Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Schoolboy Taylor clocks PB 44.88 to win national senior 400m title

Calabar High schoolboy Christopher Taylor celebrates with his mother Pauline Angus after winning the men's 400-metre on Sunday at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium.

Calabar High schoolboy Christopher Taylor celebrates with his mother Pauline Angus after winning the men's 400-metre on Sunday at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium.

Calabar High schoolboy Christopher Taylor of Akan Track Club ran a new personal best 44.88 seconds to easily win the men's 400 metres on Sunday night at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium.

The time represents a new national junior record as Taylor bettered the previous record of 44.93, set in 2015 by former Kingston College standout Akeem Bloomfield.

Taylor, who bypassed the junior championships to run with the senior athletes, had the field beaten entering the final 100 metres. Demish Gaye of Sprintec tried to match him, but the schoolboy found another gear to ease away for an impressive victory.

Gaye, who was second last year, was the runner-up again this season with a time of 45.23. Third-place went to Fitzroy Dunkley, representing Puma, in 45.77.

Stephenie Ann McPherson (centre) wins the women's 400-metre final on Sunday night ahead of Christine Day (right) and Anastasia Le-Roy (left). (PHOTO: MARLON REID).

Earlier, MVP Track Club's Stephenie Ann McPherson retained her crown by winning the women's title in 50.74 seconds.

Christine Day of of Elite Performance was well beaten into second place in 51.41. Anastasia Le-Roy of Sprintec finished third in  52.00, followed by Tiffany James (52.11) of of Cameron Blazers  and Derriann Hill (52.45).

Meanwhile, University of Florida freshman Chantz Sawyers turned back the challenge of Kingston College's Dashawn Morris to win the Boys' Under-20 400-metre title.

Sawyers clocked 45.76 seconds for the victory just outside his personal best of 45.71, with Morris - the fastest junior athlete in the world this year with 45.09 - finishing second in 45.97. Shemar Chambers of Calabar High finished third in 46.39.

Petersfield High's Shaquena Foote won the Girls' Under-20 title in 54.17, beating Janielle Joseph (55.86) of St Andrew High and Chrissani May (56.55) of Holmwood Technical.

Calisha Taylor of Holmwood Technical won the Girls' Under-18 400-metre in 54.66, while Bovel McPherson (47.63), also of Holmwood Technical, beat Petersfield High's Romario Taylor (47.96) to take the boys' title.

The junior athletes are competing for spots on Jamaica's teams to the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18.

The senior athletes are competing for spots on Jamaica's team to three international competitions. Those competitions are the inaugural Athletics World Cup in the United Kingdom from July 14-15; the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19-August 3 and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (NACAC)  in Toronto, Canada from August 10-12. 

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