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Lendore, Walters, Cedenio keeping sharp for Nationals
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Lendore, Walters, Cedenio keeping sharp for Nationals

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 03.06.2021

Local track athletes continue their rigid schedule over the weekend in the United States as they continue to try and meet the standards in their respective events for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 -August 8.

T&T had six athletes feature at another American Track League meet, the Duval County Challenge in Florida also on Monday.

Quartermiler Deon Lendore led the successes of the T&T contingent placing third in the men's 400m in 45.16 behind US athletes winner Michael Cherry (44.74) and second-placed Justin Robinson (45.00).

Another local quarter-miler Asa Guevara competed in the men's 400m "B" race and he placed the fourth spot with a 46.53-clocking. Guevara also competed in the men' 200m "B" race and placed third in 20.82.

In the men's 110m hurdles final, Ruebin Walters clocked a season's best 13.50 to finish sixth. This after advancing from the qualifying heats with a time of 13.53.

In the women's competition, T&T was represented by sprinters Semoy Hackett, Reyare Thomas and hurdler Sparkle McKnight. Unfortunately, none of them placed among the top three positions.

Hackett (11.76), who competed in two races placed fifth in the women's 100m "B" race while Thomas (11.83) followed her to the line in the sixth spot. In the 100m "C" race, Hackett was much slower and clocked 11.93 for the third spot.

McKnight raced in the women's 400m hurdles was 11th overall after finishing fifth in her section in 56.82.

The day before Walters had success at the Pure Summer Invitational held at the National Training Centre in Clermont, Florida along with quarter-miler Machel Cedenio and sprinter Kyle Greaux.

Walters won the 110m hurdles event with a time of Ê13.53 with ÊJohnathon Santiago Pagan and Israel Nelson following him to the line in 14.16 and 14.33, respectively.

Cedenio sped to victory in the men's 400m with 45.37, defeating American LaShawn Merritt. The 2008 400m gold medallist placed second with 45.45 and third place was ÊBahamian Alonzo Russell in 46.23.

Greaux won the men's 200m with a season's best 20.70. He edged out Nickel Ashmeade (20.71) for the top spot in section two while section one winner Jaylen Bacon was third in 20.72. T&T's Andre Marcano was registered to compete but did not start.

Marcano and former national sprinter champions Richard Thompson and Keston Bledman and Jerod Elcock faced the starter in the men's 100m dash but placed lower down the order in the dash which was won by Isiah Young in 9.89.

Thompson placed second in neat two to be seventh overall in 10.38, Bledman was eighth in 10.40 after winning heat three, Elcock (10.50) was 14th and Marcano (11.00) was 23rd.

T&T had four women's sprinters also compete at the Clermont meet in the women's 100m including ÊKelly-Ann Baptiste, Khalifa St Fort Semoy Hackett and Reyare Thomas but none finished among the top three places.

Baptiste crossed sixth in section one in 11.51 to be sixth overall with St Fort close behind in seventh overall with 11.58 after winning section two ahead of Hackett (11.68) in third and Thomas in fourth, to be 10th and 11th, respectively overall.

Americans Kortnei Johnson (11.17) and Tiana Bartoletta (11.18) took respective first and second spots and Canadian Khamica Bingham (11.42) was third.

Also on Sunday, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Adidas was the lone T&T competitor at the Chula Vista High Performance meet in California, on Sunday as the national sprinter continues to make progress nearing the qualification time in the women's 100 metres.

The reigning national women's sprint champion, who was suspended for two years for "whereabouts failures", crossed the line in a wind-assisted (2.6) 11.03 seconds to win the 100m dash at the California meet.