Jamaica win CUT Games; VI place 6th overall

Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO

Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO


The 16th Biannual Caribbean Union of Teachers Track and Field Championship concluded on Saturday July 16, 2016, on the AO Shirley Recreation Grounds with Jamaica retaining their title in dramatic fashion.

After two days and 61 events, both Jamaica and Barbados had a total of 498 points and it all came down to the final race, the 4 x 100m Under 15 Boys relay, which was won by the defending champs in a time of 43.35 seconds. Barbados came home second in 43.71.

Overall, Jamaica won 25 Golds, 9 Silver and 11 Bronze to finish with 45 in total, whilst the Barbadians actually won 55, but less Gold.

VI finish 6th

The Virgin Islands (VI) ended the Championships with 2 Golds, from Day One, 1Silver and 6 Bronze medals to place 7th in the medal table and 6th overall.

The Victrix was Joella Lloyd from Antigua and the Victor Malachi Harris from Barbados.

Individually, Ariyah Smith picked up the Bronze for the VI in the U13 Girls 200m in a time of 27.57, behind Aaliyah Agard from Barbados (26.91) and Brianna Lyston from Jamaica (24.99).

J’Hkoi Smith also grabbed a Bronze in the U15 Javelin with a distance of 31.21m and there was a further Bronze in the U13 Girls 4 x 100m. The team of Jahtiva Williams, Shakeaja Dore, Akeda McMaster and Ariyah Smith finished in a time of 51.63 behind Barbados and Gold Medal winners Jamaica.

On Day One, which was highlighted by Gold for Xiamara Malone in the High Jump and the U13 Girls Sprint Medley, there were Bronze Medals for Tamri Thomas, Tashira Edwards (Girls U15 400m) and Silver for Sean Samuel in the U11 Cricket Ball Throw (49.44m).