Serville opens strong | Local sports
Rae-Anne Serville opened her 2021 outdoor campaign on Saturday with a victory at the Trojan Invitational in California, United States. The University of Southern California (USC) student stopped the clock at 53.45 seconds for a comfortable victory in the women’s 400 meters.
Serville’s score earned her her fourth place on the 2021 Girls Under-20’s World Outdoor Performance List. Namibia’s Christine Mbonga is the world leader with 51.59 seconds. Nigerian Imeobong Nse Uko (52.07) and Australia’s Ellie Beer (52.81) are second and third respectively.
Akanni Hislop won gold in the men’s 100m at the Louisiana Classic. The Louisiana State University (LSU) senior arrived at the line in an assisted wind of 10.32 seconds.
At the Richard Martin Jr. Invitational in Arkansas, Safiya John won the women’s 100m hurdles and javelin events. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in second year clocked a time of 14.21 seconds in the hurdles sprint and threw 31.44 meters in the javelin. John finished 10th in the 200m in 25.90
Franklyn Stanislaus of Pine Bluff won the men’s pole vault with a personal best 3.20m. Stanislaus was fourth in the 110m hurdles in 15.38 seconds, fourth in the javelin with a throw of 35.58m and seventh in the discus at 29.30m.
Jerod Elcock won bronze in the men’s 200m, with the Butler Community College sprinter coming home in 21.63 seconds. There was also bronze for Clement Campbell Jr, the Pine Bluff student finishing third in the men’s triple jump with an effort of 13.67m. In the women’s 400, Pine Bluff athletes Caitlin Ragoonanan and Je-Risa James finished fourth and fifth respectively. Ragoonanan clocked 59.12 seconds and James clocked 00.16 seconds.
At the Wes Kittley Invitational in Texas, Talena Murray led the field in the women’s javelin. The Angelo State University junior landed the spear at 46.30m.
At the Spring Break Classic in Puerto Rico, Asa Guevara won silver in the men’s 200m. The T&T athlete clocked 20.98 seconds.
In Florida, Kai Selvon won silver in the women’s 400m Tropical Park Elite Sprints in 56.03 seconds. Andre Marcano was fourth in the men’s 100m in 10.53.
At the Velocity Fest 8 competition in Jamaica, Emmanuel Callender finished fifth in his section and seventh overall in the men’s 100m in 10.86 seconds. And in Nevada, USA, David Pierce, a sophomore at Boise State University, finished 18th in the overall men’s 200m spring invitational at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in a blast assisted 22.05.