St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); Team St. Kitts and Nevis is off to a good start at the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games taking place this weekend in Curacao with two athletes already making the finals in their respective events.
The regional track and field meet will run from April 15 to the 17. St. Kitts and Nevis is being represented by a 12-member squad- 10 males and two females.
In the races on Saturday morning, Jahnaza Francis and Leroy Champan finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Under 18 boys 400m heats. Jahnaza finished with a time of 49.11 seconds to earn a spot in the finals at 6:35pm today. Leroy finished in a time of 50.07 seconds but did not advance to the finals.
Jahnaza had the fourth fastest time out of the 30 athletes registered for that event.
Namibia Clavier also took to the tracks this morning, running in the Under 18 female 400m heats. Her third place finishing time was not enough to qualify her to advance to the finals.
Also scheduled to run this afternoon are Tajari Athurton and Royden Peets in the under 18 boys 100m heats, and Shanice Elliott in the Under 20 female 100m heats.
Dimeter Browne will contest the Under 18 boys long jump finals.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA) is celebrating Jahnaza’s accomplishment at the Carifta Games even ahead of his bid for 400meter gold. Jahnaza, a 16 year old student at the Charles E Mills Secondary School, adjudged Victor Ludorum for the 2017 TDC Interschool Championships in March, has now qualified for two events at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships- the 400m hurdles and 400m dash.
The Championship meet will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya in July.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards commended the young athletes on their achievements thus far and offered words of encouragement to the entire CARIFTA team. He said hard work and commitment had gotten them this far and he has no doubt they will do the federation proud, not only at the regional games but also on the international stage in future events.