Barnes powers to new national record

Lacee Barnes

University of Texas San Antonio junior Lacee Barnes last month set a new Cayman Islands record in the shot put.

Barnes, a three-time CARIFTA Games gold medallist for Cayman, recorded a throw of 14.51 metres last month at the FasTrak Athletix Collegiate Invitational at Yeoman Fieldhouse, on the University of Houston campus. Her record-breaking throw was good enough for third place and broke her previous national record distance of 14.2 metres, which she set as a freshman for the Roadrunners in 2018.

“I was very confident in how I would perform for this meet,” said Barnes. “I came in with the intentions to throw 14 metres and I did just that. My coach, Chris Adams, has been working with me on my shot put very closely for positive results, and it paid off.”

Barnes also finished eighth in the weight throw at the meet. Barnes placed seventh in the shot put at the Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational also held last month, after her record-setting performance.

Caymanian Kareem Streete-Thompson serves as associate head coach for UTSA, focussing on sprints, jumps and relays.