The Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships was a successful meet for the six members of Cayman Islands team as three of them came home with medals.
On day one Ameilia Gillispie from Cayman Brac competed in four events of the heptathlon for Under-18 girls and earned the second highest number of points after completing her fourth event.
Demetri Chambers competed in the 100 metres U-18 boys and placed fourth in his heat, Jonathan Frederick competed in the U-18 boys discus and placed eighth overall. Ashleigh Nalty was in the high jump finals for U-20 girls and placed third with a height of 1.70m to become the team’s first medallist.
In day two’s competition Tiffany Cole competed in the U-18 girls 1500m finals and placed seventh. Chambers competed in the 200m heats and Gillispie completed the final three events of the heptathlon to win bronze with over 4,000 points.
On the third and final day of competition Alexander Pascal in the U-20 boys javelin and Frederick in the boys U-18 javelin flexed their arms. Pascal was extremely confident going into his event and it was justified when he took silver with a throw of 68.84 metres, beating two Barbadian throws who had finished ahead of him at the CARIFTA Games in April.
Pascal was way behind the winner though, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kershon Walcott, 19, who smashed the old championship record of 69.91m with a throw of 82.83m. Pascal, 17, heads to Barcelona, Spain this weekend to compete at the World Junior Championships next week. He competes on Thursday.
Coach Tyrone Yen and team manager Elizabeth Ibeh were impressed with the great team spirit and performances of the team overall. Yen said: “Overall the kids did exceptionally well. The conditions were not great in terms of the altitude and travel arrangements.
“Amelia getting a bronze in the heptathlon pleasantly surprised us. I hope she can improve for the CARIFTAs next year. Ashleigh has been jumping consistently this year and it’s good to see her back jumping 1.70m.
“I’m pleased that Alex managed to beat the two Bajan guys to get his silver. I know he will do us proud at the World Juniors and even if he doesn’t come back with hardware, he will come back with a personal best.”