Cayman’s track and field and beach volleyball nationals got their first action at the 2018 Central American & Caribbean Games.
Cayman’s men’s beach volleyball team took to the sand for their first match Saturday (28 July) on the courts in Puerto de Oro, Barranquilla versus the United States Virgin Islands. The team of Nathan Dack and Casey Santamaria were able to find their rhythm quickly, sweeping USVI 21-13, 21-12. Unfortunately, the men were not able to maintain the moment falling 3-21, 9-21 to Mexico, and 17-21, 14-21 to Curacao.
In the evening, Cayman’s Ileann Powery and Marissa Harrison took to the court against the Dominican Republic in the women’s draw. The duo lost their first set 16-21 but managed to turn the tables winning the second 21-16. The Dominicans would rebound to take the game with a 13-15 third set win. Powery and Harrison then faced host Columbia Sunday (29 July) falling in straight sets 11-21 and 13-21, eliminating them from advancing out of the group stage. Both teams will go onto play for their overall placings Monday (30 July).
On the track at Pista Alteica, Cayman’s Rasheem Brown would finish 8th overall in the men’s 100-metre dash with a time of 10.89 seconds, eliminating him from semifinal contention. Brown will take to the blocks Monday for the 110-metre hurdles.
Cayman’s Jeahvon Jackson finished 8th overall in the men’s semifinals of the 400-metre hurdles. His time of 56.60 seconds would eliminate him from a spot in the finals.
Still to compete are women’s national shot put and discus record holder Lacee Barnes and national men’s javelin record holder Alex Pascal. Barnes throw in the women’s discus Tuesday (31 July) while Pascal is set to throw Thursday (2 August).
The games culminate on Friday, 3rd August.