Akela Jones was the star of the show for a Barbados contingent that competed over the weekend at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association’s Under-23 Track and Field Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador.
The team finished the championships with five medals, including one gold, two silver and two bronze.
Jones was the outstanding performer, not only winning gold in the women’s high jump but setting a new championship record with a height of 1.91m on Friday night and erasing the old mark of 1.87m. Jones picked up her second medal of the championships, this time silver, when she leapt 6.74m in the long jump. Jones also competed in the women’s 100m hurdles in which she finished fourth in a time of 13.29s.
Levi Cadogan was joint silver medallist in the men’s 100m, recording a time of 10.37s in an event won by United States Kendal Williams in a time of 10.23s. Cadogan also competing in the 200m finished in fourth place in a time of 20.86s. Janeil Craigg collected the bronze medal in the men’s javelin with a throw of 75.62m. With that throw Craigg established a new national record mark erasing the old record of 71.76m set by Justin Cummins back in 2008. Tia Adanna-Belle won Barbados’ fifth medal when she finished third in the women’s 400m hurdles. Belle ran a time of 57.16s to earn the medal in an event won by Kiah Seymour of the United States in a time of 56.19s.
The other members of the team also gave creditable performances. Sonia Gaskin finished sixth and seventh respectively in the women’s 800m and 400m with times of 2:10:63 and 54.86 rspectively. Wade Gardner crossed the line in seventh place in a time 1:52:02 in the Men’s 800m. Sprinter Shavonne Husbands finished in fifth place in both semi-finals of the women’s 100m and 200m. Husbands ran times of 12.32s and 24.48s. Tramaine Maloney competing in the men’s 110 hurdles finished in eighth position with a time of 14.18s. Kion Joseph did not finish in the men’s 400m hurdles.