(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- The 44th CARIFTA Games that were hosted in St. Kitts came to an end on April 6, 2015 at the newly renamed Kim Collins Athletic Stadium. The culmination of the games saw the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis recording its best medal winnings in the history of the meet.
On the first day, Kristal Liburd took the only gold medal for St. Kitts-Nevis in the under-20 long jump. She recorded 6.11 meters.
On day two, Kieshonna Brooks won her first medal. She won silver in the girls’ long jump under-18 with 5.72 meters. Jermaine Francis captured the silver in the boys’ high jump under-18, jumping 2.06 meters.
On day three, Aljani Bridgewater took bronze in the boys’ 400-meter hurdles under-18 in a time of 53.44 seconds; and Nathaniel Huggins took bronze in the boys’ under-20 long jump with a jump of 7.37 meters.
On the final day, Kieshonna Brooks won two bronze medals; and Reanda Richards won one bronze, bringing the medal count for St. Kitts and Nevis to 8.
Brooks registered third place in the girls’ under-18, 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 13.71 seconds. Brooks also placed third in the girls’ under-18, 4×400-meter relay and Richards placed third in the girls’ under-18, 800-meter run, in a time of 2 minutes 14.48 seconds.
Warren Hazel, also on the final day placed third in the 200 meters under-20 boys clocking a time of 21.08 seconds.
The haul for SKN of nine medals surpassed their previous best of five won in 2008 when the Games were also held in the Federation.
St. Kitts and Nevis have now passed the baton to Grenada where the 2016 45th CARIFTA Games will be held.
Final Medal Count:
Jamaica 41 Gold 25 Silver 19 Bronze – Total 85
Bahamas 8 Gold 13 Silver 10 Bronze – Total 31
Barbados 7 Gold 4 Silver 5 Bronze – Total 16
Trinidad & Tobago 7 Gold 8 Silver 8 Bronze – Total 22
Grenada 1 Gold 3 Silver 4 Bronze – Total 8
St.Kitts & Nevis 1 Gold 2 Silver 6 Bronze – Total 9
Suriname 1 Gold 1 Bronze – Total 2
Guadeloupe 2 Silver 3 Bronze – Total 5
British Virgin Islands 2 Silver 1 Bronze – Total 3
Bermuda 1 Silver 2 Bronze – Total 3
Martinique 1 Silver 2 Bronze – Total 3
Antigua & Barbuda 1 Silver
St. Maarten 1 Silver
St Vincent and the Grenadines 1 Silver
St Lucia 2 Bronze
Anguilla 1 Bronze
Turks & Caicos Islands 1 Bronze
Dominica 1 Bronze
Cayman Islands 1 Bronze