The Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA) will send three athletes to the 2018 IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland starting 10-15 July.
The group includes Cayman Islands national discus and shot put record holder Lacee Barnes. The 18-year old University of Texas San Antonio freshman won gold and silver at the 2018 CARIFTA Games in Bahamas back in March. She will compete in discus starting Tuesday (10 July).
“U20 Worlds will be the biggest event of my track and field career so far. I am extremely anxious to compete knowing that this competition will be so stiff but I’m ready for the challenge. My goal is to make it into the finals and hopefully bring back a medal.”
Cayman will also be represented by 18-year old hurdler Rasheem Brown. ‘The Rocket’ most recently competed in the 2018 Cayman Invitational finishing fifth among a stacked class. Brown also competed at the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 Championships where he finished 8th overall battling a stomach virus.
“My aim at the World U20 Championship is to win a medal for my country, and to make it through all the rounds safely while remaining focused to make sure I’m in the finals.”
Cayman’s Shalysa Wray rounds out the trio competing in the 400 metres. The 19-year old Prospect native student says she aiming to beat her personal best of 54.02.
“This has been my best season actually. My goal is to just make the finals. I am aiming for a 53-low or a 52.”