Two Heps graduates — Nicky Grant of Harvard and Erison Hurtault of Columbia — earned bronze medals for their performances at the 23rd Central American & Caribbean Athletic Confederation Championships held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Grant, the Jamaican record holder in the women’s hammer, took third in the event with a best toss of 62.46 meters (204-11) while Hurtault, the only male to win a Heps’ running event eight times at the League championships, took third in the 400-meter dash (45.93) behind Trinidad & Tobago’s Renny Quow (45.44) and the Bahamas’ Ramon Miller (45.56). Hurtault represents Dominica and has earned a spot to next month’s World Championships in South Korea.
Two more will mix it up come Sunday’s men’s triple jump championship as Samyr Laine of Haiti and Muhammad Halim of the U.S. Virgin Island will square off yet again. Laine, a Harvard graduate, has represented Haiti on the international stage frequently, including at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar. He is one of two leapers with a seed mark better than 17 meters. Halim, a former NCAA champion who was born in St. Croix, claimed silver in the long jump at the CACAC Championships a year ago.