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Belize wins 7 gold medals, 8 silver, 2 bronze at Central American (CADICA) U18-U20 Athletics Championships in Guatemala

Posted: Monday, June 5, 2023. 12:44 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Guatemalan National Athletics Federation

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize won seven gold medals, eight silver, and two bronze at the Central American (CADICA) 30th U18 and 34th U20 Athletics Championships held at the Cementos Progreso Stadium and the Erick Barrondo Park in Guatemala City, Guatemala over the weekend. Belize finished fifth overall in the regional rankings.

Costa Rica won the championships with 27 gold, 25 silver, and 27 bronze. Guatemala followed with 26, 23, and 22 respectively.

Belize was third in the Women’s U18, fifth in the Men’s U18, fourth in the Women’s U20, and sixth in the Men U20.

Brooklyn Lyttle was Belize’s star winning four gold medals in the Women’s U18 100m, long jump, triple jump, and the 4x100m relay.

Lyttle set a new Central American record in winning the long jump with a stride measuring 5.82 meters, winning over Guatemalan’s Annika Spross who jumped 5.49m. Guatemalan Karen Rocio Lopez (5:02m) was third.

Lyttle also captured gold in the triple jump in 11.31m over Spross (11.26m) and López (10.87m).

Lyttle’s third gold was in the 100m in 12.58 seconds ahead of Costa Rican Shannell Perkins who clocked 12.95.

She got her fourth gold as she anchored Belize’s Women’s U18 4x100m relay that claimed gold in 49.30 seconds. Panama was second in 49.94 and Costa Rica was third in 49.98. Belize’s gold medal team comprised Samya Lamb, Tridean Martinez, Lyttle, and Nyasha Harris.

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) 

Kali Magaña today 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 Calderón of Costa Rica, who clocked 59.63.

Magaña also won silver in the 100m in 12.50 seconds behind winner Mariandrée Chacón from Guatemala who clocked 12.04.

Magaña also won silver in the 200m in 24.57 behind Chacón who clocked 23.85 seconds.

Mia Sylvester competing in the hammer championship in Guatemala. (Photo Credit: Guatemalan National Athletics Federation)

Mia Sylvester also won one gold and two silver medals. She got gold in the Women’s U20 discus with a throw of 44.14m. Belize also picked up silver with Kamryn Cadle hurling the discus 36.69m. Honduran Prizila Suazo took bronze.

Sylvester won silver in the Women’s U20 shot put with a throw of 11.07m. Gold winner was Honduran Prizila Suazo who measured 12.58m. Cadle was fourth with a throw of 10.43m.

Sylvester also captured silver in javelin with a throw of 42.48m behind El Salvador’s Lucía Castro who recorded a throw of 42.58.

Demetrie Myers at National Championships at Marion Jones Sporting Complex. (Photo Credit: William George Ysaguirre)

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 was fifth in the 1500m in 4:30.64. The winner Daniel Aguilar of Guatemala clocked 4:10.30. Keemar Wagner was sixth in 4:32.54.

Meyers recently won two gold medals for Belize at the 50th Carifta Games in the Bahamas capturing the top spot in both the U17 3000m and the 1500m.

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 collected another 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.

Joas Mejia won silver in the Men’s U20 Triple Jump with a stride of 13.82 behind Salvadoran Fernando Reyes who jumped 14.54m.

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.

Belize got bronze in the Men’s U18 1000m speed relay in 2:04.30 behind Guatemala (1:59.24) and Nicaragua (2:01.24).

Belize was fifth in the men’s U18 4x100m relay in 46.81 behind winners Costa Rica (43.42) but didn’t compete in the Men’s U20 4x100m relay.

Clay Flores was fourth in the Men’s U18 100m timed at 11.62. Costa Rica José Whittaker clocked 11.07 seconds for gold.

Joas Mejia also finished fourth in the Men’s U20 100m in 11.13. The winner was Costa Rican Joel Arias who clocked 11.05 seconds.

Keemar Wagner placed fourth in the Men’s U18 800min 1:59.84. The winner was Guatemalan Daniel Aguilar (1:55.45).


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