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Lee Hay of Citibank (CITI) and RBC
Royal Bank s Jedidiah Benjamin won
the female and male title respectively
at the CariFin Games one-lap run
around the Queen s Park Savannah last
In the one-lap walk, First Citizen's
Deodath Harrikissoon made it a hat-
trick of titles, while Aliya Henry of
Republic Bank took the female crown.
With 20 metres left in the male run,
the crown was up for grabs as Rashad
Blenman of Guardian Group was fighting
to stay in front of Benjamin.
In the last ten metres, however, first
timer Benjamin was able to pass Blen-
man on the line and take the one-lap
honours in 15 minutes, 7.3 seconds. Blen-
man broke the tape in 15.07.6.
It was not as close among the females,
as Hay sealed the deal in 17 minutes,
20.6 seconds to give CITI its first taste
of victory in any athletic event in Car-
Hay, the former most improved win-
ner and CITI captain said: "I am self
motivated, I have been training seriously
since January for this (race)."
Susan Russel of RBC took second
place in 19.05.6, and Sagicor's Simone
Balkissoon crossed the line for third spot
Harrikissoon, who stopped the clock
in 24.16, was happy with his perform-
ance, but expected more of a challenge,
saying: "This year I expected more com-
petition but it felt good to win it three
years in a row."
Among the female walkers, Henry
established her superiority on the field
by finishing in 25.46.1.
After the walk she stated: "It is unex-
pected, but winning is always nice."
Kendra Richins and Tiffany Williams,
both of First Citizens took second and
third place respectively, finishing in
26:33.9 and 28:07.4.
The CariFin Games organizing com-
mittee appreciated the support from
Blue Waters for being "The official
water" of CariFin Games.
Athletes from Intercommercial Bank
Limited (IBL), Scotiabank and Unit Trust
Corporation also took part.
Several of T&T s Carifta Games
hopefuls rounded into form ahead
of next week s Carifta Games in
Martinique with personal best per-
Reigning two-time Carifta gold
medallist Chelsea James (Tobago Fal-
cons) signalled she is ready for the
region's premier meet for young ath-
letes with a personal best throw in
the girls under-18 shot put and dis-
On the first day of the 13th annual
THA/Blink B Mobile Falcon Games
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on
Saturday, James improved her mark
in the shot to 15.38 metres. Her pre-
vious best of 15.19 was recorded in
a gold medal performance at the
Secondary Schools Championships
on March 18.
James, 16, returned to attain a
new standard in the discus with a
distance of 41.61 metres eclipsing
the 40.24 achieved in winning the
Tobago Schools title on February 12.
The Signal Hill Secondary School
fifth former won the girls under-17
shot put titles at the 2012 and 2013
Carifta Games improving the record
on each occasion and will be going
for more gold in Maritnique.
Akidah Briggs (Toco Titans) pro-
duced her best mark ever in the girls
under-18 javelin, winning with 38.86,
(5cm) better than her previous best
achieved at the Carifta trials on
Asha James (Zenith) took the run-
ner up spot (35.61m). Briggs won
bronze in the Carifta girls under-17
event in 2011 and silver in 2012. Both
are TTO's representatives in the
event in Martinique. Briggs was also
second on James in the shot put
Tyriq Horsford (Zenith) improved
his mark in the boys under-18 javelin
with a third round effort of 62.21 to
take the top spot. Horsford' four
legal efforts (56.63, 59.29, 62.21 and
57.40) were better than his club-
mate Vondel Joseph who was second
Defending boys under-20 5000
metres champion Akeem Marshall
(Toco Titans) lowered his pb to
15:52.67 when he finished second in
the men's run which took the field
12 and half times over the 400
metres track. Matthew Hagley
(TTDF) took the top spot (15:48.65).
Akanni Hislop (Zenith) sped a new
personal record in the boys under -
18 100 metres sprint getting to the
line in 10.76 (+0.1) with Carifta
team-mate Joash Huggins (Dovers)
in second (11.09).
In the heats Hislop was even
quicker stopping the clock at
10.73(+2.8). World Junior and Youth
semifinalist Reubin Walters equalled
his pb in winning the boys under -
20 110m hurdles.
The Memphis Pioneers cleared
the ten barriers in 13.66 metres to
match the mark he established in
winning bronze at last year's Carifta
Games in the Bahamas. Aaron Lewis
(Zenith) was second, also in a pb of
14.01. Walters and Lewis will rep-
resent TTO in boys under-20 110m
and 400 hurdles in Martinique.
Another Memphis athlete Jeminise
Parris took the girls under-18 100m
hurdles in 13.88 seconds to match
the personal best clocking she did
at the Carifta trials on March 15.
On the first day the St Francois
Girls College student secured the
400m hurdles and will seeking a
similar double in Martinique.
Akoya Cummings (Neon Trackers)
produced a strong finish to take the
women's 400m in a pb of 55.86
passing the American duo of Najah
Floyd (56.00) and Chana Powel-Vin-
son (56.17) in the last 80m.
Defending Carifta boys under 20
400m Machel Cedenio (Simplex)
skipped the meet while boys under
20 javelin hopeful Shaquille Waithe
(Rebirth) is currently training in Cuba
with Olympic men's javelin cham-
pion Keshorn Walcott.
Fourteen-year-old sprint wonder
Adell Colthrust (Southern Athletics)
did not compete in an individual
Trinidad and Tobago will be rep-
resented by 68 athletes at this year's
Carifta Games. The team will have
its final meeting on Tuesday April
15 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
from 8am before heading out to
Martinique on Thursday April 17.
The Carifta Games begin on Friday
April 18 with the Opening Ceremony
to be followed by three days of action
from Saturday April 19 to Monday
The national contingent will be
seeking to improve on its 20 medal
haul at the 2013 edition in the
Bahamas and better the record 40
medals won at the 2010 Carifta
Games in the Cayman Islands.
Carifta athletes impress
at 13th Falcon Games
Hay, Benjamin win CariFin one-lap run
Chelsea James in action in the girls under 18 shot put.
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