On track for CARIFTA glory

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association had a send off for the CARIFTA track and field team that will be representing the Cayman Islands at the 42nd CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas this weekend.  

The 17 members will be competing in Nassau from Friday until Monday. 

The athletes were introduced at the official gathering of CARIFTA athletes, parents and track officials at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, which was hosted by longtime sponsors of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association and track and field, Caribbean Utilities Company. 

The following is a look at the athletes, events and age groups in which they will be competing. 

 

Under 17 Girls 

Lacee Barnes – Shot Put, Discus 

Daneliz Thomas – Javelin 

 

Under 17 Boys 

Tahj Lewis – 800m, 4x400m 

Jamal Walton – 200m, 400m, 4x400m 

Duval Gregory – 4x400m 

Jeavhon Jackson – 4x400m 

Rashaun Connolly – 4x400m 

Daviel Foster – Javelin 

Javdon Nelson – 100m 

Under 20 Girls 

Ashleigh Nalty – High Jump 

Tiffany Cole – 800m 

Ameilia Gillespie – Pentathlon 

Pearl Morgan – 100m 

 

Under 20 Boys 

Brandon Johnson – 200m 

Troy Long – 200m 

Jorel Bellafonte – 800m, 1500m 

Alex Pascal – Javelin 

Track president Dalton Watler emphasised the importance of Cayman’s youth participating in sporting activities, which he said builds character.  

Vice president Bernie Bush presented the team to the media and commended the athletes for their dedication and hard work in achieving the qualifying times and distances necessary to make the trip.  

Cayman’s medal favourites are Bellafonte, who recently beat the best of the Jamaicans at the celebrated Champs meet in the 1500m last week in a record time; Nalty, who is in good form; and Pascal, who last season was ranked No. 2 junior only to Trinidadian Kershorn Walcott, who went on to win in the Olympics. 

Nalty

Ashleigh Nalty has high medal hopes.

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