14 gold medals for GB Schools on Day One of Track and Field Nationals

Day one of the Bahamas National High School Track and Field Championships is in the books and a number of Grand Bahama’s athletes were dubbed the best in the nation.

At the end of a competitive day one at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium a total of 14 national champions out of “Track and Field City” Grand Bahama were crowned.

It was reported in Friday’s publication that Akaya Lightbourne hauled away the national championship in the Girls’ Under 15 (U15) 1,500 meters championship. The number increased with a total of eight national championships picked up on the track and five gold medals carried away in field events.

As a collective, the athletes out of Grand Bahama turned in a total of 33 top three finishes, including the aforementioned number of championships won.

400M Championships
The 400m championships were decided under the bright lights yesterday evening. Winning the U13 Girls’ 400m championship was Sunland Baptist’s (SBA) Shatalya Dorsett. The little sister to former CARIFTA medalist, Shaquania Dorsett, clocked one minute and 5.65 seconds (1:05.65) in the finale. Finishing in the top three with her was silver medalist St. Augustine’s (SAC) Ianna Nixon in the time of 1:08.17. Also in the top three was GB’s Ciarra Williams representing Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High (SMPR). Williams took the bronze medal in the time of 1:09.86.

The Stingers were also winners of the U13 Boys’ national title. Cordae Strachan took the gold medal in the time of 1:05.21. SAC’s Jelani Morrison won the silver medal in 1:06.65 and Kirshawn McIntosh representing Tabernacle Baptist (TBCA) out of Grand Bahama captured the bronze in a time of 1:07.97.

Alexandra Smith (TBCA), Makaya Lewis (SMPR) and Cassidra Thompson (TBCA) missed out on the medal podium in the U15 girls’ 400m final. They placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

As for the U15 Boys, a trio of athletes from Freeport secured places on the medal podium. Sprint dynamo Deangelo McKie (TBCA) ran away with the gold in a time of 54.15 seconds. Jack Hayward Junior’s (JHJ) Tae’Jun Smith secured the silver with a time of 55.74 seconds. And Shemar Smith of Eight Mile Rock High (EMRH) carried away the bronze medal in the time of 55.77 seconds.

Collinique Farrington landed the silver medal in the U17 Girls’ 400m championship. She clocked a time of 1:01.38. Angel Pratt of Queen’s College (QC) was the eventual winner in the time of 59.31 seconds. Tanisha Floyd (SAC) won the bronze in 1:03.52.

D’Vontae Forbes (EMRH) and Deshon Joseph of Bishop Michael Eldon (BMES) secured the silver and bronze respectively, in the U17 Boys’ 400 finale. Raymond Oriaki (SAC) won the gold in the time of 50.28 seconds.

Last year’s CARIFTA selectee and current hopeful Corey Sherrod narrowly beat out Moore’s Island’s Marckenson Joseph for the gold medal in the U20 Boys’ 400m championship. Sherrod clocked 49.73 seconds, while Marckenson finished in 49.75 seconds. Gareth Lewis (QC) took the bronze in 50.22 seconds.

Atavia Duncanson finished seventh in the U20 Girls’ 400m for SBA in the time of 1:12.16.

100M Championships
SBA’s Kaily Pratt and JHJ’s Solange Sargent both missed out on the podium of the U13 Girls’ 100m championship. Pratt finished fifth in 14.35 seconds while Sargent was eliminated via false start.

However, Malik Wood (SBA) eventually won the U13 Boys’ 100m crown. He blitzed to a time of 12.73 seconds, ahead of TBCA’s Denard Adderley, who took silver in 13.46 seconds, and SAC’s Tumaini Skinner who clocked 13.57 seconds landed the bronze.

Stephanique Dean (TBCA) also became a national champion. She took the gold in the U15 Girls’ 100m sprint in the time of 12.53 seconds. Danielle Saunders (SAC) took the silver medal in 12.59 seconds and Troynell Miller of Huntley Christie captured the bronze in 12.62 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the U15 Boys’ 100m finale, Mateo Smith would eventually win the bronze medal in a time of 11.95 seconds. Jamaal Flowers (QC) was the gold medal winner in 11.36 seconds and Otta Laing (SAC0 took the silver in 11.75 seconds.

It was a tough outing for the U17 Girls. TBCA’s Genique Bassett narrowly missed out on a top place finish. She finished fourth in the time of 12.71 seconds. SAC’s Jaida Knowles (11.96seconds) and Anthaya Charlton (12.15 seconds) both took the gold and silver respectively. Robyn Rolle-Curry settled for the bronze with a time of 12.66 seconds. Natre Hall (SBA) finished eighth in the contest with a time of 13.42 seconds. The Boys’ U17 100m finale saw three top place finishes from Grand Bahama. Kendal Culmer (SBA) was the eventual gold medal and national crown winner with a time of 11.07 seconds. Romeo McKenzie (TBCA) finished with the silver in the time of 11.13 seconds and Terrance Jones (TBCA) captured the bronze in the time of 11.14 seconds.

It was another one-two finish for schools out of Grand Bahama in the U20 Girls’ 100m championship. Kennedy Culmer (SBA) became the national champion in a time of 12.06 seconds. TBCA’s Kaylin Hewitt captured the silver medal in the time of 12.3 seconds. Denisha Cartwright of Penn Foster High settled for the bronze with a time of 12.37 seconds.

It was third place bronze medal finish for TBCA’s Shaquiel Higgs in the U20 Boys’ 100m finale. He clocked 10.82 seconds in the finish. SAC’s Adrian Curry and Joel Johnson, both took the gold and silver respectively. Curry finished in 10.60 seconds, which equalled the CARIFTA qualifying standard, while Johnson clocked 10.79 seconds.

During yesterday’s slate of field events, Kevin Seymour (SMPR) claimed the national U13 boys’ shot-put crown with a best throw of 12.43m. Orien Duncombe and Ashford Ferguson both representing JHJ were the eventual silver and bronze medal winners respectively. Duncombe finished with a distance of 12.21m, and Ferguson tossed a best throw of 11.30m.

Latrell Taylor (EMRH) won the silver medal in the U17 Boys’ triple jump final with a best distance of 14.14m. Chima Johnson (SAC) carried away the gold medal with a best distance of 14.55m. Kayon Ferguson of St. George’s High (STGH) won the bronze medal with a distance of 13.23m.

BMES’ Erin Curtis landed the silver medal in the Girls’ U17 high jump at 1.52m. She beat out TBCA’s Damasvia Dames, who also finished at 1.52m to win the bronze. The gold went to SAC’s Mkayla White who finished at 1.57m.

TBCA’s Michael Williams tossed a gold medal capturing distance of 13.18m in the U20 Boys’ Shot Put. Sean Rolle (QC) took the silver medal in with a toss of 12.63m. Waydrick Anderson took the bronze with a toss of 12.14m.

Madison Deveaux of SBA was the gold medal winner in the U13 Girls’ High Jump championship. She finished her day at 1.35m with SAC’s Ianna Nixon, who took the silver medal with more knock downs than Deveaux. Nia Richards won the bronze after climbing 1.25m.

SMPR’s Joshua Johnson landed the gold medal in the U13 Boys’ Long Jump final with a jump of 5.09m. Wood (SBA) finished with the silver medal with a distance of 4.95m and Robert Stuart (SMPR) landed the bronze medal with a leap of 4.78m.

TBCA’s Devonte Smith leaped to a gold medal finish with a distance of 6.46m. He beat out C.R Walker’s Georgio Pratt (6.41m) who took silver, and Tristian Hanna (QC) who took the bronze with a distance of 6.40m.

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