MVP's Nelson completes sprint double at Junior Champs

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Kemba Nelson of MVP Track Club continued her outstanding performance at the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Junior Championships as she completed the girls Under-20 sprint double yesterday after winning the 200m gold in a personal best 23.57 seconds (-0.2m/s).

Nelson had also won the 100m on Friday in another life time best 11.49 seconds when she showed poise and great form to beat Holmwood Technical's Michae Harriot (24.19 seconds), in a repeat of the 100m final, while Joanne Reid of St Jago was third in 24.51 seconds.

The four-day championships was used to select teams to the NACAC Under-18 and the Pan-American Under-20 Championships to be held in July.

Michali Everett, who was second in the 100m on Friday behind Oblique Seville, running a personal best 10,27 seconds, handed Wolmer's Boys' Xavier Nairne a rare loss in the 200m this season when he struck gold in a life time best 21.03 seconds (-0.2m/s).

Nairne was just beaten in 21.06 seconds with Kevon Stone of Petersfield High in21.56 seconds.

Clarendon College's Rajay Morris won the Under-17 boys 200m title, catching Rusea's High's Raheim Scott with about 50 metres to go and raced past him to the finish line in 21.25 seconds.

Scott ran a life time best 21.38 seconds for second place, while Kavian Kerr of St Jago took third in 22.13 seconds.

Antony Cox of Racers ran a personal best 45.79 seconds to win the Under-20 boys 400m, under his previous best 46.08 seconds, separating from the pack in the last 40 metres to capture the title.

Holmwood Technical's Bovel McPherson was second with 46.26 m and Jeremy Farr of Wolmer's was third in 46.55 seconds.

AnnaKay Allen of St Catherine High won the girls Under-20 400m in 54.57 seconds, just ahead of Kavia Francis of Holmwood Technical was was second with 54.59 seconds and Edwin Allen's Lashanna Graham took third with 55.21 seconds.

Holmwood Technical's Daniella Deer won the Under-18 race in 54.75 seconds beating Kenya Thompson (55.55 seconds) and another Holmwood runner Briana Duhaney was third in 57.09 seconds.

DeAndre Watkin of Jamaica College won the Under-18 boys 400m with 47.02 seconds beating Tarrant High's Jeremy Bemeridge (47.60m) and Devontie Archer of Excelsior (48.71m).

Lamara Distin, of Hydel High, in her first appearance in a competition since the ISSA Boys and Girls Champs in April, won the Under-20 girls high jump with 1.80m, beating Edwin Allen's Janique Burgher (1.80m) and Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High (1.75m).

Rhianna Phipps of Hydel High won the Under-20 girls triple jump with a best mark of 13.09m (-0.5m/s), Lotavia Brown of Edwin Allen took second place with a wind-aided 12.90m (6.8m/s) and Tannekee Strachan of St Jago third with 11.59m (-0.2m/s).

— Paul Reid

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