'Gusty' performances! - Local athletes put up strong showing in spite of wind at All Comers Meet
With the National Junior and Senior championships set to run simultaneously next month, the third series of the JAAA All Comers Meet, held on Saturday evening inside the National Stadium, was well-attended as the athletes tuned up for the championships. Despite the athletes running against strong headwinds throughout the meet, there were good results.
With the first event of the evening, the Women's 100m hurdles, seeing the athletes competing in a very strong headwind of 4.8m per second, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Yanique Thompson bounced back in style after a fall the previous week at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet. Thompson staved off a strong early challenge from IAAF World Under-18 champion Britany Anderson to score a good win in the end in 13.49 seconds. Anderson ended second in 13.78 seconds, and it was third for Carifta Games Under-17 record holder Crystal Morrison of St Jago High School in 14.15 seconds.
Thompson's Sprintec Track Club teammate, Gayon Evans, also a bronze medallist at the Commonwealth Games, had a good win in the women's 100m. Competing against a negative wind of 3.2m per second, she stopped the clock at 11.99 seconds, edging out Anika Brisette of Racers Track Club, second in 12.00 seconds, with schoolgirl Okera Myrie of Petersfield High coming in third overall in 12.02 seconds, after winning her heat in a headwind of 3.61m per second.
The University of West Indies' Jodean Williams topped the field in the women's 200m. Running in a negative wind of 2.5m per second, she clocked 23.96 seconds, getting the better of Sprintec's Natasha Morrison, 24.42, and MVP Track Club's Srabani Nanda, who finished in 24.44 seconds.
National senior 400m hurdle champion, Ronda Whyte of Sprintec, reverting to the flat 400m, had an impressive win in the event after stopping the clock at 52.92 seconds. St Elizabeth Technical High's Stacy Williams and MVP's Danielle Dowie finished second and third with 53.37 and 53.39 seconds, respectively. Williams had earlier won the junior 200m in 24.82 seconds in a negative wind of 2.2 metres per second .
Holmwood Technical's Michae Harriot took the junior girls' 100m in 12.11 seconds, ahead of Excelsior High School's Ackera Nugent, 12.41, and St Jago High School's Kimone Shaw, who clocked 12.45 seconds. The wind reading here was 2.6m per second.
Among the males, England based Miguel Francis of Racers Track Club warmed up for next weekend's Racers Grand Prix with a good win in the 200m. Francis, competing in a negative 1.2m per second wind, topped the field easily in 20.86 seconds, ahead of Rusheen McDonald of MVP, second in 21.24 seconds. McDonald's teammate, Tyquendo Tracey, who won his heat in 21.39 seconds, was third overall.
It was a blanket finish in Heat 2 of the men's 100m as World Championships representative Senoj-Jay Givens prevailed. Competing for Racers Track Club, he won in 10.44 seconds, the same time given to teammate Kenroy Anderson, with MVP Julian Forte just behind in third in 10.45 seconds. Wind reading here was a negative 2.8m per second.
Competing unattached, National Senior representative Fitzroy Dunkley captured the 400m in 46.80 seconds, ahead of schoolboy Antonio Watson, the IAAF World Under-18 champion, who was second in 47.55 seconds, with Akan Track Club's Peter Matthews taking third in 47.64 seconds.