B.A.A.A. Carifta Trials 2013

Live updates on the road to Carifta: Experience the excitement on March 15-16, 2013 as the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations stages Carifta Trials.

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  • The Cash Twins are ones to watch in the Under 17 Boys sprint events during the BAAA CARIFTA Trials. They finished first and second respectively in the GSSSA Track & Field Championships for the 100m and 200m finals. Warming up on the practice track, they are readying themselves to secure spots on the Bahamas team for the 2013 CARIFTA Games. (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama Live)

  • Devynne Charlton ran a CARIFTA Qualifying time in the girls 100 meter hurdles under 20 finals.

  • Xavier Coakley clocks first qualifying time for the night

    by Nadine Thomas-Brown, Bahama Live Correspondent 

    Cold weather did not stop Xavier Coakley from setting the track on fire today at the new Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Breezing past the competition in a time of 14.13 seconds for the under 20 boys 110 meter hurdles, he was the first track athlete for the night to clock a CARIFTA qualifying time at the BAAA CARIFTA Trials. 

    Xavier thanked his  parents, grandfather and coach for inspiring him to stay focused. “My coach told me to stay relaxed, stay composed, attack the hurdle, get aggressive and sprint between and that’s what I did”, he said .

    The sixteen year old Club Monica member said his watch word from now until CARIFTA is going to be hard work.  Xavier said that even though the competition is unknown, he is looking forward to  representing the country in the Games at the end of the month.
    next week.
  • Xavier Coakley, CARIFTA qualifyer in the under 20 boy, 110 meter hurdles.

  • Any field event updates like the triple and long jumps
  • @BernardNewbold: We are researching some of the field event results now. We will have them in a bit. We can report that long jumper Desmond Major was injured and is currently receiving medical attention. More and that story soon.
  • Death at the trials

    A man was found dead in the parking lot of the Thomas A Robinson stadium during the BAAA CARIFTA Trials, late this afternoon. He is  believed to be around 68 years old. 

    The elderly man was found in a parked car in a southeasterly parking lot of the new stadium. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, according to police. The elderly man has not  been identified. Investigations are underway.
  • Police are investigating a death at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium during the BAAA CARIFTA Trials. (Photo by Ken Nguyen)

  • Andira Ferguson competing in the girls under 17 Long Jump.

  • CARIFTA freshman D’Ajonae advances to 400 meter final 


    D’Ajonae Jayawardana missed the CARIFTA qualifying time by three seconds in the preliminary round of the girls 400 meter run, under 17 girls. Winning her heat, she advanced to the finals, which will be held later tonight. D’Ajonae trains with Speed Begins Tack Club in Freeport, Grand Bahama. 

    Grand Bahama has always been famous at CARIFTA for producing some of the top female 400m sprinters. In her freshman appearance at the CARIFTA Trials, D’Ajonae hopes to enter the elite group of junior athletes. 

  • Grand Bahama athlete D’Ajonae Jayawardana (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama)



  • Olympian coach readies sprint phenom for the big leagues 

    By DeNez Jones, Bahama Live Correspondent 

    Olympic Gold medalist Tonique Williams-Darling is passing on her winning ways to teenage sprint sensation Doneisha Anderson. Doneisha posted the third fastest junior women’s 400m time in the country this year, while working with coach Williams-Darling of TWD Track Club. 

    “She’s actually still Under 15, but we decided that she’s ready to compete in the Under 17 category,” said Williams-Darling, who also competed in past CARIFTA Games. 

    “Right now, as a junior that’s based locally, she has one of the fastest 400m times. The other two ladies with the faster times are competing in the Under 20’s. So I feel that once she has a chance to go head-to-head with some of the Under 17 competition she will be successful with making the CARIFTA team.

    Other athletes from the TWD Track Club to look out for during the CARIFTA Trials are Amber Ford in the Under 17 Girls 800m, who is currently ranked number one locally in the event and Donaldo Harris, competing in the Under 17 boys division. 
  • Injuries at the trials

    By Nadine Thomas-Brown, Bahama Live Correspondent 
    Heptathlon competitor Desmond Major and mid distance runner Edwinette Sturrup are just two of the athletes who were injured at the BAAA CARIFTA Trials.  

    Major was carried off in an ambulance while Sturrup struggled on the arms of two aids after an asthma attack, at the new Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

    Major was competing in the long jump when he accidentally fell and hit the right side of his head. He was then transported to hospital because of the head injury, according to Dr Ricky Davis, head doctor in the sick bay.

    Meanwhile Sturrup had neglected to take her medication before the race, according to Dr Davis, which resulted in an asthma attack during her run in the 800 meters. She came sixth. The 15 year old made a quick recovery and will be competing in the 1500 meters tonight and the 800 meters on Saturday.

    Dr Davis stressed, a full team of  medical personnel are on hand to deal with all emergencies, including 30 doctors and nurses, a physiotherapist, chiropractor, EMTs and an ambulance. 
  • Heptathlete Desmond Major being treated for injuries at the BAAA CARIFTA Trials.

  • On your marks. Set. Go. (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama Live)

  • Packed stands at the BAA Carifta Trials.

  • Jumbotron in action at new stadium 

    by Nadine Thomas-Brown, Bahama Live Correspondent 
    Newly minted jumbotrons at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium lit up the field during the BAAA CARIFTA Trials. For the first time in stadium history, audience members received live results broadcast over the gigantic electronic screens, made up of over 2000 different modules. 

    The jumbotrons  will have the capability to freeze and repeat  key moments in the competition, according to Chinese technician John Chan. He said local officials will manage the jumbotrons during the games.

    “The controls are on the fifth floor of the stadium and all  the connections are concentrated around the whole track so if you want to play something on the jumbotron, you just have to connect  your dv or computer or camera via the control room. Chan said setting up the jumbotron up took over a month. 

    Though a noticeable glitch marred the jumbotron briefly during opening night of the CARIFTA Trials, Chan  promised the CARIFTA Games would be glitch free. The issue was quickly resolved, said Mr Chan. 

    History is being made at the BAAA CARIFTA Trials the largest junior sporting event  in the Caribbean is being hosted at  what has been touted to be one of the  Caribbeans’s newest  and best stadiums, and one of the highlights from a technological standpoint will be the huge Jumbotrons on both ends of the  field.
  • John Chan, Jumbotron Technician (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama Live)

  • On his first jump, junior athlete Laquan Nairn equaled the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 7.10m in the under 20 boys long jump at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Laquan is also expected to compete in the Under 20 High Jump, which is said to be his specialty, during the BAAA CARIFTA Trials. Final results were not available for most field events, as competition on the field was postponed to the second day of the CARIFTA Trials. (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama Live)

  • I wish i coulda gone to carifta trials on da tracks but i didnt :(
  • Supporting our athletes at the Carifta trials.
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Pauline Davis-Thompson predicts that 2013 NCAA Women's Indoor 400m Champion Shaunae Miller will win the Austin Sealy MVP Award at this year's 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games. "I understand that Shaunare Miller is going to be coming home, and she's gonna be running here at the CARIFTA Games. If she continues to run the way she has been lately, I could see her becoming the next Austin Sealy trophy winner," said Davis-Thompson, who won the Austin Sealy award in 1984. "It's a good indication as to you going to the next level and doing some great things (in future competitions) like the Olympics and the World Championships." (Photo by Ken Nguyen/Bahama Live)

  • Andre Wells lines up for the 400 meter heats at the 2013 BAAA CARIFTA Finals. Andre is a front runner for a spot on the CARIFTA team in the 400 meters. At the 2011 Lille IAAF World Youth Championships he was a 400 meter finalist.


  • CARIFTA Qualifiers: Sprint Results

    (Unofficial Times)

    Boys 100 Meter Dash, Under 17
     (Qualifying Time: 10.90 seconds)
      Teray Smith (10.70)
      Cliff Reaias (10.87)
      Delano Davis (10.81)
    Girls 100 Meter Dash, Under 20 (Qualifying Time: 11.90 seconds)
      Devynne Charlton (11.87)
    Boys 400 Meter Run, Under 14 (Qualifying Time: 49.80 seconds)
      Kinard Rolle (47.91)
    Boys 400 Meter Run, Under 20 (Qualifying Time: 48.25 seconds)
      James Williams (47.70)
  • Live blogging for day two of the BAAA CARIFTA Trials will begin at 6pm. For a recap of the action from day one, read up below.
  • Day two of the BAAA CARIFTA Trials is underway. Bahama Live will bring you updates of the action on the LIVE Blog.
  • Kinks To Iron Out

    With a keener sense of what to expect, organisers of the 2013 BAAA CARIFTA Trials said they were set to iron out the kinks on the second day of competition. "It's the first time we're operating out of two facilities," said BAAA president Mike Sands. "We decided to use the trials as basically a dry-run for CARIFTA."

    This is the first time a practice track is being fully utilised at a meet in The Bahamas. "We want to follow the international standards and protocol, with regards to organising a high-level meet, as closely as possible during these Trials," said Sands. 

    The new Thomas A. Robinsion National Stadium serves as the main venue for the CARIFTA Trials. However, the infield at the new stadium is not ready for competition as yet. All field events, except long and triple jump events were hosted in the old stadium.

    Despite the troubles from the first day of competition, the close proximity between the old and the new stadiums made for an easy transition. Because of the late start on day one, the final race on the first day of the trials concluded an hour past midnight. The second day of competition started earlier in the afternoon with field events.
  • Preliminaries heats in the 200 meter dash are underway at the CARIFTA Trials. The event finals are scheduled for 10.30pm, to conclude the competition. 
  • Teray Smith BAISS champion runs the fast time in his heat during preliminary rounds in the 200 meter dash at the CARIFTA Games.

  • Bahamas high jumper goes pro. Last year 18 year old Ryan Ingraham was a gold medallist in high jump at the CARIFTA Games. This year the now 19 year old has gone pro and is being sponsored by Puma. Ingraham’s high jump last year made him second best in Caribbean history behind Javier Sotomayor from Cuba. “We are getting ready to dominate in the World Games in Moscow,” Coach James Rolle said.

  • 2012 Carifta U-17 100m champion Cliff Resias showed versatility in winning heat three of the U-20 Boys 200m heat in a time of 21.90s. He beat 2011 World Youth finalist Andre Wells who came second in 21.95s.
  • In heat two of the U-20 Boys 200m dash preliminaries there was a close finish between Janeko Cartwright and Ian Kerr. Cartwright won in 21.86s and Kerr trailed for second in 21.98s. Neither athlete made the CARIFTA qualifying time, 21.48s, but they advanced to the finals later tonight.
  • 2012 Carifta 200m medalist Teray Smith won his heat in the U-20 Boys 200m dash with a time of 21.81s. Smith won the men's 100m dash last night.
  • Nairn looks to double at CARIFTA Trials

    Few track and field athletes can combine the skills required to be a good long and high jumper. At the age of 16, Laquan Nairn is already showing prowess in both the horizontal and vertical field events. On the second day of competition at the 2013 BAAA CARIFTA Trials, Nairn is looking to better the CARIFTA qualifying jump he fielded at a club meet earlier this year.  

    "I qualified already, but I don't take nothing for granted. I just keep on going out there - competing to the best of my ability. Just going out there and listening to my coach and getting to higher heights," said Nairn.

    At the Road Runners Club Meet, Nairn surpassed the CARIFTA Under 20 Men's High Jump standard by clearing 2.10 metres (7ft - 3/4inches). That height was also a personal best for Nairn. 

    On the first night of the CARIFTA Trials, Nairn qualified for the Under 20 Men's Long Jump. On his first pass, Nairn equaled the CARIFTA qualifying standard of 7.10m - finishing with a best jump of 7.36m.
  • Andre Wells leads Cliff Resias in the under 20 boys 200 meter preliminaries.

  • Gianna Conliffe qualified for the CARIFTA Games moments ago when she won the first of two 300m hurdles heats in 48.11s. She went under the 48.23s qualifying time. In heat two, Vashanti Summons qualified in 46.22s, beating Jeorgette Williams in 47.33s. Both times, went under the qualifying standard.
  • Field events produce multiple qualifiers 

    Field events continued on day two of the BAAA CARIFTA Trials.  A switch in times had some  athletes and coaches frustrated, but once competition began their nerves settled and the events proceeded smoothly. Here are some of the results from competition on the field:

    In the Girls Under Under 17 Shot Put, Andira Ferguson had the best throw of the day with a CARIFTA qualifying 13.27m. Placing second in the qualifier was 6ft 2in, 14 year old Serena Brown, with a throw of 12.19m. Finishing third with a CARIFTA qualifying throw of 12.09m was Zhizell McKenzie. 

    Ferguson came back to be the only qualifier in the Under 17 Girls Long Jump with a leap of 5.51m. 

    Another solo qualifier was Ashley Oembler, in the Under 20 Girls Discus Throw. Ashley was in a class of her own, finishing seven feet ahead of the second place competitor with heave of 40.03m. 
  • Three hurdlers qualify at trials

    Three athletes posted qualifying times in the hurdles during early rounds of the 300 meter hurdles at the CARIFTA Trials. Competing in the second of two heats in the Under 17 Girls 300m hurdles, Vashanti Simmons posted the fastest preliminary time of 46.22 seconds. Running in the same heat was Jeorgette Williams, with the second fastest qualifying time of 47.33 seconds. The third fastest qualifier was Gianna Conliffe, who posted a time of 48.11 seconds in the first heat. The finals for the Under 17 Girls 300m Hurdles are expected to get underway shortly after 9pm tonight. 

  • In the U-17 boys 400m hurdles, Donovan Clarke and Mikhail Bethel were neck-in-neck at the line in 57.08s in the first of two heats. In the U-20 boys 400m, Joshua Stubbs beat D'Mitry Charlton to the line in 55.97s. Charlton finished second in 56.25s. The following heat was won by Xavier Coakley in 56.10s. His closest competitor was Jermaine Smith who finished second in 57.44s.
  • Currently on the track are is the girl's 3,000m where the Carifta standard time is 10.50.52s. Holli Rolle is currently leading the pack of eight as there are six more laps to be run.
  • Olympian predicts Bahamas chances of winning CARIFTA

    By Dnez Jones, Bahama Live Correspondent
    Since CARIFTA was first hosted in 1972, Team Bahamas has won the overall Games only three times (1980, 1981, 1984). Jamaica has dominated the competition for 26 consecutive years. 

    Olympian Pauline Davis-Thompson said athletes looking to make the CARIFTA team for The Bahamas in 2013 will not have an easy run. "Jamaica is going to be very, very tough to beat, but I think we can beat them in the sprints," said Davis-Thompson. "Once we can beat them in the sprints, they'll feel like they've actually lost the CARIFTA Games," she said. 

    Davis-Thompson broke the CARIFTA record in the 100 meters after clocking 11.08 and won the 200 meters in a time of 23.00 seconds when she competed as a junior. She was also a member of the gold medal winning 4x 100 team and silver medal 4 x 400 meter team. Davis-Thompson received the "Austin Sealy Trophy" award in 1984 as the most outstanding female athlete. She edged out two-time winner, teammate Lavern Eve,who won the gold in the shot (48'1''), discus (152'3''), javelin (164'6'') and finished fourth in the high jump. 
  • Though she didn't obtain the Carifta standard time, Holli Rolle won the girl's 3,000m final in 11.35.31s. Askiela Lightbourne finished second in 11.mins 41 and Derenique Smith of Andros finished third in 11 mins 45s. "I feel good about the race. I think I ran a personal best so that was goof for me. It was a nice race, the weather was good. It was a little tiresome because I ran the 1500m last night but I just want to thank God for a good race," said Rolle.
  • Amber Ford won the first heat in the U-17 Girls 800m prelims in a time of 2mins 26 flat. Her nearest competitor was Shaquania Dorsette in 2 mins 30.50s. To qualify Carifta, the U-17 will have to run 2mins 21s or better. They will have that opportunity in tonight's final.
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