Thursday 4 June, 2020

Kevroy Venson achieves 5000m-1500m double at Carifta Trials

Calabar's Kevroy Venson. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Calabar's Kevroy Venson. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Kevroy Venson of Calabar High achieved the 5000m-1500m double at the three-day Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Carifta Trials, which ended at the National Stadium on Sunday night.

Venson closed the double on the final day of action with an easy victory in the Boys’ 5000m open final. He completed the course in 15:06.75. It was a one-two finish for Calabar High as Rivaldo Marshall came home second in 15:54.32, while Campion College’s Noel Ellis (16:42.73) rounded off the top three.

The previous day, Venson easily won the 1500m in a new personal best time of 3:52.81 from Marshall, who came home in 3:53.44.

Venson also won the double at the 2019 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.

Calabar High’s Chadrick Bacchus outclassed the field to capture the Boys’ 3000m open in 9:16.24 to attain the Carifta Games qualifying standard for the event. STETHS’ Marcus Earl (9:45.43) and St Thomas Technical’s Caballaro Walters (9:48.65) finished second and third, respectively, but both failed to achieve the Carifta Games qualifying standard of 9:25.00.

The victory came a day after Bacchus clocked 4:07.23 to finish second behind Omarion Davis (4:06.35) of Jamaica College (JC) in the Under-17 1500m.

Edwin Allen High’s Kayan Green equalled her personal best of 10:12.00 to thrash rivals in the Girls’ 3000m open. The time was well below the Carifta Games qualifying standard of 10:45.00. St Jago High’s Nekeisha Henry finished second in 10:28.37 to also attain the Carifta Games qualifying standard.

Meanwhile, Excelsior High School’s Ackera Nugent turned in a big performance to win the Girls’ Under-20 100m hurdles title.

The reigning Carifta Games champion came home in 13.10 seconds but was denied a big personal best because the +3.9 metres per second wind reading was above the +2.0 allowable limit.

Nugent’s long-time rival Crystal Morrison of St Jago High was well beaten into second place with a 13.30-second clocking, while Janela Spencer (13.66) of Manchester High finished third.

Nugent’s personal best is 13.24 seconds and was achieved on her way to the gold medal at the 2019 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands in April.

JC’s Jahiem Stern (13.51) and Clarendon College’s Rahyme Christian (13.62), both recorded personal best times for first and second, respectively in the Boys’ Under-20 100m hurdles.

There were two other personal best times in the sprint hurdles.

Petersfield High’s Alexis James (13:36) and Immaculate High’s Essence Burbrudge (13.65) recorded personal best times for first and second place in the Girls’ Under-17 100m hurdles.

KC’s Yourie Lawrence (13.85) got the better of St Jago High’s Andre Harris (13.87) in the Boys’ Under-17 110m hurdles.

There were also several personal best times in the 400m hurdles.

Camperdown High’s Roshawn Clarke (52.25) and St Jago High’s Jaheene Bell (52.65) both recorded personal best times for first and second, respectively in the Boys’ Under-17 400m hurdles.

Quaycian Davis (1:01.36) was too good for her St Jago High’s teammate Jade-Ann Dawkins (1:03.84) in the Girls’ Under-17 400m hurdles. Only two athletes competed in the final.

Shaquena Foote (57.60) of Petersfield High and Garriel White (58.06) of Hydel High both clocked personal best times for first and second, respectively in the Girls’ Under-20 400m hurdles.

Devontie Archer (50.88) of Excelsior High, Rayon Campbell (51.44) of KC and Dean Clarke (52.40) of Calabar High, all clocked personal best times on their way to claim the top three spots in the Boy’s Under-20 400m hurdles.

Earlier, Antonio Watson of Petersfield High and Shenese Walker of Hydel High won the Boys and Girls’ Under-20 200m titles.

Watson proved too strong for rivals on his way to a new personal best time of 22.52 seconds in the Boys’ Under-20 200m championship race.  JC's DeAndre Watkin, who pulled off an upset victory in 100m on Saturday night, was well beaten into second place despite also clocking a new personal best time of 20.70. Rajay Morris of Camperdown High finished third in 20.90.

Walker survived a strong and determined fight from Brandy Hall of Edwin Allen High to secure the Girls’ Under-20 200m crown. Walker got the victory in 23.34 seconds, while Hall came home in 23.37. Both athletes are recorded personal best times. The top two were well clear of third-place Joanna Reid of St Jago High who clocked 23.48 seconds.

Edwin Allen High’s Tony-Ann Forbes won the Girls’ Under-17 200m in 23.98, while Crystal Chambers of Rusea’s High was second in 24.09. Both athletes were denied personal best time because the +2.2 metres per second wind reading was above the +2.0 allowable limit. Lavanya Williams of Rusea’s High finished third in 24.25.

The boys’ equivalent was won by Clarendon College’s Richard Nelson in 21.45 seconds but was also denied a personal best time because the wind reading was also above the +2.0 allowable limit. Alicke Cranston (21.61) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Deshaun Gordon (21.77) of Charlemont High finished second and third, respectively.

Several athletes also recorded new personal best times in the 800 metres.

Kishay Rowe of Alphansus Davis High (formerly Spalding High) caught Monique Stewart of Rusea’s High in the closing stages to win the Girls’ Under-17 800m. Rowe clocked 2:09.31 for the victory, while Stewart finished second in 2:09.45. Both athletes new personal best times.

JC's Kemarrio Bygrave won the boys’ equivalent in a big personal best time of 1:53.37. Adrian Nethersole of STETHS finished second in 1:53.65, also a new personal best, while Omarion Davis (1:56.66) of JC came home third.

There was a one-two finish for St Jago High in the Girls’ Under-20 800m. Sancia Smith won in 2:10.99, while Alesia Douglas finished second in 2:11.03. Both athletes also registered new personal best times.

Calabar High’s Kimar Farquharson easily won the Boys’ Under-20 800m in 1:51.17. JC’s Rushshane Fullerton finished second but was disqualified and placed out of the race. The Kingston College (KC) pair of Giovouni Henry (1:52.75) and Amos Beadle (1:52.77) were promoted to second and third, respectively.

In the field, KC's Akeel Hanchard produced a big throw of 62.72m with his final attempt to easily claim the Boys' Under-20 javelin title, while St Catherine High's Ashley Duffus took the girls' equivalent with 43.94m.

Edwin Allen High's Sheniela Williams (33.43m) and JC's Jemar Ferguson (52.90m) won the Girls and Boys' Under-17 javelin titles.

Valecia Williams of Hydel High took the Girls' Under-20 triple jump with an effort of 13.01m, while Apalos Edwards (15.76) of JC won the boys' equivalent.

Kay-Lagay Clarke (12.18m) of St Jago High and Javar Thomas (14.37m) of Calabar High took the Girls and Boys' Under-17 triple jump titles.

JC's Paul Morgan won the Boys' Under-20 pole vault title by clearing 3.80m.

The trials will be used to select Jamaica’s team to the 49th Carifta Games in Devonshire, Bermuda from April 10-13.

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