Thea LaFond lands NACAC triple jump title, Jamaica, Bahamas, T&T nab relay medals as championships conclude Featured

Dominica’s Thea LaFond is the 2022 women’s triple jump champion after she jumped 14.49m on her final jump to win the event on the final day of the NACAC Senior Championships in The Bahamas on Sunday.

Trailing the USA’s Kenturah Orji 14.32m established during the third round of the competition, the Commonwealth Games silver medallist produced her best effort to steal the win.

Cuba’s Fernandez Velazco jumped 14.08m for the bronze medal.

LaFond (6.34m) was fourth in the long jump on Saturday night. Quanesha Burks of the USA jumped 6.75m for the victory over Christabel Netty of Canada (6.46m) and Jamaica’s Chanice Porter (6.43m).

In the men’s long jump on Sunday, William Williams of the USA won the gold medal with a leap of 7.89m.

Tajay Gayle, the 2019 world champion was second with 7.81m, while his compatriot Shawn-D Thompson copped the bronze medal with 7.75, relegating Commonwealth champion Laquan Nairn, who also had his best mark of 7.75m, to fourth.

Adelle Tracey won her second medal of the championships when she finished second in the 1500m. Tracey ran 4:08.42 to be runner-up to the USA’s Heather MacClean while Helen Schachtenhaufen of the USA won the bronze medal having run 4:10.43.

In the relays, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas all garnered medals.

Jamaica finished second in the 4x400m relay in 3:26.32. The USA won the two-team race in 3:23.54.

The USA won the men’s final in 3:01.79. They finished ahead of Jamaica 3:05.47 and the Bahamas 3:06.21.

The USA also won the women’s sprint relay clocking 42.35, leaving the Bahamas 43.34 and Jamaica 43.39 to claim silver and bronze, respectively.

The USA men followed suit winning the men’s sprint relay final in 38.29. Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica were both credited with 38.94 but the Trinidadians were awarded the silver medal and Jamaica, the bronze.



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