Saint Lucia had a largely indifferent start to the 2015 North and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (NACAC) Championships on Friday, with four athletes in action.
In the men’s 800m run, Michael James was 11th in 1:53.29, and Marbeq Edgar 13th in 1:54.48, failing to make the final. Makeba Alcide was 13th in the women’s 100m hurdles, her 13.89 seconds a season’s best.
But the standout competitor was Sandisha Antoine, who was entered in the women’s Triple Jump. The Martinique-based 23-year-old (24 in November) placed seventh in her event, but set a new national record in the process.
With her opening effort, Sandisha surpassed her previous national record of 13.24m from earlier this season, going 13.25m with a 1.6 metre per second wind. She improved that on her second trial, with a mark of 13.53m, but with an illegal trailing wind of 2.4 m/s.
After two fouls, Sandisha got a legal jump of 13.50m, the 1.9 m/s wind just within the legal limit for establishing a record. It was a further extension of the national standard for the only Saint Lucian athlete doing women’s triple jump for over a decade now.
So far for 2015, with very few opportunities remaining, there have been eight national records set, four in the 200m, two in the intermediate hurdles, and the other in men’s javelin throw.
On Saturday, Saint Lucia should have three athletes in action at the NACAC Champs. Makeba is projected for a top four position in women’s shot put, Albert Reynolds should be on course for a top five finish in men’s javelin, and no seeng is available for Marbeq in the men’s 1500m.