Machel Cedenio will be in the spotlight at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain this weekend. The 17-year-old quartermiler is among the athletes who will bid for selection on the Trinidad and Tobago team for the March 29-April 1 Carifta Games, in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Carifta trials start at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and continue on Sunday, also from ten.
In his first season as an under-20 athlete, last year, Cedenio claimed Carifta silver in the 400 metres event. He followed up that performance with a fifth-place finish in the men's 400m at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Cedenio should have no problems earning selection for Carifta 2013, and, all things being equal, will be the favourite for boys' under-20 one-lap gold in Nassau.
At Carifta 2012, T&T secured six gold medals. Five of those six champions are expected to vie for selection this weekend. The sixth, Keshorn Walcott, is no longer a junior. In Bermuda, Walcott completed a hat-trick of boys' under-20 javelin successes. He went on to win the world junior title, before shocking the planet with Olympic gold.
Mark London captured the boys' under-20 800m title in Bermuda, and is hoping to repeat that success at the 2013 edition of the Carifta Games.
Chelsea James and Andwuelle Wright are also keen to repeat. James is the reigning girls' under-17 shot put champion, while Wright is the 2012 boys' under-17 long jump gold medallist.
Jonathan Farinha and Kenejah Williams are both moving up, from the under-17 to under-20 age-group. Last year, Farinha struck gold in the boys' under-17 200m, while Williams was the victor in the boys' under-17 discus.