Jamaica dominated the Carifta Track & Field Championships, as usual but at least the Cayman Islands came away with one medal.
The 37th annual staging of the tournament ended on Monday at the Bird Rock Stadium in Basseterre, St Kitts with regional powerhouse Jamaica maintaining its lead position.
Cayman Islands had a good first day when Travis Webb took a bronze medal in the Under 17 Boys High Jump.
Overall the team made the finals in eight of the 12 events in which they competed and had one athlete establish a new personal best while another equalled hers. The bronze medal earned by Webb placed Cayman 16th in the medal table amongst the 24 countries participating.
Jamaica amassed 69 medals to top the tables, followed by Trinidad & Tobago with 30, Barbados with 26 and the Bahamas with 23.
Cayman had a tough second day at the championships. In the Girls Under 20 Shot Put Anissa Owen’s best of 10.65 metres was good enough for tenth place. Kedeen Foster had a rough introduction to the Carifta Games and bowed out of the Girls 800 metres in the first round with a time of 2 minutes 28:69 seconds. Junior Hines’s 54.20 seconds in the semi-finals earned him a final berth for the second year in the Boys Under 20 400m Hurdles where he finished eighth with a clocking of 56.21s. Ashleigh Nalty equalled her personal best of 1.60m in the Girls Under 17 High Jump and finished fifth in the event. Team captain Shane Evans held third place in the Boys Under 20 Javelin until the ultimate round when his best of 53.59m was surpassed by the athlete from Guadeloupe.
Alexandra Terry fared no better in the Under 20 Girls Discus as all three of her throws fell outside the permitted area and no distance was recorded against her name as a result. Kristin Dixon gave the Under 17 Girls 100m Relay team an excellent start but this was not maintained by Melinda McLean, 12, who had to battle a strong back-stretch wind and Nalty and although Morrison, once again, impressed with her closing speed in the home stretch the team was only able to finish sixth in the finals in a time of 50.16s.
On the first day Evans (Under 20 Boys Discus) and Morrison (Under 17 Girls 100m) both made it to the finals of their respective events with Evans finishing fifth and Morrison sixth.
Also competing on day 1 were Avril Myers (Under 17 Girls Shot Put) and Jahzenia Thomas (Under 20 Girls Long Jump). Myers’ first two throws were ruled foul and this seemed to have upset her and a final throw of 9.80m was insufficient to take her into the final. Thomas showed good speed on the runway but her best leap of 5.16m was also not good enough to go through.
Two competitors suited up for the final day’s competition – Evans in the Under 20 Boys Shot Put and Webb in the Under 17 Boys Long Jump.
The reigning Under 20 Boys Shot Put silver medallist, Evans clearly succumbed to the toll of competing in three power events in three consecutive days of competition and his best throw of 13.49m was unable to get him into the final flight and he ended the event 10th overall.
Webb’s failure to win the event was particularly frustrating as on two occasions he produced leaps in the region of 7m only to have both ruled foul. He finally ended the event fifth with a best recorded jump of 6.40m.