By Dean Greenaway
There was no doubt that Jeleel Croal would qualify for the 49th Carifta Games in Bermuda, April 11-13—it was only a matter of when. Croal who won an U17 Boys 100m bronze a year ago, ran 10.62 seconds to join soon to be 15 year old Palesa Caesar—who broke Tynelle Gumbs’ seven year old Discus Throw record—on the team that also has Kijana Callwood as early qualifiers.
“The race went well and my main goal today was to qualify for the Carifta Games,” said Croal, who won 200m gold in the Cayman Islands last year—the territory’s first sprint gold in its Carifta Games history. “So that was my main focus today. I had to do one thing—execute my drive for 30m—execute it and go with the flow and just run to qualify and I did just that.”
Croal moves up to the U20 Boys division this year.
Caesar, who debuted in last year’s Carifta Games in the Discus Throw and tossed the platter out to a personal best 37.06m, took down Tynelle Gumbs’ seven year old U18 Girls national mark of 37.27m, with a heave of 39.90m.
“That was my personal best,” noted Caesar who threw 36.48m in windy conditions a week ago. “What was different this meet, was the weather changed and my steps were on point.”
On the collegiate scene, New Mexico Jr. College freshmen Djimon Gumbs made his indoor debut by qualifying for the Jr. Colleges Nationals with a seventh place Shot Put heave of 15.35m. Twin brother Diamante was 10thwith 14.16m.
At the same competition, South Plains College Sophomore Akira Phillip was fifth in the Shot Put after settling for 11.44m.
Indiana Sophomore Rikkoi Brathwaite had two fifth place finishes in the Vanderbilt Invitational in the 60m and 200m respectively, with times of 6.72 secs and 21.64.
Florida Sr. Kala Penn had a Long Jump leap of 5.94m for second place in the Gamecocks Invite, then turned in a time of 7.56 seconds for 11th overall in the 60m dash.
Chantel Malone was fourth in the Clemson Invitational Olympic Development 60m with a time of 7.58 seconds.
L’TSha Fahie, after running 7.73 seconds in the Leonard Hilton Memorial 60m dash, was seventh in the final in 7.63. Her 200m time of 25.30 seconds, had her ranked 18th overall.