Athletes get down to business at CARIFTA Games

Members of the Cayman Islands team at the opening ceremony on Friday.

Cayman Islands athletes got down to business at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas on Saturday, 31 March, as competition opened at the 2018 Flow CARIFTA Games.

Shalysa Wray advanced to the final of the U20 Girls 400m with a time of 54.66 seconds in the second of two preliminaries. Her time was fourth fastest overall behind leader Doneisha Anderson of the Bahamas (52.86), and Jamaicans Janielle Josephs (53.64) and Charokee Young (53.92). The finals are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday (in the Cayman Islands).

15-year-old Jaden Francis achieved a personal best time of 57.02 sec in the U17 Girls 400m. Francis, of Falcon Athletics, was fifth in the first of two preliminary races and ninth fastest of 16 competitors, missing the finals by one spot. Akrisa Eristhee of the British Virgin Islands took the second of two non-automatic spots with a time of 55:74 sec. Francis will also compete in the 200m later this weekend.

More athletes are scheduled to get into action during the Saturday afternoon session. The Cayman Islands has 30 athletes competing at the games. will have regular updates.

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