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Horsford grabs CAC Age Group bronze..helps T&T to team title

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(Submitted by Sports Journalist)

TYRIQ Horsford finished third in the Boys 13-14 Heptathlon at the 15th Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships in Willemstad, Curacao on Sunday.

The Parlatuvier resident amassed 5214 points in the seven-discipline to earn T&T’s lone individual medal at the two day meet. The Signal Hill Secondary/Zenith athlete was beaten for the title by Sebastian Romero (Puerto Rico) 5,302 and the long time leader of the event Enzo Hodedar of Guadeloupe (5226). Horsford was second after six events on 4,823 points after he recorded a massive throw of 94.59m in his strongest event, the ball throw, to move up from third after five events. Hodebar was ahead (4,965) with Romero in third (4,756). But in the final event Romero got the best result of the three 3 mins 49.88 seconds to score 546 points to take the gold Hodebar was second despite trailing behind in 4:41.67 (261 points). Horsford completed the three lap event in 4:15.17 to score 391 points but the tally was not enough to win. Horsford’s Zenith team-mate Franklyn Staniclaus (Bishop) ran 4:10.13 to move up to eighth after lying in 12th coming into the final event. Stanisclaus tallied 4,723 points. However, both did enough to guide T&T to the Boys 13-14 team title. They combined scores of 9,947 was enough for gold. Hosts Curacao was second (9, 694) was second ahead of the Bahamas (9,613). In 2011 Horsford was fourth in the Boys 11-12 Pentathlon. On Saturday the Mixed 13-14 4x100m team of Horsford, Staniclaus, Anya Akili and Aquilla St. Louis finished second in 47.95 behind the Bahamas (47.27).

Goodwood resident Safiya John was fourth in the Girls 11-12 Pentathlon. John amassed 2,727 points and missed out on a top three finish by 33 points. Charissa Moore of Barbados copped the top spot with 2860 with Zekiah Leiws of Bermuda taking silver (2773) ahead of Beyonce De Freitas of the British Virgin Islands collecting the bronze with 2770 points. John, a student of Scarborough Secondary, was lying in third at the end of the first day on Saturday with 1757 points but slipped out of the top three after her performances in the long jump (4.67m/554 points) and the 800m (2:43.48/440 points). The Zenith athlete was ahead of T&T’s other entrant Antonio Sealy (Pt. Fortin New Jets) was was 16th with 2471 points. John had to settle for another fourth place as she and Sealy could edged out of a podium finish in the team award with 5,198 aggregrate score. Barbados was first (5,409) ahead of Curacao (5,369) and St. Kitts Nevis (5,213)In the Girls 13-14 Heptathlon Aquilla St. Louis finished 12th with 3686 points. The D’Abadie Progressive/St. Francois Girls athlete dropped four places from her 8th position at the end of day one. Anya Akili (Zenith/Bishop) ended in 23rd on 3505 points. Akili was at 22nd at the end of the first day of competition. Shaifiqua Maloney (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) won gold (4,202) ahead of Doneisha Anderson of Bahamas (4,151) and day one leader Iman Berthelot of Guadeloupe (4058). St. Louis and Akili had a combined total of 7,191 which was only good enough for sixth in the team award.

Joel Andrews (D’Abadie Progressive) was 15th in the Boys 11-14 Pentathlon with 2,790 points with club-mate Avindale Smith in 23rd (2,690). Andrews was 16th after day one while Smith was 21st. Andrews and Smith tallied 5,480 together and had to settle for eighth. The meet end today (Sunday June 30). The eight member contingent is expected to return home on Monday (July 1) at 6:20pm on Liat 776).

T&T at the 15th CAC Age Group Championships.

Willemstead, Curacao

June 29-30

Boys 13-14 Heptathlon

3rd Tyriq Horsford (Signal Hill/Zenith)-5,214 pts

Day One

(80m-9.45 sec/916 pts, Long Jump-5.65m/746pts, Shot Put-14.61m/723pts, 80m Hurdles-11.42/780pts) 3165

Day Two

(High Jump-1.70m/779pts, Ball throw-94.57m/879pts, 1200m-4min 15.17sec /391pts)

8th-Franklyn Stanisclaus (Bishops High/Zenith) 4,733 pts

Day One

(80m-9.84/832pts, Long Jump-5.67m/749pts, Shot Put-12.3m/629pts, 80m Hurdles-12.27 sec/670) 2,880

Day Two

(High Jump-1.79m/847pts, Ball Throw-55.05m/588pts, 1200m-4mins 10.23secs/418 pts)

Girls 11-12 Pentathlon

4th-Safiya John(Scarborough Secondary/Zenith) 2,727pts

(60m-8.93sec/662pts, High Jump-1.45m/582pts, Ball Throw-46.59m/513pts, Long Jump-4.87m/595pts, 800m-2mins 46.48/426pts)

16th-Antonia Sealy (Pt. Fortin New Jets) 2,471pts

(60m-8.73m/702pts, High Jump-1.25m/426pts,Ball Throw-43.80m/485pts, Long Jump-4.22m/462pts, 800m-2 mins 49.10sec/396pts)

Girls 13-14 Heptathlon

12th Aquilla St. Louis (St. Francois Girls/D’Abadie Progressive) 3,686

Day One

(80m-10.26/749pt, Long Jump-4.79m/578pts, Shot Put-7.40m/389, 60m Hurdles-9.80sec/638pts) 2,353)

Day Two

(High Jump-1.35m/499, Ball Throw-41.03m/461pts, 1000m-3 min 48.32sec/373 its)

23rd-Anya Akili(Bishops High/Zenith) 3,505

Day One

(80m-10.78/654pts, Long Jump-4.46m/510pts, Shot Put-6.74m/pts, 60m Hurdles-10.43/551pts) 2,066

Day Two

(High Jump-1.60m/702, Ball Throw-35.45/399pts, 1000m-3 mins55.13sec/338pts)

Boys 11-12 Pentathlon

15th-Joel Andrews (D’Abadie Progressive) 2,790

 (60m-8.88sec/672pts, High Jump-1.40m/542pts, Ball Throw-55.20 ,Long Jump-4.42m/502pts, 1000m-3mins 28.71 sec/487pts)

23rd-Avindale Smith (D’Abadie Progressive)

(60m-8.65sec/678pts, High Jump-1.25m/499pts, Ball Throw-54.08m/580pts, Long Jump-4.80m/580pts, 1000m-3min 45.94 sec)

(Source:  Tambrinbago)

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