Barbados amassed 38 medals at the 2014 Caribbean Union Of Teachers Games held over the weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago at the 15th Biennial Athletics Championships.
Barbados, the champions from 2012, won eight gold medals, 17 silvers and 13 bronzes.
Representing Barbados in the Under-9 division was Shelanie Augustin who won the girls’ cricket ball with a throw of 34.38m, Skye Spencer-Layne came third in the Under-9 girls’ 80m dash in a time of 11.99. Iyobosa Iyare reaped success in the Under-9 boys’ division when he came second in the long jump event with 4.07 and third in the 80 metres dash in a time of 11.68.
In the Under-9 girls’ 4×100 metre relay, the team comprised of Samiya Dell, who ran the first leg, followed by Kelescia Downes, Briana Baird and anchored home by Skye Spencer-Layne for third in 1:00.15. Jamaica came first in a time of 57.32 followed by Trinidad and Tobago for second in a time of 59.02. The boys, however, came second just behind Jamaica who ran 55.33. Jaleel Grosvenor ran the first leg to Tevin Brathwaite who handed over the baton to Jaquan Pilgrim and Iyobosa Iyare finished the race in 57.22 to keep the home team’s hopes alive.
Malachi Harris dominated the Under-11 division at the National Primary School Athletics Championships (NPSAC) this year and going overseas to compete was no different. Harris was victorious in the cricket ball throw with a distance of 60.48m on his second attempt, on the track he clocked a time of 43.59 to win the Under-11 boys 300m, in the 200m dash the Stadium Bully as they call him at home, ran 27.43 to place second just behind Yourie Lawrence who ran 27.19 while in the 100m he came third in 27.43.
Talitha Bartlett ran 13.72 to place second behind Tia Clayton of Jamaica who clocked 13.56. Akeza Pollard came third in the Under-11 girls’ 300m in 46.94 which was won by Brianna Lyston in 42.41. Shahada Headley earned herself a bronze with a throw of 42.76m in the under-11 girls cricket ball throw. Jannillea Glasgow won gold with her throw of 49.63m.
The Under-13 girl’s 100m was a very close race between home girl Jaliyah Denny who ran 12.66 for second while Caliyah Wallace of Trinidad and Tobago was first in 12.65. In the boys, Darian Clarke had to settle for bronze in 12.63 after Anthony Haslam ran 11.60 to continue Jamaica’s dominance.
Nicholas Grimes won gold in the shot put in 12.32 and was second in the Under-13 boys’ cricket ball throw with 73.38m after Haslam threw 76.28 to add another medal to his name.
Samuel Alkins clocked 57.72 for third in the Under-13 boys 400m which was comfortably won by Ethan Forde of Trinidad and Tobago in 55.48.
Shonita Broome produced gold in the Under-15 girls’ long jump with a leap of 5.05m. While in the boys 400m in that same division Tremaine Smith clocked 11.09 for second just behind Jamaica Tyreke Wilson who came first in 10.96 while in the 200m Smith was second in 22.88. Ashlee Lowe was third in the 200m dash in 25.71 ahead of Kiara Grant who ran 25.20 representing Jamaica.
Barbados came second in the Under-11 girls’ 4x100m relay and third in the boys. In the Under-13 girls and boys 4x100m, the home team had to settle for third. The Under-15 results were better as the girls won their 4x100m relay in 49.34 and the boys came second in the 4x100m in 43.89.