By RENALDO DORSETT
DAY two at Hayward Field was a disappointing one for Team Bahamas at the 15th IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships as none of the country’s athletes were able to advance in their respective events.
A day of close calls began in the morning session with LaQuan Nairn in the men’s long jump. After scratched jumps on his first two attempts, Nairn finally recorded a mark of 7.29m to place him fifth in group A. The mark placed him at No.13 overall, just one spot out of a qualifying position. Jianwan Wang and Qing Lin, both of China, were the top two qualifiers at 7.93m and 7.62m respectively.
The action shifted to the track when Shaquania Dorsett competed in the 400m. Dorsett’s heat five was the fastest of any in the preliminary round and fielded six qualifiers, however, her time of 55.53s in a seventh place finish was not enough to advance.
Her time placed her 23rd overall and was faster than two of the qualifiers headed to today’s semi-finals.
D’Mitry closed out the morning session with a fifth place finish in heat five of the 400m hurdles. His time placed him at No.32 overall.
In the afternoon session, a quartet of sprinters competed in the semi-finals of their respective events but fell short of the top eight. Kirk Lewis finished seventh in the 110M hurdles semis in a time of 14.05s to finish at No.21 in the field.
In the 400m, both Janeko Cartwright and Henri Delauze ran high 47s races and failed to advance. Cartwright finished sixth in heat two in 47.88s while Delauze was seventh in heat three in 47.78s. Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio was the top qualifier in 45.90s.
In the women’s 100m, Keianna Albury was third in heat three in 11.76s, good enough to finish No.12 overall.
On day three, the morning session will feature Steven Gardiner and Ian Kerr in the 200m at 1:45pm local time. Kerr will run in lane seven of heat three while Gardiner will run in lane four of heat four.
The women’s 200m will follow at 2:40pm featuring Albury and Carmeisha Cox. Albury will run in lane two of heat five while Cox will run in lane one of heat four.
The women’s 400m hurdles will close out action in the morning session at 3:45pm.
Mesha Newbold will run in lane three of heat two, while Talia Thompson will run in lane six of heat four.