Tina Clayton and Tia Clayton show form in Kingston for Carifta Games
Tina Clayton and Tia Clayton

Tia Clayton was in devastating form on Wednesday’s (19 Feb) second day of the 2020 Central Athletics Championships at GC Foster College.

The 15-year-old ran a stunning 11.29 seconds, a personal best and new meet record in the Class 2 girls’ 100 final.

Clayton, who is first-year Class 2, finished ahead of her Edwin Allen’s teammate Brandy Hall, who set the record of 11.46, a day earlier.

Hall, who ran faster – 11.38, and Holmwood Technical’s Sashieka Steele, ran 11.58 for the previous record in 2019, finished third in 11.50.

Kayla Bonnick of St. Jago also lowered the Class 1 record of 11.64 set on Tuesday’s opening day. She ran 11.60 to beat Shakeira Bowra of St. Catherine, 11.62, in the final.

Hydel’s duo of Kerrica Hill, 11.66 and Jody-Ann Daley, 12.12, won the Classes 3 and 4 finals.

St. Jago’s Javari Thomas, who ran a record 10.52 in the heats, returned with 10.70 to win the final.

Tajai Duffus, also of St. Jago, won the Class 2 boys’ final in 10.89 and Malik Carridice of Vere, the Class 3 event in 11.55

In the 400m finals, Oneika McAnnuff of Hydel with 53.40 and St. Jago’s Quaycian Davis, 53.59, were classes 2 and 3 record breakers.
Kavia Francis of Holmwood, 53.38, won the Class 1 girls’ event.

On the boys’ side, Holmwood Tahj Hamm, 47.72 and Roshawn Lee of Clarendon College, 51.33, set new records in the classes 2 and 3 finals.

Borel McPherson of Holmwood topped the Class 1 boys’ final in 46.77.

Hydel dominated the sprint hurdles, winning three of four in record times.
Oneka Wilson topped the Class 2 girls’ 100m hurdles event in 13.39; Kerrica Hill, the Class 3 girls’ 80m obstacle in 11.07 and Jody-Ann Daley, the Class 4 70m hurdles in 10.59.

Crystal Morrison of St. Jago took top honours in the Class 1 girls’ 100m hurdles. She ran a wind-aided (+3.6m/s) 13.38 secs for the victory. Rosealee Cooper, who holds the record of 13.63, was second in 13.88.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


  1. Twin turbo at work..that is a spectular time..before the season finish she will go down to 11.1 worse with the atmosphere at champs

  2. These two girls and Kevona are chasing down Mommy Rocket’s times..by the time they get to World Championships and Olympics they will run sub tens!!!


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