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Hydel's Hemmings fast in the hurdles

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Hydel's Trishauna Hemmings.

Largely unseen in a meet with its fair share of big names, Trishauna Hemmings of Hydel High School put on a fine performance at last Saturday's Western Relays in Montego Bay. First, she skimmed through the Class One 100 metres hurdles in her fastest time ever. Later, she bounded to her best long jump of the season. The display earmarked Hemmings for big things at Boys and Girls' Championships.

She was slick in her first competition inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with a speedy run of 13.66 seconds to arrive ahead of the outstanding Wolmerian Janeek Brown. Though there was no official information on the wind conditions, the time exceeds her old personal best of 13.82 and makes her the fourth-fastest Class One girl of the season.

Only Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High School, Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical, and Amoi Brown of Vere Technical High School have gone faster in 2017. McDonald and Foster both were timed in 13.55 at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic on February 11. Brown of Vere won at the Queen's-Grace Jackson meet in 13.75.

EXCITED ABOUT RUN

Hemmings was very pleased with her run.

"Well, I'm feeling very excited," she said. "I had a PR this morning in the hurdles, a time of 13.66, and also a season's best, in the long jump, of 5.80," she summarised. That jump got her second place behind Suzan Francis of Holmwood, who cleared 5.95 metres.

The tall Hydel student athlete was third last year at Champs in the heptathlon. However, even with the winner Janell Fullerton and runner-up Zinedine Russell now off on scholarship, she isn't expected to return to the seven-in-one two-day combo.

"Well, the heptathlon is not for me this year," she revealed before closing her Western Relays endeavours with a strong run in the 4x200 metres.

Her speciality has always been the long jump, where she was a finalist and eventually a 2015 Class Two runner-up for Glengoffe High School. Second then to Brown of Wolmer's in the 100m hurdles, she moved to Hydel and reached the Class One final.

McDonald, Foster and the two Browns are the top end of a fine Class One 100m hurdles field for Champs, which starts on March 28; but for now, Hemmings is concentrating on training.

"Practice is going good so far," she reported. "We haven't completed all the phases, so I'm hoping to better my time at Boys and Girls' Champs."