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Bentley, Myrie complete sprint doubles

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

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Michael Bentley of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and Okera Myrie of Petersfield High completed the Under-20 sprint doubles for the boys and girls, respectively, on yesterday's final day of the four-day Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA) National Junior and Senior Championships held at the National Stadium.

Bentley ran a personal best 20.91 seconds (0.1m/s) to win the 200m last night after winning the 100m on Friday, and will be part of a strong Jamaican team to the IAAF World Under-20 championships in Tampere, Finland, that will be named today, the deadline for teams to be submitted.

Bentley, formerly of St Thomas Technical and Wolmer's Boys' School, dominated the field as he blasted off the curve and ran away from the field with Xavier Nairne of Wolmer's Boys' second in 21.42 seconds and Ashane Beckford third in 21.79 seconds.

Myrie was an easy winner in the girls' race in 23.51 seconds (-0.4m/s), beating Kimone Shaw who ran 25.03 seconds, as only two athletes showed up for the race.

Petersfield High's Romario Taylor won the Under-17 boys' 200m, beating Rusea's High's Davian Clarke (21.57 seconds), with St Elizabeth Technical High School's Tyrone Barnes third in 21.60 seconds — all new personal best times.

Pre-race favourite Rajay Morris of Clarendon College was disqualified after he false-started.

Bridgette Campbell of St Jago won the girls' Under-18 section in 24.91 seconds (0.7m/s), beating Leyone Smith of Spot Valley and Mt Alvernia's Monique Malcolm.

Chantz Sawyers of the University of Florida retained his Under-20 400m title, holding off a quality field to win in 45.79 seconds. He beat world leader Dashawn Morris of Kingston College (45.97 seconds), with Calabar's Shamar Chambers taking third in 46.39 seconds ahead of Malik Smith in46.58 seconds.

Petersfield High's Shaquena Foote completed the 400m/800m double after she ran away from the field to win the girls' Under-20 400m, clocking 54.17 seconds, beating St Jago High's Shalysa Wray (55.29 seconds) with St Andrew High's Janielle Joseph third in 55.86 seconds.

On Saturday Foote won the 800m, setting a new personal best 2 minutes 05.79 seconds.

It was a Holmwood Technical “quinela” in the girls' Under-17 400m as Calisha Taylor ran past Daniella Deer in the last 40 metres to win in 54.66 seconds.

Deer took the silver in 55.49 seconds, while Britney Brown of The Queen's School was third in 56.92 seconds.

Lamara Distin of Vere Technical equalled her personal best of 1.85m on her way to winning the girls' Under-20 high jump after failing to set a new national junior record.

Distin, who along with second-placed Janique Burgher (1.80m) made the qualifying mark of 1.82m, failed three times at 1.89m as she attempted to past the 1.88m record held by Kimberly Williamson since 2011.

Excelsior's Shantae Fireman won the Under-18 section with 1.75m, Herbert Morrison's Daniella Anglin was second with 1.70m, and Mt Alvernia High's Roschelle Clayton third with 1.65m.

The Edwin Allen pair of Ackelia Smith and Lotavia Brown finished first and second in the Under-20 girls triple jump with marks of 12.79m (-0.7m/s) and 12.59m (-1.3m/s) respectively.

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