Team Saint Lucia did not figure in the reckoning for the team title at the Sagicor Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championship, finishing third overall in the 13-14 age group, and second in the girls’ 13-14 heptathlon.
But the undoubted star of the show over the weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port Of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago was Saint Lucia’s Julien Alfred, a runaway winner in the 13-14 heptathlon.
Julien won four of the seven events contested, setting records in two of them. Her consistency over the weekend earned her not just the title, but the championship record of 4,466.
Julien’s strongest events were the sprints. She ran 9.63 seconds in the 80m dash, breaking the record of 10.16 set by Laure-Anne Jabin of Guadeloupe in 2011. In the 60m hurdles, her 9.01 seconds erased the 9.55 run by Yanis David, also of Guadeloupe, and also in 2011.
Antonia Sealy seized silver for Trinidad and Tobago in the girls’ 13-14 heptathlon, more than 300 points adrift of Julien. Saint Lucia’s other competitor, Desray Desir, finished 13th overall.
Among the boys, Tyler Toussaint won the 80m dash and was second in the 80m hurdles, but he struggled for consistency, just falling outside the medals positions in fourth.
Running less than four seconds faster in the 1200m would have earned him a medal. Antonio Maynard was 14th.
There was redemption for the members of the 13-14 quartet, as they won the mixed boys and girls 4x100m relay in 46.63 seconds, a championship record, beating Jamaica (47.32) and Bahamas (47.74) into second and third.
In the girls’ 11-12 pentathlon, Zoya Jn Marie was 18th and Joy Edward did not finish. Joy had been second in the 60m dash. Miguel Charlery finished 8th and Omega James 18th in the boys’ 11-12 pentathlon.
Team Saint Lucia was ninth in the 11-12 mixed 4x100m relay, coming in at 54.81 seconds.