MADONNA WHEELERS and Arima Wheelers Cycling Club were represented by several promising young cyclists on the first of two national team selection assessment exercises on Friday.
Juniors Makayla Hernandez took two top times, while juvenile Raul Garcia sealed three for Madonna. Arima Wheelers were also impressive, securing top times in junior and elite categories.
The races took place at the National Cycling Centre, Couva, and will restart on Friday at 7 pm. The assessments are being done to determine the athletes to be selected for the Nations Cup and the Junior Pan American Track Championships.
Selection is based on athletes’ achieving the qualifying times over the two days.
In Couva, Hernandez gave a strong account of herself and Madonna, securing the fastest times in both the flying 200 and standing 500 among female juniors.
She clocked 12.83 seconds in the former, beating her team-mate Phoebe Sandy, who placed second in 12.65 seconds.
Hernandez also came out on top of Sandy in the standing 500, stopping the clock in 38.63 seconds, ahead of Sandy’s finish in 39.68 seconds.
Meanwhile, Garcia, the top juvenile prospect sealed the best times in three events – the flying 200 in 12.45 seconds, the standing 250 in 21.79 seconds and the longer standing 500 in 38.29 seconds. In the last event, Domonic Mara of PSL clocked 40.29 seconds for the second best time, behind Garcia.
No spectators, families or friends of the cyclists were allowed into the venue owing to covid19 regulations, and clubs were permitted to have just their competing cyclists and two officials at the velodrome.
Female Flying 200
Juniors – Makayla Hernandez, Madonna, 12.83 seconds
Juniors – Phoebe Sandy, Madonna, 12.65 seconds
Ladies – Adrianna Seyjagat, Arima Wheelers, 13.82 seconds
Male Flying 200
Juvenile – Raul Garcia, Madonna, 12.45 seconds
Juniors – Devante Lawrence, Arima Wheelers, 12.01 seconds
Juniors – Ryan D’Abreau, Arima Wheelers, 11.36 seconds
Elite – Michael Askee, Evolution Academy, DNS
Elite/U23 – Kyle Caraby, Arima Wheelers, 12.47 seconds
Elite/U23 – D’angelo Harris, Sonics, 11.16 seconds
Elite – Quincy Alexander, Team DPS, DNS
Female Individual Pursuit
Ladies Elite – Kanika Paul-Payne, PSL, 5:09.14
Male Individual Pursuit
Juniors – Mark Anthony Rodriguez, PSL, 4:51.91
Elite/U23 – Jesse Sampath, PSL, 5:49.81
Elite – Sheldon Ramjit, Hummingbird, 5:12.32
Elite – Jabari Whiteman, PSL, DNS
Elite – Akil Campbell, PSL, 4:43.71
Female Standing 250
Juvenile – Alexia Wilson, Arima Wheelers, 23.84 seconds
Elite – Adrianna Seyjagat, Arima Wheelers, DNS
Male Standing 250
Juvenile – Raul Garcia, Madonna, 21.79 seconds
Juniors – Mark Anthony Rodriguez, PSL, 24.35 seconds
Elite/U23 – D’Angelo Harris, Sonics, DNS
Elite/U23 – Zion Pulido, Sonics, 18.09 seconds
Female Standing 500
Juniors – Makayla Hernandez, Madonna, 38.63 seconds
Juniors – Phoebe Sandy, Madonna, 39.68 seconds
Elite – Kanika Paul-Payne, PSL, 45.92 seconds
Elite – Adrianna Seyjagat, Arima Wheelers, 40.93 seconds
Male Standing 500
Juvenile – Raul Garcia, Madonna, 38.29 seconds
Juvenile – Domonic Mara, PSL, 40.29 seconds
Juniors – Mark Anthony Rodriguez, PSL, 41.22 seconds
Elite – Jesse Sampath, PSL, 1:23.29