EN ROUTE TO VICTORY: Jeminise Parris, en route to victory in the girls’ Under-18 100 metres hurdles, on the opening day of the Carifta trials, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, on Saturday. The Memphis Pioneers athlete made light work of the 14.70 seconds qualifying standard, getting to the line in 13.88. Parris also qualified in yesterday’s 400m hurdles. She won in one minute, 02.37 seconds – 13-hundredths of a second faster than the 1:02.50 Carifta standard. —Photo: PAUL VOISIN

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Waithe shines at Carifta trials

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

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)
Ashton Gill—1:53.84

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)
Akeem Marshall—16:06.75

Boys Under-20 400 hurdles (54.00)
Ruebin Walters—52.90

Girls Under-18 400 hurdles (1:02.50)
Jeminise Parris—1:02.37

Boys Under-18 high jump (1.90m)
Omari Benoit—2.02m
Edson Moses—1.95m
Franklyn Stanislaus—1.90m

Boys Under-20 shot put (16.00)
Kenejah Williams—16.09m

Girls Under-20 shot put (12.50m)
Portious Warren—13.01m

Girls Under-18 discus (37.00m)
Chelsea James—40.65m
Shaiann Charles—37.61m

Boys Under-20 javelin (56.00m)
Shaquille Waithe—72.15m

Boys Under-18 javelin (55.00m)
Tyriq Horsford—59.39m

Boys Open octathlon (4,500 points)
Kevin Roberts—5,061
Victor Isaac—4,673

Girls Open heptathlon (3,500 points)
Meriah Freeman—3,846
Ayana Glasgow—3,841
Anya Akili—3,808
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