82 Jamaican athletes will be competing at the 2017 Carifta Games at the Ergilio Hato Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao from Saturday, April 15 -17.
The 22-member boys’ Under-20 squad is headed by Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who won the 400 metres at the Carifta trials in a national-leading time of 45.41 seconds. The CARIFTA Games is an annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA).
Taylor, stepping up to the senior age group for the first time, won the Under-18 one-lap event a year ago in Grenada. Taylor is joined in this age group by Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won the Under-20 100 metres at the Trials in 10.25 seconds.
World Under-20 400m silver medallist Junelle Bromfield will lead a strong senior girls team. Now a student at the University of Technology, she won the one-lap race in an impressive 52.75 at the trials.
Under-18 girls: Britanny Anderson, Annia Ashley, Abigail Brooks, Lotavia Brown, Janique Burgher, Kevona Davis, Lamara Distin, Cemore Donald, Rushana Dwyer, Shaquena Foote, Marie Forbes, Daszay freeman, Michae Harriott, Shaday Hudson, Joanne Reid, Kimone Reid, Taffara Rose, Danielle Sloley, Sanique Walker, Briana Williams
Under-18 boys: Ricardo Clarke, Daniel Cope, Dashinelle Dyer, Michali Everett, Kimar Farquharson, Cobe Graham, Renardo Johnson, Ramone Lindo, Damar Marshall, Xavier Nairne, Wayne Pinnock, Tyrese Reid, Tarees Rhoden, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens, Antonio Watson, Rovane Williams, Safin Wills, Terrol Wilson, Tyreke Wilson
Under-20 girls: Gabrielle Bailey, Aneka Brissett, Junelle Bromfield, Amoi Brown, Devia Brown, Janeek Brown, Kasheika Cameron, Britnie Dixon, Taqece Duggan, Nicolee Foster, Kara Grant, Kayan Green, Tissanna Hickling, Chrissani May, Kimoria Muchette, Lorean Murray, Myesha Nott, Fiona Richards, Shian Salmon, Sah-jay Stevens
Under-20 boys: Gabriel Allen, Timor Barrett, Orlando Bennett, Ryan Brown, Tyreke Bryan, Ackeen Coley, Delano Dunkley, Ronaldo Griffiths, Agerian Jackson, Keenan Lawrence, Jhevaughn Matherson, Carey McLeod, Kyle Mitchell, Dashawn Morris, Kevin Nedrick, Kobe-Jordon Rhooms, Alex Robinson, Shemar Salmon, Malik Smith, Roje Stona, Christopher Taylor, Jelani Walker
Jamaica entered the 2016 CARIFTA games with some 80 athletes and won 42 gold, 28 silver, and 16 bronze medals to rank #1 for the 40th time of the games’ 45-year history.