Jamaicans to feature in NCAA outdoors
Four Jamaicans sprinter Senoj-Jay Givans, high jumper Christoff Bryan, discus ace Kellion Knibb and hammer thrower Daina Levy feature prominently in a comprehensive long-range preview of the top US collegiate athletics meet, the NCAA Division One Championships.
Compiled by the US publication Track and Field News and appearing in the magazine's March issue, the preview picks Givans, Bryan, Knibb and Levy to finish as high as second place when the NCAA Championships are contested in June.
Givans has improved since he was second to Delano Williams of Munro College in the 100m at the 2013 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
Now the owner of a personal best time of 10.03 seconds, the University of Texas junior is the Track and Field News' selection for the NCAA runner-up spot.
He was fourth last year.
A high jump prodigy since his days at Wolmers' Boys, Bryan recently won the Big 12 Conference indoor title for Kansas State University. Knibb, the former St Jago High School standout now at Florida State, is the holder of the national record in the discus at 61.24 metres, while Levy, now at University of Kansas, is a former Jamaican champion in the hammer throw.
A number of other Jamaicans are tabbed for success at the upcoming championships. Ashinia Miller, the former Calabar thrower now at the University of Georgia, is picked for fourth in the shot put. So are Daeshon Gordon in the 100 metre hurdles for Louisiana State and former national champion Kimberly Williamson in the high jump.
Williamson, a multiple Champs winner for Edwin Allen, is at Kansas State.
Picked at number six in the ladies' shot is Danniel Thomas of Kent State University. This former Edwin Allen star competed for Jamaica at last year's World Championships.