The New Providence Buccaneers end the track and field sporting discipline with 28 gold medals and a combined team score of 590 in the win.
Photo: Austin Fernander/Tribune Staff
By TENAJH SWEETING
Tribune Sports Reporter
The New Providence Buccaneers left the sixth Bahamas Games as track gold medal winners. With the competition starting on July 7, track was one of the last remaining sporting disciplines to enter the fray.
On the final day of the Bahamas Golden Jubilee Games, the Buccaneers ended in the lead with 58 total medals, inclusive of 28 gold, 12 silver and 18 bronze. The Grand Bahama Lucayans finished in second with 32 medals with 14 gold, 13 silver and five bronze.
The Andros Chickcharnies finished third with 12 gold medals, 11 silver and 11 bronze.
After claiming a win for the Buccaneers in the girls 4x100 metre (m) open relays, Denisha Cartwright emerged victorious in the women’s 100m hurdles. She finished with a time of 13.34. The Lucayans’ Kaily Pratt notched second in 15.04 and MICAL’s Ivaneice Charlton came third.
The Buccaneers’ Kenny Moxey amassed multiple gold medals in the Bahamas Games track and field sporting discipline.
He earned his first medal in the under 17 boys discus throw on day one. Additionally, he secured gold in the under 17 boys high jump with 1.75m.
Moxey then went on to win the 110m hurdles in the same age group. He crossed the finish line first, clocking 14.92.
Exuma’s Quinton Rolle followed behind in 15.12 and Zion Munroe of the MICAL Flamingos ended in third.
Sprinter Ian Kerr held off the Navigators’ Samson Colebrooke for first in the open men’s 200m finals. Kerr clocked 21.38 for the win and Colebrooke placed second in 21.53.
Third place went to Grand Bahama’s Taejuan Spence. The 200m winner also earned a gold medal in the 4x400m open relay alongside Quinton Ellis, Joel Forbes and Stephen Newbold.
Kerr talked about how it felt to earn gold for the Buccaneers. “It feels good to bring points back to the home team. I just wanted to go out there and execute to do the best that I could for the team, so bringing back the gold medal means a lot,” he said.
After the Bahamas Games, his plans are to try and qualify for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
For the women, Printassia Johnson, who won the gold in the 4x100m open relays on Friday, got another in the 200m open dash. She ran a time of 24.48. CARIFTA bronze-medallist Quincy Penn clocked 25.35 for the Abaco Survivors. Breanna Pratt representing the Columbus Isles Arawaks finished third for bronze.
In the long distance race, Breyteisha Kemp came away as the winner in the under 17 3000m run. She finished with a time of 12:53.21. In the 5000m open the Buccaneers grabbed gold and silver. Denzel Sawyer ended in 16:34.85 and fellow teammate Nathan Duncan Jr trailed behind with 17:06.04. The Survivors’ Antoine Russell wrapped up third in the event.
The Lucayans collected gold medals in three out of four 4x400m relays. The team of Sasha Ferugson, Rizpah Thompson, Zion Musgrove, and Shania Adderley clocked 4:11.13 in the under 17 category. The Lucayans’ under 17 boys followed suit and won with a time of 3:25.89 leaving the Long Island Sheep Runners and Abaco Survivors to fend for silver and bronze. In the women’s 4x400m open, the Lucayans did it again with the team of Treasure Burrows, Janaiyah Rolle, Alfrenique Knowles, and Cassidra Thompson.
Grand Bahama also captured a win in the under 17 4x100m mixed relays. Meanwhile, the Chiccharnies came out on top in the 4x100m open mixed relays.
Rhema Otabor, collected another gold medal for the Buccaneers in the open women’s javelin throw. She threw at a distance of 45.35m at the Bahamas Games. Vanessa Sawyer of the Survivors finished second with 34.18m and the home team’s Davanna Collie secured bronze.
Kenyce Scavella won the under 17 girls discus throw with a distance of 28.90m. Abaco’s Ramiyah O’Brien notched 23.31m and the Lucayans’ Jasmine McKinney finished with 22.76m for bronze.
The Chiccharnies came up big in the field events. Andros’ Holland Martin and Nastario Williams collected gold and silver in the men’s open long jump. NACAC under-23 qualifier Keyshawn Strachan won the gold for Andros with a throw of 62.94m and CARIFTA gold medallist Kaden Cartwright earned bronze for the Chiccharnies in the same event with 52.74m.
For the Eleuthera Adventurers, Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) bronze-medallist Shaun Miller Jr finished tied with fellow teammate Kyle Alcine with 2.06m in the men’s open high jump.
The Bahamas Games concluded on Saturday night and is set to return in three years for 2026.