Bermuda’s athletes thrived at the AAU Indoor Championships at the PG Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland, at the weekend.
The 14-strong team earned 21 medals, including eight gold, and also established three meet records and several personal bests.
Nirobi Smith and Caitlyn Bobb each won a pair of gold medals.
Smith won gold in the boys 15-16 800 metres and 1,500 and Bobb competing in the girls’ 15-16 200 and 400. Her time of 57.44 in the 400 was a new meet record.
Sancho Smith secured the gold in the boys’ 15-16 high jump, with a winning leap of 1.82 also a new meet record.
The girls’ 15-16 4x400 relay team of Sanaa Re Morris, Bobb, Jehzari Talbot and Ketura Bulford Trott also captured gold with their time of 4:04.45 setting a new meet record.
Kahzi Sealey won gold in the boys’ 15-16 3,000 and Amelia Othman in the girls’ high jump.
Chayse Tanner took the silver in the boys’ 15-16 200 and long jump while Johndell Cumberbatch was second in the boys’ 17-18 800 and 3,000 respectively.
Talbot earned silver in the 800, Taylor Hines was second in the 200 and 400 and Za Kayza Parsons in the long jump.
The girls’ 15-16 4x200 relay team of Morris, Bobb, Parsons and Trott also claimed silver.
Stephan Dill earned a pair of bronze medals in the 60 and 200 while Sancho Smith also earned a bronze in the boys’ 15-16 800 and Sealey the bronze in the boys’ 15-16 1500.
“The Bermuda team competed very well at the AAU Indoor Meet in Maryland,” Donna Raynor, the Bermuda National Athletics Association president, said. “This was a great meet as we prepare towards the Carifta Games.
“This is the first time the girls have run together in a relay and they did a great job.
“There were no additional Carifta qualifiers but several of them who have already qualified met the standards in their event.”
The overall number of Carifta qualifiers to date is 15, surpassing Bermuda’s 14-strong team that competed in Bahamas last year, where Sakari Famous captured the island’s only medal after winning the bronze in the high jump.
The deadline for Carifta qualification is March 30, with Bermuda’s team to selected March 31.
The Carifta Games will be held in the Cayman Islands from April 20 to 22.
Bermuda’s athletes were accompanied at the AAU Indoor Championships in Maryland by coach Devon Bean and managers Freddie Evans and Dawnette Douglas-Bobb.