Bahamas mile relay ladies accomplished one of their wishes, using the “Last Chance” Blue Marlin Track and Field Classic to book their tickets to Rio 2016.
The quartet of Lanece Clarke, Carmiesha Cox, Christine Amertil and Shanania Dorsett won the night’s final event, the 4x400m relay, in 3:30.34.
“I am so proud of them,” Clarke said of the team, which was set up at short notice. We still went out there and did a good job.
I am thankful for the two countries that came down to help us qualify and, I am just happy,” she added.
“We executed well and we just came out here and gave 100 per cent,” said Cox.
Trinidad and Tobago with Domonique Williams on anchor fought gallantly, but was just held off by Dorsett, to finish second in 3:30.37. Janeil Bellille, Kai Selvon and Sparkle McKnight were the other members of T&T team.
Jamaica’s team of Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Verone Chambers, Anastasia Le-Roy and Ronda Whyte was back in third, 3:39.66.
Meanwhile, Bahamian Michael Mathieu and Cierra White of USA were the half lap stars.
Mathieu topped the men’s event in 20.53 over John Lundy of USA, 20.81 and Mitchel Davis of Dominica, 20.87.
White ran 23.16 to edge out Barbados’ Carifta Games 200/400m double champion, Sada Williams, 23.18 and Carol Rodriquez of Puerto Rico, 23.34 in the women’s race.
In the field, Leevan Sands of Bahamas was the triple jump winner with a leap of 16.45m. Haitian, Samyr Laine finished second with 16.09m and Damon McLean of Jamaica, third with 16.07.
Chantel Malone of BVI won the women’s long jump with 6.30m over Sandisha Antoine of St. Lucia, 6.06m and Yetsa Tuakli of Ghana, 5.82m.
Saniel Atkinson-Grier of Jamaica cleared 1.70m in the women’s high jump while Ryan Ingraham of Bahamas got over 2.15m to top the men’s field.