Two of Jamaica’s rising stars Kevona Davis and Kemba Nelson will face-off Friday (12 Feb) at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Track and field news predicted that Jamaican athletes will not win any individual event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week, 9-12 June at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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Kemba Nelson, Stacey-Ann Williams, Carey McLeod, Ackera Nugent, Damion Thomas, and Andrenette Knight are the Jamaicans expected to get the closest to gold medals.

Former Mount Alvernia and UTech student Nelson, who broke 11 seconds at the West Regionals for Oregon with 10.98, is predicted to finish second in the women’s 100m.

TeeTee Terry of USC is the most consistent sprinter this season. Her top two times of 10.89 and 10.99 came at NCAA West Regionals.

Williams, formerly of STETHS and now representing Texas Longhorn, is in the best form of her life. She ran a personal best time of 50.34 at NCAA Regionals and should get second in the 400m.

Athing Mu of Texas A&M is the overwhelming favourite, and it will take a miracle for her to lose. She 49.69secs time set new personal best, facility record, and collegiate record at West Regionals.

Ex-Excelsior star Nugent, a freshman at Baylor, is very dangerous in the 100m hurdles. However, LSU’s senior Tonea Marshall is superb and in great form this season. Marshall ran 12.52 at SEC Championships and 12.49 at NCAA East Regionals.

Nugent’s best time of 12.76, the fourth-fastest by a junior on the all-time world list, was done at NCAA West Regionals.

Former Vere standout Andrenette Knight should get her medal in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Kevona Davis out of the top 10 in the 200m?

Also, track and field news predicted that rising Jamaican sprint star and former Edwin Allen standout Kevona Davis will not even make the women’s 200m final.

On the men’s side, Jamaica’s world U20 champion, Damion Thomas, is seen as the silver medal favourite in the 110m hurdles.
Robert Dunning, who is the favourite, best legal times this season are 13.28 and 13.24. Thomas’ best is 13.22
Phillip Lemonious, a former JC athlete, is predicted to finish fourth.

Former KC athlete Carey McLeod, now representing Tennessee, is predicted to take second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Jordan Scott of USC, with a season-best of 16.96m, is picked for third in the triple jump.

Roje Stona of Clemson is picked for third-best in the men’s discus.

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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.