Six to shine at Champs
Five days of sizzling action begins at the National Stadium today as the cream of the island's junior athletes compete in the 2017 renewal of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships.
There should be quality performances all round but STAR Sports has picked six athletes, three girls and three boys, who will definitely be at the head of the pack over the five days.
* Kevona Davis (Edwin Allen)
* Class Three 100 and 200m
The Class Three 100m record, now at 11.50 seconds, and 200 metres mark, 23.11, are under threat.
Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen is in tremendous form. A first year Class Two athlete, she is the fastest schoolgirl so far this season in both sprints. She has already gone under the 100m record, clocking 11.43 at the Carifta Trials. She returned a few days later to do 23.32 over 200m at the G.C. Foster Classic.
She is definitely one for the future.
* Britany Anderson (Vere Technical)
* Class Two 100mH, 200m
A year ago, Anderson broke the 80 metres hurdles record. Fast forward one year later and Anderson looks set to lower the Class Two 100m hurdles record of 13.38 seconds.
At the Youngster Goldsmith meet she stopped the clock at an amazing 13.18 and at the Carifta Trials she maintained her fine form with a 13.21 win (minus 4.6 mps wind).
She has now posted the two fastest time at the World Youth level..
* Tissanna Hickling (St. Jago)
* Long/Triple Jump Class One
Tissanna Hickling has season's best of 6.39m in the long and 13.29m in the triple jump. She is within reach of both the long jump (6.52m) and triple jump (13.52m) records.
* Jhevaughn Matherson (KC)
* Class One 100m, 200m
Kingston College's Jhevaughn Matherson equalled his personal best in clocking 10.25 over 100m at the Carifta Trials. He is in his best ever form and can go faster.
Matherson will be involved in a big clash with Calabar's High's Christopher Taylor in the 200m and a fast time is expected.
* Christopher Taylor (Calabar High)
* Class One 200m, 400m
Despite a late start to his season Christopher Taylor competed at the recent Anthrick Corporate Area meet and scorched the track in winning the 200 metres in 20.98. Then he returned a few days later to clock 20.59 at the Digicel Grand Prix final. His 400m time, 45.41, is the fastest by a Jamaican so far this season.
* Kevin Nedrick (Petersfield)
* Class One Discus/Shot Put/Javelin
The outstanding Kevin Nedrick will have a record on his mind when he competes in the boys' Class One shot put. The record is 19.52m and Nedrick has already thrown 20.08 metres to win the Under-20 at the Carifta Trials. He could become the first schoolboy to go over the 20m barrier at Champs.