Athletics Preparations

(ZIZ Sports) — Athletes of varying levels are getting ready for upcoming track competitions.

ZIZ Sports visited the Kim Collins Stadium on the weekend for the Fourth Development Meet for young athletes.

The athletes are drawn from both schools and clubs.

Public Relations Officer of the St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, Evris Huggins spoke of the redesigned purpose of the development meets.

“The development meets are not geared more towards athletes that are preparing for the scholastic meets, that is, RAMS Primary School Championships, the TDC Interschool Championships, and the private Primary School Championships. These meets actually prepare them. We also have some of our senior athletes who are also preparing, getting themselves competition ready. You know we have the indoor season that has already started,” he said.

Huggins said they are also welcoming athletes preparing for Rio 2016 Olympics as well.

He said the national preparations for the Olympics will be held in June and gave his thoughts on the performance of the senior athletes.

“Our seniors are looking to be in top form and I’m speaking about the males and the females. I know that yesterday we saw three of our senior female athletes competing. We saw Shinelle Crooke, running a personal best in the 60 meters 7.48 seconds and winning her heat. She also P.B.’d (personal best) in the 200m indoor, 24.34 (seconds). We saw Virgil Hodge back on the indoor circuit 7.67 (seconds),” he said.

He also noted that “we actually saw Tameika Williams who made her first appearance after four years 7.80 seconds. Her coach has high expectations for her so we are very optimistic that our women will be back in full circle similar to what the males are doing right now in track and field.”

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