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A special one - Davis stamps class, Edwin Allen in total control

Published:Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMRachid Parchment/ Sports News Coordinator
Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis (left) looks across at the clock after crossing the line in first place in the Class Two girls 100m final in a record 11.16 seconds at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships held at The National Stadium yesterday.

Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis stamped her authority on the rest of the field  in the Class Two girls' 100 in 11.16 seconds erased the previous mark of 11.35, which she had promised would go after smashing the 200m record on Thursday night. After the race, she said she was elated to have righted the wrong of the false start in the event last year. She said it had haunted her for months, leading up to last night.

"I feel nice. I don't feel abnormal," she joked to The Gleaner. "What happened last year pushed me to come today knowing that it's actually the anniversary of my mishap, so I just came out here with a focused mind telling myself I'm going to win."

Davis, who said she was not focusing on lowering the 200m record in that final today, said she did intend to go quicker than she did in the semi for the 100m.

Her run last night made her the third-fastest Jamaican junior of all time behind Veronica Campbell-Brown (11.12) and Briana Williams, 11.13 seconds.

As she ran away with another sprint record, Edwin Allen (148 points) also stretched their lead in what is turning into the expected canter to their fifth consecutive girls' title after opening up a 39-point lead over second-place Holmwood (109) after 20 finals. Hydel 93; St Jago 62; Vere 57; and Excelsior 53.50 round out the top six.

 

Performance expected

 

Davis' coach, Michael Dyke, said he expected this performance from her.

"I am not surprised she ran 11.16 because she told me she didn't give it her all in the semi-final," Dyke said.

Second place went to Hydel High's Ray-donna Lee (11.58 seconds), while St Catherine High's Julien Alfred (11.64) was third.

Davis' teammate Kasheika Cameron took the Class One girls' event in a personal-best 11.29 seconds, while Holmwood Technical's Michae Harriott was second in 11.44, and Okera Myrie of Petersfield High clocked 11.45 seconds for third.

In Class Three, Tia Clayton, also of Edwin Allen, won her final with a time of 11.56 seconds, ahead of teammate Serena Cole (11.70) and St Jago's Brianna Lyston (11.71), who finished second and third, respectively.

Class Four was won by Hydel's Alana Reid in 11.97 seconds ahead of Jago's Quaycian Davis (12.31) and Manchester High's Shanise Ellis (12.33) in second and third, respectively.

Earlier in the evening, Hydel's Shiann Salmon claimed the record in the girls' 400m hurdles open final.

Salmon set a time of 55.78 seconds to erase the previous record of 55.81 set by Ristananna Tracey in 2011. Second place went to Vere Technical's Sanique Walker, who clocked 58.03 seconds, while Edwin Allen's Moisha Barnes' time of 58.63 seconds placed her third.

Davis will be in action again today as she takes part in the Class Two 200m final at 5:25 p.m. then the Class Two 4x100m relay at 7:10 p.m.

Twenty-five other finals are set for today's finale of the Championships.