Daneliz Thomas and Lacee Barnes are raising standards of female field events in Cayman with their brilliance in javelin and discus respectively and last week in Jamaica they were in superb form again.
Thomas and Barnes hope to medal for Cayman at the CARIFTA Games in St. Kitts over the Easter break and following their Inter-Secondary Schools success at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex two weeks ago, the girls competed at the Excelsior High School field events in Kingston.
After a hard-fought battle, Barnes won the women’s open discus with a toss of 42.82 meters.
This was a personal record for Barnes, 15, who has been steadily improving since her best throw of 33.15m last year at the CARIFTA games in Martinique.
Thomas, 16, used the 600 gram javelin for the first time – which is the women’s weight – and won with a throw of 38.67m.
Thomas unexpectedly won CARIFTA bronze in the javelin two years ago.
Thomas’s CARIFTA age group throws 500g, so throwing the heavier javelin was good preparation.
Both girls have already qualified for CARIFTA.