One of Cayman’s local track teams recently had a successful tournament.
The Mustang track club amassed eight medals comprising of three gold, three silver and two bronze.
The team was in Tampa, Florida the weekend of 23-26 May for the annual Baytaf track and field championship.
Ashleigh Nalty and Travis Webb led the way with two medals each. Nalty took gold in the girls high jump with 5ft 4in and bronze in girls 4x100m relay. Webb won gold in the high jump with 6ft 4in leap and silver in the long jump by soaring 21 3/4ft.
The rest of the team turned in solid performances. Justin Nalty nabbed gold in the midget boys high jump with a leap of 5ft 2in. In addition, Jahzenia Thomas was second in the 17-18 yr old girls long jump a leap of 16ft 5in.
Furthermore, Avril Myers won silver in the intermediate girls shot putt with a throw of 32ft. Kristen Dixon earned bronze in the girls 100m hurdles and the girls 4x100m relay and Shenell Stewart finished 4th in the midget girls high jump with a leap of 4ft 2in.
Most of the team was able to make the finals in their events. They include Akela Bartlett, Jeseil Blithe, Jabari Clarke, Jondene Dawkins, Grewvan Ebanks, Tyreese Fisher, Jonathon Holness, Kiara McLaughlin, Pearl Morgan, Ashanti Myles, Justin Powell, Shay Lyn Roberts, Daneliz Thomas, Shalysa Wray and Jada Wright.
Unfortunately, the event did have a significant amount of mishaps. Chantelle Morrison won gold in the youth girls 100m finals in a time of 12.1s only to be told by the organizers that the event would have to be re-run. They said that an athlete from the Illinois track team had missed the finals.
After much deliberation between Coach Yen and Morrison, the decision was made that she not re-run the finals which cost her gold in that event.
Melinda McLean made it to the finals in three events: the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m. However, she was not able to compete as she sustained a sprained ankle in the girls 4x100m semi-finals.
Travis Webb also had a setback as originally it was announced that he had won the long jump on Saturday but on Sunday the result was changed.
Nevertheless, the Mustangs stated in a press release that they thought the event was a success.
‘On behalf of the mustang organization, Coach Yen, parents and President Sana Tugman, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our many sponsors who made this trip a success as we look forward to your continued support.’