Briana Williams, Wayne Pinnock head 80-member Carifta Games squad
Double World Under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams.
Double World Under-20 sprint champion Briana Williams and World Under-20 long jump bronze medallist Wayne Pinnock will headline an 80-member Jamaica track and field team to the 48th staging of the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman from April 20-22.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association released the names of the athletes on its website on Thursday, four days after the Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium.
Twenty-three Under-20 boys and 20 Under-20 girls were named, as well as 19 Under-17 boys and 18 Under-17 girls for the Easter weekend championship.
Williams easily won the Girls’ Under-20 sprint double at the Carifta Games Trials.
Twenty four hours after winning the 100m unchallenged in 11.67 seconds (-2.1m/s), the 17-year-old, who is based in Florida, USA, returned on Sunday’s third and final day to win the 200m in 23.26 seconds.
At the 2018 edition of the Carifta Games in the Bahamas, Williams won three gold medals and with it the Austin Sealy Award.
Pinnock of Kingston College won the Boys’ Under-20 long jump at the Carifta Games Trials with an effort of 7.82m.
A week before the Carifta Games Trials, Pinnock won three gold medals at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
Two of Pinnock’s gold medal were achieved in meet record times. The KC star achieved his meet records in the Boys’ Class 1 long jump and 110m hurdles.
Pinnock, after leaping a record 8.05m on the second day of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, returned to face a crack field of hurdlers, including the Champs record holder, Dejour Russell of Calabar on the fifth and final day of action.
Pinnock clocked a stunning 13.06 seconds to break Russell’s 2018 record of 13.10, finishing ahead of teammate Akeem Cargill, 13.28, and Rasheed Broadbell of St Jago High, 13.33.
Other notable inclusions are the St Jago High pair of Rasheed Broadbell (13.14) and Vashaun Vascianna (13.22), who ran world-leading times to finish first and second in the Under-20 110m hurdles final at the Carifta Games Trials and Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High (13.26), who also set a World Under-20 lead in the 100m hurdles.
JAMAICA'S 80-MEMBER SQUAD
J’Voughnn Blake, Jayden Brown, Blaine Byam, Jaheim Cox, Tariq Dacres, Tahj Hamm, Tafar-Hi Hinds, Adrian Kerr, Deshaun Lamb, Kobe Lawrence, Richard Nelson, Adrian Nethersole, Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, Brandon Pottinger, Rajaun Ricketts, Christopher Scott, Sharvis Simmonds, Neil-Matthew Sutherland, Christopher Young
Carleta Bernard, Paula-Ann Chambers, Kay-Lagay Clarke, Malaika Cunningham, Quaycian Davis, Glacian Loutin, Onanda Lowe, Brianna Lyston, Annisha McDonald, Jodiann Mitchell, Dejanea Oakley, Samantha Pryce, Sashell Reid, Kishay Rowe, Rickiann Russell, Chrystal Shaw, Cedricka Williams, Damali Williams
Romaine Beckford, Rasheed Broadbell, Shamar Brown, Fabian Campbell, Kai Chang, Antony Cox, David Edmondson, Apalos Edwards, Kimar Farquharson, Cobe Graham, Horatio Humphrey, Ralford Mullings, Xavier Nairne, Wayne Pinnock, Tyrese Reid, Ryiem Robertson, Oblique Seville, Tyrice Taylor, Jordan Turner, Vashaun Vacianna, Kevroy Venson, Antonio Watson, Evaldo Whitehorne
Annakay Allen, Kelly-Ann Beckford, Lotavia Brown, Janique Burgher, Cherice Cope, Marie Forbes, Joanne Reid, Shaquena Foote, Anneisha Lawrence, Crystal Morrison, Kemba Nelson, Ackera Nugent, Nickisha Pryce, Kimone Reid, Nia Robinson, Abigail Schaafe, Danielle Sloley, Johnelle Thomas, Briana Williams, Thalia Wilson
Jamaica has won all but five of the meets over the Carifta Games history.