National junior record holder Daeshon Gordon passes away

October 22, 2018
Daeshon Gordon (front) on her way to victory in the Under-20 girls 100m hurdles of the JAAA National Junior Championships at the National Stadium on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

National Junior Record holder in the 100m hurdles, Daeshon Gordon, passed away yesterday morning, Northwestern State University (NSU) has confirmed.

Gordon, who was completing her studies for her undergraduate degree after an outstanding collegiate career, ran the junior record of 12.97 seconds at the 2015 National Senior Championships, where she finished fourth, one spot outside of three which made it to the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing, China.

She won a bronze medal for Jamaica at the Pan American Junior Championship that same year.

The 22-year-old also had a personal best of 57.24 in the 400m hurdles.

NSU's director of athletics Greg Burke said: "Our hearts go out to Daeshon's family at this difficult time. There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time."

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