Sunday 31 May, 2020

Two-day National Junior Trials begins on Saturday

A file photo showing Kevroy Venson of Calabar High beating Kingston College's Ugandan runner Arymanya Rodgers in the Class Two Boys' 1500-metre final at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

A file photo showing Kevroy Venson of Calabar High beating Kingston College's Ugandan runner Arymanya Rodgers in the Class Two Boys' 1500-metre final at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

The country's top junior athletes will be in action this Saturday and Sunday inside the National Stadium at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Junior Championships.

The two-day championships will be used to select Jamaica’s teams for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya and the Junior Pan Am Championship for Under-20 athletes in Lima, Peru.

The IAAF World Under-18 Championships will be held from July 12-16 and is the final edition as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.

The Junior Pan Am Championships will run from July 21-23.

Action on Saturday’s first day of the National Junior Championships is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, while on Sunday’s second day, it will  begin at 11:00 am.

The championships will see most of the stars from the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

Among them will be Christopher Taylor, who anchored Calabar to victory in the deciding event at this year's Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Taylor won the Boys' Class One sprint double on his way to secure three gold medals.

Other junior stars expected to compete are KC's ace sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson;  sprint hurdler Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Kevroy Benson from Calabar; St Elizabeth Technical High School's sprinter Sachin Dennis;  Edwin Allen star sprinter Kevona Davis,  Edwin Allen’s middle distance runner Cemore Donald along with Vere Technical' 16-year old hurdler  Britany Anderson and  her teammate Sanique Walker.

There will be 30 finals on Saturday including the Girls' Under-18 and Boys' Under-18 100 metres.

The Girls' Under-20 and Boys' Under-20 100m final will also take place along with the 1500m and 400m hurdles finals.

 

 

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