Written by The Gleaner Posted On: Sunday, 22 July 2012
Defending champions Jamaica failed to secure their fifth straight hold on the two-day Caribbean Union of Teachers' (CUT) Biennial Students' Athletics Championship, this after they were dethroned by Barbados yesterday at the National Stadium.
Barbados finished atop the table with 41 medals which include 17 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze medals ahead of the Jamaicans who copped 15 gold, 14 silver and 13 bronze. The top two were followed by Trinidad and Tobago (11 gold, 10 silver, and 10 bronze), British Virgin Islands (four gold, three silver and five bronze).
Huit Johnson, manager of the Jamaica team, said his athletes did their best.
"It is a very competitive championships and we are happy to know that the other Caribbean countries were able to compete with us and beat us at this level," said Johnson.
"We had a few setbacks in the relays, which was a tremendous blow for us in the championships, but this is just a part of the game in athletics," Johnson added.
Jamaica's Under-9 4x100m relay team sped to a meet record 57.81 seconds to win the event and in the process erased the previous mark of 59.64.
Shadae Grant of Jamaica copped a fine double when she captured the girls' Under-11 200m. Grant who won the 100m on Friday's opening day, clocked 29.00 seconds to win the 200m yesterday. Leilani Haddock of Barbados was second in 29.48 while Olujede Bridgewater of St Kitts took third in 29.69.
Jamaica's Jhevaughn Matherson captured the boys' Under-15 200m in a swift 22.92 ahead of Kashief King of Trinidad and Tobago (23.20) and Bahamas' Jaqunte Green (23.26).
Tina Clayton from Jamaica won the girls' Under-9 150m in 23.74 beating Makayla Lewis of Bahamas (24.37) and Joy Edward of St Lucia (24.56).
Jamaica's Rashaun Dawkins did 6.35m to win the gold medal in the boys' Under-15 long jump in front of Shem Forde of Barbados (6.18m) and Akanna Hislod from Trinidad and Tobago (6.12).
Ashanni Robb of Jamaica clocked 2:22.46 for second in the girls' 800m open which was won by Tiana Bowen of Barbados in 2:22.25. Daejha Moss of Bahamas was third in 2:24.58.