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More CARIFTA qualifiers on day two of high school nationals

Country’s fastest junior, Martin, suffers injury in under-20 boys 200m
  • The Queen’s College Comets cross the finish line in the heats of the under-18 girls 4x400m at the Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships yesterday. The three-day meet comes to an end this evening over at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Photo: TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Mar 17, 2017

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The match-up that everyone was waiting for on Thursday night never materialised, as the country’s fastest junior went down with muscle tightness, leaving Tavonte Mott to cruise to an easy win in the under-20 boys 200 meters (m).

The Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships moved into day two over at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and once again CARIFTA qualifiers and record breakers took center stage. Over 500 young Bahamian athletes are taking part in the three-day high school nationals that wrap up tonight.

Tabernacle’s Javan “50” Martin has the title of the fastest junior in the country, taking the under-20 boys 100m title on Wednesday night in a blazing 10.50 seconds. He was looking to complete the sprint double on Thursday, but pulled up with an injury on the curve in the 200m final.

Tavonte Mott, from St. Augustine’s College (SAC), went on to win the race in 21.65 seconds. Karon Dean, of C.I. Gibson, finished a distant second in 22.36 seconds, and Vincent Simmons, from C.R. Walker, was third in 22.44 seconds.

“It was a good race. I wasn’t too happy with the time. I was looking to go a lil’ faster, but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes,” said Mott last night. “I was looking forward to running with Javan, but unfortunately he got injured. It was kind of sad when he pulled up because I really think we could have pushed each other. We’re enemies on the track, but friends off the track. It’s unfortunate that he went down. I just hope that he is okay.”

After the race, it was revealed that Martin didn’t suffer a major injury and will be ready for the CARIFTA Games over the Easter holidays next month. The 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games is set for April 15-17, at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao.

Also last night on the track, Devine Parker, of St. Anne’s, picked up her second gold medal of the high school nationals, and Sasha Wells, who is home-schooled, won her third.

Parker completed the sprint double, winning the under-18 girls 200m in 23.97 seconds. SAC’s Tanae Miller was a distant second in 25.02 seconds, and St. Anne’s Tyler Gray finished third in 25.33 seconds.

Wells also added the 200m title to her 100m title that she won the night before, and earlier in the day, she powered herself to victory in the 100m hurdles.

Wells won the under-20 girls 200m in 24.57 seconds. Tabernacle’s Kaylin Hewitt was second in 25.34 seconds, and Chenice Forbes, from C.R. Walker, was third in 25.85 seconds. In the under-20 girls 100m hurdles, Wells won in 14.12 seconds, just missing the CARIFTA qualifying mark of 14 seconds flat. SAC’s Chelsea Smith and Tristan Walters finished second and third in times of 15.45 seconds and 16.98 seconds respectively.

Kayon Ferguson, of Sister Mary Patricia Russell, broke the national high school record in the under-16 boys 80m hurdles. He won in 11.64 seconds to erase the old record of 11.69 seconds. SAC’s Raymond Oriaki also went under the old record, finishing second in 11.65 seconds, and Bishop Michael Eldon’s Seth Thompson was third in 12.35 seconds.

C.C. Sweeting’s Denvaughn Whymns was a double qualifier for the CARIFTA Games.

The surprise CARIFTA gold medalist from a year ago, qualified once again for the junior regional meet in the under-18 boys long jump. He had a best leap of 6.90m (22’ 7-3/4”) to win the competition last night and book his ticket for Curaçao. Shaun Miller Jr., of Queen’s College, was second with a leap of 6.44m (21’ 1-1/2”), and Tabernacle’s Travjuan Alleyene finished third with a leap of 6.42m (21’ 0-3/4”).

Whymns also qualified for CARIFTA in the under-18 boys 110m hurdles. He ran a qualifying time of 13.81 seconds to win that event yesterday. The qualifying standard is 14 seconds flat. Miller once again finished second, crossing the finish line in 14.91 seconds, and R.M. Bailey’s Jahmal Wilson was third in 15.08 seconds.

SAC’s Taylor Walters surpassed the CARIFTA qualifying standard in the under-18 girls javelin. She had a winning throw of 40.40m (132’ 6”) last night to pass the standard of 39.50m (129’ 7”). Her SAC teammate Latia Saunders was second with a throw of 34.60m (113’ 6”), and C.C. Sweeting’s Kendria McGregor finished third with a toss of 28.68m (94’ 1”).

SAC’s Terajh Hudson had a huge throw in the under-16 boys discus to win that event. He tossed the discus 46.26m (151’ 9”) to surpass the under-18 boys CARIFTA qualifying standard of 45m flat (147’ 7”). His SAC teammate Joseph Daxon was second with a throw of 33.44m (109’ 8”), and C.H. Reeves’ Stanley Coissy finished third with a throw of 29.52m (96’ 10”).

The other CARIFTA qualifier in the field events was Tamar Greene, of Queen’s College, who met the mark in the under-20 boys triple jump. Greene won the gold medal in the under-18 boys triple jump at the 2015 CARIFTA Games in St. Kitts & Nevis, and came back and qualified in the under-20 boys division last night. He had a qualifying leap of 15.45m (50’ 8-1/4”) to win the competition. The qualifying standard is 15m flat (49’ 2-3/4”).

Tabernacle’s Holland Martin finished second with a jump of 14.78m (48’ 6”) last night, and C.R. Walker’s Georgia Pratt was third with a leap of 13.58m (44’ 6-3/4”).

SAC’s Lakelle Kinteh broke the national high school record in the under-18 girls long jump, and just missed qualifying for the CARIFTA Games. She had a winning leap of 5.37m (17’ 7-1/2”) to break the record of 5.04m (16’ 6-1/2”). The CARIFTA qualifying standard is 5.40m (17’ 8-3/4”).

Queen’s College athletes finished second and third with Amelia Peterson turning in a jump of 5.05m (16’ 7”) for second, as she too went over the old record, and Tyra McKenzie was third with a leap of 4.92m (16’ 1-3/4”).

It was a 1-2 finish for Queen’s College in the under-20 girls long jump. Daejha Moss broke the national high school record with a leap of 5.61m (18’ 5”). The old record was 4.81m (15’ 9-1/2”). Moss won the under-20 girls high jump on Wednesday, and came back for the under-20 girls long jump title on Thursday. Her Queen’s College teammate India Sweeting was second in the long jump with a jump of 4.69m (15’ 4-3/4”). C.V. Bethel’s Miracle Hepburn finished third with a leap of 4.39m (14’ 5”).

Another new national high school record was established in the under-20 girls shot put. SAC’s Tiffany Hanna won the event with a toss of 11.76m (38’ 7”) to break the old record of 11.07m (36’ 3-3/4”). Her SAC teammate Mechael Russell was second with a toss of 9.72m (31’ 10-3/4”), and Jack Hayward High School’s Tania Armaly finished third with a toss of 8.26m (27’ 1-1/4”).

Division champions will be crowned this evening as the three-day high school nationals come to a close. Starting on Saturday, the test event for the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Relays Bahamas 2017, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) High School Relays, will be held at the Thomas A. Robinson stadium. That two-day event will conclude on Sunday.


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