Shaquille Waithe underlined his tremendous potential with a huge personal best in the boys Under-20 javelin on the second and final day of the Carifta trials, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, yesterday.
The Rebirth athlete hurled the spear 72.15 metres, bettering the 56.00m Carifta standard by more than 16 metres.
Waithe was among 24 athletes who achieved standards yesterday. Seven of them also attained standards on day one, while the other 17 were first-time qualifiers at the 2014 Carifta trials.
A total of 40 athletes qualified—23 on day one and 17 more yesterday.
Terry Frederick twice attained the boys Under-18 800m standard. In the qualifying round, he returned a time of one minute, 57.99 seconds. And in the final, Frederick topped the field in 1:57.59.
Second-placed Jeremiah Hamilton (1:58.29) and third-placed Myles Jackson (1:59.13) also dived below the 1:59.60 standard.
Three athletes attained the 1.90m standard in the boys Under-18 high jump. Omari Benoit was the best of the trio, clearing the bar at 2.02m. Edson Moses went over at 1.95m. And Franklyn Stanislaus cleared 1.90m.
There were also three qualifiers in the girls’ open heptathlon. Meriah Freeman accumulated 3,846 points for top spot in the seven-discipline event. Ayana Glasgow (3,841) and Anya Akili (3,808) finished second and third, respectively.
The boys Open octathlon produced two qualifiers—Kevin Roberts (5,061 points) and Victor Isaac (4,673).
Both Ruebin Walters and Jeminise Parris qualified a second time.
Walters, a boys Under-20 110m hurdles qualifier on day one, secured his 400m hurdles pick with a 52.90 seconds clocking yesterday. And Parris, who made light work of the girls Under-18 100m hurdles standard on Saturday, clocked 1:02.37 in the 400m hurdles on day two to earn selection in that event as well.
The 2014 Carifta Games will be staged between April 19 and 21 in Martinique.
24 DAY 2 QUALIFIERS - 17 new (standard in brackets)
Boys Under-20 200 (21.40)
Jonathan Farinha—21.37 in semis
Girls Under-20 200 (24.00)
Kayelle Clarke—23.64 in final
Zakiya Denoon—23.85 in final
Boys Under-20 800 (1:54.00)
Boys Under-18 800 (1:59.60)
Terry Frederick—1:57.59 in final, 1:57.99 in heats
Jeremiah Hamilton—1:58.29 in final
Myles Jackson—1:59.13 in final
Boys Open 5,000m (16:20.00)
Boys Under-20 400 hurdles (54.00)
Girls Under-18 400 hurdles (1:02.50)
Boys Under-18 high jump (1.90m)
Boys Under-20 shot put (16.00)
Girls Under-20 shot put (12.50m)
Girls Under-18 discus (37.00m)
Boys Under-20 javelin (56.00m)
Boys Under-18 javelin (55.00m)
Boys Open octathlon (4,500 points)
Girls Open heptathlon (3,500 points)