Track stars will be honoured

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association will be staging its fifth Annual Awards Dinner tomorrow night.

It’s at the Mary Miller Hall commencing 7pm.

The highlight of the dinner will be the awarding of the Athletes of the Year Trophies to national representatives in the male and female youth, junior and senior Categories. The nominees are as follows:

Male Youth

Jouri Haylock: The former Caribbean Under 9 sprint sensation represented the Cayman Islands in the 2008 Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships in the British Virgin Islands where he won his segment of the Boys Under 11 100m but placed second overall to the winner of the other segment. Jouri was also a member of the Boys Under 11 4×100 Relay Team, which finished fourth in that event at those Championships, and on the local scene he copped the Division 4 Champion Boy title at the 2008 Inter-Primary Championships.

Jamal Walton: He had an outstanding season in 2008. He followed up his 4th place finish in the 400m in the United States Junior Olympic Championships with impressive victories in the Under 11 Boys 100m and 300m at the 2008 Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships and was a member of the fourth placed 4X100m Under 11 Boys relay team at the same Meet.

Justin Nalty: He continued his impressive development in 2008 and won the silver medal in the Under 13 Boys High Jump at the 2008 Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships having previously won the same event in the Midget Division at the Baytaf Championships.

Female Youth

Chantelle Morrison: Arguably the second fastest female athlete produced by the Cayman Islands after Cydonie Mothersill, Morrison athletic development continued in 2008 where she represented the Islands at the 2008 Carifta Games in St. Kitts, the 2008 Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships and the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.

The 14-year-old made it to the Finals of the 100m and the semi-finals of the 200m in Pune and to the Finals of the Under 17 Girls 100m at the Carifta Games and achieved the remarkable feat of never being beaten in the 100m at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships where she won Gold in that event in the Under 15 category. Morrison’s times in 2008 have already qualified her for both sprint events for the 2009 World Youth Championships to be staged in Italy.

Ashleigh Nalty: 2008 was a break out year for this highly talented all-round athlete. Representing Cayman at the Carifta Games, the Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games, Nalty turned in very impressive performances overall.

At Carifta she placed fifth in the Under 17 Girls High Jump but would better this at the CUT Championships where she took the silver medal in the Girls Under 15 event as well as bronze medal in the Long Jump event and showed true grit and mettle in the 200m in which she was a last minute replacement for the injured Morrison. From there the 14-year-old made it to the finals of the Girls Long Jump in Pune and topped that with a close fourth place finish in the High Jump where her clearance of 1.71m established a new National Record for the event. At the Baytaf Championships she won the High Jump and established a new Midget Record for the event with a winning clearance of 1.60m.

Mikayla McLaughlin: The first time national representative ran outstandingly at the 2008 Inter-Primary Championships where she defeated the opposition in the Division 1 sprint events. She would duplicate this feat in the Under 9 Girls 150m at the CUT Championships and had a silver medal over all in St. Kitts.

Male Junior

Kemar Hyman: Kemar’s eighth-placed finish at the World Juniors Championships in the 100m highlighted a year in which he was second in the 200m at the US NAIA Championships as well as at the Miami Classic.

Travis Webb: Travis won the High Jump with a clearance of 1.90m and the Long Jump with a leap of 6.47m at the Baytaf Championships. At the Bahamas Carifta Trials he would have winning performances 1.90m and 6.75m respectively. He won Cayman’s only medal at the Carifta Games when he earned Bronze in the Under 17 Boys High Jump with a clearance of 1.95m. At the Commonwealth Youth Games he made it to the Finals of both the High and Long Jump events where he cleared 2.00m in the former and leapt 6.77m in the latter event. His jump of 2.00m meant that he qualified for the 2009 World Youth Championships.

Steven Reid: Steven earned selection to the Commonwealth Youth Games where he advanced to the semi-finals of both the 100m and 200m and posted times of 11.08 and 22.34 respectively in both events.

Junior Female

Alexandra Terry: Alexandra took Gold in both the Javelin and Discus events at the Miami Classic Meet as well as the Discus Throw Clinic in Jamaica. She made it to the finals of the Under 20 Girls Discus at the Carifta Games as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games where her toss of 39.13m established a new record.

Anissa Owen: Anissa represented Cayman in Shot Put at the Carifta Games and she established a new national record for the discipline when she heaved the weighted ball 11.16m in the Bahamas.

Senior Male

Ronald Forbes: He re-wrote the Cayman record books in the 110m Hurdles, was a finalist in the NCAA 110 hurdles event and qualified to represent Cayman at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in his pet event. He made it to the quarter-finals of the event and was in contention for a semi-final berth until he clipped the last hurdle.

Tyrell Cuffy: Cuffy narrowly missed making the qualifying mark for the 2008 Beijing Olympics but had a great college season and won bronze at the CAC Championships.

Senior Female

Cydonie Mothersill: Mothersill made it to her first Olympic Games Finals at the Beijing Olympics in the Women’s 200m event. The achievement by this long-serving athlete marked the first time that a Caymanian had made it to the Finals of an Olympic event and capped a life long achievement for the Islands’ most Senior International athlete.

All the above-named Athletes will be competing for the Overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year title.

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