Grand Bahama schools off to strong start at Nationals

ON THE PODIUM — Matthew Henfield of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, left, and Akaya Lightbourne of Sunland Baptist Academy, right, were two of Grand Bahama’s athletes that made it to the medal podium yesterday on day one of the Bahama National High School Track and Field Championships, yesterday morning over in New Providence. Henfield won the bronze in the boys’ Under 15, 1500 meters finals, while Lightbourne struck gold and won the national championship in the girls’ Under 15, 1500m. (TFN FILE PHOTOS)

The 2018 Bahamas National High School Track and Field is well underway.

The 2018 championships kicked off yesterday over in New Providence yesterday morning at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium with three of Grand Bahama’s athletes making it in onto the podium up to press time.

Akaya Lightbourne of Sunland Baptist Academy (SBA) took the national crown easily in the Under 15 Girls’ 1,500 meters contest. The reigning 1,500m champion in Grand Bahama took the tape and national gold in the time five minutes 21.04 seconds (5:21.04).

Winning the silver medal was Frideline Augustine of Huntley Christie School in the time of 5:38.16 and winning the bronze was Kenya Forbes of Sister Mary Patricia Russell (SMPR) in the time of 5:41.10.

Matthew Henfield, representing Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy (TBCA), was a favorite to medal and possibly bring home the national title in the Under 15 Boys’ 1,500m contest. However, a bronze medal finish for the promising distance runner was the final result.

Henfield finished third in the field with a time of 5:02.17. Paulindo Boyer of St. John’s College was the eventual gold medal winner and posted a time of 4:49.75. The silver medal was hauled away by Damani David of Kingsway Academy in the time of 4:56.07.

Up to press time the results of all 100m and 400m preliminaries had not been posted. The finals of the 100m and 400m took place yesterday evening. Advancing to the Under 13 Girls’ 100m finals were Solange Sargent of Jack Hayward Junior and Kaily Pratt of Sunland Baptist Academy.

Sargent turned in the fastest time of 13.36 seconds to advance. Pratt cracked the top eight with a time of 14.12 seconds.

As for the U13 Boys’ 100m final, that race was packed with athletes out of Grand Bahama. Island Sports’ champion Malik Wood of Sunland; Denard Adderley of Tabernacle Baptist; Joshua Johnson of Sister Mary Patricia; Marco Carey of Sunland Baptist and Levaughn Parker of Tabernacle Baptist were five of the top eight athletes to make into the A-final.
For the Under 15 Girls’ 100m, Stephanique Dean earned a shot at the 100m national crown. She posted the top time of 12.56 seconds to qualify yesterday morning. Cassie Thompson, also of Tabernacle Baptist, would compete in the B-final yesterday evening.

Mateo Smith and Lynden Johnson of Tabernacle Baptist, along with Shemar Neely of Sister Mary also punched their tickets to yesterday’s final of the U15 Boys’ 100m dash.

Genique Bassett representing Tabernacle and Natre Hall representing Sunland Baptist both qualified for yesterday’s final in the U17 Girls’ 100m finale. Bassett registered the seventh best time of 12.79 seconds, while Hall had the eighth best of time of 13.01 seconds.

Five of Grand Bahama’s top sprinters dominated in the preliminaries and represented their schools for the U17 Boys’ national 100m crown. Kendal Culmer (SBA), Terrance Jones (TBCA), Romeo McKenzie (TBCA), Isaiah Braynen (SBA), and Latrell Taylor (EMRH) were the five of eight contestants to battle it out for the right to be national champion.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Culmer (SBA) and Kaylin Hewitt (TBCA) were the duo of Grand Bahama’s sprinters to advance into the U20 girls’ 100 final. And as for the U20 boys, Shaquille Higgs and Nasterio Williams advanced into last night’s 100m final.

The U13 Girls’ 400m final was yet another contest that was saturated with Grand Bahama’s finest. Shatalya Dorsett (SBA, Treasure Burrows (TBCA), Prisca Smith of SMPR, Wilma Toussaint of TBCA, and Ciarra Williams of SMPR were the five of eight finalists to compete for national crown.

The U13 Boys’ 400m final would feature the likes of Kirshawn McIntosh (TBCA), Cordae Strachan (SBA) and Philando Williams also of TBCA.

The trio of Alexandra Smith, TBCA, Cassidra Thompson TBCA, and Makaya Lewis, SMPR, made it into the Girls’ U15 400m final. Deangelo McKie, TBCA, Shemar Smith, EMRH and Tae’Jun Stewart were also a trio of representatives that made in into the Boys’ U15 400m final.

Collinique Farrington, TBCA and Glennae Forbes, were the Grand Bahama duo that advanced into the Girls’ U17 400m final. D’Vontae Forbes of EMRH and Denardo Adderley of TBCA were also qualifiers for the Boys’ U17 400m final.

Sunland Baptist had a pair of representatives that made it into the Girls’ U20 400 final yesterday. Atavia Duncanson and Brittany Bonaby were gunning to medal in that contest. The Boys’ Under 20 finals field eventually featured a quartet of Grand Bahamian sprinters in Ty Dawkins of Bishop Michael Eldon, Tyrell Simms of St. George’s High, Corey Sherrod of TBCA and Tamasio Bullard of St. George’s.

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