Barnes silver caps Day 1 for Cayman at CARIFTA Games

Lacee Barnes collects silver in the U20 Girls shot put.

A silver medal by Lacee Barnes in the U20 Girls shot put capped the first day of competition for the Cayman Islands at the 2018 Flow CARIFTA Games in the Bahamas on 31 March.

Barnes, a freshman at the University of Texas at San Antonio, had a best throw of 13.40m behind the winner, Aiko Jones of Jamaica, who had a top distance of 13.53m. Barnes was comfortably in second, being one of only two of seven competitors to break 13 metres. Ianna Roach of Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze with 12.91m.

This is Barnes’ fourth career medal at the regional championships and seeks a fifth in the U20 Girls discus on Sunday.

Ahead of the games, the 18-year-old told that she was confident that she would win two medals this weekend. “I’ve been looking at the stats and I’m confident in my training, so I’m definitely coming back with two medals,” she said.

In other results:

U20 Girls 400m

Shalysa Wray just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in 54.63 seconds in the U20 Girls 400m. She improved on her preliminary round time of 54.66 sec but trailed the three young ladies who were quicker than her in qualifying. Doneisha Anderson of the Bahamas (53.58) was first ahead of Jamaicans Charokee Young (53.65) and Janielle Josephs (54.45).


U17 Boys 100m

Both Derrick Francis and Neil Brown ran personal best times in the U17 Boys 100m semifinals but failed to advance to the finals Saturday afternoon.

Brown (Hy-Tech Tigers) was sixth in his heat in 11.63 sec. Although, it’s his best official time, he benefited from a 2.4 m/s wind, just over the 2.2 m/s allowable limit. Francis (Mustang Track Club) ran the second semi-final and had a time of 11.53 sec in seventh place.

Francis and Brown were 12th and 13th fastest overall, respectively among 16 competitors.


U20 Boys 100m

Brandon Williams and Gary Rankin both made their CARIFTA Games debuts, with the Jamaica-based Williams setting a personal best mark of 11.16 sec in a third-place finish his heat of the preliminaries of the U20 Boys 100m. Rankin (Mustang Track Club) finished eighth in his heat with 11.20 sec. They were 18th and 19th overall from a field of 24 athletes.


U17 Girls 1500m

Ava Hider of 345 Athletic Club finished one spot off the podium during her CARIFTA Games debut, finishing fourth in 5:01.39. Hider sat in 13th place with a lap and a half to go before kicking things up a notch to surge past eight runners to the finish.

Jamaica’s Rushana Dwyer won in 4:47.90, with compatriot Theresa Graham second (4:48.30) and Guyana’s Shaquka Tyrell third (4:55.97).


U17 Boys 1500m

Levi Superville finished sixth in the U17 Boys 1500m. The 345 AC runner clocked 4:24.57 ahead of seven other competitors. Jamaica’s J’Voughnn Blake won in 4:08.73.


U20 Boys High Jump

Louis Gordon finished seventh of 10 competitors in the U20 Boys High Jump with a best clearance of 2.00 metres. Four other jumpers had that as their best jump behind Curacao’s Jaden Bernabela with 2.08m, who won gold.


U20 Girls Long Jump

Aijah Lewis finished 12th of 13 competitors in the U20 Girls Long Jump with a best distance of 5.07m. Chantoba Bright of Guyana won with 5.95m.


See recap from morning session:

Athletes get down to business at CARIFTA Games


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