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The Bahamas wins both relays at CAC Age Group Championships

  • RUNNING STRONG: Branson Rolle competes in the 80m hurdles during The Bahamas’ CAC Age Group Trials. Rolle sat in fourth place going into the final day of the CAC Age Group Championships, in Willemstad, Curacao. The championships wrapped up yesterday evening, but the final results were unavailable up to press time. COURTESY OF KERMIT TAYLOR

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Jul 01, 2013

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It was all business for Team Bahamas, which arrived in Curacao hours before the start of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships.

The eight-member team was stuck in Miami, Florida on Friday after missing their connection flight to Curacao, but arrived just in time, as the two-day meet held at the Sentro Deportivo Korsou in Willemstad, Curacao, got underway early Saturday morning. The Bahamas was able to make up ground and captured both mixed 4x100 meters (m) titles. Tylar Lightbourn, Blaize Darling, Doneisha Anderson, Kristia Collie, Tamasio Bullard, Kairon Bain and Branson Rolle are representing The Bahamas at the meet, which features athletes from 36 countries. The meet concluded late last evening, but the final results were unavailable up to press time.

The team of Anderson, Collie, Rolle and Bain took the mixed 4x100m title in the 13-14 division. The winning time was 47.27 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago followed in 47.95 seconds and St. Kitts and Nevis placed third in 48.33 seconds.

The 11-12 division team consisted of Bullard, Lightbourn, Darling and Culmer, and they won in a time of 51.19 seconds. Jamaica and St. Lucia were second and third respectively, in times of 51.20 seconds and 52.37 seconds.

After the first day of competition, Rolle sat in fourth place in the 13-14 Boys Heptathlon with 2,964 points and Bain was in sixth with 2,927 points. Rolle picked up 812 points in the 80m, clocking 9.94 seconds, and 614 points when he tossed the shot putt 11.99m (39’ 4”). In the long jump event, he soared 5.68m (18’ 7-3/4”) and stopped the clock in 11.37 seconds in the 80m hurdles.

The best event for Bain, on Day One, was the 80m dash where he scored an impressive 920 points. His time was 9.43 seconds. Bain added 731 points to his total, after completing the long jump where his best was marked at 5.57m (18’ 3-1/4”). Bain would struggle in the shot putt and was only able to record 499 points on a 9.52m (31’ 3”) throw. Knowing that he had to make amends in the 80m hurdles, Bain clocked 11.44 seconds and scored 794 points. The Bahamian duo still had the high jump, ball throw and the 1,200m to go, up to press time. More than 37 athletes competed in that age division which Enzo Hodebar of Guadeloupe was leading after Day One with 3,389 points. Tyriq Horsford was in second place with 3,165 points and Sebastian Romero moved into Day Two with the third best score of 3,086 points.

The one day total of 2,400 points puts Anderson in the seventh spot in the 13-14 Girls Heptathlon. Her biggest point haul came in the 80m dash where she scored 747 points after turning in a time of 10.27 seconds. She closed the day with 538 points, in the 60m hurdles. On the field Anderson earned 615 points in the long jump and 500 points in the shot putt with distances of 4.97m (16’ 3-3/4”) and 9.54m (31’ 4”) respectively.

Collie scored 392 points in the 60m hurdles on Saturday, finishing in a time of 11.83 seconds. She closed Day One with 2,246 points and was in the 13th spot. She scored 644 points in the 80m dash, 666 points in the long jump and 544 points in the shot putt. With three events remaining, Iman Berthelot of Guadeloupe led the division with 2,578 points.

Athletes in the 11-12 pentathlon for boys had one event to go, up to press time and Daring was sitting in a tie for fourth with 2,591 points. He scored 797 points in the 60m and 658 in the long jump. He had 513 points came in the ball throw and 623 in the high jump event. Bullard is ninth with 2,508 points, scoring 857 points in the 60m dash, 499 points in the high jump event, 588 points in the ball throw and 564 points in the long jump. The 1,000m ran late yesterday.

The Bahamas sits in the 11th spot in the 11-12 girls thanks to Lightbourn who accumulated 2,196 points and looked to add to her total with just one event remaining. Kennedy Culmer sat in the 15th spot with one event remaining. She had 2,056 points. Julien Alfred of St. Lucia was leading that division up to press time with 2,470 points.

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