Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jamaica's athletes shook off the challenges they have been enduring to capture five medals on yesterday's opening day of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean senior track and field championships being staged in Morelia, Mexico.
The team's departure to the meet was delayed a few days because of visa issues, and they then arrived without their running and other gear.
Despite this, the athletes got off of to a fine start at the championships by capturing three gold medals, including the men and women's 100m.
The men's race was won by Andrew Fisher in 10.14 seconds. The Barbados duo of Andrew Hinds (10.19) and Ramon Gittens (10.19) accounted for the silver and bronze, respectively.
Sheri-Ann Brooks captured the women's equivalent in 11.21. Veteran sprinter Aleen Bailey, who was the fastest qualifier from the semi-final, had to settle for bronze with her time of 11.34 seconds. The silver medal was accounted for by Marielvs Sanchez (11.24) of the Dominican Republic.
Chad Wright captured the country's other gold medal after topping the field in the men's discus with a heave of 60.79m.
Mexico's Mario Cota, with a throw of 58.58m, landed him the silver, with the bronze going to Trinidad and Tobago's Ouincv Wilson (55.83m).
Saniel Atkinson cleared 1.84m to notch the country's fifth medal as she took bronze in the women's long jump.
The event was won by Saint Lucia's Levern Spencer, whose clearance at 1.95m earned her the A qualifying standard and booked her spot at a fifth World Championships. Spencer's compatriot, Jeanelle Scheper, cleared 1.92m for silver.
Jamaica just barely missed out on a medal in the men's long jump as Jermaine Jackson's leap of 7.72m was .01m off the distance Trinidad and Tobago's Kiron Blaise (7.73m) managed for the bronze.
The gold was won by Mexico's Alberto Alvarez (7.85m) with Dominica Republic's Eddy Florian (7.80m) taking the silver.
The other Jamaican in the event, Nicholas Gordon, placed fifth with his effort of 7.59m.