Team Antigua and Barbuda powered their way to a total of nine medals — four gold, four silver and one bronze at Grenada’s Whitsuntide games held over the Whit weekend.
National female sprinter, Joella Lloyd, led the country’s charge, winning gold in both the 100 and 200 meters sprints in a competitive Under-20 Division.
Lloyd, competing in her first meet since February 2018, got back to her winning ways when she clocked a new personal best of 11.62 in the 100 meters. Lloyd’s victory was complemented by young Antiguan counterpart, Soniya Jones, who sped to silver medal honours in the same event, clocking 11.94 seconds.
Lloyd then returned to clock 24.33 seconds in the 200 meters to take gold there as well.
In the boys’ race, Antigua and Barbuda just narrowly missed gold, but secured double awards as Barack Matthew and Jalen Dyett both ran 10.89 for silver and bronze respectively. The duo was only separated by 1000ths of a second.
Also coming up trumps was 2017 World Juniors Under-18 finalist, Taeco O’Garro, as he dominated the men’s open triple jump, leaping his way to 15.21metres and a gold medal.
The feature race of the day, the men’s 200 meters, saw Antigua’s 100 meters silver medalist, Tahir Walsh, retain his position with a 21.17 clocking. He was bettered only by Trinidad and Tobago’s Jerod Elcock, who won by the narrowest of margins in 21.16. Kurt Modeste of Grenada, placed third in a time of 21.17.
Antigua and Barbuda’s other finalist, Jared Jarvis, was seventh in 21.79.
Other Antiguan athletes representing their local clubs had very credible performances over the weekend.
Ajani Daley was a double silver medalist in the Under-15 Boys 100 and 200 metres. Daley, representing PSE, ran 22.92 for a meet record in the 200 meters, despite being beaten into second by Taigon Peterkin of Speedzone (Grenada) who ran 22.69. Peterkin’s time was, however, run with an illegal 4.2 wind reading, hence Daley has the record.
The young Antiguan faced a similar fate in the 100 meters when he clocked 11.62, this time running into a headwind of -2.2. Peterkin was the fortunate one again, running 11.42 in a mild +0.8 wind.
Rhyce Joseph of SuperNova Athletics club was third in the Under-13 Boys 200 meters in 27.63, and fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.84 seconds.
Terrence Thomas (PSE) was second in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.18 meters. He followed that with a third place finish in the men’s triple jump with a 13.76 performance.
Ryan Small ran to a third place finish in the girls 400 meters in 1:00.32, while Jakeem Miller was eighth in the boys division, clocking 51.49.
Timon Emanuel ran for third place in the boys’ under-20 800 meters in 1:57.17.
Calvin Donaldson and Cannelly Colbourne (SuperNova) were sixth and seventh respectively in the boys’ under-17 100 meters finals. Donaldson ran 11.64 and Colbourne 12.11.
Kaleel Stephens, representing SuperNova, was seventh in the under-17 long jump with a 5.75m performance.
Team Antigua and Barbuda, made up of Taeco O’Garro, Terrence Thomas, Darion Skerrit and Timon Emanuel were seventh in the 4x400m relay.