The curtain came down on the 2008 local track and field season with the staging of the inaugural CNB Relays on Saturday.
Held at the Truman Bodden Track there was a great atmosphere as Cayman’s athletes put on an outstanding show of competitive athletics.
The meet saw outstanding performances in the Youth division from John A. Cumber’s Karim Murray and in the Junior Division from Mustang’s Chantelle Morrison but they were not the only stars at the meet as Neville Marston and Junior Hines turned in blistering runs in the 4×400 metres Open Relay.
And Robert Ibeh tuned up for his CAC Seniors Championships with an equally electrifying run in the men’s 4x200m.
The meet also had an interactive component as spectators competed for various prizes during the course of the competition.
Karim Murray has had a break out season this year. He won the 8-9 Boys Championships, took the 150m crown along with second place finishes in the 100m and ball throw events at the CUC Nationals and was the Division 2 Champion Boy at the Inter-Primary Championships with victories in the 80m and 100m and a third place finish in the long jump.
He underlined his second national team selection with an impressive showing at the CNB Relays where he ran on the winning 6-10 4x50m shuttle relay team, the 6-9 4x100m relay team and, running out of his age-group ran on the winning Under 13 sprint medley team as well as on the Under 13 4x100m relay teams.
Morrison showed why, outside of Cydonie Mothersill, she is the top female sprinter in the Islands despite only being 14. The two-time Carifta Games representative and reigning national 100m and 200m champion led her teams to victory in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m events with great poise and grace.
Morrison is clearly rounding into top shape as she seeks to achieve the unprecedented feat at this year’s CUT Championships by winning the 100m title in all three divisions that she has competed at these Championships.
In the men’s 4x400m open Neville Marston received the baton in second position and in one of the most scintillating display of one-lap running seen locally for a long time opened up what seemed to be a winning gap between his team and their competitors.
However, many time Carifta representatives and the reigning Islands Games 400m hurdles champion, Junior Hines running the anchor leg for his team was equally impressive as he covered the gap and won going away from the field.
Island Games champion Robert Ibeh displayed some of the form that makes him a joy to watch over 200m.
The classic free-flowing strides were on display for all to see as he took the baton in the men’s 4x200m in a trailing position only to collar the leader at the top of the home stretch and leave him in his wake as he took home the baton.
At the start of the meet a special presentation was made to the mother of Tyrese Fisher for fair play after she voluntarily returned the silver medal awarded to her son erroneously in the 8-9 boys 150m dash at the CUC National Championships the week before.
She was one of a number of spectators who won prizes.
Medals were presented by CNB Representatives Carneth Thomas and D. Clarke as well as by junior national coach Tyrone Yen and Cayman Islands Athletic Association member, Michael Nalty, all assisted by CIAA treasurer Paula Erskine.
CIAA president Delroy Murray said: ‘The association expresses its grateful thanks to the sponsors, Cayman National Corporation, and to all those who officiated at the meet and all the meets throughout the season with special thanks to meets director Harcourt Wason.’
Murray has done a fine job in his time as president. He will step down in September.