At least four more local athletes have qualified to represent the British Virgin Islands in the upcoming CARIFTA Games scheduled for March 30 to April 2 in The Bahamas.
Akira Phillip, Beyonce Defreitas, and Akrisa Eristee all surpassed the qualifying standards while competing in their respective events recently. The fourth athlete, Arianna Hayde fell within the qualifying mark while competing recently in a long jump event.
The BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) made the announcement in a media release this week.
Phillip – who is last year’s CARIFTA Games silver medalist in the Girls’ Under-20 Javelin Throw – threw 44.25 metres while competing in part-three of the 2017 BVIAA Dag Samuels Developmental Meet Series last weekend.
The local qualifying standards for females in her age category is 40.50 metres.
CARIFTA Games medalist and BVIAA’s 2017 Junior Athlete of the Year, Beyonce Defreitas, ran a time of 24.23 seconds in the Womens’ 200-metre race while competing in the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational, which was also held last weekend.
Her finishing time qualifies her to represent the BVI at this year’s CARIFTA Games.
Local quarter-miler, Eristee, made the national team when she ran 57.03 seconds in the Womens’ 400m race at the said Hemery Valentine Invitational.
According to the BVIAA media release, long jumper Hayde recently leapt to a distance of 5.53 metres, which falls within the local qualifying mark of 5.60 metres.
The BVIAA set national qualifying standards so local athletes who compete in international events can do well. The CARIFTA Games does not set qualifying standards for countries to participate in the games.
First local qualifier
Meanwhile, local strongman Djimon Gumbs was the first athlete to make the national team that will represent the territory at this year’s games.
The double CARIFTA Games medalist earned his spot by throwing to a distance of 52.73 metres in the Boys’ Discuss.
At the time, he was competing in part-two of the Dag Samuels Meet Series held a few weeks ago. His throw surpassed the national qualifying standard of 52 metres.
The Dag Samuels Developmental Meet Series is set to continue this Saturday, February 17 with further participation from athletes in neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI).
USVI athletes participated at the local meet last weekend. USVI teams who competed include the St Thomas Track Club, Cheetah’s Track Club, and the University of Virgin Islands.
The meet series continues at the A.O. Shirley Grounds in Road Town every Saturday until March 24.