WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25: Chas Smith added his name to the growing list of athletes who have qualified to represent Bermuda at this year’s Carifta Games.

Smith leaped 1.90 metres in the high jump to make the qualifying standard for the Under-20 boys.

Kyrah Scraders, who is already qualified in the 800m and 1500m, barely missed out on making the 400m standard when she ran 58.99, missing the standard by 0.09 seconds.

Bermuda Track and Field president Donna Watson is thrilled at the strides the young athletes are making.

She said preparations for the games, which are being held in April in Bermuda “are going, very, very well.

“We are having officials training this week. We have Esther Maynard down here from Barbados. We have about 25 officials getting trained to get their Level One certification.”

She said the marketing push should begin next with banners around Hamilton, the airport and buses.

Watson said preliminary numbers on how many people are coming from various countries will be known on Saturday.

“Everything is falling into place. Things are looking good. I am very pleased.”

She said many of the sprinters have yet to compete in earnest, but they should kick into high gear soon.

Who’s qualified?

The following athletes have made the minimum standard to represent Bermuda at the Carifta Games in April.

U17 Girls

  • Keizhari Knight — HJ
  • Tyra Stovell — 100m, 200m, 400m
  • Victoria Clarke — 100m, 200m
  • *Kyrah Scraders — 1500m, 800m
  • *Quasshie Douglas — 1500m
  • *Quinnae Outerbridge — 1500m
  • *Zakiyyah Showers — 1500m, 3000m

U20 Girls

  • Taylor Ashley Bean — 1500m, 3000m

U17 Boys

  • Jaquan Heatherley — SP
  • Daniel Oatley — 3000m
  • Justin Donawa — LJ, TJ

U20 Boys

  • Bruce DeGrilla — LJ
  • Jer-Quan Symonds — 100m, 200m
  • Jeneko Place — 100m, 200m
  • Juma Mouchette — 5000m
  • Dage Minors — 1500m
  • Shaquille Dill — 800m, 1500m
  • Chas Smith — HJ

* Even though four girls have qualified to represent Bermuda in the U-17 Girls 1500, only the two fastest will get to compete for us.

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