(SNO) – Omega James was the most successful of at least three Saint Lucian boys at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
The competition was concluded on Sunday afternoon on the campus of North Carolina A+T University in Greensboro North Carolina.
Aged 15, Omega moved to the United States just last year. He has previously represented Saint Lucia at the Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships.
Competing for Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, Omega copped bronze in the boys 100m dash freshman division.
His time of 10.92 seconds, behind Malcolm Johnson’s 10.62 meet record, and Alexander Nunley’s 10.74, came with a 0.8 metres per second tailwind.
In the preliminaries, Omega – formerly a student of Corinth Secondary – actually clocked 10.86 seconds, with the same level of tailwind. He topped his heat, but was fourth overall going into the final, with Johnson (10.72), Nunley (10.72) and Damian Fantroy (10.86) ahead of him.
Omega also teamed up with Virginia Tech-bound Eldon Phillips, as well as Yasin Abdur-Rahim and Obsaa Feda, to place eighth in the 4x400m run. Omega ran lead-off, whilst his fellow Saint Lucian, Phillips, ran the anchor leg. Phillips (1:52.62) was also eighth in the boys 800m run Championship.
Another Saint Lucian competing at the New Balance Nationals was Randy Serville, whose Oxon Hill High School placed 19th in the boys 4x200m Relay Championship. Randy did not start in the 800m Emerging Elite.