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Ja's Dunkley stars at NCAA

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:39 AMRaymond Graham
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JAMAICA'S Fitzroy Dunkley was in blazing form over 400 metres on Friday's  final day of competition at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Outdoor Division 1 Track and Field Championships at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Dunkley posted a massive personal best of 45.06 seconds to finish second in the final of the one-lap event.

Competing for the final time at the  championships for Louisiana State University (LSU), Dunkley who represented the country at last year's World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea and earlier this year at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon,  sent out a strong message to his rivals ahead of this month's Olympic Trials.

Going into the event with a previous best of 45.78 Dunkley raced intelligently from lane two to finish behind winner, Arman Hall (44.82) of Florida while relegating his more favoured teammate, Michael Cherry to third in 45.11.

Dunkley's time makes him the second fastest Jamaican this season as only reigning National 400m champion, Javon Francis (44.77) has gone faster.

Dunkley proved in the final event of the day, the Men's 4x400m  that his earlier run was no fluke as he ran a magnificent anchor leg to give his team victory in 3:00.69. Dunkley's anchor leg was a very good 44.29.

Two other Jamaicans, Christoff Bryan and Senoj- Jay Givans, had top three finishes. Competing for Kansas State University, Bryan soared to 2.25 metres in the men's high jump to finish second, behind winner, Randall Cunningham of University of southern California, with the same height.

After posting a personal best 9.96 seconds in the semi-finals on Thursday to be the fastest qualifier, Givans, competing for the University of Texas  had to settle for a close third in 10.25 in the final won by Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas in 10.22.