By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Jaleel Croal wrapped up his 2019 track and field season by narrowly missing a NACAC U18 Championships Boys 200m bronze medal by 0.1 seconds on Sunday in Mexico.
In a photo finish, with athletes from Barbados and Mexico, he stopped the clock at 21.20 seconds—a personal best and the No 5 mark on the BVI All Time List. His previous best was 21.43.
“I came off the curve in first place and when I realized that I was in front, I guess I started to panic—like I started to fight trying to reach to the line,” he reflected on Monday. “Then Mexico and Barbados came up on me. It was a very, very close finish at the end and I came in fourth. But I liked the race overall. It made me feel good.
Croal, 16, was fifth in the 100m in a wind aided 10.50 seconds after a 10.57 personal best in the semis.
“I had two personal bests and that’s a big thing for me, since my season was ending at that meet, so that was great,” he said. “Compared to Carifta, the races were closer and I liked that. There was more competition. I think I liked that meet better than Carifta.”
How does he sum up his 2019 season?
“This season has been great,” he said. “And I’m looking forward for next season and next year to be even better.”
Akrissa Eristee finished eight in the U18 Girls 400m in 56.57 seconds, after a 55.57 semi. Deya Erickson was eight in the U23 Women’s 100m Hurdles in 13.89 secs, after equaling her National Record of 13.80 in the prelims.
Tarika Moses ran 1:01.84, for seventh place in the 400m Hurdles, while Adriano Gumbs placed eight in the 400m in 48.87, after qualifying with 47.68.
Alejandro Cox cut the sand at 7.61m for sixth in the the Long Jump, while Akeem Bradshaw finished eight with a 7.42m leap.