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Saturday, January 25th started of the preparation for this years CARIFTA GAMES in Bermuda. While no athletes quite made the qualifying marks the first prep meet, there were some strong efforts with a few athletes quickly closing in on the required times.

To kick off the day Ariyana Ebanks came out with dominance in the Discus Ring for the women U20's. Making a huge statement taking first place with a new personal best of 32.13m. This was a big achievement as Ariyana made major improvements from last season where she was throwing in the mid-teens. Following up in 2nd was team-mate Kylie Porter. To cap it off with the two throwers, they both stepped outside their comfort zone and competed in the 100m. Both ran competitively and gave it their all, finishing 4th and 5th place. The coaches couldn't be more proud of their efforts.

As the runners took to the track there was some quality action that came from the athletes as they took their marks. The men U17 100m, led by Alex Gordon, Bradley Erskine Jr. and Adrion Ebanks laid down a handful of new personal best as well as they respectfully took 2nd, 3rd and 5th place finishes in the finals.

For the men U20 100m, Neil Brown-Mclennon came with fire in his veins. Throwing down a new personal best of 11.11, Neil finished 1st overall with a dominating performance.

Big performance come out from both our women and men U17 400m athletes. Khensani Welcome, Joevonie Reid and Jahiem Ebanks all laid down new personal best as they owned their fields. Khensani and Joevonie both took first place finishes as Jahiem was right on the heals of Joevonie with a strong 2nd place finish. It didn't stop there as these three also took on the 200m and again hit new personal best for this event as well. Khensani and Joevonie both showing dominance in their individual heats taking 1st. Khensani Welcome ended up with a 4th place finish for the women 200m finals, while in the men 200m finals Bradley Erskine Jr., Joevonie Reid and Jaheim Ebanks all finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Our first senior athlete, Javdon Nelson, took to the track this week just to get a little warm-up in before heading back to University to finish his last semester before graduation. Javdon came out looking strong, unfortunately, there was no other competitors in the Open race this week. Javdon eased up on the throttle and coasted in with a 11.20 finish. We are looking forward to what Javdon brings to the table once he has competition to push him.

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