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UPDATE: Henry claims second medal as Team BVI finish with a record 8!

The day got off to a great start with Eldred Henry claiming a bronze medal in the U-20 Discuss with a throw of 52.06m (170’10”) to finish behind two Jamaicans in his Carifta Games debut. Photo: Cleave Farrington
Tarika Moses then upped the ante with a Silver Medal winning performance of 55.83 in the Girls U-17 400m. Moses advanced to the final, when she avenged a home loss to Guadeloupe’s Sareena Carti last year, by winning her heat in 55.63 seconds. Photo: Cleave Farrington
Tarika Moses then upped the ante with a Silver Medal winning performance of 55.83 in the Girls U-17 400m. Moses advanced to the final, when she avenged a home loss to Guadeloupe’s Sareena Carti last year, by winning her heat in 55.63 seconds. Photo: Cleave Farrington
Nelda Huggins collected a Silver of her own in the U-17 Girls 100m final, sprinting to an 11.81 seconds personal best to finish third in her heat, advancing to the final, where she snatched silver in 11.94 seconds. Photo: Cleave Farrington
Nelda Huggins collected a Silver of her own in the U-17 Girls 100m final, sprinting to an 11.81 seconds personal best to finish third in her heat, advancing to the final, where she snatched silver in 11.94 seconds. Photo: Cleave Farrington
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – (Posted at 9:15PM) As the 42nd Carifta Games drew to a close at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas on Monday April 1, 2013, Team BVI doubled its medal count to a record eight!

The closing day began with Lakeisha Warner securing a bronze in the 800m after running a tough race and almost securing the silver down the home straight. However, she was pipped at the line by Guyana’s Casey George. Warner’s time was unofficially 2:12.71.

The bronze meant that the BVI had equaled last year’s tally of five and there was more to come.

Tynelle Gumbs then made it number 6 with a silver medal in the girl’s U-20 Javelin with a throw of 35.74. The gold went to Mezin Sandrine of Martinique, who will host the 2014 games with a distance of 43.97.

Medal number seven came with a bronze and second medal of the games for Eldred Henry who lobbed the shot 18.01 for a third place finish.

Medal number 8 soon arrived with a silver in the 4 x 400m relay as the quartet of Warner, Tarika Moses, Huggins and Judine Lacey ran their hearts out to snatch the silver medal in a time of 3:48.76. The Jamaican team took Gold in 3:34.13 and the Bahamas were 3rd in 3:49.38.

The Minister responsible for Sports, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, in conjunction with the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports will be meeting and greeting the Carifta athletes as they return to the Territory tomorrow, April 2, 2013 at the Road Town Ferry Terminal.

They are due back at 6PM and there will be a brief ceremony of recognition and a motorcade through town.

All are invited to come and celebrate the most successful track and field team in the history of the sport in the Virgin Islands.

The full story behind Team BVI’s glory will follow shortly.

See previous article posted on March 31, 2013:

Team BVI ends Day 1 at Carifta 2013 with 4 medals!

- Henry, Huggins, Gumbs and Moses get podium finishes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The first day of events on Saturday March 30, 2013 at the 42nd Carifta Games will go down in the record books as one of the Virgin Islands' best performances at the games, complete with the highs and lows of taking part in Regional Competition.

The day got off to a great start with Eldred Henry claiming a bronze medal in the U-20 Discuss with a throw of 52.06m (170’10”) to finish behind two Jamaicans in his Carifta Games debut.

Also in field events, Trevia Gumbs competed in the U-20 division for the first time and landed Bronze in the Shot Put with a distance of 12.59m.

“Before the competition I was a little nervous, but I went out there, heard the crowd and got some energy. I did my best, I couldn’t ask for no more and am happy with my medal,” she commented.

Tarika Moses then upped the ante with a Silver Medal winning performance of 55.83 in the Girls U-17 400m. Moses advanced to the final when she avenged a home loss to Guadeloupe’s Sareena Carti last year by winning her heat in 55.63 seconds. The mark was .01 off her best when she advanced to last year’s Carifta final in Bermuda but could not run because of an injury.

”I’m not one to get nervous at the start, but it was a stiff competition and had to really go for it. I wanted a medal and feel happy with the silver despite making some mistakes.”

Nelda Huggins then matched that Silver with one of her own in the U-17 Girls 100m final, sprinting to an 11.81 seconds personal best to finish third in her heat, advancing to the final, where she snatched silver in 11.94 seconds. She won silver last year and bronze in 2011.

Jamaican Nattalia Whyte took the Gold in 11.88 and this rivalry is set to entertain the Regional and World circuits for many years to come.

“It was hard to get warmed up as it’s a little chilly here,” noted Huggins. “I was a little nervous and didn’t want the Jamaican girl to beat me, but unfortunately she did!”

The other Girls didn’t reach their finals, but apart from that disappointment they can all take heart from their performances.

L’Tisha Fahie had a non-advancing personal best time of 12.30 in her100m heat and neither Shaian Vandenburg nor Taylor Hill advanced to the U-20 Girls 100m final, after running 12.26 and 12.36 seconds in their respective heats.

On the boys’ side, after advancing with a personal best of 48.76 seconds, Kyron McMaster was fifth in the U-17 Boys 400m in 49.29. In the U-20 Boys equivalent, Khari Herbert placed sixth in 48.17.

McMaster had the consolation of setting a new Scholastic Record when he ran a personal best of 48.76 seconds to grab one of the two automatic spots in for the final. Herbert ran a personal best of 47.80 in the U20 Boys 400m and became the third automatic qualifier as one of the fastest losers. Deshawn Douglas ran a non-advancing 54.18 to finish sixth in his heat and Shaquoy Stephens was fifth in his heat in 50.86.

Ashley Penn opened Day I of her Pentathlon by running 18.81 seconds in the 100m hurdles to collect 408 points for a fourth place finish in her heat. She was sixth in the Shot Put with a toss of 8.59m (28’2¼”), worth 438 points.

Kiwana Emmanuel was 10th in the U-17 Girls Shot Put with a best effort of 10.65m (33’7½”).

There is another full day of Events scheduled to start around 9 A.M. with Lakeisha Warner, Jonelle Lacey and Kala Penn hoping to join their team mates with Podium finishes. Huggins will also be running the 200m and all eyes will be on a potential rematch with Whyte.

45 Responses to “UPDATE: Henry claims second medal as Team BVI finish with a record 8!”

  • ... (31/03/2013, 09:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good start! Now follow through to the end!
    • Lil Axes doing big things! (31/03/2013, 15:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good going to team BVI. We watching you; keep focused and listen to your coaches. Now go sneak in with a gold medal like Mr. Hughes from Anguilla did yesterday while the announcers busy talking bout the big islands them only.
    • ta ta (31/03/2013, 16:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      And Nero said... "Give them Games!".... Smile..
    • ------------- (31/03/2013, 16:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      TEAM BVI You're part of the reason why we are proud citizens of the BVI

      May God continue to bless you, protect and guide you through life.

      Peace and blessings always
      • keep it real (02/04/2013, 02:51) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        Congrats to the athletes. I saw some performances and was elated with somethings, but disappointed by our overall performance.
  • mother hen (31/03/2013, 09:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really good start and a step in the right direction now make it goal!!
  • BVI U Large (31/03/2013, 09:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations BVI
    • @@@@@@ (31/03/2013, 19:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      !!!!!!...more beacon of hope for the youth, goes to show that hard work and determination pays off
  • Release (31/03/2013, 09:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job so far guys, all we need is two more good days and we'll send them packing go for the kill. dont let up
  • JACK BE STILL (31/03/2013, 09:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep keeping on......run positively to the last goal....

  • Virgin Islands (31/03/2013, 09:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...just brilliant
  • Real Deal (31/03/2013, 09:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You have done us proud Henry, Huggins, Gumbs and Moses....
  • Microscope (31/03/2013, 09:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    very inspirational performaces team bvi, one of perseverance
  • ..... (31/03/2013, 09:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Impressive stuff. Congrats BVI (Virgin Islands). Making us proud.
    • Ms. Diva - (31/03/2013, 19:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Congratulations BVI on your achievements!!1
      IT's good to see some positive reporting for a change!!!
  • live (31/03/2013, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done team BVI keep our flag flying high and keep up the hard work
  • KT (31/03/2013, 10:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job kids!! Advancing or non advancing you made us all proud.
  • Proud!!!! (31/03/2013, 13:16) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is great, I understand how hard it is to compete against the best in the caribbean while coming from a small country. It shows that if you commit to your kids and put resources where they needed great things can happen. In my day we practice on a dirt/grass track, shared the track with cricket and foot ball with a few grown men who had no respect for kids trying to do something positive. You spent half of your practice time concern about being hit with a cricket ball or tripping over a foot ball player or a foot ball. we also didn't know when we would compete, competition being a vital part of improvement. I am happy with the over all improvements, improvement to our facilities, attitudes, opportunity which is clearly seen by the performances.

    Great Job VI!!!!
  • ... (31/03/2013, 13:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you're the best... Way ahead of the competition
  • Craisin (31/03/2013, 14:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm deliciously proud of our athletes! keep at it!
  • bvi (31/03/2013, 15:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    That girl Huggins can run. If she had gotten a good start, aint no way Jamaica would have beat her. She was almost in last place, playing catch up, she almost won the race. Good luck, Nelda, in the 200 meters, and to all the other BVI team members in your respective events
  • Vigilate (31/03/2013, 17:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to the entire BVI team! I felt very proud seeing you all perform. For a small-island group you are making your stride. All the best in your upcoming events!
  • Shara Parlin (31/03/2013, 19:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    With all the crap that the NDP is doing and knowing we have another 2 years to put up with their get rich rape of the treasury, this story is a light shining in the BVI darkness enveloping this country and our youths again showing the way.
  • Godmother (31/03/2013, 23:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats!! team BVI especially Eldred. Eldred what I have been reading about you lately have me beaming with much joy and admiration. Stay focus, positive and all will be well.
  • Bahamas (01/04/2013, 07:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will like to thank all the parents and other supporters there in Bahamas continue to be their strength as they try their best to make us all proud.
  • the rock (01/04/2013, 09:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    congrtas bvi..u guys are doing big things..and still got more to go!
  • dead man (01/04/2013, 12:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bvi pride
    • Lord have mercy (01/04/2013, 19:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Congratulations, Mimi! i heard you won sliver You have made us proud!
  • Z. McLean (01/04/2013, 12:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The coverage didn't let us see Lia, Trevia, "Fast Man", Shaian, Shaquoy and ALL our athletes run! I'm vexed, but happy. Your best in representing us both on and off the track was all we needed, and we got more! We got medals! Congrats to our winners, and much love to ALL our athletes. GO BVI !!!!
  • yes we can (01/04/2013, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice!
  • concern (01/04/2013, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when watching the 400m on youtube clearly seeing moses coming in second then the commentator says second was giving to another girl was moses disqualified??????
  • Huh? (01/04/2013, 23:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ceremony & motorcade already? What about some of the team members who have to fly to Panama from the Bahamas and overnight there before they can get home? Wouldn't it be wise to wait and make sure all athletes and officials reach back home first before all the celebrations begin?
  • question (02/04/2013, 02:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...I just wondering if they doing a motorcade
  • Level (02/04/2013, 02:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to Jamaica...very talented people even with all the challenges that faces the country. It shows that with God, hard work and talent, you can achieve your goals no matter how poor you are
  • on the outside looking in (02/04/2013, 05:19) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    that is why awyu should give the children that was born here their passport by looking at the last name most of theses athlete parents are from down the island.it is very difficult for these children io aquire a passport in the land of their birth but wheb they get famous awyu want to claim them.
  • Proud BVIslander (02/04/2013, 08:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great job Team BVI! Continue to work hard and you will get the positive results. Very proud of you all!
  • woops (02/04/2013, 08:33) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    We have enough bronze and silver in the bvi, gold is scarce, get some gold guys, please.
    • wise-up (02/04/2013, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you must give thanks for all things ok; what are you doing to help the guys secure gold other than writing dumb f@$*
    • open time (02/04/2013, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Up with team bvi


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