Grand Bahama athletes captured 36 titles during the 2018 National Track and Field Championships that concluded on Sunday in New Providence.
On Friday and Saturday, this island’s representatives added 22 national titles to the 14 won on day one this past Thursday. Following is a summary of day two and day three of the competition:
Day Two - Friday, March 9
Day two at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium was highlighted by Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy (TBCA) securing four out of eight national titles in the various 4x100 meters finals, and more than half of the 200 meters titles national crowns, by winning five.
Sunland Baptist Academy (SBA) swept the Under-13 division in the 200 meters finals. Much like she did last month at the Island event, Shatalya Dorsett added the 200 meters gold after having won the 400 meters crown this past Thursday. Dorsett took the 200 meters gold in the time of 27.26 seconds. Sarah Hepburn of Queen’s College (QC) took the silver medal in 27.85 seconds and Demia Bowe of Patrick J Bethel High (PJBH) won the bronze in the time of 28.05 seconds.
Solange Sargent of Jack Hayward Junior (JHJ), finished fourth in the time of 28.22 seconds.
Malik Wood of Sunland Baptist completed the U-13 double in the boys’ 200 meters. Wood became the national champion of that division in the time of 25.97 seconds. St. Augustine’s College’s (SAC) Tumaini Skinner landed the silver medal in the time of 27.70 seconds, and SBA teammate Cordae Strachan secured the bronze in the time of 27.91 seconds.
Tabernacle pulled off a sweep in the U-15 division. Stephanique Dean became the reigning U-15 girls’ national champion in the time of 25.63 seconds. Paige Archer (QC) was the eventual silver medal winner in 25.89 seconds, with St. Andrew’s D’Arjha Davis settling for the bronze in 26.08 seconds.
Tabernacle’s Deangelo McKie continued his run of dominance in the U-15 boys’ 200 meters. His time of 22.93 seconds bested the field in his gold medal romp. Jamaal Flowers (QC) took the silver in the time of 23.98 seconds, and SAC’s Otto Laing won the bronze in 24.37 seconds.
It was a bronze medal finish for Tabernacle’s Collinigue Farrington in the girls’ U-17 200 final. She finished with a time of 25.60 seconds. CARIFTA favorites Jaida Knowles and Megan Moss, both representing SAC, took the gold and silver respectively. Knowles finished in the time of 24.10 seconds, well under the CARIFTA standard of 24.55 seconds. Moss finished slightly over that in the time of 24.76 seconds.
Eight Mile Rock High’s D’Vontae Forbes had no trouble in the U-17 boys’ 200 meters final. Forbes strode easily to the national crown in the time of 22.53 seconds, just over a second off the CARIFTA standard of 21.92 seconds. Litcinov Delhomme (PJBH) landed the silver medal in 23.32 seconds, while fellow EMRH Blue Jay Damico Austin won the bronze in 23.47 seconds.
Two bronze medal finishes were the highlights for Grand Bahama in the U-20 division. Kaylin Hewitt (TBCA) secured the bronze medal for her school in the time of 26.03 seconds. Doniesha Anderson (SAC) was the eventual gold medal winner in the time of 24.53 seconds. Wendira Moss of St. John’s College (SJC) took the silver in 24.75 seconds.
Romell Russell of St. George’s High (STGH) also landed the bronze medal in the U-20 boys’ 200 meters. He clocked 22.53 seconds. C.V Bethel’s (CVB) Jude Murray won the gold in 22.14 seconds. Adrian Curry (SAC) took the silver in the time of 22.22 seconds.
The 4x100m closed out day two. Sunland opened the action for GB with a bronze medal finish in the U-13 girls’ 4x100m final. The team of Dorsett, Kaily Pratt, Liberty Thompson and Cyniah Maycock clocked a time of 56.91 seconds. Queen’s College runners were the eventual gold medal winners in 54.96 seconds, while Huntley Christie High took the silver medal in 55.49 seconds.
The quartet of Kirshawn McIntosh, Denard Adderley, Philando Williams and Levaughn Parker landed the national U-13 boys’ 4x100 meters crown for TBCA. The team passed the baton around the track in the time of 54.49 seconds. SAC settled for the silver medal in 55.70 seconds while SJC took the bronze medal in 58.78 seconds.
The Falcons won their second and third 4x100 meters championships in the U-15 categories. The team of Dean, Vanessa Hewitt, Cassie Thompson and Cassidra Thompson took the U-15 girls’ crown in the time of 50.30 seconds. SAC was the eventual silver medal winners in the time of 50.74 seconds. Huntley Christie landed the bronze in a time of 51.77 seconds.
The team of McKie, Zion Campbell, Lynden Johnson and Mateo Smith hauled away the U-15 boys’ crown in the time of 44.89 seconds. QC took the silver medal in the time of 47.24 seconds, while SJC carried away the bronze in the time of 48.26 seconds.
The Falcons’ U-17 girls missed out on the gold medal but picked up the silver medal. The team of Farrington, Leniqua Black, Genique Bassett and Damasvia Dames clocked a time of 49.02 seconds. SAC took the gold medal in the time of 48.24 seconds. QC was the eventual bronze medal winner with a time of 50.32 seconds.
The U-17 boys team of Juwan Rigby, Terrance Jones, Keano Kemp and Romeo McKenzie won the gold medal for the Falcons. They finished in the time of 42.99 seconds ahead of silver medalist, SAC (44.48 seconds), and bronze medal winner, EMRH (44.62 seconds).
Sunland Baptist finished sixth in the U-20 girls’ 4x100m championship in the time of 53.49 seconds.
The Falcons’ U-20 boys managed to pick up the silver medal in the 4x100m final. The team of Nasterio Williams, Corey Sherrod, Ethnie Stubbs and Shaquiel Higgs posted a time of 42.07 seconds. SAC was the ultimate gold medal winner in the time of 41.96 seconds. QC finished in the top three with a time of 42.40 seconds.
On the field, Ashford Ferguson of Jack Hayward Junior picked up the gold in the U-15 boys’ javelin throw. He threw a distance of 41.81m. Sister Mary Patricia’s Jeffery Pinder got the silver with a throw of 40.28m.
EMRH’s Latrell Taylor (6.33m) won the silver in the boys’ U-17 long jump. Kemp (TBCA), secured the bronze in the same event with a jump of 6.28 meters.
Janay Higgs (SMPR) secured the bronze medal in the U-17 girls’ shot-put with a throw of 10.57 meters.
Dames (TBCA) grabbed the silver medal with a jump of 11.07 meters in the U-17 girls’ triple jump.
McKie (TBCA) also picked up a gold medal in the U-15 boys’ long jump with a distance of 5.60 meters. Brandon Hutchinson (SMPR) won the silver with a distance of 5.37m.
Wood (SBA) won the gold in the boys’ U-13 high jump with after climbing 1.50 meters. Levaughn Parker (TBCA) took the silver with a height of 1.35 meters.
Kevin Seymour (SMPR) took bronze in the U-15 boys’ discus throw. And Kenya Forbes (SMPR) won the silver medal in the U-15 girls’ high jump at 1.40 meters.
Day Three - Saturday, March 10
The 4x400 meters relays were the final contests of the third and final day.
SMPR won the silver in the U-13 girls’ 4x400 in the time of four minutes and 36.95 seconds (4:36.95). Sunland Baptist took the bronze in the time of 4:40.16. The gold went to QC in the time of 4:33.85.
Tabernacle secured the gold medal in the U-13 boys’ 4x400 meters final. They finished with a time of 4:26.43. SAC took the silver medal and St. John’s took the bronze.
Tabernacle corralled the silver medal in the U-15 girls’ 4x400 in the time of 4:07.86. QC was the gold medal winner, while Huntley Christie took the bronze.
The Falcons also took the silver in the U-15 boys’ 4x400 meters with a time of 3:44.27. QC was the winner of the gold medal, while St. John’s took the bronze medal.
The U-17 girls for Tabernacle were the bronze medal winners in the 4x400 meters final. They clocked a time of 4:26.22. SAC was the eventual gold medal winner, while QC took the silver.
Tabernacle’s U-17 boys struck gold in their 4x400 final in the time of 3:31.14. They finished ahead of the SAC runners who took the silver medal. C.I Gibson Senior High captured the bronze.
STGH finished fifth in the U-20 girls’ 4x400 meters. The gold went to SAC, while QC carried away the silver and C.I Gibson captured the bronze.
Bishop Michael Eldon is now the local and national champion of the U-20 boys’ 4x400 meters relay. Bishop Eldon’s team clocked a time of 3:20.21. Tabernacle landed the silver medal in a time of 3:21.68. Doris Johnson took the bronze medal.
Grand Bahama picked up some more medals on the track in the 800 meters. Madison Deveaux won the silver medal in the U-13 girls’ contest in the time of 2:49.74. Breanna Taylor of JHJ won the bronze in 2:52.35.
Akaya Lightbourne (SBA) won the silver medal in the girls’ U-15 800 meters. She clocked a time of 2:32.57.
Miles Yallop (SBA) secured the silver medal in the U-17 boys’ 800 meters with a time of 2:12.51.
And in the U-20 girls’ 800 metes, Jada and Jerrelle Strachan, both representing STGH, picked up the gold and bronze respectively. Jada clocked 2:27.18, while Jerrelle posted a time of 2:36.37.
In the U-17 boys’ 400 meters hurdles, Kemp (TBCA) picked up the gold for the Falcons in the time of 59.57 seconds.
In the U-20 boys 400 meters hurdles, Tre Buchannon took the silver medal in the time of 56.36 seconds. William Forbes of BMES landed the bronze in the time of 59.32 seconds.
On the field Desirea Sands (EMRH) picked up the silver medal in the girls’ U20 javelin throw with a distance of 29.24m.
Hutchinson (SMPR) picked up the gold medal in the U-15 boys’ triple jump with a distance 12.55 meters.
The U-13 boys’ bronze medalist for the shot-put was Sunland’s Marco Carey. He finished with a throw of 10.15 meters The U-20 boys’ Discus champion is Justin Dean (TBCA). He threw a winning distance of 38.78 meters.
The U-17 national high jump champion is Denardo Adderley of TBCA. He finished at 1.88 meters. Forbes (EMRH) finished with the bronze medal at 1.82 meters.