Jamaicans impressed at the weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Championships at Liberty University Indoor Track, Lynchburg, VA, USA.
Shakwon Coke and Annia Ashley won double while Yanique Dayle topped the women’s 60m dash.

Yanique Dayle of New Mexico won the women’s 60m dash in 7.38 ahead of Mercy Ntia-Obong of Cloud County 7.42 and Kaiesha Prescott of Pratt 7.48.
In the heats, Dayle, formerly of Hydel High, ran 7.40, the fastest time to qualify for the final. Dayle finished fifth in the 200m in 24.32, won by her New Mexico teammate Ayla Stanisclaus in 23.52.

Former KC athlete Coke, now representing Barton Country Community College, won the men’s long jump with 7.78m ahead of Denvaughn Whymns of South Plains 7.63m and James Brown of Coffeyville 7.37m.
Coke also won the triple jump with 16.19m ahead of Lloyd McCurdy of Monroe College 15.48m and Harry Afaxoe of Iowa Central 14.96m.

Ashley, formerly of Edwin Allen, topped the women’s long jump with 5.97m for Barton County. She beat Jacqueline Pokuaah of Cloud County 5.95m and Shemia Odaine of Barton Country 5.89m.

Former Holmwood athlete Susan Francis of New Mexico finished fifth with 5.62m.

Ashley won the high jump with a clearance of 1.71m to beat Hinds CC’s Breanna Brown-Marshall, who cleared the same height.
Ashley also picked up silver in the women’s triple jump with 12.47 and Francis, third with 12.08. Onaara Obamuwagun of South Plains won the event in 12.82m.

Davonte Burnett of Barton County won the men’s 60m in 6.63 ahead of Courtney Lindsey of Iowa Central 6.68.

Philip Lemonious of Barton won the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.80. He beat Giano Roberts of Monroe College 7.87 and Deshaun Jones of Barton County 7.89.

In the women’s shot put, Fiona Richards of Barton County threw 15.50m for second place behind Lea Grady of Iowa Central 15.76m.
Former Edwin Allen High’s Richards threw 16.43m for fifth in the women’s weight throw, won by Lea Grady oof Iowa Central with 19.52m.
Marie Forbes of Cloud County finished seventh with 13.34m.

Moisha Barnes of New Mexico ran 55.65 for fourth in the women’s 400m. Christal Mosley of Barton County 54.52 won the event.

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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.


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