Trinidad and Tobago's versatile athlete, Tyra Gittens, made an impressive debut in her long jump season opener at the Charles Austin Classic held at the Texas State Track and Field Complex in San Marcos, Texas, last Friday.

The reigning women's long jump champion of Trinidad and Tobago has been diligently training, aiming to shine on the Olympic stage at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. Her performance on Friday served as a promising preview of what she could deliver this summer.

Gittens, renowned as an NCAA Indoor high jump and pentathlon champion, showcased her skills in the long jump with leaps measuring 6.44m and 6.68m, achieved from a 10-step run-up. These remarkable performances secured her victory in the event and undoubtedly boosted her confidence as she pursues her Olympic dreams.

With her sights set on the Olympics, Gittens aims to match or even surpass her lifetime best of 6.96m in the long jump. As she continues her preparations, she remains dedicated to representing her twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago with pride and determination on the global stage.

 

 

 

Garth Robinson capped off a record-breaking weekend with a world indoor record at the 2024 USATF Masters Indoor Championships on Sunday.

Robinson, 53, a former student of the GC Foster College in Jamaica, who now lives in the United States, showcased his athletic prowess at the championships where he copped the 50-54 indoor sprint double in record time.

The talented Masters sprinter hinted at what was to come during the preliminary round of Saturday when he won his heat in an impressive 23.16. On Sunday, morning he went full throttle to rush across the finish line in a remarkable world record of 22.68 breaking the previous record of 22.99. The winning time was also an Area record.

Such was Robinson’s dominance that second place winner Eric Prince was more than two seconds behind, finishing in 24.75 just edging Kareem Hodrick, who ran 24.77 for third place.

Robinson entered the 200m already confident in good form after he destroyed the field on Friday to win the first of his two gold medals of the weekend.

In the 60m dash, he broke the Area record in a dominant performance of 7.10 to comfortably advance to the final where he was just a shade lower. He claimed the gold medal in a winning time of 7.12.

Lee Adkins was some distance behind as he finished second in 7.46. Ronald Atkins clocked 7.54 for third place.

 

 

Aided by a superior squad with depth across events and classes, Kingston College expectedly retained their boys’ title, while Edwin Allen turned back the challenge from Hydel High to reclaim the girls’ crown, as the curtains came down on the 113th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Kingston College were always favoured to cop the Mortimer Geddes trophy for a third-straight year and they did so with consummate ease to make it their 35th overall lien on the coveted prize.

The North Street-based purples, who led from day one of the five-day spectacle, fittingly closed the show with victory in the 4x400m relay open to end with a tally of 335 points. They finished 57 points ahead of closest rivals Jamaica College (278 points), with Calabar (194 points), Excelsior (122 points) and St Jago (111.50 points), completing the top five.

Meanwhile, it was sweet redemption for Edwin Allen, who had their eight-year unbeaten run snapped by Hydel in last year’s nail-biting battle in which they were separated by two points.

Like Kingston College, Edwin Allen were also expected to take the girls’ title back to their Frankfield, Clarendon base for a 10th time overall, but dethroned champions Hydel kept things interesting throughout, and lacked the venom to upstage their rivals on this occasion.

The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen amassed 335.50 points to finish nine and a half points ahead of Hydel High, who ended on 326 points after they closed the show with victory in the 4x400m. St Jago (171 points), Holmwood Technical (149 points) and Wolmer’s Girls (128.50 points) round out the top five.

Hydel High continued their fight to retain their title, as they copped two of the four girls’ relays titles on offer to close the gap on rivals Edwin Allen on Saturday’s fifth and final day of the 113th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Hydel won the girls’ Class one title 44.71 ahead of Edwin Allen (45.18s) and Wolmer’s Girls (45.83s)

Jamaica College took the boys’ Class one honours in 40.01s. Calabar (40.10s) were left back in second, with St Jago (40.39s) in third.

The Class two girls’ title went to Edwin Allen in 45.44s, as Theianna-Lee Terrelonge ran a blistering third leg to propel her team past Hydel (45.46s), with Wolmer’s Girls (46.79s) closing fast for third.

There was no stopping Excelsior in the boys’ Class two relays, as they got first run on rivals and later pulled away to win in 40.35s, leaving Kingston College (40.96s) and Calabar (41.75s) to settle for the minor placing.

St Jago upstaged their more fancied rivals to win the girls’ Class three event in 45.74s, as Immaculate Conception closed fast for second in 46.29s, with Hydel (46.41s) in third.

The Class three boys title went to Red Hills Road, as Calabar (43.45s) got the baton around best to win. Wolmer’s Boys were second in 43.69s, with St Elizabeth Technical third in 43.85s. Kingston College initially placed second, but they were later disqualified for obstruction.

Hydel also won the girls’ Class four even in impressive fashion, as they stopped the clock in 47.78s. Covent of Mercy Alpha was second in 48.35s and Edwin Allen (48.46s), third.

By virtue of the relay performances, Hydel moved up to 289 points, 17.5 points behind Edwin Allen, (306.5 points) with the sprint medley relay open, the 3,000m open and the 4X400m relay open to come.

On the boys’ side, Kingston College are on 304 points, 52 points ahead of Jamaica College (252 points), with the sprint medley open and the 4X400m relay open to come.

It was double delight for a number of athletes across classes, as they added the 200m gold medal to their respective titles on Saturday’s fifth and final day of the 113th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Among them were Hydel’s Alliah Baker and Teixiera Johnson, Wolmer’s Girls’ Natrece East and Wolmer’s Boys’ Mario Ross, who all completed the sprint double, while Muschette High’s Shanoya Douglas, added the half-lap gold to her 400m crown.

Baker, who won the Class one 100m title, was again comfortable in topping the 200m in 23.89s in a -0.4 headwind. Brittney McCormack (24.44s) of Bridgeport was second with Titchfield’s Chevauna Grant (24.46s) in third.

The boys’ Class one event was won by Kingston College’s Amal Glasgow, who timed his race to perfection to collar favourite Gary Card of Wolmer’s Boys at the line. Glasgow won in 21.21s, with Card (21.23s), just staying on for second ahead of another Kingston College athlete Marcinho Rose (21.24s) in a blanket finish.