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Swift, Mason strike CAC gold


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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GREGGMAR SWIFT and Jerrad Mason won Barbados’ only gold medals yesterday to take the total to 15 (three gold, five silver, seven bronze) to wrap up the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships in the Dominican Republic.Swift, who was second at the CARIFTA Games, didn’t run his best time of 13.60 seconds in the 110 metres hurdles, but he didn’t need to. With Trinidadian Jehue Gordon focusing on the longer 400m hurdles, the way was clear for the Barbadian who clocked 13.90 seconds for the gold.Stefan Fenwell of Jamaica was second in 14.07 and Raymundo Dominguez of the host country third in 14.34. Raphael Jordan finished fourth in 14.58, but his best time of 14.18 would have put him among the medals.Mason followed up his gold medal performance at the CARIFTA Games with one at this level, winning in 1 minute, 53.80 seconds. He was followed across the line by Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vasquez in 1:55 and Kevon Robinson of Jamaica in 1:55.54.Sonia Gaskin was third in the Under-17 Girls’ race in 2:14.42, Trinidad’s Domonique Williams taking gold in 2:13.09.Natoya Goule of Jamaica won the Under-20 Girls’ race in 2:07.20. But one of the biggest disappointments would be that Anthonio Mascoll, the CARIFTA Under-20 champion, did not finish after being favoured to repeat at this level.That race came home in 1:52.90, a full two seconds slower than Mascoll has done this year.Daley Carter, who finished fourth at the CARIFTA Games, stepped up with a personal best 13.60 seconds to take bronze in the Under-17 Boys’ 100m hurdles, Tramaine Maloney just behind him in 13.61. Jamaica’s Omar McLeod clocked a speedy 13.14 for gold.Late Saturday night, the team also picked up two bronze medals. On his very last attempt, Tristan Whitehall produced a heave measured at 41.52 metres which pushed him from seventh to third in the Under-17 Boys’ discus, which was won by Jamaica’s Chadwick Dacosta with 51.82m.The Under-17 Girls’ sprint quartet of Akela Taylor, Akela Jones, Shakera Hall, and Shavonne Husbands also finished third in 46.80 seconds. However, the Under-17 Boys false-started, while the Under-20 Boys, despite a time of 40.92 seconds, were outclassed and came fifth in a race won in 39.77 by Trinidad and Tobago.There was a string of also-ran performances yesterday. Kemar Jones (2.00) was seventh in the Under-20 Boys’ high jump; Whitehall was fourth with a personal best 15.85m in the shot put; Husbands was sixth in the 200 metres in 25.41 seconds, and Nicholas Deshong (21.88) was fifth in the boys’ event. Shekeim Greaves did not start that event after having a time of 21.60 in the heats.Not finishing the 200 metres on Saturday came back to haunt Shavonté Bradshaw. Despite some very good performances in the long jump and javelin, she had too much ground to make up and finished fourth in the girls’ heptathlon with 3 629 points.Tanice Watson was fourth in the Under-17 Girls’ triple jump with 11.18 metres. Her best of 11.46, done just a few weeks ago would have secured the gold medal, with the event being won by Cinthia Moreno of Mexico with 11.45m.The Under-17 Boys’ relay team of Nikolai Gall, Maloney, Dario Scantlebury and Mason was fourth in 3:24.76. The men’s team did not start.

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