By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A’Sia McMaster and Jah’Kyla Morton teamed up to win the NACAC Age Group Championships 11-12 Girls Division overall team bronze medal in El Salvador over the weekend, after combining to score 4,990 points in their division.
The team also walked away with three individual events gold medals. Jahtivya Williams won the 13-14 Girls 80m dash in 10.08 seconds as well as the Shot Put with a heave of 10.62m, while Morton, the 11-12 Girls Ball Throw with an effort of 45.04m.
McMaster was fourth in her Pentathlon Division with 2503 points in her five events, while Morton finished sixth with 2487. McMaster was also fourth in Ball Throw with a personal best effort of 41.19m and eight in the 800m in 2 minutes and 46.38 seconds. Morton’s 2:44.00 was good for fifth.
A’Keela McMaster ran 10.18 for fourth place in her 13-14 Girls Division 80m dash and was also fourth in the High Jump with a personal best of 1.56m. She had a fifth place finish in the Long Jump with a 5.00m leap. Counterpart Mychael Claxton was fifth in the High Jump after clearing 1.68m. Notably, the athletes had no High Jump bed to train on at home since Hurricane Irma and had to go to St. Thomas to prepare.
“To be honest, I feel great about my performance because I tried my best and that’s all my coach wanted, was for us to try our best” A’Sia said. “But, it wasn’t easy going through all of that.”
Morton said it was tough, but a good fun experience.
“No matter what happens, even though if you have one bad event, there are still many more to execute,” she explained of that she learned. “And, it always comes down to the last event.”
Coach Ericca Frederick said she thought the team did pretty well.
“They went out and did their best, some very big personal bests in different events,” she exclusively told Island Sun Sports “I was very proud of Mychael for his attempts in the High Jump, which was his first time he ever did the event in his life and only had three days of practice over a weekend.
She said was the last competitor left in his pool and finished fifth overall.
“I think he did very well in the High Jump,” Frederick added. “I think his coach could encourage him and continue to help him improve and put forward the High Jump as one of his events. I think he’ll reach for and I hope he can qualify for the Carifta Games next year.”