Bajans grab three more
Two gold and one silver have taken the Barbados tally to 11 (4-3-4) after five sessions of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships in El Salvador.
Yesterday morning, Kemar Jones won gold in the Under-20 boys’ high jump. Although the qualifying mark was 2.10 metres, Jones only needed 1.90 metres to secure his final medal as a junior as he won’t be going to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, later this month.
The silver medal went to Theron Niles of Anguilla with 1.85 metres but Ifeanyichkwu Otuonye of Turks and Caicos Islands was unable to make a height.
Late Saturday night, Shavonte Bradshaw captured gold in the Under-20 girls’ heptathlon with 4 365 points, leading from pole to pole.
She won the 100 metres hurdles in 15.60 seconds; was third in the high jump at 1.52 metres and won both the shot put (9.98 metres) and 200 metres (25.42) to lead by 600 points with three events remaining. She came back with 5.09 metres in the long jump, second overall and below her personal best 5.52, but won the javelin with 39.53 metres.
Despite placing fifth out of the seven competitors in the 800 metres in 3:02.98 minutes, the gold was secure, as Dee-Ann Rogers of Anguilla was a distant second with 4 126 points and Ismeralys Pie Simon of the Dominican Republic third with 3 935.
Leah Bannister also bade her junior years farewell with a silver medal and new junior national record (pending ratification) in the Under-20 girls’ discus. With a new personal best of 47.48 metres on her very first throw, Bannister erased Keisha Walkes’ 2005 mark of 47.10 metres.
Bannister fouled four of her other attempts and had a second legal throw of 46.66 metres. Jamaica’s Tara-Sue Bennett took gold with 49.62 metres and bronze went to Puerto Rico’s Ashley Perez with 47.43 metres. Levi Cadogan finished sixth in the Under-18 boys’ 200 metres in 21.58 seconds.
Several other Barbadians were chasing medals in last night’s finals.
Shakera Hall (13.75); Sade-Mariah Greenidge (13.56) and Dario Scantlebury (14.80) all reached the finals of the sprint hurdles.
Tia-Adana Belle (56.72); Jerrad Mason (48.77) and Anthonio Mascoll (47.77) also qualified for the finals of the 400 metres, but neither Nikolai Gall not John Haynes with 49.38 and 53.61 seconds, respectively, made the cut.
Javelin throwers Janeil Craigg and Nicolai Bovelle were also medal hunting. (SAT)