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Trevia Gumbs secures VI’s 1st medal @ Carifta 2015

- Hurdles bronze for Jonel Lacey
After throwing 14.83m on her second attempt to break her own National Record, Gumbs held the lead but could not increase her distance and ran into foul trouble, before Trinidad and Tobago’s Portious Warren launched the competition’s only 15m throw with a 15.22 effort on her fifth attempt to secure the gold. Photo: Dean Greenaway
Lakeisha 'Mimi' Warner (right) and Jonel Lacey clear the final barrier in the U20 Girls 400m Intermediate Hurdles. They became the territory's first athletes to compete in the event since the BVI began participating in the Carifta Games in 1976. Photo: Dean 'The Sportsman' Greenaway
Lakeisha 'Mimi' Warner (right) and Jonel Lacey clear the final barrier in the U20 Girls 400m Intermediate Hurdles. They became the territory's first athletes to compete in the event since the BVI began participating in the Carifta Games in 1976. Photo: Dean 'The Sportsman' Greenaway
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Trevia Gumbs, who missed the podium last year, won the (British) Virgin Island’s first medal at the 44th Carifta Games on Sunday morning, April 5, 2015 in the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium, while Jonel Lacey picked up bronze in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles during the afternoon session.

After throwing 14.83m on her second attempt to break her own National Record, Gumbs held the lead but could not increase her distance and ran into foul trouble, before Trinidad and Tobago’s Portious Warren launched the competition’s only 15m throw with a 15.22 effort on her fifth attempt to secure the gold.

Trevia’s twin sister Tynelle was seventh after a throw of 11.87m.

Hurdles bronze for Lacey

After a 4x100m Relay bronze in 2012, Lacey debuted in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles where she finished third for an individual medal in a personal best of 1 minute, 01.26 seconds. Lacey was followed by Lakeisha Warner, who was fourth in 1:01.65.

Lacey’s time is the fastest electronic time ever by a VI athlete and only trails Pat Archibald’s 60.0 seconds hand time from 1982 on the territory’s All Time List.

McMaster misses out

Kyron McMaster narrowly missed a 400m Intermediate Hurdles bronze medal by 0.15 seconds when he finished fourth in 51.92 seconds.

Akeem Bradshaw opened with a personal best leap of 7.26m to place fifth in the Long Jump. He contests the Triple Jump this afternoon.

Beyonce DeFreitas advanced to tonight’s U18 Girls 200m final, after running a personal best of 24.79 seconds. L’Tisha Fahie ran 25.05 to finish third in her heat but did not advance.

Nelda Huggins advanced to the 200m final on time after finishing in 24.15 seconds in third. Taylor Hill ran a personal best of 24.24, but missed the final by one place.

The final day of competition opens this morning with Tynelle Gumbs, who won bronze last year, seeing action in the Discus Throw, along with her twin.

Deya Erickson will run in the U20 Girls 100m finals this afternoon as well as Tarika Moses, a 2013 U17 Girls 400m bronze medalist, who will contest the 800m final.

Tynelle will close out her Carifta Games career in the Javelin Throw.

The quartet of Moses, Warner, Lacey and Hill will become the BVI’s first U20 Girls 4 x 400m Relay team at the Carifta Games since the territory made its debut in 1976.

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