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Young stars begin hunt for World Juniors spots

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Warren Barrett Jr

Action is expected to be fierce in the 100m and 400m hurdles, where several athletes who are ranked highly on the IAAF top list will be in action.

Edwin Allen's Shannon Kallawan is expected to lead the way when the girls Under-20 400m hurdles final get under way at 3 p.m.

This should be the first step for Kallawan, who is trying to emulate the performances of Kaliese Spencer and Janieve Russell, who have both won gold for Jamaica in this event at the World Junior level.

With a season best of 56.29 seconds, Kallawan is expected to continue her impressive form this season and should win easily here.

Holmwood's Nicole Foster (56.99 seconds) should cement a second-place finish here with Vere's Shanique Walker, who is also highly ranked with a season best of 57.20 seconds, missing from the meet.

World leader and defending champion Jaheel Hyde will face the starter for the Men's 400m hurdles final, and he should have little difficulty in winning today.

It should be close for second to see who joins him in Poland next month as Jauavney James (STETHS), Calabar's Akeem Francis, St Jago's Tmor Barrett, and the Kingston College duo of Orlando Smith and Sherwayne Allen should all have an intriguing battle for that spot.

The 100m will end today's action, and fans will see a repeat of the Class One clash at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships when the Under-20 event gets under way for males at 4:45 p.m.

St Elizabeth Technical's Nigel Ellis, with a season best of 10.16 seconds, will start favourite to go all the way here.

Only one junior has gone faster than he has this year, and Ellis will once again match strides with Kingston College's Jhevaughn Matherson and St Jago's Raheem Chambers, who both have season best of 10.25 seconds.


Preceding the Boys' final at 4:40 p.m. will be the girls' Under-20 event, where the likes of Edwin Allen's Patrice Moody and St Jago's trio of Kimone Shaw, Shaniel English, and Shanice Reid are expected to have a close finish.

Today's field event finals will include the boys' shot put at 4:00 p.m as Calabar's Warren Barrett Jr, the Carifta under-20 champion, will be hoping to go over 20m. Barrett, with a season best of 19.97 metres done when winning the event at the Carifta Games this year in Grenada, is at number four on the IAAF Top list and will be hoping to continue the country's improved showing in the throws on the world stage.



2:30 p.m: 1500M Girls Under-18

2:35 p.m: 1500M Boys Under-18

2:40 p.m: 1500M Girls Under-20

2:45 p.m: 1500 Boys Under-20

2:55 p.m: 400M Hurdles Girls Under-18

3:00 p.m: 400M Hurdles Boys Under-18

3:07 p.m: 400M Hurdles Boys Under-18

3:12 p.m: 400M Hurdles Boys Under-20

3:23 p.m: 3000M Girls Under-20

3:43 p.m: 3000M Boys Under-18

4:05 p.m: 5000M Boy's Under-20

4:30 p.m: 100M Girls Under-18

4:35 pm: 100M Boys Under-18

4:40 p.m: 100M Girls Under-20

4:45 p.m: 100M Boys Under-20


10:00 a.m: Shot Put Under-18 Boys

Long Jump Under-20 Boys

11:00 a.m: High Jump Under-18 Girls

Javelin Under-20 Girls

12:00 p.m: Long Jump Under-20 Girls

Shot Put Under-18 Girls

1:00 p.m: Javelin Under-18 Boys

2:00 p.m: Triple jump Under-20 Girls

Javelin Under-20 Boys

2:10 p.m: Shot Put Under-20 Girls

3:30 p.m: High Jump Under-18 Girls

Javelin Under 18 Girls

4:00 p.m: Shot Put Under-20 Boys.