Martinique.

Jeminise Parris captured the girls’ under-17 300m hurdles title in Nassau, and would be keen to show off her skills at the trials in the under-18 400m hurdles.

For the first time, the Carifta Games will move away from the under-17 age-group and have competition for under-18s, in keeping with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) practice.

Andwuelle Wright and Chelsea James will also compete in the under-18 age-group this weekend.

Wright captured the Carifta Games boys’ under-17 long jump title in 2012 and 2013, and is hoping for a hat-trick of victories in Martinique.

James, the back-to-back girls’ under-17 shot put champion, has similar aspirations.

The two other T&T gold medallists at Carifta 2013, boys’ under-20 double middle distance champion Mark London and boys’ under-20 shot put winner Hezekiel Romeo, are no longer junior athletes.

The Carifta trials will be contested from 10 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

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