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CARIFTA Spotlight: Devynne Charlton

Published: Mar 30, 2012

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The BAAA ratified a 70-member strong CARIFTA team on Sunday, and The Nassau Guardian will continue to feature the young talented athletes of the country leading up to the championships. The 41st CARIFTA Track and Field Championships will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda over the Easter holiday weekend. Colina Insurance Limited was title sponsor of the 2012 Bahamas CARIFTA Trials, which occurred last weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.


Speedster Devynne Charlton is another one of those up-and-coming sprinters for The Bahamas. She has personal best times of 11.76 seconds in the 100 meters (m), and 24.09 seconds in the 200m, both done this year. It’s the 100m hurdles where she really made a name for herself this season though. She won the event at the BAISS Track and Field Championships in 13.98 seconds, more than a second ahead of her nearest competitor, took first in the Scotiabank High School National Championships, in 14.02 seconds, again more than full second ahead of her nearest rival, and blazed to a new personal best of 13.87 seconds at the Colina CARIFTA Trials last weekend.

Charlton will represent The Bahamas in this event and the 4x100m relay in Bermuda. She is the gold medalist from last year’s CARIFTA Championships, in the under-17 girls 100m, winning in a time of 11.91 seconds in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her personal best time of 11.76 seconds came at the Star Trackers Classic this year. Young Charlton, who will be running in the under-20 division for the first time, will be one of those athletes to look out for, in Bermuda. The CARIFTA gold medalist in the under-20 girls 100m hurdles from a year ago, Chrisdale McCarthy of Jamaica, won in 13.97 seconds. Albeit wind-aided, 16-year-old Charlton has already bettered that time this year, running 13.87 at the Trials. She represented The Bahamas at CARIFTA and the IAAF World Youth Championships last year, and is expected to be a member of quite a number of junior national teams this year, including CARIFTA, the Jr. Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Track and Field Championships, and the IAAF World Junior Championships.

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