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Scraders captures bronze

Kyrah Scraders reaffirmed her reputation as one of Bermuda's most promising athletes at the Carifta Games in St Kitts and Nevis at the weekend.

Competing in the under-20 girls' category for the first time, the middle-distance runner won the bronze medal in the 1,500 metres at the Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium on Saturday.

Scraders ran a very tactical race, covering the distance in 4min 41.76sec to earn Bermuda its first medal at this year's regional competition.

“We are very excited as this is the first time for Kyrah competing in this age group,” Donna Watson, the Bermuda National Athletics Association, president said.

“She ran a very smart race staying in contention.”

Last year, the Young Female Athlete of the Year claimed gold and silver medals in the under-18 girls' 800 and 1,500 in Martinique.

Jamaica swept the remaining places on the podium in the under-20 girls 1,500 metres, with Lisa Buchanan taking the gold in 4:39.50 and Sasha-Gaye Whyte the silver in 4:40.66.

Also impressing in the under-20 girls division was long jumper Keesha Miller who recorded a personal best leap in the finals of 5.45.

Miller, who placed eighth in the finals, is one of four athletes in Bermuda's team making their Carifta Games debut.

Kristal Liburd, of St Kitts and Nevis, won gold with a leap of 6.11, Dannielle Gibson, of Bahamas, took the silver with a leap of 5.99 while Rechelle Meade, of Anguilla, claimed the bronze with a leap of 5.98.

Bermuda's Jah-Nhai Perinchief, one of the youngest competitors among the eleven finalists, recorded a season's best leap of 2.08 to finish fifth in the under-20 boys' high jump.

Christoffe Bryan, of Jamaica, won gold in the under-20 high jump with a Carifta Games record of 2.21 with Laquarn Nairn, of Bahamas, taking the silver with a leap of 2.14 and Ace Louis, of St Lucia, earning bronze with a leap of 2.11.

“Jah-Nhai had a great competition even though he did not medal in the under-20 boys' high jump, which was won with a new Carifta record,” Watson added.

Michaiah Robinson reached the final in the under-18 boys' 400, where he placed a respectable eighth with a time of 49.30.

“Michaiah surprised us with a placement in the finals in the 400 under-18s, placing second in his heat,” Watson said.

Christopher Taylor, of Jamaica, won gold in the under-18 boys' 400 with a Carifta record of 46.64. Jacob St Clair, of Trinidad and Tobago, also went under the previous record of 47.26 — set by Deluze Henri of Bahamas at last year's games — to take the silver in 46.73. Rounding out the podium was Devaughn Ellington, of Jamaica, who won bronze in 47.43.

Bermuda have 12 athletes competing at the Carifta Games.

“These athletes are giving one hundred per cent,” Watson said. “and I am pleased so far with another day to go.”

Medal run: Scraders made the step up to the under-20 category by winning the bronze medal in the 1,500

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Published April 06, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 06, 2015 at 1:31 am)

Scraders captures bronze

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