ALL roads lead to the George Odlum Stadium today and tomorrow for the National Junior Track and Field Championship / CARIFTA Trials where the junior athletes will try to gain places on St. Lucia’s team to the 45th CARIFTA Games in Grenada from March 26-28 .
The two day meet that is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. on both days and will see the participants compete in two divisions: Under -18 boys / girls and Under – 20 boys / girls. Day 1 will commence with the Girls discuss. From 2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. it’s all finals in the 100 metres for youth / juniors, while the most talked about 4×100 metres relay for boys / girls (youth) will take place at 4:30 p.m. followed by the 400 metres dash finals for girls to bring day 1 to a close.
Day 2 will start with the 110 metres boys and will end with the 4×400 metres men / women invitational.
According to the St.Lucia Athletics Association 436 athletes from the following clubs and schools – Abilene, Blazers, Cheetahs, Choiseul, Ciceron Secondary, Dennery, District 1, Elite, Gros Islet Secondary, Mercury, Morne Stars, New Generation, Night Riders, Pacesetters, Road Busters, Rockets, Rock Hall, SJC, Survivors, Track Alliance from Montserrat will be vying to meet the qualifying standards for this year’s CARIFTA Games.
Highlighting this weekend’s championship is the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medalist Rochelle Etienne.
The 2015 Junior female athlete of the year Julien Alfred also the record holder in the ladies 200 metres has already qualified for the Games in Grenada. CARIFTA hopefuls like JovonAgard, Ashlee Edward, UlricMathurin, Chloe Edward, Kimani Alphonse, Amber Lucien, Kenley Francis, KamillahMonroque, DesrayDesir, Alana Paul and Neema Leon, will be in the thick of things in their respective events hoping to catch the eyes of the SLAA Technical Staff.
Meanwhile, the SLAA is reminding all athletes and officials in the North, Castries and its environs that transportation to the stadium leaves the Derek Walcott square from 7:00 a.m. on both days.