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BVI wraps up most successful Carifta Games mission with 5 medals

BVIAA - Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:03 AM

BVI delegation with medalists at the end of the 41st Carifta Games in Devonshire, Bermuda PHOTO CREDIT: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

DEVONSHIRE, BERMUDA, APRIL 10—Despite an Under 17 Girls 200m bronze medal slipped away when Nelda Huggins stepped on the line and was subsequently disqualified, the BVI wrapped up its most successful mission ever at the premier regional Jr. Track and Field Championships.

At Monday night’s conclusion of the 41st LIME Carifta Games in Devonshire, Bermuda—where Team BVI narrowly missed another bronze medal in the U17 Girls 4x400m relay—the team walked away with a record five medals, surpassing the three that were bagged in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The BVI has won 25 medals in the event since 1978.

Huggins—who had already bagged 100m silver and anchored the 4x100m relay to a historic first bronze—ran 24.63 seconds to secure her place in the U17 Girls 200m final, in which she drew lane eight. Seeking to join Chantel Malone’s 2007 feat of three medals in one Carifta Games, she powered from the blocks to finish third in 24.56 seconds but was disqualified for stepping on the line on the curve. A protest was lodged on her behalf, but the video evidence was irrefutable.

Before Monday’s finale, the BVI notched three medals on Sunday. After leading the competition, Trevia Gumbs earned silver in the U17 Girls 1.0kg Shot Put, when she tossed the ball 13.47m.

Later in the day, running in her second Carifta Games final, 2014 Youth Olympic Games hopeful Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, snatched an U17 Girls 800m bronze, after she challenged two Jamaicans and finished .11 seconds from the top of the pile when she ran 2 minutes, 18.32 seconds.

Some 90 minutes later, she had a second leg carry on the U17 Girls 4 x 100m Relay. She received the baton from Jonel Lacey, then passed off to Taylor Hill who gave the stick to Huggins as the team ran 48.22 seconds for the territory’s first spot on the podium in that event.

The BVI kicked off the championships on Saturday when debutant Tynelle Gumbs opened the U17 Girls 600g Javelin Throw, by sending an early message to her opponents of her intentions with a heave of 35.48m. Two throws later, she heaved the spear over 38.32m to eclipse her 36.74 personal best established during the Elmore Stoutt High School Inter-house Athletics Championships.

When Trinidad and Tobago’s Akidah Briggs got in range with her 37.64m heave, Gumbs responded with a throw that sent the BVI delegation into a wild celebration after the implement cut through the chilly Bermudan air and landed, then the leader board showed 41.46m for her gold.

Gumbs’ mark is also a National Youth, National Jr. and National Scholastic Record, for which she will collect a Sol National Record breakers award during the 4th BVI Athletics Association December 28, Athletes Awards Recognition Gala. An athlete establishing an indoor or outdoor National Record that stands at season’s end qualifies for the award.

Later in the competition, Gumbs, had a personal best toss of 30.66m in the 1.0kg Discus Throw, to finish sixth.

Huggins—a 2014 Youth Olympic Games hopeful—advanced to the U17 Girls 100m final to join Hill who had earlier run a wind aided (3.7mps) 12.11 seconds to secure an automatic berth with a second place finish, when she ran 11.89 with a 5.1mps tailwind.

In the final—where the BVI had two entrants for the first time—Huggins’ charge towards gold was denied by Jamaica’s Shauna Helps who rode the 4.6mps wind chilled breeze to 11.66 seconds with Huggins taking second in 11.76 and the other Jamaican, Monique Spencer snatching the silver in 11.90. Hill completed the historic final for the territory in fifth, after stopping the clock at 12.10.

The territory’s quest for a third medal on Saturday was earlier denied, when Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses was unable to occupy lane 4 in the U17 Girls 400m final, because of a hamstring strain.

In the U17 Girls 300m Hurdles where the BVI had two first time finalists—Jonel Lacey—in her first year hurdling—was on course to snatch a medal when she hit the last barrier the slowed her progress and she placed fifth in 45.97 seconds. Erickson followed in 49.10.

Niayla Smith who was spiked in her U20 Girls 800m race, finished ninth in 2:25.86.

Aundre Turnbull equaled his U17 Boys High Jump best, when he cleared the bar at 1.75m and placed tenth. He had a leap of 5.72m in the Long Jump for 11th place.

Brandon Andrew walked away from the competition with two National Jr. and National Scholastic Records. In the middle of his Heptathlon Debut—where he had already run 15.93 seconds over the 110m Hurdles—he entered the U20 Boys open event and lowered his day old best to 15.60 seconds.

Andrew was eight in the Heptathlon. He was fourth overall in the 110m Hurdles, clearing the barriers in 15.93 seconds to earn 741 points. He finished in a three way tie for fourth in the Long Jump, after cutting the sand at 6.24m to earn 639 points. The 17 year old notched 444 points on the Javelin Throw, after the spear landed at 40.13m, to finish sixth. Andrew ended day one by finishing seventh overall in the 200m to garner 736 points for his fifth place overall tally of 2560 points.

He got day two going by picking up 449 points after clearing 1.58m in the High Jump. Andrew was sixth in the Discus Throw after a toss of 27.36m worth 413 points. He completed his debut with the 1500m run with a time of 5 minutes, 38.25 seconds adding 360 points to tally 3782 for eight place.
Shaian Vandenburg missed making the Under 20 Girls 200m final by one position, after running a personal best 25.69 seconds in her heat. Earlier in the competition, she was seventh in the 100m final, following a windy 12.30 mark.

In the Under 20 Boys 200m, J’Maal Alexander ran 22.19 seconds to finish fourth in the third of four heats. He had a non advancing 10.71 seconds in the 100m.

Shaqouy Stephens, running in heat four was sixth in 22.87 seconds but didn’t advance. He was fourth in his t 400m heat in 53.21 seconds, while Tarique Moses was sixth in heat three in 53.88.

Tarikah Warner, competing in the Under 20 Girls Long Jump, paced sixth with a leap of 5:02m.

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  1. um?
    April 11, 2012
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    Love delegate comment…Mimi should have ran the 1500, in the press release her name was there for it, that would have been a gold medal for her, and the hurdler for under 17 erickson should have NOT been gone to Carifta, both niayla and vanderburg indeed should have stay home because the un17 athletes here were beating them. Look how that erickson girl messed up the 4by4 the should have put nelda to run that leg…that was a sure epic fail! samantha I belive is to old for that games….that track and field thing in the bvi is who you know and who you for majority of that team is from one track team.

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  2. Delegate
    April 11, 2012
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    Big ups to all the athletes and those who deserved to be on tha team. I believe in development and we must send our athletes to meets . Not to high calibre meets like carifta. Develop at a lower level and strive for bigger and better. But Dem selectors blind or have favorites.

    All the U 20 girls shoulda stay home. Imagine a non qualifier going and as captain to boot. Who made that decision. Hope the parents no have anything to do with dat. Jumping 5.02 in u20 at Carifta…. Unheard of.
    The 800m and the sprinter …. Blame the selectors.

    The U20 male sprinter qualified so he ok. The others needed to stay home. They did not qualify. It showed in their performance. Andrew however set a jr national rec according to the article so he kinda ok.

    The high jumper tried but he no ready yet.
    The 15 yr hurdler needed to stay home no ready yet. See we lost the 4x 4 medal. U know

    who pick the team and waste taxpayer money.

    All the qualifiers did well and congrats are in order.

    Sorry about Tinkerbelle she would surely have won a medal. Sorry Nelda u ran hard for that 3rd in the 200. Next time set u block good.

    Don’t let me start on management. Young superstar Warner should have run the 1500m. Sure gold or silver there. Hope dem and the parents learn a lesson.

    Anyway all hope we learn some stuff from this experience. Continue to work hard and I will see u on the 2016 Olympic team.

    By the way who coach the gold medalist javelin thrower and the hurdler who almost won a medal.

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    • Random
      April 11, 2012
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      THANK YOU!!!!!!!, i was saying the same thing, why is it the older Warrner girl always going to these big meets and she cant do a thing from high school she cnat do a thing, just wasting our tax money. I wonder what she doed=s have to do to get to go on these trips, cause she done see half of the world for free. dont even ask bout the one who made up lose a silver in the 4×4 WHY?? i have to ask WHY was she even there, again did they not see her run for high school sports. Are these parents paying for them to go to these games, because if they are not i am telling, it just a waste of our tax money. Congrats to all the athletes that did well and have their hearts and souls into their sport, continur to work hard especially Mimi, look out for great things from this little girl, she may be small but her sprit is huge. and the twins, thats a double attack big things can’t done. Nuf said God Bless

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  3. sportsfan
    April 11, 2012
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    keron changed…. and what event samantha take part in ?

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