Baboolal said Nero was the lone athlete selected. “Tonya was the only athlete close to international standard.” Top local runners Richard Jones and Curtis Cox were not considered. Jones represented Trinidad and Tobago at three championships in 2005 (Edmonton, Canada), 2007 (Udine, Italy) and 2008 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) with his best performance in Rio (71st -1:13.01). Nero, a former student of ASJA Girls College, is a recipient of the Ministry of Sports’ Elite Funding Assistance Programme since May and holds national records in women’s outdoor 5,000m, 10,000m half marathon and marathon and the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m events. The Maracas-resident was seventh in the women’s 10,000m finals at the 2011 NCAA Division One Outdoor Championships and 13th in the 5,000m finals at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. In March earlier this year Nero created history when she became the first local woman to win an individual medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships taking second place in the senior women’s race at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. She later missed out qualifying for the London Olympics in the women’s marathon when she ran 2:43:45 (a national record) in Rotterdam in April, missing the Olympic B mark of 2:43.00.