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Dec 12, 2017

Athletes Pile Up Medals at C.A. Games

Team Belize is still on the hunt for its first gold medal in the Central American Games taking place in Managua, Nicaragua. But the athletics team has been carrying the Sub Umbra Floreo so far, accounting for seven of Belize’s eight medals – the other is in men’s basketball. On Monday the relay teams took center stage on the track while there was also action in bodybuilding, volleyball and tennis. News Five’s Aaron Humes continues our coverage.

 

Aaron Humes Reporting:

The men’s and women’s four-by-one-hundred meter relay teams were on the track on Monday in Managua within minutes of each other. First to go were the women: Faith Morris, Tricia Flores, Hilary Gladden and Samantha Dirks, who came third in forty-seven-point-four-four seconds to record winners Costa Rica and second place Panama. It is Dirks’ second medal at these games following her second-place finish in the two hundred meters and finishing narrowly out of the top three in the one hundred meters, and matches her expectations in a pre-race interview.

 

Samantha Dirks

Samantha Dirks, Bronze Medalist

“I expect us to get top three. I think I’m last leg, so I’m just gonna work hard and beat everybody and get gold for Belize, like in the Central American Games a few months ago in Honduras. I think we can do it again and I’m hoping we can. Our team is good, we run well together, so I’m just hoping to get the exchanges through and come home with the gold.”

 

The men’s team of Rahim Monsanto, Brandon Jones, Mark Anderson and Shaun Gill collected the silver medal with a time of forty-one point-one-six seconds, placing behind Panama and ahead of El Salvador. Today is the last day for athletics and the Carr sisters, daughters of the late Joseph Carr, will hope to feature prominently in their remaining events.

 

Ashantie & Ashontie Carr

Ashantie Carr, Athlete

“I’ve already finished my long jump; I did my best, I came in seventh. And I have the triple jump tomorrow and the four-by-four.”

 

Reporter

“How long have you been doing the long jump?”

 

Ashantie Carr

“I started the long jump four years ago. My first competition, I didn’t compete in the long jump but I am competing now in it and every time I compete, I improve in my jumps.”

 

Reporter

“So you can say where you’ll be somebody to contend with in the future?”

 

Ashantie Carr

“Yes, sir.”

 

Reporter

“And you, madam?”

 

Ashontie Carr, Athlete

“I have already competed in the heptathlon, which I just started this year, and I did a personal best in every event and heptathlon consists of seven events, so I am very happy; I came in fourth out of seven.”

 

Reporter

“What are the other events you have left in these games?”

 

Ashontie Carr

“I have the four-by-four left, and that is tomorrow.”

 

Ashantie Carr

“I have the triple jump and the four by four.”

 

Things have not been going so well for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams who opened play this week. The males lost a squeaker earlier today to Panama in five sets, while the women lost Sunday to Nicaragua in three, 21-25, 17-25, and 18-25. Karen Quan, ladies’ volleyball team captain, shares her analysis.

 

Karen Quan

Karen Quan, Captain, Belize Women’s Volleyball Team

“Nicaragua came and they played really hard and they brought their all, and we tried our best, but unfortunately we didn’t win; we lost in three sets.  Our weakness last night during our game was mainly serving and hitting errors, so during our practice this morning we drilled on that and our coaches made sure we served and we passed well and hit well, so tonight we hope that that comes to play.”

 

Lastly there is tennis, where Stefan Sosa was swept out of the first round by his opponent six-love, six-one. And bodybuilding, where the preliminary competition took place on Monday. The finals take place today. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

In a news time update, the women’s four-by-four-hundred meter relay team picked up another bronze medal in competition. That team consists of both Carr sisters, Ashantie and Ashontie; Tricia Flores and Samantha Dirks. Brandon Jones captured the silver medal in the triple jump, taking Belize’s total medal count to eight as mentioned before.

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