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Bascombe sparkles again

Monday, June 11, 2018
T&T's Shaniqua Bascombe, left, in action during the Girls Heptathlon 80 metres dash back in April, during the first day of the NACAC Age Group Championships at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. Photo by:Nicholas Bhajan/CA-images

Shaniqua Bascombe of Cougars amazed on the second day of the National Gas Company (NGC) National Junior Championships yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.

On the final day of the track and field meet hosted National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA), Bascombe, 14, picked up her third gold medal in winning the girls Under-17 200m in a time of 24.05 seconds and achieved the standard (24.20) for next month's World U-20 Championships to be held in Finland. She also surpassed the qualifying mark of 11.80m in the 100m, the day before.

Taking silver in the 200m was Brianna Lord of Abilene Wildcats in 25.00 and bronze went to Simplex's Leah Bertrand in 25.19.

Later in the 4x100m relay event, Bascombe ran the second leg in combining with Jada Duprey, Peniel John and Caliyah Wallace to cop silver in 47.76 with Simplex team of Marie George, Bertrand, Kyah La Fortune, Kurlecia Francis, running in that order, speeding to gold in 47.61. Abilene (Alison Phillip, Patrice Roberts, Jada John, Lord) was the bronze medallists in 49.98.

Bascombe then linked with Wallace, Blossom Swift, Kershel Mc Intyre to place second in the girls open 4x400m relay (4:08.09) behind winner Memphis Pioneers' Nicola Pesnell, Chelsea Ragoonanan, Kyla Walker and Rae-Anne Serville (3:58.13). In third place was Kaizen Panthers (Safiya John, Khadija Abraham, Shanika Belfon, Anika Joefield) in 4:08.53.

A number of athletes joined Bascombe in achieving the standard for the World Championships including Gabriel Guerra (Toco Tafac), the top three finishers in the boys U-20 200m final Timothy Frederick (Simplex), Ako Hislop (Kaizen Panthers and Pierce David (Memphis Pioneers) and Iantha Wright (Mercury).

Guerra broke the national junior record of 31.44m in the Hammer throw with his third attempt, reaching 34.98m to beat Geion Washington (Kaizen) into second (24.98m) and Jabari Mitchell (Mercury) into third (19.15m).

Back on the track, the boys' U-20 200m final had spectators at the edge of their seats with Frederick winning in 21.13 with Hislop second in 21.23 and David in21.33 to achieve the World junior event standard of 21.35.

Wright did it in the girls' version of the race with her winning time of 24.05 surpassing the 24.20-standard. Phoenix's Ayla Stanisclaus was second in 24.37 and Tatianna Martinez (Mercury), third in 24.98.

There was no surprise in the Boys U-20 javelin throw as four-time Carifta champion, Tyriq Horsford taking gold with a 63.85-throw. Second was Selvon Rochford (Five Rivers Sec) with 56.35 and third, Jante Lewis of Mustangs with 52.15m.

Karessa Kirton ended with the most medals, increasing her gold medal tally to five and her overall count to six, after copping a silver in the Girls U-15 200m. The Cougars athlete won the Girls U-15 300m hurdles, clocking 43.64 to beat Point Fortin New Jets' (PFNJ) Natasha Fox (44.58) and Kayla Caesar of Memphis (48.98), to the line respectively.

In the 200m, Fox and Kirton reversed placings with the former getting the gold with a time of 24.68. Kirton was the runner-up in 24.79 and in third was her Cougars clubmate Reneisha Andrews (25.09).

Later, running the third leg, Kirton partnered with Makeda Edwards, Reneisha Andrews and Kianna Llewellyn to get a victory in the girls U-15 4x100m relay in 49.75. Memphis (Kayah Charles, Afiya Croal, Janae Murray, Kayla Caesar) stayed on for second in 50.03, with Abilene (Teneka Bonnett, Nzinga Charles, McKala Lewis, Kadija Pickering) in third (51.25).

Cougars, who led at the end of day one, dominated again on the second day to be crowned the champion team with a combined score of 475 points from 95 events. The champion won three of six relays it competed in, placed second in two and third in one.

Memphis tallied 370 to finish a far off second while Kaizen placed third with 337. Abilene (194) and PFNJ (186) filled the other two spots, respectively.


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