Briana Williams too good for rivals in 100m final at Carifta Trials
Double World sprint champion Briana Williams.
Double World sprint champion Briana Williams easily won the Girls’ Under-20 100m final on day two of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.
The 17-year-old, who is based in Florida, USA, came home unchallenged in 11.67 seconds (-2.1m/s), well below her personal best of 11.13 set last year at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida.
University of Technology’s Kemba Nelson (11.87) and Holmwood Technical’s Sashieka Steele (11.98) finished second and third
Williams, competing in her first year at the Under-20 level, was hoping to run faster than the 11.53 (1.5m/s) recorded in the heats on Friday.
Williams won the sprint double at the 2018 IAAF Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where she set a new personal best and championship record of 22.50 seconds in the 200m.
In addition to her accomplishments at the World Under-20 Championships, Williams won three gold medals at the 2018 Carifta Games in the Bahamas and with it the Austin Sealy Award.
Jamaica College’s Ryiem Robertson turned the tables on Calabar High’s Oblique Seville to win the Boys’ Under-20 100m final.
Robertson pulled away from Seville in the last quarter of the race to win in 10.38. Seville, who had beaten Robertson at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships a week ago, finished second in 10.49. Jamaica College’s Michali Everett came home third in 10.53.
Carleta Bernard of Mt. Alvernia won the Girls’ Under-17 100m in 12.25, beating St Mary High’s Glacian Loutin (12.34) and Immaculate Conception’s Onanda Lowe (12.54) into second and third.
The race was without twin sisters Tina Clayton and Tia Clayton, of Edwin Allen High, who became the latest stars to pull out of the meet and not put themselves up for spots on Jamaica’s team to the 48th staging of the Carifta Games at Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands from April 20-22.
The Kingston College (KC) pair of Adrian Kerr and Bouwahjgie Nkrumie finished first and second in the Boys’ Under-17 100m final.
Kerr won the race in 10.93, just holding off Nkrumie, who clocked 10.94.
JC’s Christopher Scott, who won the Class 3 sprint double at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, finished third in 11.03.
Earlier, Peterfield High's Shaquena Foote clocked 52.79 seconds to win the Girls’ Under-20 400m, beating Annakay Allen (53.95) of St Catherine High and Nickisha Pryce (54.41) of Vere Technical.
York Castle’s Anthony Cox (47.04) beat Calabar High’s Evaldo Whitehorse (47.34) and JC’s Deandre Watkin (47.37) in the Boys’ Under-20 400m.
Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley (55.08) and JC’s Tariq Dacres (48.97) won the Under-17 400m girls and boy’ finals.
In the field, Calabar High's Kai Chang easily won the Boys' Under-20 discus throw with an effort of 61.68m. KC's Ralford Mullings finished second with 57.15m.
Edwin Allen High's Kimone Reid took the Girls' Under-20 discus throw with an effort of 47.95, beating Excelsior High's Adrienne Adams (47.45m).
Buff Bay High had a 1-2 finish in the Boys' Under-20 high jump. Romaine Beckford cleared 2.11m for the victory. Second-place Horatio Humphrey also cleared 2.11m.
KC's Jaheim Cox took the Boys' Under-17 long jump with an effort of 7.06m. Nando Meggs of Wolmer's Boys finished second with an effort of 6.62m, while KC's Christopher Seaton was fourth with 6.61m.
Edwin Allen High's Paula-Ann Chambers (5.74m) beat St Jago High's Kay-Lagay Clarke (5.69m) and St Andrew Technical's Tamieka McKoy (5.61) in the Girls' Under-17 long jump.
The third and final day begins at 12:00 pm with the heats of the Girls' Under-17 100m hurdles.