CURACAO – With nine more medals collected in Sunday’s evening session, The Bahamas’ medal count was pushed to 17.
The Bahamas collected six medals (two gold, three silver and one bronze) on day one, and two more medals during Sunday’s morning session (one silver and one bronze).
At the end of day two, The Bahamas had captured two gold, four silver and five bronze medals.
One of those gold medals came by way of the 4x100m finals. Team Bahamas carried away four medals in each of the 4x100m finals. The quartet of Kendesha Ingraham, Grand Bahama native; Devine Parker, Jaida Knowles and Megan Moss, originally secured the silver in 45.05 seconds, coming second to Jamaica. However, a disqualification cost the Jamaicans, giving the Bahamians their third gold medal of the competition.
Trinidad and Tobago were the silver medal winners in 46.49 seconds, and Guadalupe secured the bronze medal in 46.84 seconds.
The girls were nervous about their exchanges in the beginning, but executed nearly flawlessly the entire event. Ingraham was the lead off leg and stressed it was very important to get the team off to a fast start.
Parker took on the second leg and voiced she did her best on the leg to keep the Bahamians in the thick of things.
“Coming down the back stretch, I just tried to catch whoever was in front of me and catch my lead giving the baton to Jaida and ensure that our exchange was excellent,” she expressed.
The second gold of the night came in the High Jump, as sibling to 400-meter Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller; Shaun Miller cleared 2.06m to best the Boys’ Under 18 field. Jaden Bernabela of the host country claimed the silver medal with a leap of 2.03m. Damar Marshall off Jamaica was the bronze medalist with a leap of 2.03m, but had the most knockdowns between Bernabela and he.
Miller showed the emotion of an athlete that really wanted it, once he knew he had secured the gold.
“I just got to give God all the thanks first and foremost. Coming out was a really good experience for me. I had the Bahamian support behind me and I just did an excellent job today.”
Miller added that 2.10m was his original goal, but coming away with the personal best leap qualified him for the World Youth Games.
The Under 18 Boys’ team of Adrian Curry, Joel Johnson, Grand Bahama’s Shaquille Higgs and Denvaughn Whymns secured another silver medal for The Bahamas in 40.77 seconds. Whymns’ all-out effort on the anchor leg did the trick to best Trinidad and Tobago, who took the bronze medal (40.84s). Jamaica won the gold with a new CARIFTA record time of 39.97 seconds.
Higgs said, he felt good about his effort on the third leg and his execution was attributed to his desire to help the team win by any means.
“I felt good, I felt very sharp. I felt I could have pushed a little more, but I know I was just trying to help the team because I know they were counting on me to finish the race.”
The quartet of Blayre Catalyn, Renee Brown, Rashan Darling and Sasha Wells landed the second silver medal of the event for The Bahamas, with a time of 46.45s. Jamaica went on to take the gold in 44.83 seconds, while Turks and Caicos reeled in the bronze with a time of 48.58 seconds.
Holland Martin and Johnathan Smith was one half of the Under 20 Boys’ 4x100m squad that secured the bronze medal in a time of 40.59s. Tavonte Mott and Karon Dean also made up the team.
The Jamaicans secured the gold in 40.10s, while Trinidad and Tobago took home the silver in 40.24s.
Martin admitted the team didn’t have much practice with the exchanges, but to come out with a bronze medal was a good feeling. He also understood the challenge he had as the second leg runner.
“Well I know that Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor and Trinidad’s second leg runner, were their strongest leg so the only thing that went through my mind was I have to get out and run and let them catch me.”
Smith received the baton on the third leg and with a little advice from Martin prior to the race, Smith said, he was able to execute going around the curve.
“My teammate Holland told me to have patience and that’s what I did. I had patience, let him hit my mark and got out to get the baton to Karon.”
Smith was also surprised to the see the time the team ran, but was grateful overall to win – his first medal in the Under 20 Division.
The Bahamas picked up more medals over the course of the evening session. Sean Rolle and Michael Bullard picked up the silver and bronze respectively, in the Boys’ Under 18 Javelin throw. Rolle’s personal best of 65.51m came second to Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford CARIFTA record setting throw of 76.50m. Bullard’s throw went 63.84m.
The Bahamas also picked up another bronze, thanks to DouvanKiylin Rolle’s 4.30m clearing in the Pole Vault competition. Curacao’s Glenn Kunst kept the gold at home after he cleared 4.60m to set the CARIFTA record. Baptiste Thiery of Martinique went home with the silver medal with a 4.50m clearing.
Rolle said that his jumps felt “a little off,” but he was grateful. He won the silver medal in last year’s event, but winning two medals back-to-back was a pretty good feeling.
“I could have done better, but I’m glad where I’m at. With my technique, I just have to learn to get upside down and turn over quick enough and I should be good.”
Gabrielle Gibson also landed a bronze medal in the Under 18 Girls’ 400m Hurdles. She finished with a time of one minute and 1.29 seconds. Jamaica went one and two as Sanique Walker broke the CARIFTA record to win the gold in the time of 58.95 seconds and Taffara Rose finished second in the time of 1:00.95.
The countries’ standings are determined by gold medals attained; therefore, the medal count after Day Two had Jamaica in first place with 54 medals (23 gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze); Trinidad and Tobago was in second with 13 medals (five gold, two silver and six bronze); The Bahamas stood in third with 17 medals (four gold, seven silver and six bronze). Barbados stood in fourth with nine medals (two gold, four silver, and three bronze.) The Cayman Islands, Curacao and Dominica were in a three-way tie for fifth place as each country had one gold medal each.
Published Tuesday, April 18, 2017