Cayman athletes start out strong at CARIFTA Games

The Cayman boys’ under-17 4x100 relay team, standing left, took silver, finishing behind Jamaica, center, and ahead of Turks and Caicos, right.

The Cayman Islands are off to a rousing start in the CARIFTA games currently being held in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The swim team stands in fifth place after two days, and the track team earning five medals in the athletics competition.

Lacee Barnes leads the way for Cayman’s track and field competitors. Barnes has a gold medal in the discus and a silver in the shot put through two days of competition.

Cayman’s team – Silver Hurlston, Neil Brown-McLennon, Errol Smith and Derrick Francis – earned a silver medal in the boys’ under-17 4×100-meter relay.

Cayman also earned a medal in the girls’ relay, with Tori-Ann Gonez, Jaden Francis, Ashantae Graham and Danieka Lyn taking bronze in the girls’ under-17 4×100-meter relay.

Daneliz Thomas won a silver medal in the under-20 javelin.

Cayman’s female swimmers ranked fourth out of 19 Caribbean teams after two days of competition, and the boys team ranked sixth out of 18 teams in their side of the bracket. Sabine Ellison, 14, has two gold medals for Cayman, and Jillian Crooks has netted a silver and two bronze medals.

Sabine won a gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter individual medley, while Jillian, 11, took silver in her age bracket for the 100-meter butterfly. Jillian earned her bronze medals in the 200-meter freestyle and in the 50-meter butterfly.

Cayman’s swimmers, coaches and managers pose for a group shot on March 29, prior to leaving Owen Roberts International Airport for the CARIFTA Games in Jamaica. – Photo: CJ Moore

Avery Lambert, 13, won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle for Cayman.

Samantha Bailey, 17, earned a silver medal in her age bracket for the 800-meter freestyle and a bronze in the 400-meter individual medley.

John Bodden, 17, took silver in the 1500-meter freestyle, and 12-year-old Jake Alberga took silver in his age bracket for the 200-meter breaststroke. Bronze-medal winners for the Cayman swim team include Raya Embury-Brown, Elana Sinclair, Alex Dakers, Stefano Bonati and Jake Bailey.

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