Bajans out front at CUT
The gold rush has started for Barbados’ junior athletes at the two-day Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) 17th Biennial Athletic Championships in Bermuda.
After Friday’s first day of competition at the National Sports Centre in Hamilton, Barbados had an early lead with 13 gold, five silver and three bronze for an overall total of 21 medals.
Host country Bermuda, with the largest pool of athletes, have 24 medals, including 11 gold, ten silver and three bronze. St Kitts have nine medals – two gold, four silver and three bronze – and are followed by Antigua and Barbuda with nine medals – four silver and five bronze.
Cayman Islands have one silver and three bronze and Guyana, who arrived late due to a flight cancellation, have a solitary bronze.
Twin sisters Tania and Tia Applewhaite won the 100 and 300 metres in the Under-11 age group in 13.77 and 44.57 seconds, respectively, to start the golden run for the 21-member Barbados team.
Among the Under-13 girls, Skye Spencer-Layne won the 100 in 12.97 seconds, while Kelescia Downes took the 400 in 1:01.47 and Samiya Dell cleared 1.50 metres to triumph in the high jump.
Layla Haynes earned a gold in the Open Girls’ 1000 in 3:08.47, beating home girl Zezhari Talbot (3:14.51).
There were also wins for Barbados in the boys’ sprints. Micaiah Brathwaite won the Under-9 race in 11.69 seconds, while Amari Forde sped to victory in the Under-13 Boys’ 100 in 12.95 seconds. Javier Norville also prevailed in the Under-11 Boys’ 300 in 46.59 seconds.
Kobe Hutson triumphed in the Open Boys’ 1200 in 3:27.30 minutes but had to settle for a bronze with a time of 53.81 seconds in the 400. Bermuda’s Sancho Smith (52.37) took gold, with Kittitian Rafique Mason (53.80) gaining silver.
There were also gold medals in two throwing events, with Jacobe Griffith winning the Under-13 Boys’ shot with a put of 8.86 metres and Imani Austin the Under-15 Boys’ event with a put of 14.44 metres.
Barbados’ other gold medal came from Jazara Lavine in the Under-9 Girls’ long jump with a leap of 3.70 metres.
Barbados also won silver medals through Nya Browne in the Under-15 Girls’ 100 metres (12.78 seconds), Isaiah Marshall in the Under-11 Boys’ 100 metres (14.05 seconds), Ramero Pinder: in the Under-13 Boys’ High Jump (1.43 metres), Jamarco Gill in the Under-15 Boys’ 100 metres – (11.74 seconds) and Caleb Massiah in the Under-15 Boys’ long jump (6.50 metres).
The Bajans took bronze by way of Jazara Lavine in the Under-9 Girls’ 80 metres (12.62 seconds), Layla Haynes: in the Under-15 Girls’ 400 metres (60.75 seconds) and Kobe Hutson in the Under-15 Boys’ 400 metres(53.81 seconds). (EZS)