Posted: Saturday, June 3, 2023. 3:47 pm CST.
Photo Credit: William George Ysaguirre
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize won four gold medals, 2 silver, 1 bronze in the first day of the Central American (CADICA) 30th U18 and 34th U20 Athletics Championships being held at the Cementos Progreso Stadium and the Erick Barrondo Park, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Demetrie Meyers won gold in the Men’s U18 3000m in 9 minutes 30.99 seconds (9:30.99) winning over Guatemalan Luis Gustavo Ramirez by half a minute. Ramirez clocked 10:00.94. Meyers recently won two gold medals for Belize at the 50th Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Meyers won the Boys U17 3000m and the 1500m.
On Saturday, Kali Magaña won gold in the Women’s Under 20 400 meters in 56.43 seconds. She won over Naydelin Calderon of Costa Rica and Tiffany Madrigal, also of Costa Rica. Magaña was more than 3.22 seconds faster than Calderon of Costa Rica, who clocked 59.63.
Kali Magaña recently won four gold medals at the Louisiana 2023 Outdoor State Championship in the 100m, 200m, 800m, and 4x200m relay. (Photo courtesy of LaTanya Morris-Magaña – Facebook)
Brooklyn Lyttle won gold in the Women’s U18 long jump setting a new Central American record of 5.82 meters winning over Guatemalan’s Annika Spross who jumped 5.49m. Guatemalan Karen Rocio Lopez was third.
Belize won gold as well in the Women’s U18 4x100m relay in 49.30 seconds. Belize’s gold medal team comprised Samya Lamb, Tridean Martinez, Lyttle, and Nyasha Harris. Panama was second in 49.94 and Costa Rica was third in 49.98. However, Belize was fifth in the men’s U18 4x100m relay in 46.81 behind winners Costa Rica (43.42). Belize didn’t take part in the Men’s U20 4x100m relay.
Belize won silver in the Men’s U18 400m through Keemar Wagner who was timed at 51.46 seconds behind winner Emerson Calero of Costa Rica (49:58).
Belize won silver in the Men’s U20 shot put. Jahson Logan threw the shot put 12.05m. Jeims Molina of Costa Rica was the winner with a throw of 15.21m.
Rupert Cardinez won bronze in the Men’s U18 110 meters hurdles in 15.55 seconds. Jordy Soto of Costa Rica was the winner in 14.98.
In the Men’s U18 100m, Belizeans Clay Flores and Rupert Cardenas finished in the 5th and 6th respectively in the qualifying rounds advancing to the Finals. Joas Mejia and Glenford Williams also qualified for the Men’s U20 100m finals.
Belize is participating with 23 athletes. Panama has 27, Nicaragua 22, Costa Rica 48, and Honduras 22.
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