Kevona Davis qualifies for 100m final at Carifta Trials
Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High wins her preliminary round heat of the Girls' Under-20 100m at the Carifta Trials at the National Stadium on Friday, March 6, 2020. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
Edwin Allen High's star sprinters Kevona Davis, twin sisters Tia and Tina Clayton along with Serena Cole all progressed smoothly to the girls' 100m finals following opening day action of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Carifta Trials, at the National Stadium on Friday.
The trials will be used to select Jamaica’s team to the 49th Carifta Games in Devonshire, Bermuda from April 10-13.
Davis has the fastest qualifying time going into the final of the Girls’ Under-20 100m final on Saturday. The big gold medal favourite won heat three in 11.35 seconds.
Davis’ Edwin Allen High teammate Brandy Hall is the second fastest with 11.47 seconds, followed by Holmwood Technical High’s Sashieka Steele (11.51) and Excelsior High’s Ackera Nugent (11.63).
Cole (11.60), Tia (11.65) and Tina (11.72) all won their respective heats of the Girls’ Under-17 100m to easily progress to the final.
Carifta Trials - Day 1
Alana Reid of Hydel High, winner of heat two, split the trio from Edwin Allen High with 11.71 seconds for the third-fastest time heading into the final.
Meanwhile, the big favourite in the Boys’ Under-20 100m, Oblique Seville of Racers Track Club almost miss out on qualifying for the final. The former Calabar High standout won the eighth and final heat in 10.61 seconds, the eighth-fastest qualifying time heading into the championship race. Seville, who looked a bit uncomfortable when crossing the finish line, just got the better of Jamaica College’s (JC) Andre Bent (10.62) for the last qualifying spot.
Both Raheim Scott (10.44) of Rusea’s High and Sachin Dennis (10.46) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), looked good going into the final on Saturday, while JC’s Michali Everett (10.63) and Merlene Ottey High’s Akeem Blake (10.64) missed out.
Javari Thomas (10.48) of St Jago High and Shakur Williams (10.50) of Meadowbrook High qualified with the third and fourth fastest times.
Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Kingston College wins his preliminary round heat of the Boys' Under-17 100m.
Kingston College’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie (10.57), JC’s Christopher Scott (10.66) STETHS’ Roshane McLeod (10.85) are the top three going into the Boys’ Under-17 final.
The 400m and 1500m finals will also take place on Saturday.
The Boys’ Under-20 400m final will be without Antonio Watson, who pulled up on the backstretch while competing in his heat. All the other top contenders are through to the final.
Holmwood Technical High's Bovel McPherson ran a good 46.86 seconds, the fastest time of the day. Vere Technical’s D’andre Anderson (47.29), JC’s Javier Brown (47.54) and Edwin Allen High’s Bryan Levell (47.61) advanced with the next three best fastest times
Aalliyah Francis of Rusea’s High with 53.90 and Shaquena Foote of Petersfield High, 54.17, are the top Under-20 girls 400m qualifiers.
Bovel McPherson of Holmwood Technical wins his preliminary round heat of the Boys' Under-20 400m.
Holmwood Technical’s Tahj Hamm leads the Boys’ Under-17 qualifiers with 48.46, and Rickiann Russell, also of Holmwood Technical, with 54.01, is the top Under-17 girls’ qualifier.
Desroy Jordon of Edwin Allen with 4:03.56 is the fastest qualifier in the Boys’ Under-20 1,500m, followed by the Calabar’s pair of Kevroy Venson (4:03.77) and Rivaldo Marshall (4:08.02).
Britannie Johnson of Camperdown High won the first final of the trials taking the Girls’ Under-17 shot put title with an effort of 13.61m. Shericka Christie (13.59m) of Hydel High, Rochelle Solmon (13.46m) of Edwin Allen High finished second and third, respectively.
Kobe Lawrence of Calabar High took the Boys’ Under-17 shot put title with an effort of 18.83m, beating Munro College’s Chavez Grey (16.37m) and JC’s Kenroy James (13.84m).
Jordan Turner of Calabar High won the Boys’ Under-20 long jump with 7.59m, while Hydel High’s Velecia Williams took the girls’ equivalent with her 6.05m effort in the absence of the big favourite Shantae Foreman through injury.
Danielle Sloley of Immaculate topped the Girls’ Under-20 shot put with 12.94m, beating STETHS’ Sherene Williams (12.78m) and Convent of Mercy’s Jheanelle Gordon (12.58m).
Saturday’s second and penultimate day is scheduled to start at 11:00 am.