Ellis rebounds in 200m
AFTER A major disappointment on Saturday’s opening day of the Supreme Ventures LimitedJamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Junior Championships where he was disqualified in the preliminary round of the boys’ Under-20 100 metres, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprinter, Nigel Ellis was in a no-nonsense mood on yesterday’s final day.
Ellis outclassed the field to win the boys’ Under-20 200 metres in 20.72 seconds in a negative wind of 3.6 metres per second.
The small crowd inside the National Stadium expected a spectacle between Ellis and Bloomfield. Drawn in Lane Four, with Bloomfield in Lane Five, Ellis was super at the start as he covered Bloomfield easily, coming off the curve ahead of his opponent, then pulled away in the straight away to score an emphatic win as Bloomfield clocked 21.06 seconds, while Ellis’ teammate, Hujaye Cornwall, ended third in 21.39.
“I couldn’t believe what happened to me in the 100 metres on Saturday, and I was motivated to do much better and was determined to win the 200 metres, and I am not surprised that I won that easily, as I was ready to run fast,” said Ellis, who is hoping to run the 100 metres in Poland.
Bloomfield was upbeat despite not winning.
“Congrats to Nigel for winning. I didn’t get a good start and it was just an okay race for me, and I will just have to go back to the drawing board with my coach, as I have a few things to brush up on,” said Bloomfield, who stated that he will be running the 400 metres at the National Senior Championships next weekend.
St Jago High School’s Shanice Reid won the girls Under-20 200 metres in 24.22 seconds, finishing ahead of Hydel High’s Roneisha McGregor, who placed second in 24.46 seconds, with Vanesha Pusey of Green Island High third in 24.70 seconds.
Two World Youth medallists stole the show in the 400 metres as Mico University College’s Tiffany James and Christopher Taylor captured the girls’ and boys’ Under-20 events.
James, the bronze medallist in Ukraine in 2013, scored an impressive win over Junelle Bromfield of STETHS.
James won in a new personal best of 52.06 seconds. Bromfield was second in 52.59 seconds, with her teammate, Stacy Ann Williams, finishing third in 53.46 seconds.
Taylor, who won gold in the one-lap event at the World Youth Championships last year, did enough to win the event. It was St Jago High’s Sean Bailey who led for majority of the way before he was overhauled by Taylor at the 100 metres mark, before going through the motions to win in 46.26 seconds. Bailey was second in 46.51, with third going to Taylor’s schoolmate, Anthony Carpenter, in 47.25 seconds.
Two overseas-based athletes dominated the sprint hurdles, with Jeanine Williams taking the girls’ 100m hurdles and Damion Thomas winning the boys’ 110 metres.
Williams, formerly of Immaculate Conception High and now a Freshman at the University of Auburn, had a close battle all the way, with Camperdown High’s Burton.
Williams won in 13.62, with Burton second in 13.63. Renée Shaw of Excelsior High took third in 13.92.
The 16-year-old Thomas, who is based in Florida, scored a big win over his senior peers in the boy’ ‘event in a tight finish. The number three ranked athlete on the IAAF top list clocked 13.50 seconds to win. There was a major as Carifta Under-20 champion, Rohan Cole of UTech had to settle for third in 13.64 seconds, as Calabar High’s Dejour Russell – with his best start ever - finished second in 13.55.
Campion College’s Jordan Scott led the way in field events, winning the Under-20 boys’ triple jump with 16.61 metres. Kingston College’s Carey McLeod was second with 16.09m, with Calabar High’s Javier Lowe third with 16.09m.
Discus Under-20 boys
1. Kevin Nedrick (Petersfield) – 55.72m
2. Sanjae Lawrence (Petersfield) – 51.79m
3. VashonMcCarthy (JC) – 50.41m
Discus girl’s Under-20
1. Shanice Love (Excelsior) – 50.82m
2. Joel Robinson (Holmwood) – 42.64m
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