Sunday 19 May, 2019

Briana Williams clocks 11.53 in 100m heats at Carifta Games Trials

Young sprinting sensation Briana Williams is eyeing a personal best when she competes in Saturday's final of the  Girls Under 20 100m at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The IAAF World Under 20 sprint double champion cruised to an 11.53 clocking to win her heat on Friday's opening day of the three-day trials.

She later added that her goal is to get a personal best, even if it is just a hundredth of a second below her current best of 11.13 seconds, set last year at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida.

The time was a world age-group record for 15-year-olds.

The 17-year-old, who is based in Florida, USA is without much a challenge at these trials what with the absence of Ashanti Moore and Kevona Davis.

Moore’s coach Corey Bennett said she was fatigued from a week of competition at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships. She was also preparing for external examinations.

Davis, who won the Girls' Class 2 100-200 double at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, was being rested, according to her coach Michael Dyke.

Also through to Saturday's final are Kemba Nelson of the University of Technology. Her time of 11.64 was the second fastest heading into the final.

Holmwood Technical's Sashieka Steele (11.66), Leyone Smith of Spot Valley High (11.93) are also through.

Others qualifying for the finals are Lashawn Haye of Rusea's High (11.73), Shakiera Bowra of St. Catherine High and Kayla Bonnick of St. Jago High 11.98.

Saturday's second day is scheduled to start at 11:00 am with the heats of the Girls' Under 17 400m hurdles and the Girls' Under 17 discus throw final.

The 100m finals are scheduled to start at 5:40 pm with the Girls' Under 17 section.

The trials, which will be used to select Jamaica's team to the 48th staging of the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman from April 20-22, comes just a week after the five-day ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

Jamaica has won all but five of the meets over the Carifta Games history. This will be the 48th staging of the games.

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