Five more golds for TT at CAC
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Monday, July 5 2010
TT’s Moriba Morain won gold in the Boys Under-20 200m final at the CAC Junior Championships yesterday, scorching the tracks at the Felix Sanchez Stadium in Santo Domingo.
Morain, who captured the national 100m and 200m titles at the National Open recently, was favourite to capture the sprint double but a false-start in the 100m ended hopes of double gold.
Morain was at his brilliant best yesterday, however, sprinting to victory while running into a -2.4 headwind. Morain stopped the clock at 21.26 while Jamaica’s Brandon Tomlinson took silver in a time of 21.58. Venezuela’s Arturo J Ramirez Alvarez was third in 21.71. In the female equivalent, Kai Selvon grabbed silver in a close finish with Allison Peter of the US Virgin Islands. Peter was first in a time of 23.32 while Selvon claimed the runner-up spot in 23.42. Fany Chalas of the Dominican Republic earned the bronze with a time of 23.94.
In the Boys Under-17 200m final, Ayodele Taffe just missed out on a medal, crossing the finish line in fourth spot in 22.24. Odean Skeen of Jamaica grabbed the gold in 21.64. Onika Murray was a disappointing seventh in the Girls Under-17 200m final, clocking 25.52. Jamaica’s dominance of the sprint events continued with Shericka Jackson in first place with a time of 24.23.
TT’s Quincy Wilson won the Boys Under-20 Discus event with a massive 62.93m throw. Wilson was surprisingly second in that event at the National Open but came good when it counted with an impressive performance yesterday.
The 19 year old fouled out on his final four throws but had already registered a 62.93m effort which was good enough for gold. Jamaicans Chad Wright (60.50m) and Traves Smikle (57.22m) were second and third respectively. Richard Collingwood, who beat Wilson at the National Open, was fourth with a 55.14m throw.
Hezekiel Romeo was the champion of the Boys Under-17 Shot Put, hurling the metal ball 17.46m to beat the field easily. Five of Romeo’s six throws were enough to secure the gold ahead of Jamaicans Chadwick Dacosta (16.98m) and Kashif Ford (16.83m). TT’s Shervorne Worrell was sixth with a 14.42m throw.
Domonique Williams stormed past the finish line first to secure another gold medal for TT, this time in the Girls Under-17 800m event. Williams claimed the top honours in an impressive 2:13.09 ahead of Vanessa Philbert (2:13.64) and Netherlands Antilles and Barbados’ Sonia Gaskin (2:14.42).
TT’s Alena Brooks and Jessica James claimed silver and bronze respectively in the Girls Under-20 800m. Jamaican Natoya Goule claimed the top honours in a time of 2:07.20 while Brooks crossed in 2:09.29 followed by James in 2:09.80.
There was no success for TT in the Girls Under-20 Long Jump as Carisa Leacock finished outside of medal contention, placing fourth with a leap of 5.78m.
Mark London earned bronze (9:18.34) in the Boys Under-20 300m event while compatriot Nicholas Landeau followed in fourth spot (9:22.33).
Cherisse Murray (34.27m) and Shaunna Downey (34.02m) were fourth and fifth in that order as the Girls Under-17 Discus finals took place.
The first relay medal for TT on day three went to the Girls Under-17 4x400m team, placing third behind Jamaica (3:43.08) and Bahamas (3:51.27). The TT quartet of Shirnelle Ettienne, Domonique Williams, Onika Murray and Kernesha Spann clocked 3:55.22.
In the male final, TT’s Theon Lewis, Mark London, Jereem Richards and Machel Cedenio claimed silver in 3:17.54. Bahamas got the gold in 3:16.30 while Jamaica was third in 3:18.67.
There was silver for TT again this time in the Girls Under-20 4x400m event with Sparkle Mc Knight, Kai Selvon, Gabriela Cumberbatch and Alena Brooks stopping the clock at 3:38.49. Jamaica were clear winners in 3:34.41 while Bahamas timed 3:38.81.
TT’s foursome of Kishon Dempster, Deon Lendore, Osei-Alleyne Forte and Jehue Gordon sped home first in 3:08.19. Jamaica 3:09.18 had to settle for silver while Dominican Republic claimed the bronze (3:10.55).