Consecutively breezing over 1.90 and 1.95 metres since the start of the track and field season; Caymanian high jumper Josh Gardener finally cleared two metres during the CUC Youth & CARIFTA Games trials over the weekend.
The 17-year-old who will compete in the under-20 division at the 49th edition of the CARIFTA Games next month, had been unsuccessful in his 2m attempts over the past several months, until Saturday (March 12) afternoon at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
In an article published by the Cayman Compass, Gardener said clearing two metres meant “way more” to him “than qualifying for CARIFTA.”
Brandon Pottinger of Jamaica and Aaron Antoine of Trinidad and Tobago are the favourites heading into this year’s event, with both jumping 2.10m during their respective trials.
However, Gardener remains optimistic for a podium placement next month, saying, “[If] I keep training and I get physically and mentally right…I can bring home a medal.”
The games will begin on the 16th through the 18th of April at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.