Sprinter Akanni Hislop put on a show for track fans at yesterday's opening round of the Carifta Games trials hosted by the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) held at the Hasely Crawford in Woodbrook, comfortably beating the field of competitors and simultaneously registering a new personal best of 10.49 seconds.
Competing in the finals of the boys Under-18 100-metre dash got off to a comfortable start and delighted sports fans with his seemingly perfect form as he separated from the pack to jubilant sheers to the finish line.
Tyrel Edwards of Toco Titans was second in a time of 10.80, with Jalen Purcell of Simplex third in 10.82.
Hislop, the champion athlete who competed under the banner of Tobago-based Zenith, went into the trials with a recorded personal best of 10.63 second, but found the rhythm to strike the right momentum to shave 14 seconds off the previously registered time, to excite track and field enthusiasts with his new time, while restating his dynamism.
At last year's Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Morelia, Mexico, Hislop helped the national 4x100 relay team to gold, before securing personal medals in the 100m and 200m, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jeminise Parris who captured silver in the U-18 women's 100m hurdles final at the CAC Junior Championships in 13.70 seconds and bronze at the Carifta Games, was a delight to watch yesterday as she competed and won the girls U-18 100m hurdles in 14.34 seconds for her club Memphis Pioneers.
Deleth Charles of Memphis Pioneers emerged tops in the girls U-18 100m dash in 12.06; Akeera Esdelle of Point Fortin was second; 12.17 and Skikyla Walcott of Simplex was third. Her time was 12.18.
Cougars Track and Field Club's Ashton Gill won the Boys U-20 1500m event one second slower his technical team anticipated: 4:09 seconds.
IleyBruce, Iley of Dovers secured the second spot in 4:16. Second, while Joshua James Cougars closed the top three spots in 4:20 seconds.
Toco Titans ruled in the girls U-18 Shot Put in which Akidah Briggs throw of 14.45m topped; followed by Peaches Stewart, 12.65m; and Tia Wallace in a distance of 12.44m.
Ayana Glasgow of Toco TAFAC threw a distance of 37.43 in the girls U-20 javelin throw.
Commenting on the standard of competition on day one of the trials Ephraim Serrette, president of the NAAA said, "The occasion is a different occasion from the Development Meet and they know that they are under the eyes of thee selectors. I am happy with what I have seen today. I was a bit worried during the developmental meet, because I was not seeing some of the performance I was looking for. They came out today. The atmosphere, I think, is a different one and I think that is what makes them deliver different performances."
He added, "At the developmental meet I was not seeing the times from the sprinter and the quarter milers that we would normally expect, but today we saw sometimes that were very encouraging. We still have a month to work with some of them to make sure we get them to that level."
Looking to today's roster of events Serrette expected more exciting performances from Jonathan Farinha and other athletes in the 200m, 400m and 800 metres events
Girls U-18 100m Hurdles
1 Anya Akili (Zenith)–15.15
2 Hayley Richards (BAHS)–18.48
Girls U-18 100m Hurdles
1 Jeminise Parris (Memphis Pioneers)–14.34
Boys U-18 110m Hurdles
1 Ako Hislop (Zenith)–15.54
2 Tyrese Williams (Memphis Pioneers)–16.10
Boys U-20 110m Hurdles
1 Aaron Lewis (Zenith)–13.86
2 Dwight St Hillare (Zenith)–15.55
2 Kim Connell (Abilene)–15.55
Boys U-20 Discus Throw
1 Kenejah Williams (Falcons)–46.92m
2 Precious George (Warriors)–33.34m
3 Savion Burke (Fatima)–28.97m
Girls Shot Put
1 Khemani Roberts (Zenith)–9.66m
2 Ayana Glasgow (Toco TAFAC)–9.50m
3 Aiesha Colthrust (Neon Trackers)–8.68m
Octathlon: Boys Shot
1 Ian West (Point Fortin)–12.65m
2 Michael MacKenzie (Alpha Athletic Club)–9.95m
3 Kerlon Ashby (Zenith)–9.57m
Boys U-18 1500m
1 Otis Barker (Toco Titans)–4:27.12
2 Jordan Hill (Palo Seco)–4:37.39
3 Jediael Walters (Zenith)–4:38.94
Girls U-20 1500m
1 Anna-Lise Nanton (Rebirth)–5:43.75
2 Aleyah Edwards (Speed Factory)–6:19.97
3 N'Yasha Waterman (Cougars)–6:23.82
Girls U-20 Javelin Throw
1 Ayana Glasgow (Toco TAFAC)–37.43
Girls U-18 1500m
1 Renata Charles (Rebirth)–5:47.95
2 Thea Roberts (DPAC)–6:15.26
Boys U-18 Long Jump
1 Clement Campbell (Memphis Pioneers)–6.95m
2 Josiah Edwards (Air Bon Sonics)–6.31m
3 Giovanni Elder (Zenith)–5.85m
Girls U-18 Shot Put
1 Akidah Briggs (Toco Titans)–14.45m
2 Peaches Stewart (Toco Titans)– 12.65m
3 Tia Wallace (Toco Titans)–12.44m
Boys U-20 1500m (Finals)
1 Ashton Gill (Cougars)–4:09.49
2 Iley Bruce (Dovers)–4:16.00
3 Joshua James (Cougars)–4:20.60
Girls 200m (Finals)
1 Anya Akili (Zenith)–25.34
2 Meriah Freeman (Abilene)–26.23
3 Khemani Roberts (Zenith)–26.30
Girls U-18 400m (Finals)
1 Renee Stoddard (Speed Factory)–56.43
2 Anika Wolfe (PAP)–57.41
3 Jendayi Noel (Speed Factory)–59.26
Boys U-18 400m (Finals)
1 Jacob St Clair (Abilene)–47.46
2 Judah Taylor (Abilene)–49.60
3 Jaden St Louis (Cougars)–50.01
Girls U-20 400m (Finals)
1 Thyla-Marie Scott (Memphis Pioneers)–57.81
2 Kafi Ottley (Memphis Pioneers)–58.66
3 Shania Alexander (Striders)–1:01.55
Boys U-20 400m (Finals)
1 Jamol Pierre (Abilene)–48.42
2 Jesse Fredericks (Memphis Pioneers)–49.01
3 Kyle Stanley (UTT Fast Track)–49.45
Boys 400m (Finals)
1 Kareem Lezama (Abilene)–51.68
2 Ian West (Point Fortin)–52.95
3 Kerlon Ashby (Zenith)–56.07
Girls U-18 100m (Finals)
1 Deleth Charles (Memphis Pioneers)–12.06
2 Akeera Esdelle (Point Fortin)–12.17
3 Skikyla Walcott (Simplex) -12.18
Boys U-18 100m (Finals)
1 Akanni Hislop (Zenith)–10.49
2 Tyrel Edwards (Toco Titans)–10.80
3 Jalen Purcell (Simplex)–10.82
Girls U-20 100m (Finals)
1 Kadesha Prescott (Concorde)–12.20
2 Jeunice Maxime (Memphis Pioneers)–12.29
3 Jessica King (Abilene)–12.36
Boys U-20 100m (Finals)
1 Xavier Mulugata (Memphis Pioneers)–10.43
2 Francis Louis (Toco TAFAC)–10.62
3 Corey Stewart (Abilene)–10.70
3 Gervais Ford (Abilene)–10.70