2013 BTC Carifta Games

Live Coverage of the 2013 CARIFTA Games. From March 29 to April 1 all eyes will be on the Caribbean's best junior athletes as they compete in the 2013 CARIFTA Games, the biggest regional championships for junior track and field athletes.

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    From March 29 to April 1 all eyes will be on the Caribbean, as the best junior athletes from the region compete in the 2013 BTC Carifta Games. The annual track and field championships has produced world record holders and Olympians including Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Kim Collins of St Kitts-Nevis, Kimani James of Grenada and Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas.

    The Bahamas is hosting the event for the first time in ten years in its newly built Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Bahama Live has the latest results and behind the scenes action, with a multimedia-packed stream of content: articles, photography and video highlights.

  • Bahama Live is on location at The New Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium for the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games. The afternoon session is about to begin with the first round of races in the 100m.
  • Up first is Heat 1 in the Under-17 girls:

    1 Mitchell, Tirana 16 Guyana
    2 Geerman, Lixandra 16 Aruba
    3 Bethel, Brianne 15 Bahamas
    4 Clarke, Shellece 15 Jamaica
    5 Sauver, Helcyanna 15 Turks & Caicos
    6 Jordan, Timeka 14 Barbados
    7 Jack, Nia 15 US Virgin Island
    8 Fahie, L'Tisha 15 British Virgin I
  • Lineup for Heat 2 of the Under-17 girls:

    1 McIntosh, Quashira 16 US Virgin Island
    2 Whyte, Natalliah 16 Jamaica
    3 Evelyn, Tristan 15 Barbados
    4 Forbes, Sanadia 15 Turks & Caicos
    5 Ambrose, Jenae 16 Bahamas
    6 Huggins, Nelda 16 British Virgin I
    7 Frederic, Esther 16 Haiti
    8 Lambert, Axelle 16 Martinique
  • Bahamian high jumpers miss the medal stand 

    During the morning session on Saturday, Bahamian high jumpers Bria Sands and  Celine Thompson failed to medal in the Under 17 girls high jumper. Sands and Thompson have been in friendly competition for the entire season. Both made the team after jumping qualifying heights at the CARIFTA trials.

    “I feel horrible because I let my country down. I really wanted to get the gold so that they could be happy and proud of me,” Bria said. Unfortunately I couldn’t focus. “I let the noise and everything get to me. I would like to thank my family and my coach for supporting me,” she added.

    Bria’s older brother, Bahamian  Olympian Leevan “Superman” Sands said he was proud of his sister despite her disappointment.

    “This is her first competition and this is something that she needs to go through. There have been meets where I haven’t made the finals but I use it as a learning experience. I want to let her know that she should use this as a learning experience and don’t let this loss affect her, “ he said

    Meanwhile Coach James Rolle said, although Bria did not medal he was glad she was able to participate. He was confident she gave it all she had and that she would have another shot at CARIFTA next year.

    In hindsight Celine said if they had been able to just relax their minds they might have been able to bring home a medal.

    “I don’t know about her but my nerves really got to me,” said Celine. “This whole time I was feeling great until I came down here and then even before I started to jump I felt nervous, she added. I think we had a good competition. Jamaica did very well. They scared me a bit at first,” she joked. Though disappointed, the 15 year old said the competition encouraged her to do better next year.

    Celine’s coach, Keith Parker, said: “She has never jumped 1:65. She has jumped 1:63 several times. She has jumped her best. Her technique over the bar is great. Obviously she hasn’t medaled but she still did well.

    “I will tell her to just continue working at it. She knows today her approach run was a little slow. It used to be slow and we worked on it for the last several and she had improved but today she dropped back to the old habit a little bit. She has just got to concentrate and keep working on it,” he said.



  • Boys 400m final to be hotly contested

    THE Finals of the 400m will be hotly contested after 32 athletes beat out nearly two dozen others for spots in the final of the four junior divisions.

    In the Boys U-20m, there will be an expected clash between Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas with a possible sneak surprise from St Lucia if the times from today’s preliminaries are any indication.

    In the first of three heats, the Trinidadian 2011 Carifta gold medalist in the 200m and 400m, Machel Cedenio, cruised through his race to the finish line in 47.87s ahead of Bahamian James Williams in 48.36s.

    Bahama Live spoke with the 2011 World Youth Championships 400m finalist for comments on the race and his automatic advancement into the finals.

    “My race was executed well. My coach told me to just relax on the first 100 and save everything for the finals,” he said.

    When asked if he was going for a personal record, gold medal or both, he said: “I’ll just try my best and run very fast. I’m going do my best and whatever my best brings, I’ll accept it.

    The second heat was much faster as the 2011 World Youth 200m champion Stephen Newbold  showed his pedigree and won in 45.94s, ahead of Jamaica’s Javon Francis in 46.80s.

    It appeared as though Newbold came to make a statement in light of his recent arrest in Florida.

    “It definitely was” he said.

    I just wanted to come out and make everybody proud despite recent events. I just wanted show everybody that I was still focused and I won’t let things like that bring me down.

    Is a CARIFTA record possible in sight for tonight’s final? “Hopefully, we’ll just have to see tonight,” he answered.

    The final heat was won by Talberc Poleon of St Lucia in 47.03s ahead of Trinidad’s Asa Guevara who clocked 47.96s.
  • World Youth champions advance to expected final clash 

    In the U-20 division, Shaunae Miller made her outdoor debut in easy fashion, winning the first of two heats in 52.61s ahead of fellow World Youth finalist, Jamaican Chris-Ann Gordon, who clocked 54.42s.

    “The race went pretty well. First I’d like to thank God for allowing me to get through safely. The plan was to go out there, get a good feel of it. This is my first outdoor meet.

    Miller said there’s no was real difficulty transitioning from indoor to outdoor because the University of Georgia has an outdoor facility for practice. having just competed in the NCAA’s Indoor season which culminated with her winning the 400m crown.

    When asked if she was chasing the 51.30s CARIFTA meet record, Miller said, “I’m not aiming for anything right now. Just trying to go out there and give my home crowd a good meet.

    Along with Gordon of Jamaica who has already run under 52 seconds this season, Miller will have to contend with  Jamaican Yanike McNeil, who won the second heat in 54s flat ahead of Ariel Jackson of Barbados (54.65s).

    In the U-17 divisions, Jamaica’s Tiffany James qualified with the fastest among the girls in 55.28s, ahead of Bahamas’ Doneisha Anderson (55.46s) and British Virgin Islands Tarika Moses (55.63s).

    The boy’s division saw Guyana’s Jason Yaw leading the qualifiers in 47.87s ahead of the 48.10s and 48.54 posted by the Bahamas’ Kinard Rolle and Henri Deluze respectively. Jamaica’s Martin Manely is right in the mix with a 48.55s run.
  • RESULTS: Jamaica secured two spots in the Under-17 girls 100m finals after the preliminary rounds. The host country, Bahamas, will field Jenae Ambrose in the finals. She finished with the seventh fastest time.
    1 Whyte, Natalliah Jamaica 11.67s
    2 Clarke, Shellece Jamaica 12.05s
    3 Evelyn, Tristan Barbados 11.80s
    4 Mitchell, Tirana Guyana 12.14s
    5 Huggins, Nelda British Virgin I 11.81s
    6 Jack, Nia US Virgin Islands 12.24s
    7 Ambrose, Jenae Bahamas 11.83s
    8 McIntosh, Quashira US Virgin Islands 12.09s
  • We doing it 242 ... Keanu Pennerman wins heat 1 of the u17 boys 100m 10.86, Jelani Walker JAM 10.96, Belcourt Keny GUA 11.16 #Carifta242
  • RT @TrackSideBAH: Bless these athletes as they go out there and compete for their respective countries in Jesus name we pray AMEN.
  • RESULTS
    HEAT 1, 100M BOYS U-17:
    1. Keanu Pennerman BAH - 10.86
    2. Jelani Walker JAM finishes - 10.96
    3. Belcourt Keny GUA - 11.16

    HEAT 2, 100M BOYS U-17:
    1. Kadeem Campbell TRI - 11.00 (unofficial)
    2. Christian Fabien Charles HAITI -
    3. Scharann Cash BAH –

    HEAT 3, 100M BOYS U-17:
    1. Mario Burke BAR - 10.55 (unofficial)
    2. Raheem Chamber JAM - 10.89
  • Jamaica claims gold and silver in boys discus

    The Boys U-20 Discus event concluded this morning with Jamaica claiming gold and silver medals and the British Virgin Island taking bronze.

    Fredrick Dacres, 19, won with a toss of 61.27m ahead of teammate Chadrick Decosta, 19, who threw the discus 55.61m. He edgde out BVI athlete Eldred Henry’s 52.06m throw.

    Host country, the Bahamas, was left out of medal contention. Gerrard Burrows finished fourth with a toss of 50.30m and heavy medal favourite Drexil Maycock was fifth with 48.21s.

    Bahama Live spoke with Maycock and his Jamaican coach after the competition.

    “The competition was good but I just had some technical difficulties,” the 17-year-old said.
    “Some technical stuff caused me not to do my best but other than that I still give God thanks. I still have to go back to training to work on my errors and get better,” he added. Maycock still has the shot put to compete in.

    Gwyn Jones, who coaches Maycock as he studies in Jamaica, said his athlete didn’t perform as expected but still has other meets to look forward to.

    “When warming up over the other side, he was throwing a lot better. Here he looked a little flat, his technique was off and he didn’t look as aggressive as he normally is. That’s how accomplishments go, you can’t win em all. Right now the focus is on Penn Relays and then World Youth,” Mr Jones said.
  • RESULTS: Girls 100 Meter Dash UNDER 20
    1 Spencer, Monique 19 Jamaica 11.63s
    2 Charlton, Devynne 18 Bahamas 11.81s
    3 Cox, Carmiesha 18 Bahamas 11.65s
    4 Thompson, Yanique 17 Jamaica 11.88s
    5 Wickham, Lisa 19 Trinidad & Tobago 11.74s
    6 Telesford, Aaliyah 18 Trinidad & Tobago 12.02s
    7 Husbands, Shavonne 19 Barbados 11.88s
    8 Van Der Vloot, Ramona 19 Suriname 12.15s
  • RT @BTC242: Oh the Junkanoo music in the crowd at the Stadium is LIVE!! Gatta be here to feel it. #carifta242
  • Tickets sold out for CARIFTA tonight Smt wanted to go. Anyway, lets go team Bahamas.
  • Jamaica's Yanique McNeil after qualifying for the 400m finals.

  • Stephan Newbold after qualifying for the men's 400m finals.

  • Guadeloupe's Badof Mathieu competing in the Under-17 Boys Javelin

  • Silver for Bermuda high jumper

    Thirteen year old Sakari Famous from Bermuda won the first silver medal of the 3013 CARIFTA Games on Saturday morning in the Under-17 girls high jump.

    Sakari is one of the youngest athletes in the entire competition. She turned 13 last month.
    “It feels great and this is my first CARIFTA. It was hard work and I put all my hard work into getting this second place,” said the jubilant teen. The teen said that the high jumps were her only events in the competition and that she was beyond happy to earn it as she believed she had come third. 

    Famous lived in the Bahamas for two years and her talent for the high jump was discovered by her then coach Nekino Demeritte. However she probably received her “famous” genes from cousin Clarence “Nicky” Saunders, a legendary Bermudan high jumper. He was the first Bermudan to win a gold in the Commonwealth Games.

    Officials with team Bermuda were excited about the teen’s win. “We are very happy to open up  CARIFTA with a silver medal from our high jumper,”said Freddy Evans General Secretary for the BNAA.

    Mia Black, team manager for the women on the Bermuda team said that the rest of the team was “settling in, staying focused, working on scheduling and eating the right things in preparation for their events.  She added that for the most part the team was adapting well. Sakari is young and she is very resilient and she did a good job,” said Ms Black. 
  • Bermuda's Sakari Famous

  • RESULTS: Boys 100 Meter Dash UNDER 20
    1 Walsh, Tahir 19 Antigua & Barbuda 10.57s
    2 Cadogan, Levi 18 Barbados 10.59s
    3 Constantine, John Mark 18 Trinidad & Tobago 10.61s
    4 Hughes, Zharnel 18 Anguilla 10.58s
    5 Murphy, Jazeel 19 Jamaica 10.62s
    6 Green, Cejaeh 18 Antigua & Barbuda 10.63s
    7 Todd, Odail 19 Jamaica 10.63s
    8 Smith, Teray 19 Bahamas 10.70s
  • Casey George of Guyana won the Under 17 Girls 1500m at the 2013 CARIFTA Games. After the race she broke down in tears because she failed to finish in record winning time.

  • RESULTS: Girls 1500 Meter Run UNDER 17
    1 George, Cassey 14 Guyana 4:36.67
    2 Scraders, Faheemah Kyrah 16 Bermuda 4:39.43
    3 Dixon, Britnie 14 Jamaica 4:47.45
    4 Robb, Asshanni 15 Jamaica 4:51.18
    5 Douglas, Quaashie 15 Bermuda 5:42.44
    -- Bully, Kellandie 15 Dominica DNF
  • RESULTS: Boys 1500 Meter Run UNDER 17 Finals
    1 James, Jauavney 15 Jamaica 4:06.63
    2 Parks, Shevon 16 Jamaica 4:07.50
    3 Najman, Benjamin 16 Bahamas 4:17.52
    4 Atiba, Samuel 15 Trinidad & Tobago 4:29.10
    5 Jean-Felix, Luckner 16 Haiti 4:36.61
    6 Haleem, Alexander 15 Trinidad & Tobago 4:36.71
    7 Corriete, Judah 16 Dominica 4:46.89
  • Jamaica's Obrien Wasome competing in the Under 17 triple jump.

  • Suriname's Miguel Van Assen competing in the Under 17 triple jump.

  • #Carifta242 The field in the U20 Boys 1500m is thick. It should be a great race!!!
  • Early medal for Trinidad and Tobago on the field

    Trinidad and Tobago secured an early medal on the first day of competition at the 2013 CARIFTA Games with a win in the Girls Under 17 Shot Put.

    Chelsea James secured gold with a toss of 14.48m. Janell Fullerton of Jamaica was runner-up with a throw of 13.75m. Representing the home town, and making her third CARIFTA appearance was Breshae Wood. She took third place with a toss of 12.60m. 

    "I really wasn't nervous coming into the Games. But I still think I could've done better. But I wasn't nervous coming into my third CARIFTA Games," said Wood.

    In just her first CARIFTA appearance, 14 year-old Serena Brown of the Bahamas placed sixth with a throw of 11.91m. Brown stood-out from the rest of the field with her towering height of 6'-2". Brown, who also plays basketball, said she was not nervous but may have taken the competition too lightly. Brown expects to do better when she competes in the Under 17 Girls Discus event. 
  • Jamaican fans at CARIFTA 2013

  • Jamaican 1500m runners Jauavney James and Shevon Parks.

  • RESULTS: Girls 1500 Meter Run UNDER 20 (Finals)
    1 Straker, Jevina 19 Guyana 4:43.27
    2 Philbert, Vaness 19 Curacao 4:47.97
    3 Buchanan, Lisa 17 Jamaica 4:52.21
    4 Watson, Shanieke 17 Jamaica 4:53.36
    5 Hield, Jennaya 18 Bahamas 5:02.57
  • Go Guyana, hats off to madam Straker on winning the 1500m Under 20 girls, giving another gold to Guyana at the CARIFTA Games 2013 right here in the Bahamas. Congratulations Guyana.
  • Work it Guyanese in the CARIFTA Games!
    Congratulations to Casey George of GUYANA- she just won gold in the Girls U-17 1500m.
  • The Caribbean is 'on top of the world'

    Caribbean athletes are siting on top of the world right now, according to former Bahamian national record holder in the sprints. Having watched the 100m prelims, Rudy Levarity, former 100m record holder said the USA has taken a back seat to the region.

    "The Caribbean athletes are sitting on top of the world now. The most powerful country in the world, the USA, has taken a back seat to the athletes from this region," said Mr Levarity. 

    "I'm quite sure they are looking at what's happening here and they'll be doing a lot of scouting and recruiting because many of the young athletes that come out of these games go on to become world beaters," he said.

    Speaking of the 100m finals, he said: "it's going to be tough and too close to call."
  • Predictions going into the 100m finals

    Former Gold Medalist in the 100m Rudy Levarity from the Bahamas predicted the medals in the 100m finals at CARIFTA will come from St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad or Barbados. He is not ruling out Bahamas, who has been a very strong contender in these games, however he said the competition will be stiff.

    “In the under 20 Girls finals we have two strong candidates in Carmeisha Cox who clocked a time of 11.65s in heat one and Devyn Charlton who did 11.81s in heat two. The Bahamas has a good chance in that,” he said. 

    However where the men are concerned he said the Bahamas will have to put out extra effort in the under 20’s. 

    All eyes have been on the Jamaicans Odail Todd and Jazel Murphy two Jamaicans who have been breaking records in Jamaica and abroad. 

    While Todd is an outstanding athlete and a former world youth champion, Track Coach and international sports journalist Raymond Graham is predicting Murphy will win the 100m and Todd will medal. 

    “He has won two years in a row. He is now out of high school and he is training along with people such as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. And he knows when to deliver. Running the heats and running second doesn’t mean anything. The finals are what counts,” he said.
  • RESULTS: Boys 1500 Meter Run UNDER 20 (Finals)
    1 London, Mark 19 Trinidad & Tobago 4:01.07
    2 Edgar, Marbeq 18 St. Lucia 4:01.75
    3 Dawson, Chadoye 18 Jamaica 4:04.14
    4 Minors, Dage 18 Bermuda 4:04.90
    5 Haye, Larone 19 Jamaica 4:10.08
    6 Betje, Clifton 19 Suriname 4:10.63
    7 Marshall, Akeem 18 Trinidad & Tobago 4:12.65
    8 Mouchette, Juma 18 Bermuda 4:13.06
    9 Hunte, Joshua 17 Barbados 4:13.26
    10 Russell, Claudius 17 Bahamas 4:19.71
    11 Jonathan, Lopez 19 Guadeloupe 4:25.54
    12 Vorswijk, Rochini 18 Suriname 4:32.83
    13 Jean, Clifton 18 Turks & Caicos 4:35.65
    14 Robinson, Lucien 17 Turks & Caicos 4:36.75
  • Dr. Earnest Obeng, IAAF

    “It is a wild and fantastic atmosphere. This is my first CARIFTA. I am here because we are planning an event in 2014 and 2016 which is the world relays right here in this stadium. Look at the crowd; it is fantastic. 

  • Another Jamaica gold

    Jamaica secured gold in the U-17 girls 400m through Tiffany James. She clocked 55.13s to beat the 55.83s time by Tarika Moses of British Virgin Islands and 56.36s by Doneisha Anderson of the Bahamas. 

  • RESULTS: Girls 400 Meter Dash UNDER 17 (Finals)
    1 James, Tiffany 16 Jamaica 55.13
    2 Moses, Tarika 16 British Virgin I 55.83
    3 Anderson, Doneisha 16 Bahamas 56.36
    4 Sareena, Carti 16 Guadeloupe 56.72
    5 Kalawan, Shannon 16 Jamaica 57.25
    6 Dorsette, Shaquana 16 Bahamas 57.90
    7 Bowen, Tiana 14 Barbados 58.75
    8 Samuels, Avon 14 Guyana 59.11
  • Jamaica celebrates Manely win

    Martin Manely of Jamaica snatched gold from Bahamian Kinard Rolle 30 meters from the finish line. Manely clocked 47.72s, edging out Rolle who clocked 48.05s. Guyana's Jason Yaw finished third in 48.53s.

  • Patrick Hanlan, Jamaica Consul General

    “We know that Jamaica and the Bahamas have been rivals in
    the CARIFTA Games for years because of the Bahamas hosting I know that the
    games are going to be successful and both teams will do well and I wish them
    both well.
    However I think Jamaica has won so many. The challenge for the
    Bahamas is to beat Jamaica in the Bahamas."
  • The Bahamas' World Junior and Youth Champion Shaunae Miller is on the track and ready to go. She hasn't competed in the CARIFTA 400m since her false start in the 2011 Montego Bay games. 

  • Shaunae wins 400m final

    Shaunae strikes gold in 51.64s. She beat Jamaica's Chris Ann Gordon (53.22s) and Kadecia Baird of Guyana (54.28s).
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