API Competitors Excel at CAC Games in Columbia

The 23rd edition of the CAC Games being held Baranquillia, Columbia has so far seen some exciting moments. On day three (July 31), Navas Bernardo Baloyes broke the Games and national record in the 200m preliminaries with a time of 20.04 (Update: Baloyes broke the record once again in the semi-finals with a run of 20.00. Moments later, Alonzo Edwards - Panama won his semi-final heat with a time of 19.96, with API alum Kyle Greaux in tow with a PR of 19.97). In his return after serving a ban, Nesta Carter of Jamaica won the men's 100m in 10.04 (July 30), after running a season's best of 9.92 in the semi-finals. The Columbian star Caterine Ibarguen, world know for her triple jump exploits won the Women's long jump, with Chantel Malone (British Virgin Islands) and Alysbeth Felix (Puerto Rico) for second and third respectively.

But a good number of the API competitors have made an impression - with Jonielle Smith of Jamaica leading the way. This year's API 100m champion's time of 11.02 was good for gold in the 100m finals in Day 2 of the athletics calendar. API's alum Maurleidy Paulino (Dominican Republic) and Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (British Virgin Islands) were 4th and 7th respectively in the same race. Other API alum in that race included Lavern Jones-Ferrette (US Virgin Islands) and Zakiya Denoon (Trinidad) with neither making the finals. API's 100m Men's Champion, Emmanuel Archibald (Guyana) ran a personal best of 10.17 in the semi-final and just missed out on making the finals. Other alum in the event included Kyle Greaux (Trinidad), Yancarlos Martinez (Dominican Republic), Fred Dorsey III (US Virgin Islands) and Burkheart Ellis (Barbados). Ellis false-started in the finals of the event, and was consequently disqualified.

In the 110m hurdles, Ruebin Walters of Trinidad was 2nd in a time of 13.57. API alum Aaron Lewis also qualified for the finals, but did not compete. Shane Brathwaite of Barbados was the winner of the event in a time of 13.38. Guyana's own Jenea McCammon was 7th in the women's 100mh race with a time of 13.40. The intermediate hurdles were taken over by API alum on the women's side with 6 members in the field. API 2018 winner Rushell Clayton (Jamaica), Grace Claxton (Puerto Rico) and Zurian Hechavaria (Cuba) all made the finals scheduled for July 31 at 7:55 P.M. Katrina Seymour (Bahamas), Janiel Bellile (Trinidad) and Tia Belle (Barbados) did not get past the semi-final round. In the men's event, Fabian Norgrove's time of 50.08 wasn't good enough to make the finals.

Other alumni are:-

Women's 200m - Finals: 1 Aug @ 7 P.M.

Jenea McCammon (Guyana)

Jodean Williams (Jamaica)

Marileidy Paulino (Dominican Republic)

Semoy Hackett (Trinidad)

Lavern Jones-Ferette (US Virgin Islands)

Men's 200m - Finals 1 Aug @7:10 P.M.

Winston George (Guyana)

Kyle Greaux (Trinidad)

Burkheart Ellis (Barbados)

Yancarlos Martinez (Dominican Republic)

Women's 400m - Finals 1 Aug @ 7:50 P.M.

Ashley Kelly (British Virgin Islands)

Kineke Alexander (St. Vincent)

Men's 400m- Finals 1 Aug @ 8:05 P.M.

Winston George (Guyana)

Men's Javelin - Finals: Aug 2 @ 5:45 P.M.

Leslain Baird (Guyana)

Men's Triple Jump - Finals: Aug 2 @ 5:45 P.M.

Troy Doris (Guyana)

Miguel Van Assen (Surinam)

Cristian Napoles (Cuba)

Men's Long Jump - Finals: July 31 @ 7:35 P.M.

Emmauel Archibald (Guyana)

Muhammad Halim (US Virgin Islands)

Live results and strem of the competition can be found at: www.http://barranquilla2018.com