Sprinters looking for gold after morning runs
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – The Bahamas put a number of athletes in the finals of the 100 and 400 meters (m) on Saturday morning as the 48th CARIFTA Games got underway at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Starting things off for The Bahamas in the sprints was young Anthaya Charlton. She easily won her heat and qualified for the final with the fastest time, setting a new personal best of 11.69 seconds.
“I don’t think I got out like I planned to, but it was a good race for me,” said Charlton afterwards. “My goal is to bring home two gold medals, so I just have to work toward that.”
In the under-17 boys 100m, Davon Johnson qualified for the final with the seventh-fastest time. He was third in his heat and qualified seventh in 11.26 seconds. The other Bahamian in the under-17 boys 100m, Mateo Smith, was third in his heat and finished 11th overall in 11.36 seconds.
Over in the under-20 girls 100m, Jaida Knowles finished a close third in her heat and qualified for the final with the fourth-fastest time, running 11.85 seconds.
“This is my third CARIFTA so I know what it is to have tough competition,” said Knowles. “I knew I had to execute and the race went pretty well for me. I just want to go out there and run a personal best time and bring home a medal for my country.”
The Bahamas had two athletes make the final in the under-20 boys 100m. Adrian Curry won his heat and qualified for the final with the third-fastest time, 10.70 seconds. Rico Moultrie also made the final, finishing second in his heat and qualifying for the final with the sixth fastest time, 10.83 seconds.
“I feel pretty good about my race. I didn’t get a good start but I finished strong,” said Curry. “I just want to go out there, run a PR (personal best time) and hope for the best.”
Javonya Valcourt qualified for the 400m final in the under-17 girls division. She was second in her heat and qualified sixth overall in 56.79 seconds. The other Bahamian in that event wasn’t so fortunate. Collinique Farrington was fifth in her heat and finished 11th overall in 59.51 seconds.
Just one athlete qualified for the under-17 boys 400m final. Wendall Miller was second in his heat and qualified for the final with the third-fastest time, He ran a time of 49.54 seconds. Tergenus Lovinski was fifth in his heat and finished 11th overall in 53.54 seconds.
The Bahamas had two qualifiers for the under-20 girls 400m final. Marissa White was second in her heat and had the second-fastest qualifying time for the final, running 54.85 seconds. Megan Moss, the CARIFTA champion from the under-17 girls division from a year ago, was second in her heat and qualified for the final with the fourth-fastest time, 55 seconds flat.
Terrance Jones had a sensational run in the heats of the under-20 boys 400m, recording a personal best time of 47.51 seconds. He won his heat and qualified for the final with the fourth-fastest time. The other Bahamian in the under-20 boys 400m, Marckenson Joseph, was fourth in his heat and finished 11th overall in 48.32 seconds.
“I feel great. I went out there, executed my race plan and trusted in God. I was able to come through,” said Jones. “In the final, I just want to get out, execute my race plan again and whatever happens, happens.”
All eight guys in the final ran 48 seconds or faster in the heats.
Initially, organizers had planned for three rounds of both the 100 and 200m, but because of a lack of participants, most of those events have been reduced to two-round events – semifinals and finals.
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