Belizean athletic stars still the best in Central America

Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores win gold, again 

Kaina Martinez & Tricia Flores
Belizean star sprinters Kaina Martinez (center) and Tricia Flores (far right) go 1 – 2, respectively, in 100 meters final at Central American Championships of Athletics in Guatemala City.

Charnelle Enriquez & Tricia Flores
Belize’s Charnelle Enriquez passes baton to teammate Tricia Flores in the relay.

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 23, 2010

Despite not yet having a proper running track or jumping pit to train on, Belizean athletic stars Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores proved they are still the best in the region, repeating their stellar performance of a year ago, and once again taking gold in their specialty events at the latest regional competition.

Due to financial constraints, only seven athletes accompanied newly elected Belize Amateur Athletic Association President Ian Gray to the Central American Championships of Athletics, which took place over the weekend, September 17 – 19, in Guatemala City. Representing Belize were females Kaina Martinez, Tricia Flores, Kay De Vaughn and Charnelle Enriquez; and males Jaryl Mariano, Chavis Lopez and Denroy Nembhard. And once more it was our athletic superstars, Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores, defending their Central American titles, and again bringing home gold for Belize. Kaina won gold in both the 100 meters and 200 meters sprints, and got bronze in the Long Jump; while Tricia won gold, with a new Central American record, in the Long Jump, and she also took silver in the 100 meters sprint. Kay De Vaughn won silver in the High Jump. And the relay team of Kaina Martinez, Tricia Flores, Kay De Vaughn and Charnelle Enriquez won silver in the 4 x 400 meter relay and bronze in the 4 x 100 meter relay.

In all, the small Belize contingent returned home with 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Congratulations to our athletic team, and especially to our reigning athletic queens of Central America – Kaina Martinez and Tricia Flores!

Picture: cxh sports pics, BAAA, Central American Championships in Guatemala

Article courtesy Amandala

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The idea for the KREM Radio station originated in early 1979 while Rufus X and I were visiting New Orleans. There was a New Orleans deejay I liked, by the name of Sister Love, and one day Rufus and his cousin, Sam Wiley, who was our host, showed me the building where the radio station which featured Sister Love was located. It was quite a modest, one flat structure, much smaller than the three story Albert Cattouse Building from where the Belize government monopoly station – Radio Belize – was broadcasting.

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