[www.inewsguyana.com] – American 100 metres hurdler Kristi Castlin enjoyed some quality time with some of Guyana’s top junior talent, guiding them through some paces to effectively warm-up.
After the warm up session with Castlin the athletes engaged in some showcase runs at the Guyana Defence Force ground, Base Camp Ayanganna on Friday to Castlin’s amusement.
“I see great potential in the athletes here and hopefully things can progress for them so they can be successfully because that’s what I preached to them that success is hard work and I think they kind of observed that in my message,” Castlin stated.
The sessions which was witnessed by the Minister of Sport Dr Frank Anthony, Permanent Secretary of Sport Alfred King, Director of Sport Neil Kumar and President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson as well as a number of top national coaches around Georgetown saw the 26 year old hurdler highlighting what she hoped to accomplish.
“I really hope it impacts them, that they are able to apply some of the things and they can possibly improve,” Castlin stated
Meanwhile Kumar was in good spirits that such a talented athlete can grace Guyana’s shores, “It great to see such a talent coming to Guyana and mingling with this talented crop of athletes that we have here, it’s great for track and field and maybe we can have more of these programmes happening,” Kumar stated.
Meanwhile in the showcase races, Kevin Abbensetts won the boy’s 100 metres in 10.9s while Travis Belgrave recorded 11.20s for second. Quacey Simpson was third in 11.30s.
On the distaff side Deja Smartt won the girl’s 100 metres in 12.3s to defeat Jevina Sampson who clocked 12.4s for second. Tirana Mitchell was third in 12.7s.
In the boy’s 400 metres Kristopher Archer was first in 51.5s to top Delmar Stoby who ran 52.1s for second. Anfernee Headecker was third in 54.3s.
Long distance prodigy Andrea Foster took advantage of a lackluster field to win the girl’s 400 metres in 1:00.07s while Claudrice McKoy was second in a time of 1:03.50s. Maria Uqhart was third in 1:04.40s.
However, Castlin hopes to be back in Guyana soon, “Well I have to go back and start my training get ready for my season but I have already had some talks with Minister Anthony and hopefully I’m back sooner rather than later,” she stated.