By Anthony A. Foster in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Jamaican half miler Simoya Campbell continues her Beijing World Championships quest at the Ponce Grand Prix Meeting on Saturday (23 May).
Campbell, who has a personal best of 2:02.43 done at the Jamaica Trials in 2014, is seeking to lower that time to 2:01.00 in order to make it to Beijing.
“This is my aim, because my PB is 2:02.43, and I think that with this year’s training, I can go lower than 2:02, I can go like 2:01,” said the UTech student.
So for Saturday’s Ponce Grand Prix, Campbell said she will be going “out there with a confident mindset, and just do my best.”
Campbell’s season best is 2:05.91 done to win at Jamaica’s Intercol Championships in March, and according to her, to get down to the World Champs qualifying standard … “I just need to go out there and be focused” and “just execute a good race.”
Campbell will face two sub 2-minute athletes in Chanelle Price of USA and Canadian Jessica Smith in the two-lap event.
Rose Mary Almanza of Cuba, and Puerto Ricans Luisaira Morales, Priscila Morales and Tatyana Sanchez will complete the field.