TT’s TYRIQ Horsford captured his fifth straight javelin gold medal yesterday, on the third and final day of the 2019 Carifta Track and Field Championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands yesterday.
Up to press time last evening, the TT team had a haul of 19 medals – five gold, six silver and eight bronze.
TT were third on the medal standings, trailing runaway leaders Jamaica who had 62 medals (23 gold, 25 silver and 14 bronze) and the Bahamas with 20 (nine gold, five silver and six bronze).
With his second attempt yesterday in the men’s Under-20 javelin, the 19-year-old Horsford threw 71.45 metres to take gold in his final Carifta meet.
Deandra Collins of Grenada was second with a throw of 62 metres, with Hughie Sean Rolle of the Bahamas third with 60.45m. TT’s Selvon Rochford was fifth with a best of 58.83m.
TT finished in the top two positions in the women’s open heptathlon, on Sunday evening.
The 18-year-old Safiya John took gold with a tally of 5,143 points, while Antonia Sealy was second with 4,847 points. Grenada’s Jonair Thomas placed third with 4,730 points.
Also on Sunday, Shaniqua Bascombe triumphed in the women’s Under-17 200m. The 16-year-old crossed the finish line in 23.36 seconds, ahead of Jamaica’s Brianna Lyston (23.53 seconds) and St Vincent’s Ulanda Lewis (24.09 seconds).
Last evening, TT earned three out of the four medals available in the 400 (4x100) metre relays.
In the women’s Under-17 section, TT placed second in 45.73 seconds, trailing Jamaica (45.63 seconds), while Bermuda (47.47 seconds) were third.
The women’s Under-20 were also silver medallists in 45.11 seconds. Jamaica won in 44.25 and Barbados placed third in 45.52.
And, in the men’s Under-17 quartet were third in 42.45, behind Jamaica (41.59) and the Bahamas (42.18).
The other medallist yesterday (up to press time) was Kelsey Daniel, who was second in the men’s Under-20 triple jump in 15.14 metres. Barbados’ Jonathan Miller won with a best of 15.30m, and Jamaica’s Apalos Edwards was third with 15.05m.
Daniel followed up on his bronze medal effort in the men’s Under-20 long jump on Saturday evening. Daniel was third with a leap of 7.32 metres, trailing the Jamaica duo of Wayne Pinnock (7.84m) and Jordan Turner (7.33m).
Also on Saturday, Veayon Joseph, in the men’s Under-17 javelin, got bronze with a throw of 55.77m, behind Bahamas’ Keyshawn Strachan (64.31m) and Grenada’s Cameron Thomas (57.44m).
And Anson Moses was a medallist on Saturday, with bronze in the men’s octathlon. Moses amassed 5,107 points, as David Edmondson of Jamaica (5,413) and Patrick Johnson of the Bahamas (5,244) took the top two spots.