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St. Martiners qualify for Carifta Games

robertMARIGOT—Three St. Martin athletes qualified recently for the 2011 Carifta Games to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica 23-25 April.

They are Sarena Carti from the Avenir Sportif Club and Derisha Jeffers and Chrystie Lange from French Quarter's Speedy Plus Club.

Carti has turned in consistently good performances in the 100,200, and 400 metres, her qualifying run for the Games in the 17 years And Under category coming in the 400metres with a time of 57:08. At the Carifta Games she will run the 4x100m relay and the 400m.

Derisha Jeffers has been selected to run the 100, 200, and 4x100m relay. Chrystie Lange will compete in the 100m Hurdles and the 4x100m relay. Speedy Plus coach Calvin Bryan will be among the delegation accompanying the athletes in Jamaica.

The annual track and field championship attracts the region's top junior athletes and was founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association. It had been in danger of being cancelled this year for the first time in its 39 year history when original hosts St. Kitts backed out. However the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association came to the rescue.

Usain Bolt is one of many world class champions to have passed through the Carifta Games on their way to international recognition.

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