Barnes eyes more CARIFTA gold

Lacee Barnes

Lacee Barnes knows what it’s like to top the podium at the CARIFTA Games. After having that feeling, she’s eager to get back there in 2017.

The 17-year-old won gold in the shot put and silver in the discus in Grenada last year is once again showing good form ahead of the major Caribbean track and field meet.

Barnes’ first discus throw at the All Comers Meet in early February was 44.67 metres, outdoing her performance of 43.67 metres at the 2016 CARIFTA Games and establishing a new personal best mark and national junior record.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” she told after the event. “I’m feeling pretty good this year. I think the medal last year really brought out my confidence.”

As she gets set for the 15-17 April Flow CARIFTA Games in Curacao, for which she has already qualified, Barnes said she is focused and putting in the necessary work to bring more glory for the Cayman Islands.

“Coach [Kenrick Williams] and I have been working a lot on technical training. So, I’m pretty relaxed,” she said. However, she expected competition to be tougher for her this year. “I’ve gone up in age group this year, so it’s going to be a little tougher for shot put but I’m hoping for the best.

She has also been doing well in the shot put this year. She won CAFIFTA Gold last year with 14.90 metres, a national junior record.

Barnes is also expected to be among those representing the Cayman Islands at the Island Games this summer.

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