Briana Williams, the Jamaica National Championships
Briana Williams, the Jamaica National Championships

Briana Williams shone brightly with an impressive record 100m run on Saturday’s (31 March) opening day of Carifta Games 2018 in Nassau, Bahamas.

American-based Williams, who is coach by Trinidad and Tobago’s multi Olympic and World Championships medallist Ato Boldon, stormed the track after an impressive start to cross the line in 11.27secs.

Williams’ mark, which got the better of Bahamian Jaida Knowles, 11.68secs, erased the previous record of 11.28secs, set 20 years ago by Reneika Bean of Bermuda.

Andre Bent and Terrique Stennett finished 1-2 for the green, black and gold nation with times of 10.58 and 10.70 respectively.
Michae Harriott, 11.39 and Ockera Myrie, 11.46 made it another 1-2 for Jamaica in the U20 girls’ 100m final.

In the U20 boys’ 100m final, Jamaica was shut out of the medals as Bahamas took gold and bronze with Joel Johnson, 10.31 and Adrian Curry, 10.46 respectively.

Bahamas turned the tables on Jamaica in the one lap finals by winning three of the four finals. Dashawn Morris with 46.58 in the U20 boys final was Jamaica’s only gold medal winner.

Doneisha Anderson of Bahamas covered the track in 53.58 seconds to beat Jamaicans Charokee Young, 53.63 and Danielle Josephs, 54.45 in the U20 girls’ 400m final.

In the U-17 boys finals, Kyle Gale, 47.07 and Megan Moss, 53.19 were the respective male and female winners for Bahamas.

Ealier, Jamaica dominated the 1500m finals, winning seven medals.

Rushana Dwyer, 4:47.90 and Theresa Graham, 4:48.30 were 1-2 in the U17 girls final while J’Voughnn Blake, topped the boys’ equivalent in 4:08.73.

Shaqueena Foote, 4:46.56 and Kara Grant, 4:47.52 were the top two finishers from the U20 girls’ 1500m final.

Again, like in the U17 section, only Javon-taye Williams with gold in 4:02.02, medal for Jamaica in the U20 boys’ 1500m final.


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