Jamaica dominates in the field at CARIFTA

By April 20, 2019

Jamaica’s started the CARIFTA Games in the Cayman Islands in dominant fashion on Saturday, raking the lion’s share of medals in the field events at the National Stadium in George Town. 

That dominance began with the under-17 girls high jump as Jamaica’s Annishka McDonald just got the better of Curacao’s Vanessa Mercera. Both hit a roadblock at 1.77 metres, the lower 1.74-metre clearance as high as they could muster. McDonald had been the cleaner jumping, missing just once, at the eventual height the two would post. Mercera was careless, failing at 1.65, and 1.71 before having to use her final jump to get over 1.74 and make a fight of the competition.

The Bahamas Shaunnece Miller was third with a clearance of 1.68 metres. Jamaica’s Malaika Cunningham was fourth with a leap of 1.65 metres with the Bahamas’ Kenya Forbes (1.60m), fifth. The field was rounded out by Bermuda’s Amelia Othman, 1.60 metres, Curacao’s Liana Diaoen, who cleared the same height.

In the under-20 girls high jump, the Jamaicans were in a more dominant mood, as Janique Burgher, 1.77 metres, and Daniela Anglin, the same, finished ahead of the Cayman Island’s Aijah Lewis, 1.60m.

In the U17 girls shotput, Suriname’s Alicia Grootfaam, 14.15 metres, got the better of the Dominica’s Treneese Hamilton, 14.14, and Grenada’s Jamora Alves, 13.53, while Jamaica’s Brittania Johnson failed to register a mark.

The perennial CARIFTA champions would be back in the next event though, as Calabar standout Kai Chang, 59.36 metres, easily claimed the U20 discus title ahead of teammate Ralford Mullings, 54.91m. The Jamaicans finished ahead of the British Virgin Islands’ Djimon Gumbs, 54.76m.

The same dominance would come in the boys U17 shot put, where Christopher Young’s 16-metre effort was better than his Jamaican teammate’s 15.86m. Kobe Lawrence’s 15.86 was far and away better than the third place finisher, Trinidad and Tobago’s Jayden Scott, who thrust the implement 15.08 metres.

Another 1-2 finish would come in the girls U17 discus, where Marie Forbes threw 47.63 metres to better compatriot Kimone Reid’s 44.60m. The two were followed by Grenada’s Kelsie Murrell-Ross, whose best effort was 40.30 metres.

In the men's U20 high jump, the Bahamas' Shaun Miller got the drop on a pair of Jamaicans, clearing 2.16 metres to win ahead of Horatio Humphrey and Romaine Beckford, who both jumped 2.14m.

Barbados got onto the gold medal table at the CARIFTA games with a win in the boys U17 long jump. Caleb Massiah leapt out to 6.84 metres to better Khybah Dawson of the British Virgin Islands, 6.83M. Both were better than Jamaica's Jahiem Cox, who finished up with 6.73m.



Paul-Andre Walker

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