Lloyd, Richards, Morgan shine
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
BERLIN WORLD Championships 4x400 metres relay silver medallist Shereefa Lloyd, University of Technology shot putter Odayne Richards and discus thrower Jason Morgan mined gold for Jamaica on yesterday's opening day of the Senior Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships at the Estadio Jose Antonio Figueroa Stadium in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Lloyd led a Jamaica one-two in the women's 400 metres, winning in 51.69 seconds from teammate Patricia Hall, who clocked 51.85. Colombia's Norma Gonzales was third in 51.90. At press time, Jamaica's medal tally stood at 10 - three gold, three silver and four bronze.
Richards, who has been dominating the shot put at the collegiate level locally for the past three years, had a winning throw of 19.16 metres. Mexican Stephen Saenz had to settle for second with 18.56m while Edder Moreno of Colombia took bronze with a best of 18.52m.
Morgan won the men's discus with a throw of 60.20m, beating Mexico's Mario Cota with 58.80m. Quincy Wilson of Trinidad and Tobago pocketed bronze with 56.85m.
There was no luck, however, for Jamaica in the men's event. National champion Riker Hylton and Dewayne Barrett failed to finish among the medals. Hylton, who was hoping to attain the World Championships qualifying 'A' standard of 45.25 seconds at the meet, could only manage fourth in 46.02 seconds while it was a fifth-place finish for Barrett in 46.67. Trinidad and Tobago's Renny Quow, the bronze medallist at the Berlin World Championships, captured gold in 45.44. Ramon Miller of The Bahamas won silver in 45.56 while Erison Hurault of Dominica took bronze in 45.93.
Jamaica won another silver medal in the women's 1500 metres.
Korene Hinds, the national champion in the 3000 metres steeplechase, clocked 4:23.78 as Mexico's Sandra Lopez captured the gold medal in 4:22.65.
Natalie Grant earned bronze in the women's hammer throw after finishing third with 62.46m. Colombia's El Johana Maena captured the event with a throw of 67.97m, with Venezuelan Roas Rodriques, 65.74m, taking the silver.
At press time last night, Jura Levy, 11.36 seconds, and Simone Facey, 11.39, had taken silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's 100 metres won in 11.27 by Trinidad and Tobago's Semoy Hackett.
Dexter Lee of Jamaica was third in the men's 100m final in 10.18 and Oshane Bailey fourth in 10.28. The gold medal went to Trinidad's Keston Bledman in 10.05 with Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey second in 10.11.