Athletics: Wray advances to 400m semifinals, Barnes suffers injury at IAAF U20 Worlds

Cayman’s female quarter-mile specialist parlayed a strong opening day performance into another day of competition, while Cayman’s national discus record holder suffered an injury on day one (10 July) of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

18-year old Shalysa Wray placed fourth overall in Heat 3 of the women’s 400-metres clocking in at 54.38 seconds. The time qualified the Prospect native for Wednesday’s (11 July) semifinals.

“I knew I had to run and finish in the top 4 to advance so that’s what I did. My coach told me to run out and finish strong and I did that, but going into the semis I feel like I’m gonna try to finish a bit stronger.”

Wray’s time was just shy of her personal best of 54.21 seconds.

18-year old Lacee Barnes finished 14th overall in Group B of the women’s discus. After failing to record a clean throw in her first attempt, Barnes recovered for a second attempt of 35.54 metres, finishing the event with a distance of 42.41 metres on her final throw. She told Cayman 27 she was not completely healthy.

“Sadly during my warm-ups, I ended with a slight injury in my shoulder by doing warm-up throws which I knew from the start would hinder my performance. I tried to push through regardless however it just didn’t happen for me. I’m proud to have represented Cayman on the world stage but I just wish it would of played out differently.”

Cayman’s third and final athlete in competition, 18-year-old Rasheem Brown will compete Wednesday in the men’s 110m hurdles.



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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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