Jereem "The Dream" Richards, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Ruebin Walters and Jerod Elcock will represent T&T World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, from March 18-20. This according to a release from the National Association of Athletic Administration of T&T (NAAATT) on Monday.
Richards will line up in the men’s 400 metres at the three-day competition, which will be held at the Serbian capital's Stark Arena.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games 200m champion enters with an impressive performance at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in New York on February 6.
In a personal best run, which he paid tribute to his late friend and teammate Deon Lendore at the end of the race, Richards, running in lane four won the one-lap event in a time of 45.83 seconds.
It was his first 400m event in two years and he finished ahead of USA's Vernon Norwood, who clocked a season's best (sb) 46.06, another American Kahmari Montgomery with 46.24 Canadian Phil Osei (46.59-sb) and Noah Williams, also of the USA, with 47.08.
Ahye, the lone woman athlete on the team, will face the starter in the women’s 60m. The 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m champion has had an exciting season thus far, speeding to several successes in the event, most recently in France.
At the Meeting de l’Eure and Meeting Metz Moselle Athlelor, she placed second with times of 7.19 and 7.21, respectively. And she won at the Mondeville Meeting, Halle Michel d'Ornano with a 7.24-timing, last month.
Elcock will tackle the men's version of the race. He has been blazing the track on the US college circuit, sprinting to victory in the dash just this weekend at the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Championships with a time of 6.60.
Walters will race in the men's 60m hurdles. He too has had outstanding performances this season opening with a win in 7.82 at the UAB Blazer Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama and also the Samford Invitational at the same venue with 7.79.
Officials travelling with the team, which is scheduled to leave for Belgrade on March 15 are Dexter Voisin (manager/coach), former 2013 World Championships men's 400m hurdles champion, turn coach Jehue Gordon (hurdles) and massage therapist Nicole Fuentes.
Lendore, who died in a car accident on January 10 and was laid to rest on Thursday, had qualified for this year’s Championships and has been both individual and relay medallists at previous editions of the Indoor Championships.
The team is expected to return on March 21.