KINGSTON, Jamaica (April 3) — Jamaica has announced its squad for the upcoming 50th edition of the CARIFTA Games, which will be held in Nassau from April 8-10. Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, Jaydon Hibbert and Alana Reid are among the headliners of the team, although there are concerns over the participation of sprinter Serena Cole.
Nkrumie, who won the 100m at Jamaica’s CARIFTA Trials with a time of 10.19 seconds, has been in outstanding form recently. He clocked 10.08 seconds and 9.99 seconds at the ISSA Boys and Girls Champs 2023 last week, making him a strong contender for the event. Read More: Final Carifta Games 2022 medal standings; Jamaica dominates again!
Hibbert, the World U20 champion and freshman at Arkansas University, won the NCAA Indoor triple jump title in Albuquerque in March with a remarkable 17.54m, setting a new World Junior Record.
Meanwhile, Alana Reid will be competing in both the 100m and 200m events at the CARIFTA Games after her impressive performances at Champs 2023. The young sprinter achieved a 10.92 seconds 100m and a 23.08 seconds sprint double last week, and will be looking to replicate that form in Nassau.
Unfortunately, Serena Cole’s participation in the Games remains uncertain. The World U20 silver medalist suffered an injury during the 100m semifinals at Champs and may miss out on competing in both the long jump and 100m events in Nassau.
Other notable athletes on Jamaica’s CARIFTA Games squad include Delano Kennedy, Rasheed Pryce, and Alexis James. The Jamaican team will be looking to put in another strong performance at the event that they have dominated over the years.
Male U-20: Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, De Andre Daley, Malique Smith Band, Javorne Dunkley, Delano Kennedy, Jasauna Dennis, Kemarrio Bygrave, Ainsley Brown, Ainsley Campbell, Shaquane Gordon, Demario Prince, Roshawn Clarke, Antonio Forbes, Royan Walters, Brandon Pottinger, Chavez Penn, Jaydon Hibbert, Kobe Lawrence, Shaiquan Dunn, Tyreese Ebanks.
Female U20: Serena Cole, Alana Reid, Carleta Bernard, Rickiann Russell, Kacian Powell, Kishay Rowe, Rickeisha Simms, Jody-Ann Mitchell, Kaydeen Johnson, Habiba Harris, Alexis James, Tonyan Beckford, Alliah Baker, Jade-Ann Dawkins, Deijanae Bruce, Cedricka Williams, Abigail Martin, Britannia Johnson, Britannie Johnson.
Male U-17: Tramaine Todd, Khamani Gordon, Donte Mendez, Dontae Watson, Kenrick Sharpe, Nickecoy Bramwell, Rasheed Pryce, Joel Morgan, Delano Todd, Tyrone Lawson, Kahiem Carby, Shakir Lewis, DeAndre Gayle, Demarco Bennett, Euan Young, Courtney Kinglock, Michael Neil, Joseph Salmon, Javontae Smith, Ronaldo Anderson.
Female U-17: Natrece East, Tiana Marshall, Shanoya Douglas, Rosalee Gallimore, Kevongaye Fowler, Kededra Coombs, Bryana Davidson, Camoy Binger, Rhianna Lewis, Sashana Johnson, Shanniqua Williams, Asia Mckay, Sabrina Atkinson, Dionjah Shaw, Shemonique Hazle, Breana Brown, Alikay Reynolds, Abigail Campbell.
Management team: Chef De Mission: Maulton Campbell, Manager: Richard Thompson, Assistant Manager: Richard Thompson, Assistant Manager: Desrine Anderson, Technical Leader: David Riley, Doctor: Dr. Jason Dawson, Coach: Keilando Gobourn, Dave Anderson, Demar Gayle, Richard Smith, Kamille Ellis, Jeremy Deslliser, Massage Therapist: Orville Crawford.