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Jaryl Bernard extended his national record

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Over the weekend, there was plenty of action indoors and out on the US collegiate circuit, at Jamaican high schools, and on the club scene in the United Kingdom. Julien Alfred was the headliner, the North and Central American and Caribbean junior record holder for the women’s 60m dash back in action for the first time in about 12 months, after having her 2021 season cut short by injury last February. On Friday at the Red Raider Invite, Alfred, who turns 21 this year, won the 60m dash for the University of Texas in 7.10 seconds, the second-fastest time in the world this season. The time also set a new Texas Tech facility record, was the fastest time in the NCAA, and matched her Texas school record and Saint Lucia national record.

On Saturday in Maryville, Missouri, Jaryl Bernard launched the men’s weight 15.22m, placing 15th overall. The Missouri Valley College sophomore extended the national record he first set a year ago, having first gone over 15m in his first meet of 2022. Competing against athletes from the NAIA and NCAA Division II at the Bearcat Open, hosted by Northwest Missouri State, he also placed 18th in the shot put with a distance of 12.97m.

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Recapping The Action From An Exciting Weekend Of Track And Field Action As The National Junior Championships Are Held Here In Saint Lucia

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Recapping The Action From An Exciting Weekend Of Track And Field Action As The National Junior Championships Are Held Here In Saint Lucia

The 2022 National Junior Track and Field Championships and CARIFTA Trials were held on Saturday and Sunday at the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort.

Scores of young athletes competed for national titles and a chance to represent Saint Lucia at the CARIFTA Games next month in Kingston, Jamaica.

Among the notable results was a big personal-best mark for Jeremiah Felix in the Boys Pole Vault, where he cleared 4.25m, which is the best mark in the Caribbean so far for the year. 

His teammate Rashid James also went over CARIFTA standard, clearing 3.50m.

On the track, Naomi London did the double – she won the 100m dash girls U17 in a personal best 11.76 seconds, albeit with a massive tailwind, then won the 200m as well.

Levern Jn.Baptiste won the 100m boys U17, Mya Hippolyte won the 100m and 200m girls U20, and Naya Jules had a big day with gold medals in all three throwing events. 

One of the highlights of the meet was the long-anticipated return of the Soufriere Athletics Club to national competition. 

Hailing from Sulphur City, JoaQwan Alexander won the boys U17 400m and placed third in the 800m.

Nehemiah St Jean told MBC Sports that after less than a year back in training, this meet was mainly about getting experience for the athletes from the west coast. 

St Jean, who is himself a former national champion and a national athlete, say that he has been very pleased with the outpouring of support from the local community in Soufriere. 

He notes that in addition to some of his erstwhile teammates, the club has been receiving assistance from the district representative, as well as the corporate community.

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THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION HOSTS A FINANCE WORKSHOP FOR ITS AFFILIATES

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On the weekend, the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. staged a Finance Workshop with its member leagues as it relates to the SLFA Inc. Assistance Program – SLFAP.

One of the aims of the program is to inject direct revenue to its 19 affiliates. It is intended that the development of football is undertaken and sustained and to ensure the 19 member leagues have a level of support. Hence the program was created to provide direct investment in order to enable that meaningful support.

According to the SLFA, approximately $360,000 worth of FIFA funding is being provided specifically to support member affiliates, necessitating the proper execution of development programs to sustain the game.

Sommers Augustin of the Anse La Raye Football League and Lanfraze Cherubin of the South Castries Football League weighed in on their satisfaction with the conduct of this exercise.

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Another Tight Win For the West Indies Women At The ICC Cricket World Cup

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Another narrow win, but we will take it as it comes! West Indies defeated a spirited Bangladesh by 4 runs on Thursday to earn two valuable points from their clash at Bay Oval in Tauranga, climbing to third in the points table at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Being sent into bat first, West Indies women suffered a batting collapse, but a valiant 53 off 107 balls from Shemaine Campbelle allowed them to post 140/9 from their 50 overs. 

A brilliant all-round bowling performance from the West Indies limited Bangladesh to 136 all out in 49.3 overs. Hayley Matthews the hero once again, this time with the ball – she finished with ODI career best figures of 4/15. Afy Fletcher playing in her first match of the tournament took 3/29 while skipper Stafanie Taylor also took 3/29.

Matthews conceded that the batting performance was not the best, but she also noted that the West Indies are built to come up trumps in tough situations.

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