Bermuda contingent aiming to add to medal tally on final day of Carifta Games
Bermuda will be hoping to add to its one medal when the 49th Carifta Games concludes in Kingston today after three days of pulsating competition in the Jamaican capital.
Caitlyn Bobb in the under-20 girls 200 metres, Jaeda Grant in girls under-17 800 as well as Nirobi Smith Mills and Sancho Smith in the under-20 boys 800 all qualified for their respective finals from yesterday’s heats.
Freddie Evans, president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association, was delighted with that he saw as he stood at track side yesterday.
“I am very pleased with the performances of our young team,” he said, “We are happy that Jamaica stepped in and saved the event for us as we needed to compete and we need the exposure and the experience for the youngsters.”
He was particularly happy with the 800m, most notably Smith Mills who led the under-20 boys qualification in 1min 55.11secs.
“Our 800 metre athletes are dong excellent, we are known for middle distances and they fit tight into this tradition,” he added. “Nirobi [Smith Mills] came all the way from England where he is gong to school and we hope he and Sancho can work together to do well.”
Bermuda just failed to add to Caitlyn Bobb’s 400m bronze medal on Saturday after the under-17 4x100m team finished fourth in 49.50 seconds.
Bobb who had won the under-17 400 in 2019 and came into the championships with expectation, will have tough 200 final after running 24.79 seconds to qualify sixth best.
Keturah Bulford-Trott was twelfth overall in 25.61 seconds and did not advance.
Smith Mills looked composed as he won his heat beating Trinidad & Tobago’s Nathan Cumberbatch in 1:55.75 and Jamaica’s 1500 silver medal-winner Adrian Nethersole.
Sancho Smith who was also in the first semi-final, clocked 1:56.22 and qualified by time.
Grant clocked 2:21.60 for her spot in the under-17 final but S’Nya Cumermatch failed to advance with her time of 2:29.57.
Sixteen year-old Jauza James who was in his first international competition, ended the Octathlon on a high, winning the 1500 in 4:35.28, earning 710 points that took him from eighth position with one event to go up to sixth with a total of 3884 points.
Kevin Brooks of Jamaica won with 4942 points, followed by Lynden Johnson of Bahamas on 4894 and Wooslyn Harvey of the Turks and Caicos Islands was third with 4888 points.
James courted disaster on the first day when he failed on all three long jumps, got no points and fell to the bottom of the tables.
He could have dropped out but said yesterday, “Except for the long jump I had a great two days, I pretty much got a personal best in all my events and things went accordingly.
“The long jump was bad and it knocked me back further than I would have been but I learnt a lot.”
Miles Outerbridge failed to get past the first round of the boys under-17 200 after he ran 23.97 seconds while Elise Dickinson- 26.53 and Madisyn Bobb 26.56, also failed to make progress in the under-17 girls 200.
Kesay Bell was ninth in the under-20 girls javelin with 28.30 metres, just missing an additional three throws, had she made it into the top eight.