Davis, Wilson shine at Junior Champs
EDWIN Allen High's Kevona Davis and Calabar High's Tyreke Wilson were in sparkling form on yesterday's first day of the JAAA National Junior Championships as both raced to impressive winning times in the Under-18 100 metres.
Davis won her event in a personal best 11.24 seconds to improve significantly on her previous best of 11.42. She was pushed by overseas-based Briana Williams who was second, also in a personal best of 11.30. Ackera Nugent of Excelsior was third in 11.83.
"I am happy with my time and I could have gone much faster but I had a poor start," Davis said after her race.
Her coach Michael Dyke was astonished by Davis' performance.
"It is astonishing coming from 11.42. I expected her to improve but not that great. I expected her to go around 11.35," said Dyke.
Wilson got a brilliant start in his Boys Under-18 win clocking a personal best 10.34. Xavier Nairne also ran a personal best 10.47 for second with third going to Kevona Stone of Petersfield in 10.58. Michael Stephens of Calabar pulled up and failed to finish.
St Jago's Aneka Brissett and Ashanie Smith of St Catherine High captured the girls' and boys' Under-20 100m respectively. Brissett clocked 11.48 to get the better of Edwin Allen's duo of Kasheika Cameron (11.57) and Patrice Moodie, 11.62.
Smith posted 10.42 to finish ahead of teammate Christopher Grant (10.54) with third going to overseas-based Chantz Sawyers in 10.55.
St Elizabeth Technical's Jauvaney James created a major upset earlier in the evening. He won the Under 20 400m hurdles in a personal best 51.07 to surprise, St Jago's Timor Barrett, 51.26, with overseas-based Ronald Griffiths next in 51.67. seconds.
Kingston College's Carey McLeod captured the Under-20 boys long jump with a leap of 7.61m aided by a positive wind of 3.4 metres per second. Damon Creary of Wolmer's Boys, 7.58m, was second with Ryan Brown of G.C. Foster College, third with 7.42m.
Wayne Pinnock at Kingston College won the Under-18 event with 7.02m ahead of David Tomlinson of Green Island (6.78m) with Chevaughn Parkinson placing third with 6.33m.
The meet will conclude today with action set to start at 11 a.m.