The Federation’s athletes failed in their quest to pick up medals in the marquee sprint events, including the 100m, 200m, 400m and the 4X100m relays.
SKNAAA Public Relations Officer Evris Huggins, the team manager, said they have accepted the fact that their current crop of sprinters are not the fastest, however they are working enable them to achieve their full potential.
Huggins pointed to several stand out young athletes, such as Hakeem Huggins and Shanese Elliott, who have put in remarkable performances and are bright prospects for the Federation.
“We have already accepted that we do not have the strongest batch of sprinters, but what was remarkable for us was to see that we had a junior athlete in Hakeem Huggins consistently running below the 10.5 seconds mark,” Huggins disclosed.
He emphasized that no athlete has made that mark since local sprint sensation Jason Rogers achieved that timing several years ago.
“We also looked at Shanese Elliott, who made it to the finals of the 100m. She is also a young under-18 athlete and has another year at it. She attained a World Youth qualifying mark in that event, and we are happy to see that she broke the sub-12 barrier again,” explained the team manager.
The association is happy with Hakeem’s performance over recent times, and they will be focusing their attention on the development of coaching education program.
“We are happy with Hakeem Huggins’ performances. With the investment in coaching education and development, we think that in the years to come, we would see a much stronger sprint programme coming out of St. Kitts and Nevis,” posited Huggins.
With one day of competition to go, the federation’s team will be looking to overhaul their best medal count of five at any CARIFTA Games.
The St. Kitts and Nevis team picked up one gold medal and that came though Kristal Liburd in the long jump competition.