The 7th Caribbean Scholastic Invtational is history, and it was another success.
The National Scholastic Sports Foundation brought 28 underclass athletes to Puerto Rico for an athletic and cultural experience. It was the first time competing internationally for most of these athletes and they comported themselves very well.. The meet was held for the first time at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (a suburb of San Juan).
The hurdlers led the way with Devon Allen (Brophy Prep, Phoenix, AZ) winning in a windy 13.36, #2 in the US under all conditions, and the fastest ever run at this meet. Dior Hall (Washington, Denver, CO) was victorious in the Girls 100m hurdles, running a windy 13.52, also the fastest ever run under any conditions.
Cameron Burrell (Houston, TX) had a quick season-best 10.49 100m win, and Ky Westbrook (Chandler, AZ) took the girls 100 in 11.90.
Stefanie Kurgatt (Maclay, Tallahassee, FL), had two impressive wins. With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, she took the 800-1500m double (2:14.63 and 4:40.34). Another Floridian, Jeremiah Green (Hillsborough, Tampa, FL) was also a double winner, taking the horizontal jumps in 23-00.75w and 49-3.75.
The NSSF has now expended over $400,000 to this program over the past seven years. Nationally and internationally ranked athletes like Jessica Beard, Bianca Knight, Johnny Dutch and Wayne Davis were part of the team in the first few years. NSSF is committed to this program and will continue to support it. We look forward to another successful event in 2013.