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Warner ends Carifta Games career with 400m Hurdles silver

After five athletes advanced to finals in the 100 and 400m at the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada on Saturday March 26, 2016, there were no medals until Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner snatched silver in the first final on Sunday afternoon in the 400m Hurdles, to end her Carifta career. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands' athletes put in an inspiring performance at the 45th Carifta Games in St George's Grenada. Photo: Provided
The Virgin Islands' athletes put in an inspiring performance at the 45th Carifta Games in St George's Grenada. Photo: Provided
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada—After five athletes advanced to finals in the 100 and 400m at the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada on Saturday March 26, 2016, there were no medals until Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner snatched silver in the first final on Sunday afternoon in the 400m Hurdles, to end her Carifta career.

Warner split the Jamaican pair of Shannon Kalawan and Nicole Foster, to earn the silver medal in 58.14 seconds, solidifying her IAAF World Jr Championships qualifying mark, which improves her own national record. Kalawan ran 56.29 to break a 13-year old championships record.

“I know I had to get out if I wanted to stay in the race because these Jamaicans, they going out hard,” explained Warner, who has two U17 Girls 800m bronze medals to go with U17 Girls 4x100m Relay bronze as well as U17 and U20 Girls 4x400m Relay silver medals. “So, I had to go just as hard, make a clean race, no chipping, trust myself, trust God and my coach that I could do it.”

Brathwaite denied bronze

Before Warner’s medal, debutant Rikkoi Brathwaite and L’T’Sha Fahie were both fourth respectively during Saturday’s opening day of the U18 Boys and U20 Girls 100m dashes.

Brathwaite—just the second VI male to make a 100m final in the territory’s 40 years of Carifta Games participation, narrowly missed a bronze medal by 0.03 seconds, finising fourth in 10.69 seconds. He dropped his best from 10.92 a week ago at the Elmore Stoutt High School inter-house championships, to 10.88 in the prelims to advance.

Injuries affect Huggins & Jack

The U20 Girls 100m final was a historic one for the Virgin Islands as the VI’s Nelda Huggins and Fahie, along with USVI’s Nia Jack, all advanced to the final. Jack ran a personal best of 11.70 seconds—which qualified her for the IAAF World Jr Championships later this year—to finish ahead of Huggins’ 11.80 as both advanced from the heat. Fahie rode a 3.2 meters per second wind and placed second in 11.71.

Huggins aggravated her leg and skipped the final, where Fahie finished fourth in a 2.7 mps wind aided race, running 11.86. Jack ran 12.26 for seventh and suffered slight discomfort in her hamstring.

After a personal best of 53.72 seconds in the U20 Girls 400m preliminaries, Tarika “Tinker Bell” Moses finished fifth in the final in 54.02. Judine Lacey won her U18 Girls 400m heat in 56.56 seconds, before leg troubles limited her effectiveness in the final where she ran 57.04 for eight. In the boys equivalent, debutant Rackeel Jack ran 49.57 to finish sixth, after advancing with 49.64 in fourth place.

In the U20 Boys 400m final, Ronique Todman recorded a career best of 48.51 for sixth after running 49.11 to advance.

Other results

K’Cei Moses was a non advancing sixth in his U18 Boys 400m heat in 51.46 seconds. Counterpart Shaniyah Caul ran 1:00.06 in fifth.

The VI pair of U18 Girls High Jumpers, Z’Niah Hutchinson and Xiomara “Gia” Malone, settled for 1.55m after missing 1.60.

Zacharia Frett was among those not advancing in the 200m after finishing her U18 Girls race in 25.14. K’cei Moses ran 22.45 for fourth in his U18 Boys race. Todman’s 22.01 also did not make the finals cut. 

In Sunday’s U18 Boys Discus Throw, BVI’s Djimon Gumbs finished sixth with a heave of 16.20m.

Kiwanna Emmanuel’s only legal U20 Girls Discus Throw measured 29.14m, as she fouled her other attempts.

15 Responses to “Warner ends Carifta Games career with 400m Hurdles silver”

  • Guest (29/03/2016, 09:35) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow Silver...BVI getting there man...congrats
    • parent (29/03/2016, 11:12) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      with zero help and support from this government
      • Observer (29/03/2016, 12:21) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        So at no time has she ever trained on the government track or attended the free government public school that had athletics that was the breathing ground for her current endeavors?
      • ...... (29/03/2016, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Zero help huh..... I'm pretty sure they paid the for the athletes to go to CARIFTA, as well as built a track for them to run on... I guess that's zero too..
  • Nice going!! (29/03/2016, 11:51) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tarika "Tinkerbell" Moses also received a silver medal in the 800 meter final, so there were two female silver medalists.
    • Donald Dump (29/03/2016, 14:26) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Mimi is the Golden Child, ok?? Media Darlin..... I'm happy for her but lord she gets all the publicity........ lol. But to defend her in this case, she did win the first medal for the VI (things were looking pretty brown up until that point) and she also broke a National Record (also Word Jr. Qualifier) while winning that medal. So she deserves the coverage. But yes, Tarika did well also.
      • jello (29/03/2016, 14:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        you sound jealous
      • Awesome Mimi!!! (29/03/2016, 17:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You people always have to stir up confusion! I am sure each athlete will get their time to shine in article as always happens if you check the archives.
    • Newsflash (29/03/2016, 17:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Blah Blah Blah....the article is about Mimi ending her Carifta journey as she can no longer compete as a result of her age. Stick to the topic
  • Great Job (29/03/2016, 13:15) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Excellent job to all who participated and to those who prepared them for the games. Well done!
  • Z. McLean (29/03/2016, 17:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks to ALL the athletes who represented us. GO, BVI !!
  • fan... (29/03/2016, 20:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats mimi....i always ask your mom about your accomplishments whenever she comes shoppimg....go girl..always admire you..
  • Saddist (29/03/2016, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    2015 n 2016 carifta results;with government investment,is this satisfying results?look at Grenada and Guyana.input vs results.
  • pico (01/04/2016, 12:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    wasnt Josh Hill a part of the carifta team?? Hmmm.


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