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Barbados 3-peats as 15 records fall in CAC Age Group Championships

Barbados’ Romarco “Remarkable” Thompson produced the highest individual score and was joined by two of his teammates in copping three of the four division titles at stake, while 15 records fell, as the Bajans pulled off a 3-peat victory in the XIV CAC Age Group Championships held in the British Virgin Islands for the first time.

Barbados finished with a combined score of 27,300 points from its eight athletes to retain the title. The Bahamas followed with 27,032 and Trinidad and Tobago placed third with 26,711. Host BVI placed eight from among the 20 teams and 139 athletes—both records—with 25,164.

Thompson who established meet records in the High Jump with a 1.88m leap and the 80m Hurdles (.084) with 11.44 seconds - a time matched by teammate Mario Burke - easily claimed the 13-14 Boys Heptathlon division with 5264 points.

Grenada’s Kimone Patterson was second with 4938 and Guadeloupe’s Guillauma Paquet third with 4904. Kyron McMaster who won High Jump silver for the British Virgin Islands, placed 10th with a personal best score of 4666 from a field that had 36 entrants. Deshawn Douglas was 22nd after amassing 4110 points.

Barbados’ Danielle Scantlebury held off Guadeloupe’s Laure-Anne Jabin’s late charge for a 10-points victory margin—3884 to 3894—in the Girls 13-14 class. Aruba’s Julianne Dorothal was third after amassing 3866. Kala Penn was the hosts’ highest finisher with 3237 points to place 22nd among the 37 competitors. Ashley Penn was 31st with 3007.

Puerto Rico’s Xavier Vazquez claimed the Boys 11-12 Pentathlon Division with 3,109 points. Barbados’ Christopher Taitt was eight points better than Curacao’s Ruwensley Hansen with 3012 to Hansen’s 3004. Kedrick Matthew—a 60m silver medalist—was the BVI’s top performer in the division placing sixth—four points off Dominican Republic’s Rafi Ventura’s 2931 with 2927. Lester Mercer Jr., 2230 points to place 28th in the field of 32 competitors.

Tiana Bowen of Barbados snatched the 11-12 Girls title with 2919 points and the championships 15th record, with her total surpassing Bermuda’s Jordan Bascombe’s sum of 2680. Puerto Rico’s Jomarie Colon finished second by scoring 2833 and Anguilla’s Tarah Niles grabbed the bronze after garnering 2,710.

The BVI’s J’Nae Wong and Arianna Hayde—who won bronze in the Baseball Throw—were 10th and 12th respectively among the 33 competitors, with 2527 and 2460 points respectively.

Anguilla won the 11-12 Girls Pentathlon team division after gathering 5280 points. Barbados was second with 5121 and host BVI was third with 4987. In the Boys equivalent, Puerto Rico topped the pile with 5819 points, followed by Trinidad and Tobago’s 5722 and Barbados’ 5641. Host BVI was 11th with 5157.

Guadeloupe took the 13-14 Girls Heptathlon class after scoring 7746 points.

Curacao was second with 7552 and the Bahamas third with a 7438 score. Host BVI were 15th with 6244 points. Barbados had 10,009 points to claim the 13-14 Boys crown. Grenada placed second with 9705 and the Dominican Republic 9262. The BVI was 9th after gathering 8776 points.

In all, 15 records were broken during the two-day competition held in the Leeward Islands for the first time.

“Honestly, this has been the best CAC Age Group Championships, not only because we had a record in participation in both countries and individual athletes,” CAC Athletics Confederation President Victor Lopez said during Saturday’s closing ceremonies. “But, the organization and the setup was excellent.”

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