Phillips stars at day two of Carifta trials


Kenisha Phillips walks away with the girl’s 200 metres. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – Budding star Kenisha Phillips put on a sensational performance in the girl’s under18 200 metres to steal the spotlight from other top stars on day two of the Carifta Games trials on Sunday at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ground.

Phillips was in a class by herself and at just 13 years old clocked 24.6s to qualify for the Carifta Games as well as to top Carifta Games representative Avon Samuel who finished second with a time of 25.1s.

Compton Caesar was also in top form clocking a blistering time of 21.6s to qualify for his second event of the Carifta Games.

Caesar’s dominance was so blatant that he ran faster than the under-20 boy’s final which was won by Linton Mentis who clocked a winning time of 21.8s

However, the male under-20 200 metres failed to live up to the hype with both the favoruites dropping out of the event.

South American Youth gold medalist, Jason Yaw cramped out in the 200 metres prelims while National 100m under-20 record holder, Tevin Garraway cramped out in the final.

Cassey George who qualified for the girls 1500 metres on Saturday won the girls under-18 800 metres in 2:23.5s.

Running Brave’s Matthew Mckenzie also qualified for the games, clocking a blistering 9:36.1s to eclipse the AAG mark of 9:40.0s. Meanwhile the boy’s under-20 200 metres had a disappointing end when both the top athletes of the race failed to finish.

Jason Yaw cramped out in the preliminaries while Tevin Garraway cramped out in the final to allow Linton Mentis to win the final in 21.8s ahead of Kareem Purch 22.0s and Quacy Clemenson 22.2s.

Claudrice McKoy was dominant in the girl’s 3000 metres, upsetting Carifta bronze medalist Andrea Foster to win the event in 10:40.6s.

Natricia Hooper also qualified for the triple jump event with a leap of 12.26 to out leap her competitors.