Caitlyn Bobb captures Bermuda’s first Carifta medal with 400 bronze
National record-holder Caitlyn Bobb won Bermuda’s first medal of the 49th Carifta Games, which started in Kingston on Saturday, taking the bronze in a very competitive under-20 girls 400 metres on the first day of the championships.
Three years after she won the under-17 title in the Cayman Islands, Bobb, who came into the three-day championships with impressive credentials, left her mark with a good day’s work.
Bermuda had three finalists on the day, as Bobb, who was seen as a potential gold medal-winner after she led the morning session’s qualifying, battled two Jamaicans in front a noisy home crowd, running a season’s best 53.12sec.
Kaylia Kelley, of Jamaica, won with a personal-best 52.32 and team-mate Oneika McAnuff was second with 52.52.
S’Nya Cumbermatch placed sixth in the under-17 girls 400 final, running 1min 0.23sec — a big improvement on the 1:02.41 she had run to get into the final in the morning qualifying round.
Denver Tucker was also a finalist, in the under-17 boys 100, finishing eighth in 11.06. It was a good showing after running 11.20 in the semi-finals a few hours earlier.
Miles Outerbridge failed to get past the semi-finals, running 11.62 for seventeenth overall.
Both Bermudian girls failed to get past the semi-final round of the under-20 100. Zakayza Parsons was eleventh overall with 12.26 and Katurah Bulford-Trott ran 12.28 for thirteenth overall.
J’Naz Richards had finished 23rd in the girls under-17 100 after the first round with 13.26 run into a 2.3m/s headwind, and Zenji Washington was disqualified after a false start.
In the girls under-17 1500, Jaeda Grant was sixth in 4:57.14 and Fenella Wightman placed eighth in 4:59.98. In the boys under 20 1,500, Simeon Hayward was eighth in 4:20.41.