Dickinson State alumnus Adrian Griffith placed fifth in the 100 meters Sunday at the Caribbean and Central American Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, with a time of 10.30 seconds. Churandy Martina of Netherlands Antilles won the 100 with a time of 10.07. Derrick Atkins, another DSU alumnus and sprinter, is injured and is not participating in the games. Both Griffith and Atkins compete for the Bahamas.
Other DSU alums out of the Bahamas at the CAC are Sean Pickstock, Michael Sands, Trevor Berry and Jamal Forbes. Sands is done in the 100 but is in the 400 relay along with Forbes. Pickstock is in the 1,600 relay and Berry is in the high jump. Another prominent DSU alum sitting this one out due to injury is Ramon Miller.
Allan Ayala is competing for his native Guatemala in the 400 hurdles on Monday and posted to his Facebook profile Sunday, "Running my last race of the season and maybe of my career tomorrow." Ayala is dealing with an ankle injury that will require surgery and the 24-year-old said it may be time to call it quits if the injury is going to derail his career anyway. He hasn’t decided yet, but a good showing might be enough to change his mind.
I’ll try and keep you updated on how these guys are doing throughout the week.