The Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships got underway yesterday, as student-athletes from around the country gathered at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. A number of records were broken, and some CARIFTA standards were achieved.
A couple athletes went under the CARIFTA qualifying time and the former meet record in the under-15 girls 1500 meters (m). Jasmine Mackey of Teleos Academy recorded a time of 5:07.29 for the victory and the new record. Winning the silver and also qualifying for CARIFTA was Queen’s College’s Devin Cuffy-Bethel with a time of 5:12.79. Cuffy-Bethel’s teammate, Grace Farrington, was third with a time of 5:17.33.
The CARIFTA qualifying time is 5:16.94. All three podium finishers went under the former meet record of 5:21.04.
In the under-17 boys 1500m, Omar Kelly and Denzel Sawyer went under the CARIFTA qualifying time of 4:35.61. Kelly, of St. John’s, won the race with a time of 4:28.84 and also broke the meet record of 4:31.14. C.I Gibson’s Denzel Sawyer, who went under the qualifying standard this past weekend, won silver in a time of 4:32.74 to go under the CARIFTA qualifying mark again. The bronze medal was won by C.V. Bethel’s Crestwell Farrington with a time of 4:39.75.
St. Augustine’s College’s (SAC) Megan Moss lowered the meet record of 56.01 seconds to 53.96 seconds in the under-20 girls 400m. That was under the CARIFTA qualifying time of 55.92 seconds, a mark she had achieved already. Finishing second was Angel Pratt of Queen’s College with a time of 57.11 seconds, and Pratt’s teammate, Craiesha Johnson, was third as she recorded a time of 58.65 seconds.
Kenya Forbes from St. George’s High qualified for CARIFTA with a leap of 1.63m (5’ 4-1/4”) in the under-17 girls high jump. Also surpassing the CARIFTA height was Shaunece Miller of Queen’s College with a leap of 1.61m (5’ 3-1/4”). The bronze medalist was Rojhna Tucker with a leap of 1.47m (4’ 9-3/4”).
Winning the under-20 girls triple jump with a CARIFTA qualifying distance and new record for the meet was Vinajah Adderley of SAC. Her distance was 12.31m (40’ 4-3/4”). Tabernacle Baptist Academy’s Damazvia Dames finished second with a leap of 11.64m (38’ 2-1/4”). Finishing with a leap of 11.16m (36’ 7-1/2”) for third was Queen’s College’s Tyra McKenzie. The previous record was 12.26m (40’ 2-3/4”).
Javonya Valcourt from Queen’s College ran a CARIFTA qualifying time of 57.03 seconds in the under-17 girls 400m. The CARIFTA qualifying time is 57.05 seconds. Valcourt also set the meet record which was previously 57.36 seconds. Tabernacle’s Collinique Farrington was second with a time of 57.21 seconds, and finishing third was Jack Hayward’s Lacarthea Cooper with a time of 58.15 seconds.
Having already qualify for CARIFTA in the under-17 girls long jump, SAC’s Anthaya Charlton set a new meet record in that event with a leap of 5.49m (18’ 0-1/4”). Faith Brown was the silver medalist with a leap of 4.86m (15’ 11-1/2”). Huntley Christie’s Troynell Miller was a close third with a leap of 4.82m (15’ 9-3/4”).
In the under-20 boys 400m, Joseph Marckenson set a new meet record with a time of 48.35 seconds to win the gold medal. Tre Buchannon of Tabernacle was the silver medalist, running a time of 48.48 seconds. Queen’s College’s Matthew Thompson was a close third with a time of 48.58 seconds.
Another meet record was broken in the under-20 boys shot put as Huntley Christie’s Tyrike Taylor finished with a throw of 14.32m (46’ 11-3/4”). He surpassed the old record of 13.18m (43’ 3”). SAC’s Abner Johnson was second with a throw of 13.25m (43’ 5-3/4”), and finishing third was Queen’s College Dante Cooper with a throw of 12.79m (41’ 11-1/2”).
Tabernacle’s Stephanique Dean tied the meet record in the under-15 girls 100m with a time of 12.38 seconds. Queen’s College’s Paige Archer was second with a time of 12.56 seconds, and finishing third was Temple Christian’s Amari Pratt in 12.66 seconds.
SAC’s Jaida Knowles set a new meet record in the under-20 100m. She ran 11.79 seconds to lower the old record by .03 seconds. Her teammate Lakelle Kinteh was second with a time of 12.20 seconds. Third was Aisha Johnson of Kingsway with a time of 12.34 seconds.
In one of the first events on the day, the under-15 boys shot put, Nathaniel McHardy from the Huntley Christie School came away the winner with a throw of 13.34m (43’ 9-1/4”). Kayshawn Garconville from Louise McDonald School was the silver medalist. He had a distance of 12.49m (40’ 11-3/4”). Finishing third was Kingsway Academy’s Tamario Petty with a throw of 12.44m (40’ 9-3/4”).
Action continues at 9.30 a.m. today with the under-20 boys 3000m steeplechase. The opening ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. tonight.
The meet ends tomorrow.
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