Chambers, Moody win junior 100m titles
Raheem Chambers of St Jago High, and Edwin Allen High's Patrice Moody won the Under-20 boys' and girls' 100 metres, respectively, on the opening day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)-Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.
On a very windy day, the boys' event lost much of its lustre when pre-race favourite, St Elizabeth Technical's Nigel Ellis, was disqualified in the heats for false starting.
Running in a negative wind of 1.8 metres per second, Chambers was out of the blocks fast and held his form well to win in 10.70 seconds. He held off the fast-finishing Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College, who was second in 10.77, while Fabian Hewitt of Calabar High was third in 10.80.
Chambers blamed the wind for his relatively slow time.
"The wind was very heavy and affected my time, but I have no problem with that as my aim was to just go out there and win. I am confident that my coach, Danny Hawthorne, will get me ready to medal at the World Junior Championships," said Chambers.
Earlier, the girls were faced with a massive head wind of 5.5 metres per second, and Moody ran past early leader Rushelle Burton of Camperdown High in the final 20 metres to pick up the win in 12.16 seconds, as Vanesha Pusey of Green Island High was second in 12.17, with third going to Burton in 12.22. Young sprinters Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen and St Jago's Kimone Shaw finished down the track in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Moody said she was always confident of victory. "Although I went into the final with the seventh fastest time, I was very confident of victory despite the heavy wind blowing against us," Moody said.
Defending World Junior 400 metres hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde will get a chance to win back-to-back titles.
Hyde continued his dominance over his peers yesterday, winning the event in 51.47 seconds. Runner-up Timor Barrett of St Jago (51.76), third-placed Aykeeme Francis (51.86) of Calabar, and fourth-placed Sherwayne Allen (51.97) of Kingston College all clocked personal best times.
Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High was a runaway winner of the girls' 400m hurdles in 59.45. Only three runners faced the starter.
There was a big upset in the boys' Under-20 shot put. Favourite Warren Barrett of Calabar (19.09m) could only manage third as Petersfield High bagged the first two places. Sanjae Lawrence won with a heave of 19.45m ahead of teammate Kevin Nedrick, 19.18m.
There was another upset in the boys' Under-20 long jump. St Jago's Shawn Thompson, aided by a positive wind of 3.3 metres per second, won with 7.79m. Cornwall College's Alrick Ottey (3.3 mps) was second with a best of 7.60m, while Kingston College's Shakwan Coke pushed by a 5 mps wind, was third with 7.45m. Favourite Obrien Wasome of Jamaica College ended fourth with 5.64m.
Action begins at 11:30 a.m. on today's final day.
The feature event should be the Under-20 Boys' 200m final scheduled for 4:55 p.m. Ellis is expected to face Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College.