Williamson, Porter win NCAA titles

June 13, 2016

Jamaica athletes had their best performances in years with three top finishes at the NCAA Division One Track and Field Outdoor Championships in the United States at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Kimberly Williamson and Chanice Porter led with wins and Kellion Knibb picking up second in her event.

Former Edwin Allen High outstanding high jumper Williamson, the Jamaican national champion who is a senior at Kansas State University, finished on a high after soaring to 1.88 metres to win the title.

Medeline Fagan of the University of Georgia (1.85m) and Claudia Garcia Lou of Akron (1.82m) finished second and third respectively.

Knibb, formerly of St Jago High School and a junior at Florida State University, finished second in the women's discus with 61.44 metres.

Former Hydel High School athlete Shadae Lawrence, a freshman at Kansas State University, just missed a top three finish here as she was fourth with 61.18 metres.

Two days earlier, Porter, formerly of Manchester High School, in her final competition for the University of Georgia, had a winning leap in the women's long jump with a personal best of 6.67 metres, defeating Quanesha Burks of Alabama, who was second with 6.52m and Arkansas's Taliyah Brooks third with 6.35m.

Saturday's final day of competition also saw former Holmwood Technical High quarter-miler Chrisann Gordon among the medals.

Gordon ran the opening leg for the successful University of Texas 4x400 metres relay team which clocked 3:27.64, getting the better of Arkansas who were a close second in 3:27.94.

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