The Cayman Islands Track and Field Under-15 team travelled to Jamaica this month to participate in the 14th edition of the Caribbean Union of Teachers Championship held at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Cayman finished ninth in the medal standing, out of a total of 14 countries, winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Barbados took first place followed by host Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago in third, British Virgin Islands in fourth and St. Kitts and Nevis in fifth.
“It was indeed a very good performance from the team,” said head coach Tyrone Yen. “Each athlete finished in the top seven in their event, thus giving the Cayman Islands valuable points. Several of them had personal bests; namely Louis Gordon, who won gold in the U13 boys high jump with 1.62 metres, which was also a meet record.”
Lacee Barnes won silver in the U15 girls shot put with a distance of 11.47m and the open boys sprint medley team of Rashaun Conolly, Jouri Haylock, Jeavhon Jackson, and Jamal Walton won bronze with a time of 1.42.53.
Other results were Kiara McLaughlin coming fourth in a time of 2.31 in the open girls 800m, Ronaldo Morrison sixth in the U15 boys long jump with a leap of 5.64m, Daneliz Thomas in fifth in the U15 girls javelin with a throw of 28.93m, as well as the U15 boys 4x100m placing sixth in a time of 46.69 seconds.
Jordae Scott equaled her personal best with a leap of 1.35m in the U13 girls high jump, where she finished in seventh. The team also had four fourth place finishes – Louis Gordon in the U13 boys long jump at 5.03m, Kiara McLaughlin in the open 800 girls at 2.31, Jamal Walton U15 boys 400m at 52.27s and Pearl Morgan, who tied for third place in the girls U15 high jump but lost out on a medal via the count back rule.
The final statistics were the Cayman Islands participated in 19 events and won three medals, scoring points in 16 events, which represents an 85 per cent success rate and a remarkable feat for the young team.
The Cayman Islands Athletic Association would like to sincerely thank team manager Paula Erskine, Assistant Manager Suzette Anderson and coach Tyrone Yen, in addition to all the parents who travelled with the team in order to make the trip a success.
Special thanks also to Barbara Wilson, who worked tirelessly as one of the technical officials and kept the Cayman team well informed by supplying vital information when needed, and Molly Ann Moore, who worked as a starter at the meet, gaining valuable exposure, as the association continues to develop its track officials to the highest standard.