Amanda Crawford/File Photo

Amanda Crawford/File Photo

by Michael Bascombe

NEW YORK, February 13, 2016 – Amanda Crawford continues her preparation for next month’s FLOW CARIFTA Games in Grenada with a victory in the 400 metres at the 42nd Colgate Women’s Games at the New Balance Armory Track here on Saturday.

It was only her second indoor race over the 400m for the season, finishing in 55.57 seconds. Her previous season best was 56.78 on December 26.

Crawford, who has been pre-selected on the Grenada team for the CARIFTA Games scheduled for March 26-28 at the National Stadium, St George’s, is shaping herself for the outdoor circuit where she has a personal best of 54.22 seconds.

On Sunday the 16 year-old New York-based athlete will attempt to lower her 300m personal best time of 38.64 which she clocked at the Armory Track Invitational on February 6.

“I’m aiming for 38.2 over the 300m and 54 low at least before I depart for Grenada,” Crawford told GrenadaSports.

Meantime, there were contrasting results for four Grenadian athletes at two indoor track meets this weekend.

On Friday at the Fastrack National Invite at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, NY, Joel Redhead (Zenith Velocity Athletic Club) and Payton Hazzard (Ragged Mountain Racing) competed in the 200 and 400 metres.

Redhead won the 200m in 21.40 seconds and Hazzard was fourth in 21.53s.

Hazzard was third over the 400m in 47.03, behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad & Tobago (46.05) and Philip Osei of Canada (46.35). Redhead was eighth overall in 48.46.

And over in Maryland at the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships, Nickheila John (Norfolk State) and Taj Showalter (Maryland-Eastern Shore) competed in the final of the Women’s 400m and Men’s 60m Hurdles respectively.

John, who won heat three in the preliminaries in 58.01 to advance as the fourth fastest, finished 10th overall in 58.70 while Showalter, who clocked 8.25 to advance to the final, was seventh in 8.37 seconds.

John later confirmed that she pulled a hamstring and will be seeing a doctor on Sunday.

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