Cayman athletes bring home 17 medals

Jazmin Robinson wins gold in the 12-year-old girls high jump.

The Mustang Track Club brought home 17 medals last weekend after competing in the Bay Area Youth Track and Field Championships at the University of South Florida.

Cayman’s local track club won three gold, nine silver and five bronze medals over the three-day meet that attracted more than 30 regional track and field clubs.

Leading the way for the Mustangs with three medals and two new personal records was Denisha Taylor. She ran the 11-year-old girls 100m dash finals in 13.73, placing second, with a personal best time. She also finished third in the 200m finals, finishing in 28.59.

Athletes of the Mustang Track Club in Tampa, Florida.
Athletes of the Mustang Track Club in Tampa, Florida.

Taylor, Renadra Powell, Jazmin Robinson and Tayvana Myles ran the girls 4x100m relay in 55.45, placing second.

Daneliz Thomas competed in the girls 17-19 javelin throw, and won the gold for the third consecutive year. She also set her third BAYTAF record of 38.25m in the javelin field event.

Rashaun Conolly ran 22.22 for second place in the 17-19 boys 200m race. He went on to win another silver in the 4x100m relay alongside teammates Christopher Tugman, Jeavhon Jackson, and Rajnae Cole. He won his third medal, a gold, in the 4x400m relay, along with Tavarist Fowler, Rajnae Coley, and Deondre Lyn, in a time of 3:30.27.

Tavarist Fowler placed second in the 400m dash, earning his second BAYTAF medal.

With the winning jump of 1.33m in the 12-year-old girls high jump, Jazmin Robinson got the gold medal. Robinson also won silver in the girls 4x100m.

Brianna Smith, who also competed in the 11-year-old girls high jump, placed second with a height of 1.16m.

In the 14-year-old boys high jump, Alec Harding won bronze.

Daujaughn Murray, who competed in the 15-16 boys 400m dash and 800m race, placed third in both events. Murray also won silver in the 4x100m relay.

Jeavhon Jackson placed second in the 400m hurdles and 4x100m relay for two silver medals.

Shalysa Wray, Kashief Dawkins, Davonte Howell, and Jamar Ellis also made the finals.

In the 17-19 old girls 400m dash, Wray won bronze but sustained an injury that kept her from competing in the 200m.

Also due to injury, Dawkins, who won silver in the 4x100m relay, DNF (did not finish) the 400m dash and did not get to compete in the 200m.

In the 11-year-old boys 100m, Howell, who placed sixth, set a new personal best of 13.22, and Ellis, who placed fourth in the same event, also set a new personal best time of 13.16.

Mustangs Coach Tyrone Yen said, “It was a good all-round effort from the team as we are in a rebuilding phase at the moment.