Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson promised the world that something special was to come in the women’s 200 meters, and she delivered, as she charged to a new personal best and world-leading time of 21.55 on the final day of competition at the Jamaica Trials on Sunday, June 26.
Shericka Jackson, who also won the women’s 100 meters national title, demolished the field in the fastest 200 meters recorded on Jamaican soil by any female athlete. The Olympic 4×100 meters gold medal winner was only two-hundredth of a second outside the national record of 21.53 set by Elaine Thompson-Herah at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Meanwhile, double Olympic champion Thompson-Herah crossed the line in a season’s best of 22.05 for second, while 2013 world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had the fastest qualifying time, had to settle for the third automatic spot with a season’s best time of 22.14.
The men’s 200 meters final did not end in a manner that many expected, as Andrew Hudson of Empire Athletics caused an upset to win the event in 20.10. Hudson denied the second-fastest man of all time Yohan Blake his sprint double national title. Blake crossed the line in 20.31 for second. World Under-20 championships bronze medallist Nigel Ellis of MVP Track Club rounded out the top three with a time of 20.41.
Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion Hansle Parchment stamped his class when he came from behind to win the event in 13.14. Parchment was followed by breakout sprint hurdler Rasheed Broadbell of Elite Performance, who clocked 13.20 to book his spot to his first major championships in Eugene, Oregon. Former Calabar High standout Orlando Bennett, who is no stranger to the world championships stage, placed third in a time of 13.28 to secure the third automatic spot in the event.
However, many times national champion and Beijing 2015 world champion Omar McLeod had to settle for 8th in 13.54.
In the women’s 100m hurdles, which was arguably one of the most anticipated races of the championships, rising star Britany Anderson of Tumbleweed Track Club led a stellar field across the line in 12.53 to win her first national senior title. Anderson was followed by Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper (12.60).
Beijing 2015 world champion and current national record holder Danielle Williams booked her spot to the Eugene 2022 World Athletics Championships after clocking 12.66 for third.
Additional finals that were contested on day 4 of the Jamaica Trials
400M Women- Olympic 4×400 meters bronze medal winner Candice McLeod was focused and determined to claim her first national title. McLeod won the event in a season’s best 50.29 ahead of 2013 world championships bronze medallist Stephanie-Ann McPherson and NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships silver medallist Charokee Young, who finished third in 50.76.
400M Men- Jevaughn Powell, who is the fastest Jamaican male in the event this year, crossed the line ahead of a stacked field to win his first national title in a time of 45.50. The third fastest Jamaican male athlete in the event of all time, Nathon Allen of Puma finished second in 45.64, while rising star Anthony Cox of Racers Track Club took the third-place spot in 45.65. Multiple 4×400 meters relay medallist Javon Francis (45.85) and the second-fastest Jamaican in history in the event Ackeem Bloomfield (45.89) had to settle for 5th and 6th respectively.
Under-20 Girls 400M- Holmwood Technical High’s Rickiann Rusell (54.36) claimed the national junior title in the event when she finished ahead of Alliah Baker of Hydel High (54.67) and William Knibb’s Oneika Brissett (54.68).
Under-20 Boys 400M- Kingston College’s Shaemar Uter stormed to a massive personal best of 46.09 to win the Under-20 Boys 400 meters final. Edwin Allen High’s Delano Kennedy finished second in 47.24 and Manchester High’s Shemar Palmer secured the third-place spot in 47.49.
800M Women- 4×400 meters relay gold medallist Chrisann Gordon-Powell, who returned to the 800 meters event this year, denied eight-times national champion Natoya Goule-Toppin her ninth title when she crossed the line in a winning time of 2:00.35. Olympian Goule-Toppin had to settle for second with 20:00.63, while Adelle Tracey of Hoka One One finished third in 2:01.18.
800M Men- The new national record holder in the event, Navasky Anderson of Mississippi State University proved he is in a league of his own after claiming his first national title in a time of 1:48.53. Former Calabar High sensation Kimar Farquharson of South Plains College finished second in 1:49.36, while Tarees Rhoden of Clemson University finished third in 1:49.89.
Under-20 Girls 800M- Edwin Allen High superstar Rushana Dwyer ended her final junior year on local soil in style after clocking 2:10.53 to claim the national junior title in the Under-20 girls 800 meters. Trinity Elite’s Samantha Kavanagh followed suit with a time of 2:11.87, while Kishay Rowe finished third in 2:13.13.
Under-20 Boys 800M- The St. Elizabeth Technical High pair of Barrain Smith (1:53.31) and Adrian Nethersole (1:54.37) produced the quinella ahead of Jamaica College’s Trevon Prince (1:56.74) in the final of the Under-20 Boys 800 meters.
Under-20 Girls 200M- Hydel High’s Alana Reid (23.19) held off the fast-finishing Tia Clayton (23.41) of Edwin Allen High to claim the national junior title in the event. Reid and Clayton were followed by Immaculate Conception High’s Mickalia Haisley, who rounded out the top three in 23.94.
Under-20 Boys 200M- St. Catherine High’s Sandrey Davison claimed the national junior sprint double title when he crossed the line in the 200 meters in a winning time of 20.84. David Lynch of Calabar High finished second in 21.32, while Jamaica College’s Malique Smith-Band finiehed third in 21.46.
Under-20 Girls 100M Hurdles- The fastest Under-20 athlete in the 100 meters hurdles this year Kerrica Hill of Hydel High stormed to a massive personal best of 12.98 to win the national junior title in the event. Alexis James of Petersfield High finished in 13.13 for second and Saint Catherine High’s Asharria Ulett claimed the third spot in 13.65.
Shot Put Men- World championships bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards has retained his national title with a best throw of 19.58 meters. Calabar High’s Kobe Lawrence, who won the Under-20 Boys discus throw, finished second with a distance of 17.67 meters, while Brandon Gayle of St. Jago High finished third with a best throw of 16.23.
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