Caribbean athletics fans can expect a starstudded meet when Grenada stages the XIX Central American and Caribbean Senior Track and Field Championships next month in the capital city, St. George's. Some of the region's and the planet's top athletes have been listed by their national federations to participate in the 4-6 July meet.
So far six countries have submitted names with their entries. The Bahamas will be fielding 32 athletes, including former NCAA champion Avard Moncur was the gold medal revelation of the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, along with the Bahamas 4x100m women's relay team, three of whose members will also be at the CAC meet. The Bahamian women, who were World champions in 1999, went on to repeat their gold medal exploits at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Cayman Islands' Kareem Streete-Thompson, who once led the world in the men's Long Jump, is on the list for the sprints. Streete-Thompson was born in the USA, but lived his first 18 years in the Cayman Islands. Originally he represented the Cayman Islands, then USA, and then from 1999 the Cayman Islands again.
Commonwealth Games 400m gold medallist Aliann Pompey and NCAA Indoor 800m champion Marian Burnette are heading the Guyana line-up, while veteran 800m runner Dale Jones leads Antigua-Barbuda. Belize will be represented by 400m Hurdler Michael Aguilar at the meet.
Jamaica has indicated that a strong contingent will be sent but the names will be submitted following their national championships next weekend. Haiti and the Netherlands Antilles have also submitted names with their entries. More than 600 athletes and officials, including a contingent from Cuba, have registered for the championships.