: Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 09.04.2023
Immani Matthew leaped to a gold medal for T&T on day one of the Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday.
T&T closed the first day in the 50th edition of the premier track and field meet, with six medals (1 gold, 2 silvers and two bronzes).
Matthew dominated the boys' Under-17 long jump event, producing a 7.13m leap, to reach the top spot on the podium at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau. He led from the first jump (7.13m) and could not be caught by his fellow competitors.
Aaron Massiah of Barbados got the silver with 6.49m and Jr Anthony Chin (Cayman) bagged the bronze with 6.48m. T&T's other jumper Jahaziel David (T&T) finished seventh with 6.13m
Dorian Charles and Peyton Winter won T&T's first medals at Carifta50 in the morning session on day one.
Charles copped silver in the boys' Under-20 javelin event with a throw of 61.58m, The 18-year-old thrower finished behind Bahamian Kaden Cartwright, who sent the spear 64.07m, and ahead of Cameron Thomas of Grenada with 60.12m. Another T&T thrower, Le Bron James placed fourth in the event with his best throw reaching 58.70m.
Winter also won the silver medal in the girls' U-17 shot put event. The 15-year-old tossed the object 13.66m to place second behind Jamaican Dionjah Shaw with 14.48m and ahead of Bahamian Terrell McCoy with 13.31m.
Jaidi James picked up T&T's third medal in the boys' U-20 high jump. He bagged a bronze clearing the bar at 1.95m to place behind Jamaican duo Brandon Pottinger (2.00m) and Chavez Penn (2.00m), who shared the top spot on the podium.
Alexxe Henry then followed up on the track with this country's fourth medal. The 16-year-old sprinter crossed third with 11.81 seconds to also seal a bronze medal in the girls' U-17 100m final. She followed to the line, Jamiah Nabbie of Bahamas (11.67) and St Lucian Naomi London (11.72).
Symphony Patrick also faced the starter in the medal race but she placed eighth with a time of 12.21.
T&T's third bronze medal came thanks to Sanaa Frederick in the girls' U-20 100m dash.
The foreign-based sprinter crossed third with a time of 11.65 to follow the Jamaica pair of Alana Reid (11.17) and Alexis James (11.53), respectively.
Frederick was the quickest qualifier in the preliminary heats, winning heat three with an 11.47 clocking and cruised to victory in semifinal heat one with 11.52, progressing with the second fastest time.
Reneisha Andrews, T&T's other sprinter, did not advance to the medal after finishing fifth in heat two with 12.06. Andrews had progressed as one of the fastest losers after placing third in heat two with 12.21 in the semifinals.
Across the field, Tenique Vincent just missed out on a podium finish as she placed fourth in the girls' U-17 high jump. Vincent cleared the bar with 1.65m, to finish behind Jamaican Asia McKay (1.73m), Jah'kylah Morton of the British Virgin Island (BVI) with 1.70m and Shanniqua Williams also of Jamaica (1.65m), respectively.
Vincent, soon after, switched her focus to the competition in the girls' open heptathlon. At the end of the morning session, the 15-year-old trailed T&T compatriot Gianna Paul (17) by 125 points after two disciplines. Paul finished in second place in the opening event, the 100m hurdles, with 14.78 to earn 871 points behind Bahamas' Essence Sands 14.73 (878). Vincent placed fifth with 15.47 (781).
Vincent then jumped to the runner-up spot after finishing second in the high jump discipline, clearing the bar with 1.60m for 736 points. Paul led this event with a 1.63m effort (771) to move into the top spot.
T&T athletes also led in the boys' open octathlon after two disciplines. Kimani Kent is on top with 1,478 points from, the 100m with 11.13 (832) and the long jump (6.27m) while teammate Jeremi Francis is second with 1,415, respectively from the opening disciplines - 11.41 (771) and 6.26m (664).
Boys' U-20 javelin: 1 Kaden Cartwright (Bahamas) 64.07m; 2 Dorian Charles (T&T) 61.58m; 3 Cameron Thomas (Grenada) 60.12m; 4 Le Bron James (T&T) 58.70m
Girls' U-17 shot put: 1 Dionjah Shaw (Jamaica) 14.48m, 2 Peyton Winter (T&T) 13.66m, 3 Terrell McCoy (Bahamas) 13.31m
Girls U-17 high jump: 1 Asia McKay (Jamaica) 1.73m, 2 Jah'kylah Morton (British Virgin Isl) 1.70m, 3 Shanniqua Williams (Jamaica) 1.65m, 4 Tenique Vincent (T&T) 1.65m.
Boys U-17 long jump: 1 Immani Matthew (T&T) 7.13m, 2 Aaron Massiah (Barbados) 6.49m, 3 Jr Anthony Chin (Cayman) 6.48m, 7 Jahaziel David (T&T) 6.13
Girls U-17 100m: 1 Jamiah Nabbie (Bahamas) 11.67, Naomi London (St Lucian) 11.72, 3 Alexxe Henry (T&T) 11.81, 8 Symphony Patrick (T&T) 12.21
Girls U-20 100m: 1 Alana Reid (Jamaica) 11.17, 2 Alexis James (Jamaica) 11.53, 3 Sanaa Frederick (T&T) 11.65.
Boys U-17 100m: 1 Tramaina Todd (JAmaica) 10.52, 2 Ishmael Rolle (Bahamas) 10.62, 3 Ethan Sam (Grenada) 10.71, 7 Kadeem Chinapoo (T&T) 11.02
Boys U-20 100m: 1 Davonte Howell (Cayman) 10.30, 2 Carlos Brown (Bahamas) 10.38, 3 Adam Musgrove (Bahamas) 10.44, 7 Revell Webster (T&T) 10.66.
Girls U-17 1,500m: 1 Ashlyn Simmons (Barbados) 4:51.65, 2 Dena-Marie Barby (Curacao) 4:52.57, 3 Erina Barr (Bahamas) 4:54.09, 5 Aniqah Bailey (T&T) 4:57.92.
Girls U-20 1,500m: 1 Layla Haynes (Barbados) 4:53.29, 2 Kishay Rowe (Jamaica) 4:53.79, 3 Jody Ann Mitchell (Jamaica) 4:55.99, 5 Kayleigh Forde (T&T) 5:00.98.
Girls U-20 triple jump: 1 Jade-Ann Dawkins (Jamaica) 13.05m; 2 Lanaisha Lubin (Bahamas) 12.40m, 3 Katssia Hudson (French Guiana) 12.22m, 4 Keneisha Shelbourne (T&T) 11.95m.
Boys U-20 high jump: 1 Brandon Pottinger (Jamaica) 2.00m, 1 Chavez Penn (Jamaica) 2.00m, 3 Jaidi James (T&T) 1.95m
Girls U-20 discus: 1 Cedrika Williams (Jamaic) 53.08, 2 Jackie Princesse Hyman (Guadeloupe) 48.81m, Calea Jackson (Bahamas) 46.47, 5 Lalenii Grant (T&T) 43.05m, 6 Jinell Campbell (T&T) 41.74
Boys U-20 discus: Kobe Lawrence (Jamaica) 60.27, 2 Shaiquan Dunn (Jamaica) 57.28, 3 Antwon Walkin (Turks and Caicos) 52.25, 4 Jeron James (T&T) 47.25.
Boys U-20 400m : 1 Jasauna Dennis (Jamaica) 46.43, 2 Delano Kennedy (Jamaica) 46.50, 3 Amal Glasgo (St Vincent) 47.18, 6 Nakiel Denoon (T&T) 48.75.