Despite a heavy downpour of rain, delaying some of the events on day two of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) National Youth Championships, the event was still completed at the original Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium this past Friday and Saturday.
The eight athletes who qualified for the 2nd North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Age Group Championships were Tristan King and Tyrone Conliffe Jr. (11-12 boys); Phoebe Thompson and Rajae Saunders (11-12 girls); Lynden Johnson and Kamron Rolle (13-14 boys); and G’Shan Brown and Kendrea Munroe (13-14 girls).
The NACAC Age Group Championships, a biennial meet, is set for July 26-27 at the Jorge “Magico” Gonzalez Stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, this year.
King won the 11-12 boys division with 3,103 points, competing in the 60 meters (m) dash, the high jump, the baseball throw, the long jump and the 1,000m race. Finishing second to King was Conliffe Jr. out of Grand Bahama, with 3,019 points. In third place with 2,880 points was Kenny Moxey Jr. from New Providence.
King won the 60m dash and high jump on Friday evening to take a commanding lead over his competitors. He finished third in the baseball throw and the long jump. He said his toughest event was the 1,000m race where he finished fifth.
It was no competition for the speedy King in the 60m dash as the sprint double champion from the 2019 BAAA National High School Track and Field Championships won in a time of 7.83 seconds. Darius Pratt was second in 8.22 seconds, and Conliffe Jr. was a close third in 8.27 seconds.
King, a Queen’s College athlete, went on to win the high jump event with a clearance of 1.52m (4’ 11”). Moxey Jr. was second after he cleared 1.46m (4’ 9-1/2”). Anthony Sweeting hit the bar down for a third time at 1.43m (4’ 8-1/4”). He finished third.
Conliffe Jr., from Eight Mile Rock School, won one event – the long jump. He placed second in the 1,000m run and the baseball throw, and was third in the 60m dash. For Conliffe Jr., his toughest event was the high jump where he finished fifth.
In the 11-12 girls division, it was Grand Bahama’s Thompson who scored 2,416 points to come out on top. She won the high jump event. Although she only won one event, Thompson managed to finish second in the 60m dash and the long jump. She was third in the baseball throw, and sixth in the 800m run.
New Providence’s Rajae Saunders held on for second place overall after she ended with 2,360 points. Levarity Greer was third after she recorded 2,270 points.
In the high jump, Thompson and Jamiah Nabbie both cleared 1.33m (4’ 4-1/4”) to secure the top points in this event. There was a tie for third as both Saunders and Dean cleared 1.30m (4’ 3-1/4”).
A dominant Johnson ensured he went back to Grand Bahama as the overall winner in the 13-14 boys division after he accumulated 4,868 overall points. The 13-14 boys events included the 80m dash, the long jump, the shot put, the 80m hurdles, the high jump, the baseball throw and the 1,200m run.
Rolle, from New
Providence, settled for second after finishing with 4,597 points, and Aiden Sturrup was third with 4,371 points.
Johnson, who was on the shelf for two months after suffering an injury at the high school nationals in March, won the 80m dash, the 80m hurdles, the long jump and the shot put. He settled for third in the baseball throw, and was seventh in the 1,200m run and the high jump.
Johnson’s time in the 80m dash was 9.16 seconds. Matthew Chandler ran a time of 9.44 seconds to finish second behind Johnson. Omario Barnes had to settle for third place after recording a time of 9.60 seconds.
Johnson, who attends Tabernacle Baptist Academy, was not finished as he also took the 80m hurdles, finishing in 11.91 seconds. Rolle was behind Johnson as he posted a time of 12.13 seconds. Finishing third was Tayshaun Robinson in 12.27 seconds.
In the long jump, Johnson leapt 5.83m (19’ 1-1/2”) for the win. Malik Wood held onto second place after leaping 5.65m (18’ 6-1/2”). Chandler was third with a leap of 5.57m (18’ 3-1/4”).
Johnson showed off his strength as he won the shot put event. His throw of 12.82m (42’ 0-3/4”) was his winning throw. Joshua Johnson finished behind him with a throw of 12.14m (39’ 10”). It was Wood who settled for third, finishing with a throw of 12.10m (39’ 8-1/2”).
In the 13-14 girls division, Brown was victorious after finishing the event with 3,412 points. It was a fierce battle for second place as Munroe scored 3,289 points to outlast Amari Pratt. Pratt finished with 3,278 points after she went into the second day leading with 2,248.
Brown won one event – the baseball throw. She was third in the shot put; placed fifth in the long jump, high jump, 1,000m run and 80m dash; and was eighth in the 60m hurdles.
Brown won the baseball throw with a toss of 41.48m (136’ 1”). Essence Sands was second with a throw of 38.20m (125’ 4”). Finishing third was Lanisha Lubin after she recorded a throw of 37.14m (121’ 10-1/4”).
There wasn’t a single athlete who dominated that division, making it extremely competitive.
The qualified athletes will now be looking to improve in preparation for San Salvador.
In the first edition of the meet, held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2017, The Bahamas finished fourth overall out of 11 countries. The team ended with 27,238 overall points.
Trinidad and Tobago was the overall winner with 28,248 points. Finishing second and third respectively were Jamaica and Barbados. Jamaica scored 27,600 points and Barbados finished with 27,467 points.
At that inaugural NACAC Age Group Championships, Brown finished fifth with a score of 2,575 points in the 11-12 girls division. Her teammate, Lanique Thompson, finished 13th with a score of 2,352 points.
Carlos Brown was fifth in the 11-12 boys division with an overall score of 2,985 points. Daniel Ermilus finished 12th with 2,738 points.
The Bahamas won the silver in that division behind Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica won the bronze.
In the 13-14 girls division, Anthaya Charlton was on the podium after she won the silver medal with 3,876 points. Shaunece Miller settled for 13th with a score of 3,520 points.
Mateo Smith finished seventh in the 13-14 boys division with 4,651 points. Otto Laing scored 4,541 points to finish 10th.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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