Barbadian young star Akela Jones and Jamaica’s Chad Wright were the start competitors in the early morning session of the opening at the XXXIX CARIFTA GAMES in the Cayman Islands on Saturday.
Jones established a new record for the girls’ U17 High Jump with a 1.85m effort, while Wright left it late to capture the boys’ U20 Discus with a massive effort of 63.11m.
Finishing second to Jones in the high jump were Jamaicans Chanice Porter (1.74m) and Kristagaye Taylor, who cleared 1.68m.
Defending champion and previous record holder Quincy Wilson of Trinidad & Tobago took silver, but was in pole position to repeat when he posted 62.95m to break the old mark until Wright delivered his massive heave.
Jamaica’s Travis Smikle took the bronze with a best of 58.24m.
Gleneive Grange of Jamaica won the U17 girls’ Shot Put with 11.46m.
Looking good on the track in the early goings were Grenadian super star Kirani James who cruised through his 400m opening round.
Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson look good to repeat in the girls’ U17 after winning her heat with a effortless 55.00secs. Shaynae Miller of Bahamas is the fastest, however, with 54.10.
By Gary Smith, World-Track
U17 Girls High Jump
1 Jones, Akela Barbados 1.85mCR; 2 Porter, Chanice Jamaica 1.74m; 3 Taylor, Kristagaye Jamaica 1.68m; 3 Schaeper, Janelle St. Lucia 1.68m; 5 Wallace, Samantha Trinidad & Tobago 1.60m; 5 Gibson, Dannielle Bahamas 1.60m; 7 Benskin, Sherece Trinidad & Tobago 1.55m; 7 Gijsbertha, Sharyanne N. Antilles 1.55m
U20 Boys Discus Throw
1 Wright, Chad 91 Jamaica 63.11mCR; 2 Wilson, Quincy 91 Trinidad & Tobago 62.95mC; 3 Smikle, Travis 92 Jamaica 58.24mC; 4 Collingwood, Richard Trinidad & Tobago 55.01m; 5 Simon, Dillon 92 Donminica 49.43m; 6 Carey, Elvardo 91 Bahamas 45.91m; 7 Toussaint, Lyndon 93 Grenada 45.22m; 8 Ward, Dion 91 St. Kitts & Nevis 35.81m; 9 Swann, Leeward 93 Bahamas 35.45m