Saint Lucia secures second in track and field championship in WISG 2023

Saint Lucia secured second place with 226 points in the track and field championship held on Saturday, July 21 at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium. 

Saint Lucia secures second in track and field championship in WISG 2023
Saint Lucia secures second in track and field championship in WISG 2023

Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia secured second place with 226 points in the track and field championship held on Saturday, July 21 at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium. 

The country opened their title defence at the 102nd edition of the Windward Islands Secondary School Games in Grenada. 

Host country Grenada came in first with 318 points. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines placed third with 175 points, and Dominica at the seller position with 162 points.

In the women’s 100m, Naomi London captured gold in a time of (11.63 seconds), while Clediana De Rose took the silver in (12.14 seconds).

London continued her good run-on form winning the 200m in (23.76 seconds). Cagini Pilgrim outclassed the field, winning the men’s 100m in (10.63 seconds), while Kadeen Larcher took home the bronze in a time of (10.76 seconds).

Pilgrim made light work of his opponents, winning his second gold, this time in the 200m in (21.44 seconds). Also mounting the podium was Carifta medalist Naya Jules, who won gold in the women’s Javelin with a throw of (40.96m). Sierratina Hilaire, another Carifta Games athlete, had to settle for the bronze in the women’s 400m in (58.85 seconds).

Other medal winners were Lizzy Dorvius silver in the women’s High Jump (1.58m) and bronze in the Long Jump (4.92m), Josh Hunte won silver in the men’s Javelin with a throw of (53.43m), and Sydney Didier bronze in the men’s Shot Put (11.26m). In the relay races, Team Saint Lucia took home the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m in (42.69 seconds) and the 4x400m in (3:28.90), while the women had to settle for silver in the 4x100m in (48.17 seconds) and bronze in the 4x400m in (4:20.92 seconds) respectively.

The action continued Monday, July 24, 2023, Day three of the 102nd Windward Islands Secondary School Games in Grenada.

In a battle of the Saints, defending champions Saint Lucia defeated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) 3 -2 in a keenly contested football matchup at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium. 

Coming from one goal down, Saint Lucia’s Elijah Joseph made it 1-1. Requelme Lionel put Saint Lucia ahead (2-1), while Lascell Farquharson made it 3-2 before SVG pulled one back from a free kick just before the final whistle.

“We were not patient enough causing us to lose the ball too often without any pressure. Movement off the ball was too slow. Took too long to adapt to the conditions of the grass which held up the ball,” coach Hiram Hunte stated.

He added: “We highlighted those areas of opportunities at the half-time interval and were able to make the adjustments needed to pull through. We held our shape consistently, which made it difficult for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to find space to operate”.