Hyde leads World Junior team
Defending 400 metres hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde will lead a 40-member Jamaica team to this year's World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from July 19-24.
The team, which includes 22 males and 18 females, was released by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) on Wednesday night.
Hyde, who became the first Jamaican male to win a medal in the event at the World Junior Championships, will start big favourite to make it back-to-back titles following his performances so far this season.
Hyde, who also qualified for the Jamaican senior team after finishing second a week ago in the event with a national junior record of 48.81 seconds, is also the top seed in the event going into Poland.
Joining Hyde on the male team will be World Youth 400m champion, Christopher Taylor along with Nigel Ellis, who is ranked at number two in the men's 100m with 10.16 seconds.
It will be interesting to see if Ellis will be competing in the shorter sprint in Poland as he was disqualified at the National Junior Championships for a false start but eventually went on to win the 200m.
Ellis' season best of 20.49 seconds, done at the Western Championships in February, has him at number five on the International Association of Athletics Federations' top list.
Ellis' St Elizabeth Technical High School teammate, Junelle Bromfield, is the highest-ranked Jamaican female going into the Championships.
Edwin Allen High's Shannon Kallawan is also highly ranked going into the Championships as her season and personal best of 56.29 seconds has her at number three in the Women's 400 m hurdles.
The Jamaica team will be hoping to better the performance of two years ago in Eugene, Oregon, where they ended with six medals one gold two silver, and three bronze.
Members of the team are in a training camp at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.
Males: Sean Bailey, Timor Barrett, Akeem Bloomfield, Anthony Carpenter, Raheem Chambers, Hujaye Cornwall, Nigel Ellis, Aykeeme Francis, Fabian Hewitt, Jaheel Hyde, Sanjae Lawrence, Javier Lowe, Jhevaughn Matherson, Kevin Nedrick, Dejour Russell, Jordan Scott, Roje Stona, Christopher Taylor, Damion Thomas, Terry Thomas, Shawn D. Thompson, Obrien Wasome
Females: Junelle Bromfield, Devia Brown, Rushelle Clayton, Shellece Clarke, Nicolee Foster, Janell Fullerton, Tiffany James, Shannon Kallawan, Shanice Love, Roneisha McGregor, Patrice Moody, Jessica Noble, Veneisha Pusey, Shanice Reid, Kimone Shaw, Jeanine Williams, Stacey Williams, Shanique Wright
Management: Ewan Scott, team leader; Tricia Gayle, team official; Leroy Cooke, team official; Lincoln Cox, team doctor; Donald Hawthorne, head coach; Michael Dyke, coach;
Neil Harrison, coach; Michael Vassell, coach; Reynaldo Walcott, coach; and Markland Thomas, masseur.