This Year's Carifta Games Trials Has New Format

MARCH 4—A by product of track and field’s growth and development, will see for the first time since the territory began participating in the Carifta Games in 1976, the BVI Athletics Association holding its Carifta Games Trials—which also serves as the National Jr. Championships—over two days.

There will be three sessions over the two days of competition.

In addition to athletes on clubs from Tortola and Virgin Gorda, participants are expected from St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The U17 Boys and Girls divisions will see the hottest competition in the 100, 200 and 400m as well as the U20 Girls sprints.

Activities starts with a technical meeting at the Multipurpose Sports Complex at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Competition in both U17 and U20 divisions starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and will include the 100m semis and finals, the 400m heats and 1500m finals on the track.

The Javelin Throw, High Jump and Triple Jumps, and the first two events of the Pentathlon will also be contested.

Preliminaries competition on Saturday, March 9 will run from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 including the 200m heats and the Shot Put finals. Finals for the Discus Throw, Long Jump, 200, 800 and 400m, will begin at 4 p.m.

The U17 Girls 400m final on Saturday evening, will determine who gets a spot on the 4x400m relay, which already has three members with times of 55.98, 56.49 and 56.71.

This year’s Carifta Games, which began in Barbados in 1972, will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, March 30-April 1.

The territory’s athletes won a record five medals last year and 25 medals have been earned in the championships since 1978.