Belize wins 5 golds at XXII C.A. Athletic championships

[Linked Image] [Linked Image] Belize women won gold medals and the men won a fifth gold, as well as 3 silvers and 2 bronzes at the XXII Central American Senior Track & Field Championships at the recently inaugurated National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica over the weekend, June 24-26.

Kaina Martinez had left Belize earlier this year to train in Jamaica, and it has certainly paid off. Kaina set two new records as s three gold medals winning the 100meter, 200 meter sprints and the 4 x 100m relay trace.

Martinez teamed up with junior athlete Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, and Tricia Flores to win the gold in the 4 x 100m on the first day of competition last Friday.

Kaina Martinez set a new Central American record of 11.74 in the 100m, shattering her own record of 11.98 set in 2009 to win her second gold on Friday. On Saturday, Kaina won her third gold as she set a new Central American record of 24.17 in the 200meter race, shattering the previous record of 24.58 set in 2007.

Tricia Flores, a teacher at Buttonwood Bay Nazarene Primary School, also won her second gold medal on Friday in the long jump, in which she holds the Central American record since 2010. Tricia also won a silver medal in the triple jump on Saturday.

Katy Sealy also won a silver in heptathlon on Friday. Katy is Belizean by descent, as her father was born in Stann Creek Town in 1964 when his father was the English pastor of the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Pomona Valley.

Kay-De Vaughn also won silver in high jump on Saturday.

Kenneth Medwood, a Belizean-American majoring in Sports Psychology at East Los Angeles College won a fifth gold for Belize in the 400m hurdles on Saturday.

Belizean athletes won two more bronze medals on Sunday, June 26, when Charnelle Enriquez, Julie McCord, Katy Sealy and Tricia Flores won bronze in the 4 x 400m relay, and Jayson Jones, Kenneth Brackett, Kenneth Medwood and Mark Anderson won bronze in the men’s 4 x 400m relay.

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