The 2012 NGC/Sagicor National Open Track and Field Championships ended on a high note as the men’s 4X400m team smashed the national recording clocking 3:00:45 seconds erasing the 20 year old mark of 3:01.05 set at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The team of Renny Quow, Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon and Deon Lendore sped around the Hasely Crawford Stadium track ahead of Venezuela (3:04:05) and T&T Juniors (3:05.95). Quow ran the lead off leg and hand over first ahead of the Venezuelan Freddy Mesones and T&T junior Asa Guevera, who lead for the 250m. Gordon, the 400m champion from Saturday, extended the lead with a strong second leg and hand over to Solomon who ensured the team maintained its lead.
Lendore anchored the quartet to the new national mark eclipsing the previous best by Ian Morris, Alvin Daniel, Neil De Silva and Patrick Delice attained in the heats in the Barcelona Games. The national junior team (Guevera, Brandon Benjamin, Theon Lewis and Machel Cedenio) was just short of the 3:05.70 national under 20 time set at the 2005 Pan American Junior in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Speaking after the record run, Quow said the team spoke about getting the record the day before while Gordon added the bronze medal won at this year’s World Indoor Championships in Turkey motivated the runners. Solomon was confident that the team could go much faster at the Olympics Games in London with more competition. In the men’s 4X100m the national squad was on course for victory but dropped the baton on the final exchange. St Kitts/Nevis took the race in 39.06 ahead of Venezuela (39.82) and the National Junior team (Jesse Berkley, Jonathan Holder, Jereem Richards and Ashron Sobers) 40.18. The men’s team outfit started well as Jamol James passed to Marc Burns who opened up a lead and handed the baton over to Moriba Morain. But on the final exchange Morain failed to make the exchange to Emmanuel Callender.
The women’s team of Shu-Shauna Mason, Reyare Thomas, Ayanna Hutchinson and Magonolia won 4x100m event in 44.63 with Magonalia passing the Grenadian team (44.63) ten metres before the line. The national Youth team was third (46.17). Rondel Sorillo (La Brea) and Kai Selvon (Air Bon Sonics) retained their national 200m crowns. Sorillo took his fourth half lap title in 20.48 ahead 400m champion Lalonde Gordon (20.70) and Emanuel Callender (Memphis) 20.90.
Sorillo’s time was under the Olympic A standard of 20.55 and short of his 2011 winning time of 20.16. In the prelims, Gordon was fastest (20.70) ahead of Callender (20.74) and Sorillo (20.83). Selvon had the fight to hold on to her title winning in 22.96, 0.02 second ahead of Semoy Hackett (Zenith). Selvon came off the bend in the lead but Hackett came charging at her but fell short taking the silver (22.98). Both dipped under the Olympic A mark of 23.10; Reyare Thomas (Neon Trackers) collected the bronze in 23.36 (pb). In the prelims Hackett was the top qualifier (23.48) ahead of Selvon (23.62) and Thomas (23.95).
Cleopatra Borel captured her ninth national title with a distance of 17.98 with defending champion Annie Alexander (Burnley) in second (16.79). Each of the Olympic-bound thrower’s efforts (16.92m, 17.01m, 17.45m, 17.82m, 17.98m) were good enough to win. Hilenn James GC Strides in third with 15.78m. Rebirth’s Keshorn Walcott took gold in the men’s Javelin Throw with a distance of 75.00m. The national record holder failed to make the Olympic standard of 82.00m is expected to be named the Olympic team after he made the B standard of 80.11 metres. Walcott was followed by Zenith’s Shakiel Waithe in second with 51.46m and Precious George (Warriors) taking the bronze with 51.24m.