Cayman wins six Flow CARIFTA Games medals

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Cayman Islands athletes had a strong end to the 46th Flow CARIFTA Games in Curacao over the Easter Weekend, finishing with six medals including three gold at the premier Caribbean junior track and field championships.

Cayman’s three gold, two silver and one bronze medal was good enough for a sixth-place finish overall behind regional powerhouses Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Barbados. Guyana finished fifth.

Jamal Walton (left) and Dominic Dyer both won two medals.

Jamal Walton won gold in the U20 Boys 200 metres Monday evening. Walton started strong, held the lead coming off the turn and maintained it down the homestretch to win in 21.29 seconds. He won also won a silver in the U20 Boys 400 metres on the opening day.

Another gold medal came from Dominic Dyer in the U20 Boys 5,000 metres on Monday. Dyer, 17, was undaunted by the challenge in moving up an age group from last year. He dominated the field after taking the lead 1,200 metres in. He crossed the finish line in 15 minutes 55.02 seconds. Dyer took home a bronze medal from the U20 Boys 1,500 metres on Saturday.

Lacee Barnes won the U20 Girls shot put and had a national record in the discus.

The other gold medal came compliments Lacee Barnes. She made the winning throw of 13.06 metres on her final attempt in the Under 20 Girls shot put. It was a good trip to Curacao for Barnes, 17, who despite not getting a top-three finish in the Under 20 Girls discus, threw a lifetime best distance to set a new Cayman Islands national record of 47.63 metres on Sunday. On a day of impressive performances, Barnes was fourth.

Cayman’s other medal came courtesy Rasheem Brown in the U18 Boys 110 metres hurdles. The 17-year-old trailed Jamaica’s Dejour Russell to the line in 13.70 seconds to claim a silver, improving on the bronze medal he won in the event last year.

Daneliz Thomas, who won the U18 Girls javelin throw last year, had tougher going this time around, especially in breezy conditions. Thomas, 17, finished sixth in the Under 20 Girls event with a best distance of 42.10 metres.

Other Cayman Islands athletes participating at the Games were: Aijah Lewis, who was sixth in the Under 18 Girls high jump on Saturday before fouling out of the long jump where first-time competitor Ashantae Graham finished 18th of 23 competitors who made legal jumps.

Rasheem Brown

Another CARIFTA Games rookie, Daujaughn Murray, did not advance to the finals of either the Under 18 Boys 400 metres or 200 metres events. Kashief Dawkins also did not make the finals of the 200 metres.

Jeavhon Jackson, who attends Jamaica College, was sixth in the Under 20 Boys 400 metres hurdles. Shalysa Wray, a student of St Jago High School in Jamaica was 10th fastest in the Under 20 Girls 400 metres.

William Edwards, who trains with Dyer, finished down the field in both the 1,500 metres and the 5,000 metres events. Lamar Reid was seventh in the U18 Boys triple jump and 10th in the long jump. Louis Gordon was 10th in the U18 Boys high jump, while Jevon Watler-Christian failed to position.

Cayman won seven medals at last year’s games in Grenada. Also announced during the games is that the Cayman Islands will host the 2019 CARIFTA Games.

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