During Sunday’s conclusion of the 2012 Leeward Islands Junior Track and Field Championships, the 17th meet record fell when the Virgin Islands under-20 boys 4 x 400 metre relay of Tarique Moses, Shaquoy Stephens, Kyron McMaster and Khari Herbert broke the meet record and a 20-year-old all-comers record with a new national junior record time of 3 minute and 17 seconds, for the ninth record of the day.

VI athletes accounted for nine of the 17 records.

The 4×4 time chopped six seconds off the 3:23.01 minutes meet record set by the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2006. It also cut the territory’s 19-year-old national junior standard of 3:21.03 minutes from 1993 with the foursome of Ralston Varlack, Steve Augustine, Keita Cline and Mario Todman.  

The 3:17 minutes also broke the 20-year-old all-comers record of 3:18.1 minutes set by the U.S. Virgin Islands team of Randy Wheatley, Irvine Mason, Ulric Jackson and Neville Hodge in 1982.

At the end of the meet, the VI had amassed 44 medals, Antigua 32, USVI 17, Anguilla 13, Guadeloupe 3 and Trinidad and Tobago 1.

Anguilla’s Zaniel Hughes who set the u-20 boys 100 metre meet and all-comers record on Saturday with his 10.45 seconds run, claimed Antigua and Barbuda’s Richard Richardson’s 200 metre mark of 21.35 seconds from 2006, by cutting the tape at 21.26 seconds into a -2.0 headwind. The Carifta Games 100-metre bronze medalist’s times were also Anguilla’s national records and he claimed the Most Outstanding Male Performer of the Meet Award.

The VI’s Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, a Carifta Games u-17 girls 800-metre bronze medalist, earned Outstanding Female Performance of the Meet for her 650 metre run. Lakeisha ran stride for stride with fellow Carifta Games finalist Cheryl Farial of Guadeloupe before powering home to victory to demolish Antigua and Barbuda’s Kenryca Francis’ four-year old mark of 2 minutes and 20.30 seconds stopping the clock at 2:10.92 minutes. Her finish  lowered Samantha John’s three-year-old time of  2:13.68 minutes all-comers record and improved her national youth record from 2:13.80 minutes earlier in the season.

Cheryl, who ran 2:14.49 at home last week, improved to a personal best 2:13.73 minutes, the third best female time ever run in the territory.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Matthew Mitchell ran the u-17 boys 800 metres in 2:03.73 minutes, to eclipse St. Kitts’ Kadeem Smith’s 2006 time of 2:04 minutes.

On the field, Carifta Games u-17 Girls Javelin Throw gold medalist Tynelle Gumbs of the VI had a heave of 36.05 metres with the 500 kilogram spear to establish a new mark.

Her teammate Kevin Vanterpool in the same division, wiped out St. Kitts’ Chetal Evans’ 2006 mark of 46.61 metres with a personal best heave of 48.18 metres with the 700 kilogram spear.

Anguilla’s DeeAnn Rodgers, the Carifta Games heptathlon bronze medalist, scored 3,813 points to establish a new meet record, as the event was contested for the first time, while Guadeloupe’ s Elsa Plante, a Carifta Games u-17 girls 100 metre bronze medalist, ran 14.49 seconds to establish a meet and all-comers record.

The VI’s u-17 girls 4 x 400 metre squad of Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses, Lakeisha Warner, Jonel Lacey and Taylor Hill—who notched an u-17 girls sprint double, shattered the meet record of 3 minutes and 56.5 seconds set in 2006 by another VI foursome of Bianca Dougan, Ashley Kelly, Britney Wattley and Dominique Maloney when they finished in 3:49.19 minutes. The mark was also a national touth record, breaking the 3:49.68 by Mses. Dougan, Wattley, Kelly and Chantel Malone set in 2006.  

Eldred Henry opened the morning session by tossing the 1.75 kilogram u-20 boys discus 44.19 metres on his fourth attempt to kick start the VI’s medal tally.

Eldred was at it again in the afternoon, when he heaved the shot put of 14.53 metres.

Guadeloupe’s Sareena Carti, demolished Antigua and Barbuda’s Cherez Weste’s 400-metre mark of 57.85 seconds from 2006, when she stopped the clock at 55.31 seconds. The 2011 and 2012 Carifta Games u-17 girls bronze medalist, pulled the VI’s Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses and Jonel Lacey under the old mark with 56.46 and 56.94, respectively.

Anguilla’s Zarnel Hughes, a 2012 Carifta Games u-20 boys 100-metre bronze medalist, erased Antigua and Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey’s 9-year-old championships record of 10.62 seconds established in 2003, when he got home in 10.45 seconds into a -0.1 headwind. His mark was also an all-comers record eclipsing the VI’s J’Maal Alexander’s 10.56 seconds from earlier this year.

The mark qualifies Zarnel for the July 10-15 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain  in both the 100- and 200-metre event. He has a best of 21.26 seconds established during the Carifta Games in Bermuda.

Trevia Gumbs, a VI Carifta Games u-17 girls shot put silver medalist, tossed the 3 kilogram ball 13.57 metres to take down St. Kitts’ Rochelle Challenger’s mark of 10.33 metres established here in 2008.

Antigua and Barbuda’s u-17 boys 4 x 100 metre relay team of Travis Campbell, Mitchell Matthew, Alex Stewart, Michaiah Williams took down St. Kitts’ 2006 mark of 44.14 seconds when they ran 43.97 seconds.

Complete results are available at: bvi.milesplit.com


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