In one of this country’s best showing at an extra-regional Track and Field Championships, St Vincent and the Grenadines finished the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-18, Under-20 and Under-23 Championships with seven medals.
Among the medals at the championships which ended in Costa Rica last Sunday, there were three gold, three silver and a bronze.
Shafiqua Maloney won the Women’s Under-23 800m in 2:08.13 and took silver in the 400m in a time of 52.73 seconds.
Handal Roban extended his rich vein of form when he took the gold medal in the Men’s Under-20 800m, clocking 1:49.75 and in the process, etablished a new St Vincent and the Grenadines Under-20 record, beating his own 1:49.94 set last month in Jamaica.
Roban returned to the track Saturday afternoon to take silver in the 400m, stopping the clock at 48.97 seconds, .53 secs behind Wayne Mc Coy of the Bahamas.
The other Vincentian gold medallist was Uroy Ryan, whose 7.40m was the best in the Male Under-18 Long Jump. And with that jump, Ryan broke the St Vincent and the Grenadines Under-20 record of 7.33m. Ryan, who is based in Jamaica, had set the national record earlier this year.
Also mounting the podium for St Vincent and the Grenadines was Mikeisha Welcome in the Women’s Under-23 Triple Jump. On Sunday, Welcome had a best leap of 13.16m, which earned her the silver medal.
Kyle Lawrence took bronze in the male Under-18 100m on Friday, the first day of competition. His time was 10.71 seconds which trailed winner Alicke Cranston of Jamaica- 10.42 seconds, and Antigua and Barbuda’s Ajani Daley in 10.68 seconds.
The other member of the team was Tamara Woodley, who placed fifth in the Women’s Under-23 400m. Woodley clocked 56.76 seconds.
St Vincent and the Grenadines ended sixth in the standings, with Jamaica topping the medal count. In all, seventeen countries participated.
Khalil Cato travelled as the Vincentian team’s coach. Kineke Alexander served as Manager/ Chaperone
Source :The Vincentian