Costa Rica National Stadium
Last weekend, June 18th and 19th, a group of 38 Belizean Junior Track and Field Athletes took part in the Central American Junior A and B championship that was held in
. Team San Salvador brought home eleven medals; 2 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze. Gloria Serano, the best Belizean performer, brought home gold, silver and a bronze medal; Novian Middleton walked away with gold. Belize
This weekend the senior track athletes, 21 of them, left
Belize, this time to participate in the 22nd Central American Senior Athletic Championship Games that took place in San Jose, at the recently inaugurated National Stadium. Costa Rica garnered a total of 10 medals this time around; 5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Belize
Leading the way for
Belize was Kaina Martinez, who joined the Belize team from She won three gold medals; the first in the 100m, the second in the 200m and the third as part of the 4 X 100m. The outstanding part of her performance is that she broke her own record in the 100m from 2009 and also broke the standing record in the 200m from 2007 as well. Jamaica, where she is pursuing her studies.
Kaina Martinez on the podium
Kaina Martinez winning the 200m in record time
On Day 1 of the competition in the 4 X 100 (F); the quartet of Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores took the gold medal. Kaina Martinez garnered her second gold in the 100m also shattering her own Central American Record (CRA) from 2009 of 11.98 to establish the new CRA of 11.74.
Not to be outdone, Tricia Flores took her second gold medal of the day in the Long Jump, where she is the current record holder since 2010. To end the day of competition, Katy Sealy took silver in Heptathlon. Katy is Belizean by descent. Her father was born in
Stann Creek Town (now Dangriga) in 1964 when his father was the Anglican Priest from England, who was in charge of the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in . Pomona Valley
Tricia Flores second gold medal of the day in Long Jump
Tricia Flores Triple Jump-silver
Katy Sealy receiving silver medal for Heptathlon
During the second day of competition Kaina Martinez captured gold again in the 200m in record time as well, establishing a new CRA of 24.17, the previous being 24.58 established in 2007.
Kay-De Vaughn captured silver in High Jump and Tricia Flores got her third medal, this time silver in the Triple Jump.
To end the day Kenneth Medwood a Belizean-American graduate of
Theodore Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, currently majoring in Sports Psychology at ; won gold in 400m Hurdles. East Los Angeles College
Kenneth Medwood gold in 400m Hurdles
To end the competition; on day 3
captured two bronze medals; the first in the 4 X 400m (F). The four athletes were Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, Katy Sealy and Tricia Flores. Belize
The second was in the male version of the same race and the quartet were; Jayson Jones, Kenneth Brackett, Kenneth Medwood and Mark Anderson.
Kay-De Vaughn - Silver in High Jump
Central American Record
List of Belizean Athletes
By Dr. Jane Crawford
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