Cayman athletics had a solid showing at the Central American and Caribbean championships.
At the recent CAC Age Group Championships held in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Cayman’s Daneliz Thomas placed first in the Ball Throw and also set a new championship record of 46.52 metres. Javdon Nelson also made a good showing in the shot put by placing eighth overall.
Both would propel the Cayman Islands to a tie for 12th place overall with Martinique. Barbados was first overall, followed by Guadeloupe and then Puerto Rico. In total twenty countries competed in the two-day event.
Eight youngsters represented Cayman in Daneliz Thomas, Kiara McLaughlin, Rasheem Brown, Jesario Ebanks (11-12 girls and boys) and Pearl Morgan, Amarri Bodden, Javdon Nelson, Trenvick Coleman (13-14 girls and boys). All were guided by head coach Kenrick Williams and team manager Derisee Piercy-Tulloch.
It should be noted that the top eight athletes in each event are recognised for their performances. Those in the 11-12 division contested five events and the upper 13-14 age group tackled seven disciplines.
Each athlete’s performance in each event was given a score and the individual with the highest cumulative score won the division and the second place finisher qualify for points for his/her team.
Events for the 11-12 division included: 60m, Long Jump, Ball Throw, High Jump and 800m for females and 1000m for males. The 13-14 age group had the same events, with the addition of the 80m Hurdles and Shot Put.