Showers adds to Island’s medal haul in Bahamas
Middle distance runner Zakiyyah Showers brought Bermuda's medal haul at the Carifta Games to three at the Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas yesterday.
Showers captured the bronze medal competing as an unqualified athlete in the Under-17 girls 3000 metres final involving only three runners.
She covered the distance in a time of 11.30.06 which was below par by her own standards.
“That was not her best time and I would've liked to see her be more competitive even though there were only three runners in the race,” said Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) president Donna Watson. “From the time they took off she really didn't go with them and they weren't running that fast so I was a little disappointed with her run. I think she could've made it a little more competitive than just settling for third place.”
Also standing on the podium at the weekend were Showers' teammates Kyrah Scraders and Sakari Famous who both won silver medals in their respective events on Saturday.
Famous lived up to her name to capture the Island's first medal at this year's regional junior championships competing in the Under-17 girls' high jump. The relative of Hall of Fame jumper Clarence (Nicky) Saunders cleared the bar at 1.65 metres on her final attempt to earn a place on the podium.
Middle distance runner Scraders finished second in the Under-17 girls 1500 metres in a new Bermuda junior record time of 4:39:43.
The three-time Carifta medallists hung with eventual race winner Cassey George (4:36.67) before her Guyanese rival shifted gears and broke away heading down the home stretch.
“I think both girls performed admirably for Bermuda,” Watson said. “Kyrah continues to make her mark in athletics by once again capturing a silver medal at the Carifta Games, breaking the Bermuda Junior National record with her time.
“As far as Sakari goes, I have been saying from the time I saw her jump that I felt she could be in the running for a medal. She is such a tough competitor for her 13 years. In a time when she could have just given up she had one more jump to be in the medals and got tough and cleared the height. These are two girls who have a fantastic future in sport.”
Bermuda will now look to add to its medal haul during today's final day of the regional junior championships.
Middle distance runners Michaiah Robinson and Dage Minors have both reached the 800 meters finals in the Under 17 and Under 20 age brackets.
Robinson placed second in a time of 2:01.13 in his respective qualifying heat while Minors also finished second in his age group in a time of 1:56.96. Both runners posted the second fastest times in their respective qualifying heats.
Saturday saw Robinson produce a strong showing in the Under 17 boys 400 metres.
The promising athlete covered the distance in a blistering time of 49:96 which was just shy of the qualifying mark for this year's World Youth Championships to be held in Ukraine.
Among the weekend's biggest disappointments was sprinter Jeneko Place who failed to qualify for the Under 20 boys 100 metres. Place strained a muscle warming up for the race but still ran, crossing the line in fourth in 11.04. He was subsequently scratched from the 200 metres event as a result of his injury.
Setting a new personal best in the boys Under-20 long high jump was Bruce DeGrilla with a leap of 7.06 metres en route to finishing eighth in the final.
Last year saw Bermuda win six medals, including the Island's first gold at the Carifta Games in nearly a decade, at the National Sports Centre.
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