GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Shaunece Miller can now join big sister Shaunae Miller-Uibo and older brother Shaun as CARIFTA medalists.
She added her name to the list on Saturday morning, winning bronze in the under-17 girls high jump at the 48th CARIFTA Games, currently ongoing at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
It was the first medal for The Bahamas at these 48th CARIFTA Games.
Miller cleared a personal best height of 1.68 meters (m) – 5′ 6″ – on her second attempt and then knocked the bar down all three times at 1.71m (5′ 7-1/4″), but had already done enough to secure the bronze.
Annishka McDonald, of Jamaica, won the gold with a clearance of 1.74m (5′ 8-1/2″). Vanessa Merera, of Curacao, cleared the winning height but had to settle for the silver based on number of knockdowns.
“Coming into the competition I feel like I was a bit rusty, but Coach Demeritte (team Bahamas Assistant Coach Nekeno Demeritte) helped me to get over that. I have to give thanks to God first and foremost. Without Him, this wouldn’t be possible,” said Miller. “I’m happy with the bronze. I wasn’t thinking about my competitors and was able to come away with a personal best. I’m grateful. It feels great that I’m finally in the mix for a medal. They usually tell me ‘raise your hand if you have a CARIFTA medal so now I could actually raise my hand. I feel good and I’m satisfied.”
The other Bahamian in that event, Kenya Forbes, finished in a tie for fifth with Amelia Othman of Bermuda with a height of 1.60m (5′ 3″). The other Jamaican in that event, Malaika Cunningham, finished fourth with a best clearance of 1.65m (5′ 5″).
Anne-Marie Oriakhi had to settle for a fourth place finish for The Bahamas in the under-17 girls shot put. She had a best throw of 12.42m (40′ 9″). Alicia Grootfaam, of Suriname, had the only gold medal not won by Jamaica in the morning session on Saturday, as she finished with a best throw of 14.15m (46′ 5-1/4″). Treneese Hamilton, of Dominica, finished second with a toss of 14.14m (46′ 4-3/4″), and Jamora Alves, of Grenada won the bronze medal with a toss of 13.53m (44′ 4-3/4″).
“I felt I could have done a [little] better, but I tried my hardest,” said Oriakhi. “It’s been a fun experience for me, but next year I hope to do better.”
A couple of events were held in both the open girls heptathlon and the open boys octathlon on Saturday morning.
Patrick Johnson sat in third in the latter with 1,396 points. He had the fifth fastest time in the 100m, 11.74 seconds, and the third-best jump in the long jump, a mark of 6.68m (21′ 3-1/4″). Edvaughn Carey sat in seventh place in the octathlon with 1,338 point after two events. He had the second-fastest time in the 100m, 11.27 seconds, but fell down in the long jump as he was only able to post the eighth best mark, 5.77m (18′ 11-1/4″).
Hiltranique Pinder sat in fifth in the open girls heptathlon with 1,431 points. She had a time of 15.69 seconds in the 100m hurdles, the sixth fastest time, and was tied with the fifth-best mark in the high jump with a clearance of 1.55m (5’ 1″). The other Bahamian in the open girls heptathlon, Kasha Neilly, sat in eighth after the first two events. She had 828 points, running the third-fastest time in the 100m hurdles, 15.10 seconds, and unfortunately recording a mark in the high jump.
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