Cayman’s young athletes limbered up again for the Carifta Games on Saturday but it was a high jumper too old to compete in them who stole the show.
Perry Anglin is 21 and when Cayman hosts the Carifta Games during the Easter weekend in April he will be a spectator because the age range for competitors is 14-19.
Anglin is the son of boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin but Perry prefers leaping to punching.
He won an Island Games gold medal in high jump in Arland in the summer with a mark of 2 metres 7 centimetres.
With minimal training and having had a late night partying, he was still able to top that personal best by two centimetres at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
Track technical director Kenrick Williams said: ‘The highlight of this meet was definitely the 2.09m jump by Perry. Although he is not of Carifta age it was best achievement.
‘My prognosis for him for next year is that he will jump 2.20m. I know he has more than 2.20m in his legs and he can make it to the CAC Games and Commonwealth Games next year. This is all good build up for the 2012 Olympics.
‘He is on target and I know he can make the standard for the London Olympics. He is looking real good in training.
‘Another highlight was seeing Chantelle Morrison run the 150m and 300 metres in her first competition as part of preparations. She ran them in good time too.
‘It was also pleasing to see Alexandra Terry throwing in the javelin.
‘Also not in the Carifta team but nevertheless still encouraging was to see Carl Grant and Darryl Lashley running the 300m in 36 seconds. It augurs well for the future for our programme.’
Travis Webb is a good bet for long jump and high jump honours at the Cariftas but on Saturday he won an 800m race, one of the toughest of the track events.
Williams said: ‘Travis was put into the 800m by coach Tyrone to see how best he can handle the rigours of doing both the high jump and long jump and he gave a good account of himself.
‘I was pleased to see that he ran so well in the first 600m and shows that he is multi-talented and that he can probably do decathlon when the time comes around.’
Other athletes who did well were Ashleigh Nalty, Mitchell Forbes and Anissa Owen who won their respective long jump competitions, Kadane Hall who won the discus and Rajay Reid who was the 150m and 300m winner in the boys 15-16.
Owen also won the 300m in the girls 17-plus and the shot put.
Dee-Ann Foster was the 800m winner in the girls 17-plus and Alexandra Terry excelled in the javelin again.
Her brother Mauricio took the boys javelin title. Tristan von Kirchenheim was the boys 15-16 king in the 1500m.
Justin Nalty sailed over the high jump bar to win the boys 13-14 and Reyn Kelly-Vernon was the 17-plus boys shot put champ.
There were plenty of seniors at the track too, preparing for next year’s competition. They included the Morgan twins, Carlos and Carl and Olympic sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes.
The youngsters went into training camp with Kareem Streete-Thompson yesterday. Every day this week the former Olympian is coaching kids for free at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex as part of the Carifta preparations and also to raise standards of anyone interested in track.