Former Jamaican junior standouts Kevona Davis and Wayne Pinnock enjoyed good outings at the LSU Invitational on Saturday, April 30 in a meet where Erriyon Knighton ran a world U20 200-meter record of 19.49 seconds.
Kevona Davis (11.15), finished 5th in the women’s 100-meter dash, won by Favour Ofili of LSU in 10.93 seconds, followed by Mikiah Brisco of Tiger Olympians, 10.98. Aleia Hobbs (11.11) and Jenna Prandini (11.15), were 3rd and 4th, respectively. Prandini, representing Puma, came back to run 22.45 seconds to beat Julien Alfred of Texas (22.68) in the women’s 200-meter final.
Favour Ashe of Tennessee ran 9.79 seconds to win the men’s 100 meters ahead of Da’Marcus Fleming of LSU, who clocked 10.02 seconds. Kendall Ellis, representing New Balance, won the women’s 400-meter dash in 51.00 flat ahead of Rosey Effiong of Arkansas, timed in 51.66. Jamaican Kavia Francis, representing Baylor, was 4th in 51.87.
Jonathan Jones of Texas topped the men’s 400-meter event in 44.79 seconds. Katy-Ann McDonald of LSU, who recorded 2:02.87, beat Aaliyah Miller of Baylor (2:03.32) in the women’s 800m.
Cassandra Tate of Tiger Olympians (55.65) beat Britton Wilson of Arkansas, 56.63 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Quincy Hall took the top spot in the men’s race, running 48.51 seconds to beat Quincy Downing, who did 49.22.
Joella Lloyd of Tennessee (23.09) and Stacey-Ann Williams of Texas (23.09) got joint 8th in the event. Tyra Gittens of Trinidad and Tobago cleared 1.86 meters in the women’s high jump. Portious Warren, also of Trinidad and Tobago, won the shot put with 17.73m over Jamaican Lioydricia Cameron, who threw 17.17 meters.
Jamaican Damar Forbes (7.52 meters) was 3rd in the men’s long jump, won by Nathan Belaire with a leap of 7.61 meters. Jasmine Moore took the women’s version, jumping 6.82. In the international men’s long jump, Jamaicans Wayne Pinnock (8.02 meters) and Carey McLeod, 7.99, finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, behind Marquis Dendy (8.04).
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