Top athletes compete at national championships

June 30, 2016
@Normal:Spencer ... could finish outside top three.
Jaheel Hyde

For the next four days starting today the National Stadium will take centre stage as the country's top athletes will be in action as they try to book their tickets to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championships.

Action gets underway on the track at 10 a.m. in the qualifying round of the men's 100 metres. Here seven athletes will be hoping to advance to join 25 others in the quarterfinals set for 7 p.m.

More than 400 athletes are down to compete in what should be four days of exciting and pulsating action and a bumper crowd is expected throughout the meet.

Following the qualifying round of the 100m action will get into high gear in the 100 metres quarterfinal round followed by the women's 100m at 6:40 p.m.

Before this, at 6:05 p.m., there will be first round of the women's 400 metres hurdles with the men to follow 15 minutes later.

best times

There will also be two field events finals - the men's javelin at 5:30 p.m. and the men's triple jump at 5:32 p.m.

Some of those down to compete in the six rounds of the 100m are Kevaun Rattray, Rohan Cole Kenroy Anderson, and Brandon Tomlinson along with schoolboys, Hujaye Cornwall of St. Elizabeth Technical and Xandre Blake of Calabar High.

Defending champion Janieve Russell is drawn in the first heat of the women's 400m hurdles where the top two and next two best times will qualify for the finals.

GC Foster College's, Ronda Whyte, with a season best 55.58 seconds along with MVP Track Club, Nikita Traecy with a season best of 56.21 seconds, should fight it out for the automatic qualifying second place.

After a disappointing season so far, Kaliese Spencer will be hoping to at least go close or better than her season best of 55.02 seconds done at the Doha Diamond League last month.

She should win easily here as former St. Jago High hurdler, Yanique Haye -Smith with a best of 56.17 seconds and schoolgirl Shannon Kalawan with a best of 56.29 seconds should not trouble the Bertand Cameron-coached athlete.

It should be an easy for Ristananna Tracey, who is drawn with Shevon Stoddart in the final heat.

Jamaican males have been struggling this season in the event and it should be very close finishes in all three heats.

Roxroy Cato, the country's best with a 48.98 seconds done at the Racers Grand Prix Meet should win the opening heat with the likes of Josef Robertson and Leford Green fighting it out for second.

little difficulty

In heat two, world junior champion, Jaheel Hyde with a best of 49.16 seconds along with former National champion, Isa Phillips and a dangerous Ricardo Cunningham who is doing the event for the first time this season will battle it out.

Defending champion Annsert Whyte will compete in heat three.

The women's 100m will feature some of the best.

Defending Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a season best 11.09 seconds should win heat three.

Veteran, Veronica Campbell-Brown will grace the track in heat four and should have little difficulty.

It should also be smooth sailing for the country's second ranked athlete Elaine Thompson in the fifth and final heat.

The likes of Usain Bolt, Nickel Ashmeade, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell and Kemar Bailey-Cole will spearhead the men's 100m quarterfinals, the last event of the day.

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