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No medals for SVG at Junior Carifta

No medals for SVG at Junior Carifta


St Vincent and the Grenadines failed to head to the podium at the 42nd staging of the Junior Carifta Track and Field meet, which ended last Monday at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.{{more}}

The consolation, though, was representation in three of the finals.

Brandon Valentine-Parris got to the finals of both the 400 and 800 m under-20 male events.

In his second outing at the regional games, Valentine-Parris clocked 47.73 seconds in the preliminaries of the 400 m, but his 48.89 seconds in the finals could only land him an eighth place among the eight competitors.

Valentine-Parris, in his pet event, the 800 m, did 1 minute 56.28 seconds in the preliminaries; however, in the medal chasing final, he placed fifth in 1 minute 55.02 seconds.

St Vincent and the Grenadines was also represented in the 800 m under-20 final, in the person of Kasique Olliver.

After a 1 minute 55.52 second run out in the preliminaries, Olliver’s time in the final was 1 minute 57.12 seconds, which saw him trailing the field of eight finalists.

Also making a final was Shaffiqua Maloney. The 14-year-old, who competed in the females Under-17 300 m Hurdles, failed to finish in the final.

Maloney also contested the 400 m. Her time of 57.50 seconds was not good enough to earn a place in the final.

Likewise, Kerina Hooper’s 1 minute 02.98 seconds, did not get her past the preliminary phase of the females Under 17 400 m sprint.

Apart from the four athletes, the management team comprised Theon Gordon — Coach and Andrea David-Latchman — Manager/Chaperone.

The last time St Vincent and the Grenadines medalled at the Carifta Games was in 2009, when Canadian-born Vincentian Delhonni Samuel-Nicol gained a silver medal in the males Under-20 5000 m run, when the games were staged in St Lucia.