Golden girl Jaeda Grant writes her name into record books
Jaeda Grant gave a dominant display competing in the Speed Classic South Florida Invitational at the weekend.
The 13-year-old middle- distance runner broke three meet records with personal-best times on the way to winning gold in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar.
She led the field across the line in the 800 in 2min 25sec, the 1,500 in 4:57.10 and the 3,000 in 11:24.63 on the way to an impressive treble of victories.
All of Grant’s times were within the Carifta Games qualifying standard, which she had already met before the meet in the girls under-17 1,500.
She was among a ten-strong team of Bermuda National Athletics Association athletes who competed in the event with the aim of reaching the Carifta standard.
Denver Tucker successfully achieved the objective after twice lowering his personal-best time on the way to earning a silver medal in the 100 with a time of 11.20.
This brings the overall number of local athletes to have qualified for the Games, to be held in Jamaica from April 16 to 18, to four, as middle-distance runner Nathan Armstrong (800 and 1,500) and sprinter Caitlyn Bobb (200 and 400) have also made the cut.
In all, Bermuda’s contingent came away with 11 medals in Florida, including seven gold, as well as three meet records and numerous personal bests.
Elise Dickinson won gold in the high jump (1.37m) and bronze in the 400 (1:02.78), Tucker gold in the 200 (22.79 secs), Miles Outerbridge gold in the 200 (23.90 secs) and silver in the 100 (11.67 secs), Massassi Grant gold in the long jump (5.27m) and Sacho Smith silver in the 800 (1:56.67).
“The team were asked to do one thing; that was to compete, compete they did,” said Freddy Evans, the BNAA president. “I cannot understate how pleased we were with their individual efforts on the track.
Several team members just missed out on reaching the qualifying standard.
“Those who didn’t earn medals, between them there was three fourth-place finishes, and they were tenths of seconds away from reaching the standard,” Evans added.
“We are confident that, although they did not medal this time, they will in a month’s time be ready to reach the Carifta standard. So all in all it was a success.”
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