The times and distances have not been overly impressive among some of the elite Bahamian track and field athletes so far this season, but on the junior side, a number of athletes have performed well, and their standings on the world’s top lists reflect that. Bahamian junior athletes are coming off a second place finish at the CARIFTA Games with 26 total medals – nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze.
Near the top of the list in the under-18 boys sprints is Grand Bahamian Terrance Jones. His gold medal winning time in the 400 meters (m) at the 48th CARIFTA Games this past weekend has him listed as number two in the world, just seven one hundredths of a second behind Justin Robinson of the United States.
Jones won the gold medal in the under-20 boys division at CARIFTA in 46.29 seconds, destroying his previous personal best by more than a full second. At CARIFTA, the contested divisions are under-17 and under-20, so Jones was forced to compete in the latter as a 17-year-old, but given international standards, he still qualifies as a youth athlete.
In the under-20 division, he is listed as the sixth fastest in the world this year.
Jones is also listed in the 200m with his personal best time of 20.77 seconds that he did at the CARIFTA Trials. In the under-18 division, he is tied for second with Jamaican Rajay Morris. Sinesipho Dambile, of South Africa, leads the world’s top list at 20.43 seconds. In the under-20 category, Jones is in a three-way tie for sixth.
Rico Moultrie is a three-tie for 15th in the under-20 boys 200m with his personal best run of 20.98 seconds at the CARIFTA Games.
In the under-18 girls category, despite struggling at the CARIFTA Games, Megan Moss is listed as the number three athlete in the world in the 400m. She has a season’s and personal best run of 53.06 seconds that was done at the CARIFTA Trials. Also in the under-18 division, Anthaya Charlton is eighth in the world in the 100m with her winning time of 11.51 seconds at the CARIFTA Games. She is also tied for 14th in the 100m hurdles (0.76m/8.50) with her personal best run of 13.83 seconds at CARIFTA, and is tied for 35th in the long jump with a mark of 5.75m (18’ 10-1/2”).
Shaun Miller Jr. is sixth in the world in the under-20 boys high jump with his personal best clearance of 2.16m (7’ 1”) at the CARIFTA Games. Travis Joseph is in a five-way tie for 19th with his clearance of 2.11m (6’ 11”) at the CARIFTA Games.
With her stunning personal best run at the CARIFTA Games, Jasmine Knowles also finds herself among the world’s elite. She won gold at CARIFTA in the 800m in 2:09.49, and is listed at number 15 in the under-18 category.
Raymond Oriakhi is sixth in the 400m hurdles in the under-18 boys division with a time of 54.97 seconds, and Matthew Thompson is 15th in the under-20 boys division with a time of 51.62 seconds that he did at the CARIFTA Trials.
In the under-20 girls division, Doneisha Anderson finds herself listed as the number eight athlete in the world in the 400m. She has a season’s and personal best time of 52.77 seconds that was done on Saturday at the LSU (Louisiana State University) Alumni Gold Meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Additionally, Oscar Smith is tied for 11th in the world in the under-20 boys 110m hurdles (0.99m) with a season’s and personal best run of 13.71 seconds that was done at the CARIFTA trials. Denvaughn Whymns was second in 13.73 seconds at those same CARIFTA trials, and is tied for 14th in the world.
Despite not making the CARIFTA team, Latrell Taylor is listed as number 11 in the world in the under-18 boys triple jump. He has a season’s and personal best leap of 14.85m (48’ 8-3/4”).
Also, The Bahamas’ under-20 boys relay team of Ure Mills, Rico Moultrie, Adrian Curry and Joel Johnson, are tied with the 41st best time in the world in the 4x100m relay, and they set a new junior national record at the 48th CARIFTA Games in George Town, Cayman Islands. The quartet ran 39.49 seconds, becoming the first Bahamian junior team to run under 40 seconds in the 4x100m relay.
With the discontinuation of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Under-18 Championships, junior athletes can now turn their attention to the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-18 and Under-23 Championships and the Pan American Junior Championships which are both set for this summer.