A pair of semi-finals as Cayman bows out at IAAF U20 champs

L-R: Shalysa Wray, Rasheem Brown, Lacee Barnes.

The Cayman Islands has wrapped up its participation at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland with two semi-final finishes.

Shalysa Wray and Rasheem Brown both advanced to the semi-finals of their events but failed to secure berths in their finals to contest for medals as intended.

Wray secured a spot in the semi-finals of the women’s 400m with a fourth-place finish in her heat on 10 July with a time of 54.32 seconds. Although she was quicker in the next round with 54.32 seconds, the 19-year-old was not quick enough and had to settle for seventh place in her race and bowed out of the competition.

Brown, who was a finalist at the IAAF World U18 Championships a year ago, entered the meet with ambitions to do just as good or better. He took third place in his heat with a time of 13.83 seconds on 11 July for an automatic qualification spot into the next round. However, Brown could only manage 14.40 seconds in the semi-final and did not advance.

The Newlands resident, who has just completed his first semester at Milligan College in Tennessee, will now turn his attention to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia that starts next week.

Meantime, Lacee Barnes, the national women’s record holder in the discus, injured herself during the warm-ups for the event on 10 July. Despite the shoulder strain, the 18-year-old continued to compete and was off her best as a result of the injury. She had marks of 42.41m, 35.54m, and 42.41m. Those distances show she was clearly hindered when compared to the Cayman Islands national record of 49.81m she established in winning the event at the Flow CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas in April.

It’s not yet clear if the injury she sustained will prevent her from representing the country at the CAC Games. Barnes is also getting set for her sophomore year at the University of Texas at San Antonio starting this fall.

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