The Bahamas settled for a third-place finish at the 2nd North American Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Age Group Under-13 (U13) and Under-15 (U15) Championships that wrapped up on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional Jorge “Mágico” González. The Bahamas finished sixth in the under-13 girls’ division, accumulating 4,681 points. Trinidad & Tobago won that division with 5,286 points, Barbados was second with 5,194 points, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) finished third with 4,990 points. In the under-13 boys’ division, it was St. Lucia coming out on top with 6,272 points. Trinidad & Tobago was second with 6,035 points and Anguilla rounded out the top three with 6,032 points. Barbados was fourth with 5,857 points, and The Bahamas settled for fifth with 5,819 points.
Overall, Trinidad & Tobago won with 29,418 total points, Barbados placed second with 28,182 total points, and The Bahamas rounded out the top three with 26,577 total points in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The under-15 girls’ division was claimed by Trinidad & Tobago with 8,043 points. Cuba finished second with 7,913 points, and Barbados rounded out the top three with 7,783 points. The Bahamas finished seventh in that division with 6,716 points. Trinidad & Tobago also won the under-15 boys’ division, finishing with 10,054 points. St. Lucia was second with 9,527 points, and The Bahamas finished third with 9,361 points.
The highest individual finish from The Bahamas came from Lynden Johnson in the under-15 boys’ heptathlon. He was fourth with 4,841 points. Oliver Martín Palma Guzman, from Nicaragua, won the gold with 5,164 points. Dorian Charles, from Trinidad & Tobago, won the silver medal with 5,099 points, and Keone John, also from Trinidad & Tobago, claimed the bronze with 4,955 points. The other Bahamian in that event, Kamran De´Shawn Rolle, finished 11th with 4,520 points.
There was also a top 10 finish for The Bahamas in the under-13 boys’ pentathlon as Tristan King finished fifth with 3,072 points. Immani Matthew, from Trinidad & Tobago, won the gold medal in that division with 3,259 points. Milan Mitchell, from St. Lucia, was second with 3,218 points, and Jamaican, Euan Young, won the bronze medal with 3,152 points. Finishing fourth in that division was Tyriek McSweeney of Grenada, with 3,120 points. The other Bahamian in that division, Kenny Mozey, finished 14th with 2,747 points.
A couple of Bahamians also competed in both the under-13 girls’ pentathlon and the under-15 girls’ heptathlon.
In the under-13 girls’ pentathlon, Phebe Thompson was 11th with 2,373 points, and the other Bahamian, Rajae Saunders, finished 16th with 2,308 points.
In the under-15 girls’ heptathlon, G’Shan Brown was 13th overall with 3,528 points, and the other Bahamian, Kendrea Munroe, finished 21st overall with 3,188 points.
The championships wrapped up on Saturday in San Salvador, El Salvador. There is just one national athletics team to travel this season – the team to the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships that is set for September 27 to October 6 in Doha, Qatar.