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Phillips, Robley claim heptathlon titles
Jason Phillips of Mason Hall PYC, centre, captured the Boys 12-14 heptathlon with 3,966 points at the second NAAA NACAC Age Group preparation meet at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet Tobago on the weekend. Mercury's Akinde McKenzie, right placed second with 3,729 and Keron Daniel of Rss Phoenix was left with 3,610. Courtesy Tobago Athletic Committee

Phillips, Robley claim heptathlon titles

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 25.10.2021

Jayden Phillips of Mason Hall Police Youth Club (PYC) and Mercury Athletics Club's Kaori Robley were the winners in the Under-15 boys and girls heptathlon events at the National Association of Athletics Administrations of T&T (NAAATT) preparation meet for the upcoming North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Age-Group Championships at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago over the weekend.

It was the second prep meet hosted by the National Association of Athletics Administrations of T&T (NAAATT) preparation meet for

Phillips tallied 3,966 points to top the seven-disciple event ahead of second-placed Akinde McKenzie of Mercury with 3,729 and third-placed Keron Daniel of Rss Phoenix Youth & Sports Club with 3,610 as they prepared for the Championships which is carded to be held in Nicaragua in December.

On day one of the two-day event, Saturday, Phillips started well with a win the 80-metre dash ahead of the nine other competitors in a time of 10.05 seconds to earn 790 points but struggled in the next two events.

In the long jump, he was fourth with his best leap measuring 5.03m to get 627 while fourth-placed overall Kaizen Panthers' Imanni Matthew (3,565) won the event with 5.94m (799). Then in the shot put, Phillips placed sixth (7.69m) to collect 404 points. McKenzie was the winner with 9.98m (522).

Phillips recovered in the final event on an opening day, the 80m hurdles, winning section two of the timed finals and was the overall winner with a 12.98-clocking (589) to be in the second spot with 2,410 heading into day two behind Matthew with 2,639 and in third was McKenzie with 2,366.

On Sunday, it was a five-athlete battle in the opening high jump event with Phillips, McKenzie, Matthew, Malakai Cordner (Zenith) and Zack La Rosa (Mason Hall PYC) each registering a best leap of 1.50m to each earn 623 points which meant that day one leader Matthew remained out front.

However, Phillips closed the gap on Matthew in the ball throw. Although placing seventh, sending the object 45.54m (504) to come within 28 points of the leader who was 10th with 26.91m (303) with one event to go.

Phillips needed to finish among the top three to ensure the top spot in the 1,200m and that he did crossing second in 4:08.38 (429) behind La Rosa with 3:46.97 (567) and ahead of Isaiah Alder (Cougars) in third with 4:11.98 (408).

Meanwhile, Robley came from behind to win the girls' version of the event with 3, 407 points. On day one, she placed third in her opening event 80m (10.86/642), followed up with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (4.26m/470) and the seventh spot in the shot put (6.79m/353) but ended with a victory in the 60m hurdles (10.43/551).

However, it was eventual runner-up Alexxe Henry of Zenith closing the first day with the lead, 2,261 compared to Robley's 2,016 while the third-placed overall Angel Davidson was third with 1,919.

Robley resumed the second day and outperformed leader Henry with a win in the high jump (1.43m/566); third in the ball throw (33.50m/383) and fourth in the 1,000m (3:36.09/442) to hold her off.

Henry stayed on for second with scores of 10.32 (738), 4.91m (603), 7.28m (382), 10.53 (538), 1.25m (426), 23.21m (258) and 3:58.32 (323), in the respective events.

Davidson was third with 3,121 - 11.21 (585), 4.44m (506), 6.93m (362), 11.13 (466), 1.40m (541), 18.39m (189) and 3:31.11 (472), repsectively

In the U-13 Outdoor Pentathlon (five-discipline event), Tehillah Francois (Mason Hall PYC) emerged the girls' winner with 2,458 while Malique Young of Zenith won the boys' version with 2,673 points.


U-15 Heptathlon


1 Jayden Phillips (Mason Hall PYC) - 3,966

2 Akinde McKenzie (Mercury Athletic Cl) - 3,729

3 Keron Daniel (Rss Phoenix Youth &) - 3,610


1 Kaori Robley (Mercury Athletic Cl) - 3,407

2 Alexxe Henry (Zenith) - 3,268

3 Angel Davidson (Mason Hall Police Y) - 3,121


1 Jayden Phillips (Mason Hall Police Y) - 3,966

2 Akinde McKenzie (Mercury Athletic Cl) - 3,729

3 Keron Daniel (Rss Phoenix Youth &) - 3,610

U-13 Outdoor Pentathlon


1 Tehillah Francois (Mason Hall PYC) - 2,458

2 Toniyah Boucher (Zenith) - 2,035

3 Denesia Fletcher (Zenith) - 1,904


1 Malique Young (Zenith) - 2,673

2 Donnell Stewart (Rss Phoenix Youth & Sport) - 2,443

3 Tylon Whight (Mercury Athletic Club) - 2,339

Phillips, Robley claim heptathlon titles
Mercury's Kaori Robley, centre, winner of the Girls U-15 heptathlon with 3,407 points with second-placed Zenith's Alexxe Henry (3,268), right, and third-placed Angel Davidson of Mason Hall PYC (3,121). Courtesy Tobago Athletic Committee