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Lean opening session for Bajans at CARIFTA Games

EZRA STUART in Cayman Islands,

Added 20 April 2019


Julian Forde (right) did not advance to the finals of the Under-20 boys’ 100 metres. (Picture by Krystal Hoyte)

 BARBADOS endured a lean morning session when the 48th CARIFTA Games began at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex here today with perennial champions Jamaica already stamping their authority on proceedings.

No finals were contested on the track but neither Shanice Hutson nor first-timer Kevon Hinds got on the podium in their field event finals - the only two finals involving Barbadians.

Shanice Hutson was fifth overall in the Under-20 girls’ discus with a best effort of 36.61 metres, well short of her personal best 43.75 metres which she achieved at the Louis Lynch Championships.

First-timer Kevon Hinds had to settle for fourth place with 14.93 metres in the Under-17 boys’ shot put, which he achieved on his first attempt.

Advancing to the finals of the 400 metres were Savion Hoyte (49.72), Antoni Hoyte-Small (47.41) and Kyle Gale (47.77), as did Matthew Clarke in the Under-20 boys’ 100 metres in 10.76 seconds.

However, there was disappointment for sprinter Julian Forde (11 seconds) in the Under-20 Boys’ 100 metres and Shemia Odaine who clocked 58.24 seconds in the Under-20 Girls’ 400 metres. 

Results from the first session.

Under-17 Girls’ High Jump

1. Annishka McDonald (Jamaica) 1.74 metres, 2. Vanessa Mercera (Curacao) 1.74m, 3. Shaunece Miller (Bahamas) 1.68m

Under-20 Girls’ High Jump

1. Janique Burgher (JA) 1.77 metres, 2. Daniela Anglin (Jamaica) 1.77m, 3. Aijah Lewis (Cayman Islands)

Under-17 Girls’ Shot Put

1. Alicia Grootfaam (Suriname) 14.15 metres, 2. Treneese Hamilton (Dominica) 14.14m, 3. Jamora Alves (Grenada) 13.53m

Under-20 Boys’ Discus (Record)

1. Kai Chang (Jamaica) 59.36 metres, 2. Ralford Mullings (Jamaica) 54.91m, 3. Djimon Gumbs (British Virgin Islands) 54.76m

Open Girls’ Heptathlon 100M Hurdles

1. Safiya John (Trinidad and Tobago) 14.44 seconds, 2. Antonia Sealy (Trinidad and Tobago) 15.04, 3. Kasha Nielly (Bahamas) 15.10

Open Boys’ Octathlon 100 Metres

1. David Edmondson (Jamaica) 11.10 seconds, 2. Edvaughn Carey (Bahamas) 11.27, 3. Che Rochford (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.42

Open Girls’ Heptathlon High Jump

1. Thaila Wilson (Jamaica) 1.76 metres, 2. Safiya John (Trinidad and Tobago) 1.64m, 3. Arianna Hayde (British Virgin Islands) 1.58m

Open Boys’ Octathlon Long Jump

1. Anson Moses (Trinidad and Tobago) 6.60 metres, 2. Hemon Joseph (Grenada) 6.49m, 3. Patrick Johnson (Bahamas) 6.48m

Under-17 Boys’ Shot Put

1. Christopher Young (Jamaica) 16.00 metres, 2. Kobe Lawrence (Jamaica) 15.86m, 3. Jayden Scott (Trinidad and Tobago) 15.08m, 4. Kevon Hinds (Barbados) 14.93m

Under-20 Girls’ Discus (Record)

1. Marie Forbes (Jamaica) 47.63 metres, 2. Kimone Reid (Jamaica) 44.60m, 3. Kelsie Murrell-Ross (Grenada) 40.30m, 5. Shanice Hutson (Barbados) 36.61m


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