RECORD-BREAKERS: Mauricia Prieto, left, Aaliyah Telesford, Kayelle Clarke and Zakiya Denoon celebrate their record-breaking performance in the girls’ under-20 4x100 metres relay, at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track & Field Championships, in Morelia, Mexico, on Friday. The T&T quartet struck gold in a Championship record time of 44.24 seconds. Photo: PAUL VOISIN

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Wright leaps to CAC Juniors gold

By Kwame Laurence kwame.laurence@trinidadexpress.com

Andwuelle Wright was in dominant mood on day two of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track & Field Championships, in Morelia, Mexico, yesterday. The Trinidad and Tobago athlete produced a 7.15 metres leap to secure gold in the boys’ under-18 long jump.

Mexico’s Bryan Sanchez was a distant second with a 6.93m leap, while third spot went to Dominican Republic’s Tony Solis (6.91m).

John Mark Constantine, 100 metres champion Jonathan Farinha, Holland Cabara and Aaron Lewis combined for gold in the boys’ under-20 4x100m relay, the T&T quartet stopping the clock at 40.06 seconds. Jamaica (40.66) and Mexico (40.81) earned silver and bronze, respectively.

Farinha claimed his second individual medal at the Championships when he finished second in the 200m final in 20.82 seconds. Anguilla’s Zharnel Hughes produced a brilliant 20.33 run for gold in the half-lap event. The clocking is a new meet record, bettering the 20.67 standard established by T&T’s Marcus Duncan in 2004.

David Winchester, Akanni Hislop, Corey Stewart and Xavier Mulugata teamed up to grab gold for T&T in the boys’ under-18 4x100m in 41.25 seconds. Bahamas (41.76) were second, while Puerto Rico (42.15) finished third.

Hislop, the 100m bronze medallist on Friday, also finished third in yesterday’s 200m championship race, the T&T sprinter getting to the line in 21.27 seconds. The top two spots went to Jamaicans Chad Walker (21.12) and Fabian Hewitt (21.14).

Zakiya Denoon seized her second individual silver medal when she finished second in the girls’ under-20 200m final in 23.63 seconds, forcing her T&T teammate, Kayelle Clarke to settle for bronze in 23.71. Bahamian Keianna Albury clocked 23.54 to take the gold.

On Friday, Aaliyah Telesford and Denoon finished one-two for T&T in the 100m final.

There was silver for Jeminise Parris in yesterday’s girls’ under-18 100m hurdles, the T&T athlete crossing the finish line in a personal best 13.70 seconds. Jamaican Jeanine Williams won in 13.46—a new Championship record.

And in the girls’ under-20 100m hurdles, T&T’s Akila McShine clocked 14.05 seconds to bag bronze.

Going into the third and final day of the CAC Junior Championships, T&T have seven gold medals, four silver and five bronze.

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