Photo: Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College became the first Jamaican schoolboy to run under 45 seconds in the 400m when he ran a blistering 44.93s at Champs 2015.
Jamaica's team to the 44th edition of the CARIFTA Games to be held in St Kitts April 3-6, departed the island on Thursday, as they set sights on overhauling the 89 medals (42 gold, 34 silver and 13 bronze) won at the 43rd edition last year in Martinique.
The 80 member team features several defending champions and 2015 Boys and Girls championship winners, including,Tamara Moncrieff, Rochelle Frazer, Kimone Shaw, Janeek Brown, Natalliah Whyte, Chrissani May, Fiona Richard, Junelle Bromfield, Shellece Clark, Ayesha Champagnie, Shanieke Watson, Lamara Distin, collegiate athlete Yanique Thompson and Sasha-gay Whyte,
On the male side, there will be the likes of Champs champion boy Michael O'Hara, Akeem Bloomfield, Jaheel Hyde, Jauavney James, Lushae Wilson, Clayton Brown , Odaine Lewis , Demar Gayl, Obrien Wasome and Christoff Bryan.
New additions to the initial team announced are Decathlon and heptathlon athletes from Champs; and Shakiel Chattoo of Calabar High and Zinedine Russell Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy. Calabar High school Sprinter and Champs double winner Dejour Russell has been drafted to replace injured KC sprinter Jhevaugh Mattherson, who got injured at Champs.
Jamaica College's Orville Brown will be the team's head coach.
The remainders of the team in the respective categories are as follows:
Under-18 - Annakay Allen, Junelle Bromfield, Devia Brown, Jeima Davis,, Britnie Dixon, Shaneil English, Shiann Salmon, Kimone Shaw, Shyledeen Smith, Sahjay Stevens, Safiya Thompson, Ave-Anna Venair, Sanique Walker, Satanya Wright
Under-20- Isheka Binns, 2. Lisa Buchanan, Saqukine Cameron, Trishauna Hemmings, Tiffany James, Shannon Kalawan, Andrenette Knight, Dawnalee Loney, Shanice Love, Shanae McKenzie, Rene Medley , Safia Morgan, Jeanine Williams, Yeaschea Williams
Under-18 - Xavier Angus, 2. Timor Barrett, Leon Clarke, Pakito Dudley, Rushane Edwards, Devaughn Ellington, Keenon Lawrence, Leonardo Ledgister, Kyle Mitchell, Kevin Nedrick, Jordan Roberts, Shemar Salmon, Christopher Taylor, Shammawi Wellington, Tyreke Wilson, Terrry Thomas
Under-20 -, Raheem Chambers, Nigel Ellis, Demar Gayle, Daniel Glave, Thaleentino Green, Akeem Kerr, Sanjae Lawrence, Odaine Lewis, Shevon Parks, Seanie Selvin, Devaughn Smith, Paul Tate, Chad Walker, and Marvin Williams