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National Athletics Championship is on Saturday & Sunday, May 29-30, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City

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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021. 4:37 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize’s top athletes will be competing in the National Track and Field Championship on Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30, at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex in Belize City.

“Everything is set for the weekend, so, I’m asking athletes to pre-register so that we could have things set up as quickly as possible,” Sutherland added.

“We wanted the four athletes that are on the Olympic Solidarity scholarship. Three of them are here, only Samantha Dirks [is not] but she already has a registered meet for [the] weekend,” Sutherland said.

The other three, Shaun Gill, Mark Anderson, and Hillary Gladden, will compete along with Brandon Adolphus and Ana Lopez who have been very consistent winning virtual traces over the last few months.

“From the districts we’re looking at least from 50 to 75. From Belize City we hope that we can get another 75 to a 100,” said Belize Athletics Association (BAA) president Deon Sutherland.

In a press release, the BAA said all athletes 16 years and older can participate in the events.

In the time trials held on Saturday, May 8, at the Marion Jones, Brandon Adolphus won the 5000m in 16 minutes and 57 seconds and the 1500m in 4:22.92 while Ana Lopez won the 3000m in 12:03.00, the 1500m in 5:36.53, and the 800m in 2:48.47.

Mark Anderson was the fastest in the 100m clocking 10.94 seconds ahead of Rahim Monsanto (2nd) in 11.02 and Jihad Ahmad (3rd) in 11.16.

Monsanto recorded the fastest time in the 200m in 22.00secs. Gary Neal was 2nd in 22.39, and Anderson 3rd in 22.55.

Linden Wade won both the 400m and 800m. He topped the 400m in 53.51 seconds followed by Mario Vivas (2nd) in 53.75 and Jaheim Moguel (3rd) in 55.47.

In the 800m, Wade was 1st in 2:11.06 followed by Amir Ramos (2nd) in 2:14.05 and Christopher Broaster (3rd) in 2:17.04.

Michelle Thiessen won the women’s long jump with a 3.53m jump.

The men’s long jump was taken by Kareem Jenkins with 5.79m.

In the discus, the winner was Canaan Smith with a throw of 38.35 metres. In the women’s category, Mia Sylvester topped with a throw of 36.60 m.

Sylvester also won the shot put as well with a throw of 11.45 metres. In the men’s category, Cojac Smith was the winner hurling the shot put of 13.22m.

With one day to go, registration forms are still available from BAA via email (belizeathleticsassociation@gmail.com), from their Facebook page (Belize Athletics Association) or at the Marion Jones Sports Complex.

Registration is $10.00 per athlete.

The track events will include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, 3000m, 5000m.

The field competitions will include: long jump, triple jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, and discus.

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