Four under-20 athletes were selected to represent Barbados at the Pan American Under-20 Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico this weekend.
Khristel Martindale is the lone female in the group which includes Amari Knight, Aragorn Straker and Nikkolia Kennedy, 19 year-old Martindale is a former student of Queen’s College and she is presently on scholarship at Lewis University in Illinois.
She trains with Talons Barbados and will be competing in the 100m event following a sixth place at in a time of 11.97 seconds.
Knight 19 who attended St. Leonard’s Boys’ School, trains with Extreme Velocity Athletic Club and he won the 100m event at the National Championships earlier in July in 10.47 seconds. He represented Barbados at CARIFTA 2023.
Straker, 18, like Knight will compete in the 100m event and he too represented Barbados at CARITA 2023. Kennedy, 19, who will be competing in the 110-metres hurdles was a bronze medalist at CARIFTA this year and he won the same event at the National Championships in July.
A group of young athletes represented Barbados at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Age Group Championships when the event came off in the Dominican Republic last month.
The name of the athletes is Shakobi Gittens of the Lodge School, Shamari Roach, a graduate of All Saints Primary School, Sarama James of The St. Michael School, Rejada Hinds a former student of George Lamming Primary, Leemiah London, Jazara Lavine, Ajani Franklin (Lodge School) and Azari Edey.
The multi-talented 12-year-old athlete Shakobi Gittens led Barbados to third overall in the Under-13 boys’ pentathlon rankings. Gittens, who is also known for his cricketing skills placed 4th fourth individually with 2 990 points, while Roach finished ninth on 2 865, for a combined score of 5 855 points.
Gittens, Sarama James, Shamari Roach and Rejada Hinds also won the silver medal in the under-13 4×100 metres mix relay in 51.08 seconds. In the Under-13 girls’ pentathlon, Hinds placed 12th overall with 2 436 points, while James who won the long jump in her division ended in 18th place with 2 190 points.
In the Under-15 division, Leemiah London and Jazara Lavine placed ninth (3 656 points) and 11th (3 539) respectively, in the girls’ heptathlon and in the under-15 boys’ heptathlon Ajani Franklin finished 16th with 4 299 points and Azari Edey was 20th with 4,232.
A mixed under-15 relay team of Franklin, London, Lavine and Edey, placed fourth in the mixed 4×100 metres relay in a time of 48.00 seconds flat.