Local athletes shine at international meetPOSTED: 05/11/15 5:23 PM
Olympian Dee Dee Trotter edges Italy’s Libania Grenot to the line in the 400m race.
St. Maarten – In viewing the program for the 4th annual International Track & Field meet which was held at the Alberic Richards Stadium in Sandy Ground, some of the participants on the program were just another name, but by the end of the day, some were guaranteed to become house hold names.
It was an event which was expected to be dominated by the invasion of foreign athletes from 21 countries, but little did most in the almost packed pavilion know that it would be a few young but talented locals that would cause a crescendo of sound to emerge from the excited audience.
The day’s proceedings started out with the ‘Kids Athletics’ activities for children between the ages of 6 and 10. But the tone of the day’s program changed when it took on a more competitive tone. Shana Thompson, from the Dynamics Track Club, was the first to pick up a win in the regional 100m race when she beat Skyye Brooks, from Speedy Plus to the line followed in 3rd by Amanda Paisley from AC Bouillante of Guadeloupe.
The Dynamics Club picked up their second win of the day when Le Var Pieters came from behind to win the regional 1000m event, beating Kymani Hodge from Anguilla by a huge margin. Pieters who also finished second in his 100m heat had to settle for the third place due to his time compared to the finishes in the second heat.
Mathias Rogers also brought glory to the Avenir de Sportif when he romped across the line to win the 1500m race. Leshawn Brown, from Lab Sports Academy had to settle for the 3rd place in the 1000m event in his age bracket. Mike Destin, formerly from the Dynamics now running for Speedy Plus, came off an injury to finish 3rd in the 100m international. Occupying the top spot in that race was his club mate Webster Priscio followed by Brice Noel, also from Speedy Plus. Ironically, the 2015 Carifta Games 3000m Silver Medalist, Shakeba Pink did not compete due to lack of competition in her age bracket and the 400m sprint queen from the French side of the island, Sareena Carti had to settle for the 4th spot in the regional event.
The Perfect Delegue, Philippe Chopin is surrounded by Sports Officials from both sides of the island and Guadeloupe while displaying commemorative plaques.
However as was expected, the competition in the international events was not without fanfare and style. In a race for two athletes only, Japheth Olton from Anguilla beat Almandzo Cocks from Speedy Plus in the 100m dash. Wilhem Belocian from ESM Stade Lamenlin , Guadeloupe proved he was faster and fitter when he beat the field to win the 110m Hurdles. Kimberly Francis from the USA was first in the 110m Hurdles event. Tawanna Meadows from the USA was first in the 100m international followed in second by Kai Selvon from Trinidad & Tobago and Gloria Hooper, from Italy in third.
Edward Hadnot from the USA was first in the 100m international, Layana Sennoaj from French Guiana was first in the 1000m race in her age bracket. Jalen Segor from Guadeloupe was first in the 100m regional followed by Anthony Seguin from Avenir de Sportif and Leshawn Brown from Lab Sports.
The Olympic Gold medalist Dehashia’Dee Dee’ Trotter lived up to expectations when she won the 400m race in style. But following closely on her heels was Libania Grenot from Italy, trailing behind was Kelly Ashley from the BVI ahead of Sareena Carti, from the Avenir de Sportif.
In the 2000m walking race, Tania Eugene from Guadeloupe maintained her consistency before strolling away from her nearest rival, Maggy Labylle, also from Guadeloupe. The Perfect Delegue, Philippe Chopin and Member of Parliament Leona Marlin-Romeo, who also happens to be the Vice President of the Speedy Plus Club, the proud organizers of the events was also on hand to assist with the handing out of the awards.