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IMMACULATE STARS AT CARIFTA 2014

SAFIA MORGAN - Grade 12
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- With 77 medals in the bag as of 5:45 pm Monday according to Trackalerts.com, Jamaica is well on its way to the top spot at the 43rd staging of the CARIFTA Games under way in Martinque.

Jamaica’s closest rival according to an earlier breakdown of the medal tally was Trinidad and Tobago with 18 medals.

At that time, Jamaica's medal count was 25 gold, 19 silver, and 8 bronze according to the sports website. Trinidad and Tobago has five gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.

Two of the medals Jamaica claimed Monday were in field events.

Safia Morgan took the high jump Under-20 silver in 1.78 metres, bettered by Akeela Jones of Barbados who took the victory with 1.84. Martinique's Morgan Edvige finished third in 1.65m.

The Triple Jump under-18 final went to Yanis Esmeralda David of Guadeloupe in 13.10m over Axelle Eugenie of Martinique 12.34m and Jamaica's Shanique Wright (12.26m).

But this number is steadily increasing.

As the meet continues some of the other medal winners include: Janeek Brown, who won the under-20 girls 100mH in 13.48 ahead of Sidney Marshall (13.62) and Jeminise Sade Parris (Turks) 13.79; Jaheel Hyde (13.10), who won the under-18 boys 110mH ahead of teammate Roje Chin Jackson (13.46) and Michael Nicholls (13.69) of Barbados; Junelle Broomfield (2:10.79) and Britnie Dixon (2:13.33) took second and third behind Faheemah Scraders (2:10.68) in the under-18 girls 800m final; and Monique McPherson clocked 2:09.85 to beat teammate Sasha-Gaye Whyte (2:13.19) and Guadeloupe's Cheryl Farial (2:13.29) in under-20 girls 800m.

According to trackalerts.com, the medal tally at 3:20 pm Monday was:

Barbados 9 (4G, 3S, 2B)

Guyana 3 (3, 0, 0)

Guadeloupe 7 (2, 0, 5)

Dominica 2 (2, 0, 0)

Bahamas 13 (1, 6, 6)

Grenada 6 (1, 3, 2)

St Lucia 4 (1, 1, 2)

Suriname 1 (1, 0, 0)

Martinique 7 (0, 3, 4)

Bermuda 4 (0, 3, 1)

St Kitts and Nevis 2 (0, 1, 1)

Curacao 1 (0, 1, 0)

BVI 4 (0, 0, 4)

Cayman Islands 2 (0, 0, 2)

The championship ends later Monday.

Posted: April 23, 2014