Cayla Christopher of Track Blazer and Shykeina Dickson of High Performance broke Taliyah Sampson’s U15 100 meters record on day one of the Grenada Athletic Association Whitsuntide Developmental Games staged over the weekend.
Christopher, the gold medalist in the event, first broke the 2017 record in the heats, clocking 12.58 seconds to erase the 12. 68 mark. In the final, she posted 12.64.
Shykeina Dickson also competed in the U15, 100 meters, and recorded a time of 12.58, but in the final, she ran 12.68.
A thriller for the spectators was the girls’ 200 meters won by Symphony Patrick of Concorde, 24.72, edging out Cheffonia Houston of SCRS, 24.76.
Placing third was Alleyna Decoteau of 473 Mvp, 25.62.
Grenada’s double-CARIFTA Games medalist, Ethan Sam, renewed his Inter-Col rivalry and came out on top. The 473 MVP sprinter won the U17 200 in a time of 21.90 beating Kyle Nedd of SAASS, 22.07.
Third was Antiguan, Cleon Joseph of Phoenix Track Club 22.13 and 4th Mikael Redhead of Track Blazers, 22.27
Equally competitive was the boys’ U15 100 meters. It was won by SAASS’ John, Delron, 11.61, followed by Brion Scott of Burnley Club from Trinidad and Tobago, 11.67 and Ethan Auguste of Finishline, 11.81
The U20 girls’ 100 meters final featuring eight competitors produced a photo finish. The winner was Antiguan, Geolyna Dowdye of Phoenix Track Club, 11.79 followed by Shantay Augustine of 473 Mvp, 12.06. Third was Nya Browne, representing Proformers, 12.13 and 4th, Karessa Kirton of Concorde 12.18
The girls’ U20 400 meters was a comfortable win for Kaelyaah Liburd of the BVI, clocking 55.21. Shantay Augustine of 473 Mvp placed second in a time of 58.13
Jayden Phillip of 473 MVP ran a powerful U20 400, clocking, 47.29 to win gold. Rickyle Telemaque of Track Blazer had to settle for the silver medal in a time of 47.31. Elisha Williams of Track Blazer, 48.57 took the bronze.
The 1500 U17 boys were a battle to the finish. Nicholas Frederick, representing Finishline, won the race in a time of 4:29.05 and Adriel Mitchell of Fusion Athletics, 4:32.85, was second. Third was Henreek Francois of Roses Academy at 4:39.00.
Girls’ U13 100meters winners in different races include Kaya Swan representing Fusion, 13.37 seconds, section 2, Leah Campbell of Velocity 13.60 seconds; Section Three Janelle Smith of Runners Club, 13.77 and Section four, Jeel Peters, representing Burnley of Trinidad and Tobago, clocked 12.63.
Ronan Lessey set a new record for the boys’ U13 100m. His time of 29.85. The previous record 29.98. In another U13, 100 Jonathan Labarrier, representing Fusion, clocked 31.34 and MVP’s Akeem Coudray won his 100m sprint in 31.67 seconds.
U11 sprinter, Ronan Lessey of Track Blazer set a new mark for the boys’ 200 meters, 29.85. The old mark of 31.87 was set by Niquan Roberts in 2022.
Turning to the field events, J’Aivar Cato, representing Xcel Sports Club, won the triple jump with a leap of 13.30m and then added the long jump, 1.91m, to his collection, which is a games record. The old mark was 1.80 meters set in 2019 by Uroy Ryan.
Dellon McKenzie of Fusion Athletics also broke the record, 1.85m and won the silver.
Tyrique Vincent representing Concorde, 1.82m, also broke the long jump record.
Jurel Clement of C.A.C threw the javelin at 57.86m to win the U17, and Josh Thomas also of C.A.C came second with a distance of 50.05m