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Lawrence sets another discus record

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:19 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer

Shadae Lawrence continued her advance in the women’s discus with a national record 65.05 metres on the weekend. The 2016 Olympian launched her disc 65.05 metres to establish Jamaica’s top performance in a weekend filled with action on the US college conference circuit. The weekend also saw progress for hurdler Janeek Brown and triple jumper Jordan Scott.

Having transferred from Kansas State University to Colorado State, Lawrence gave her new teammates and coaches something to cheer about with her throwing at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Veterans Stadium in California. The big throw gave the former Vere Technical and Hydel High standout a winning margin of more than 9 metres and extended her own national record of 63.89 set last month.

In this form, Lawrence is a favourite to regain the NCAA title she won for Kansas State in 2017 and is now a possible finalist at the World Championships in Doha this September. Her Mountain West winner places her fifth in the world this year.

Brown was on the same University of Arkansas John McDonnell track in Fayetville, where she lowered her personal best to 12.57 seconds recently. The former Wolmerian clipped her time down to 12.55 seconds and upset training partner Payton Chadwick, the NCAA indoor champion at the South Eastern Conference Championships.

Brown is the fifth fastest Jamaican of all time, behind world champions Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Danielle Williams, Delloreen Ennis and Michelle Freeman.

She wasn’t the only Jamaican winner at the meet as McDonald’s Texas A&M University teammate Jazmin Fray took the 800 metres in 2 minutes 03.50 seconds.

Scott, a graduate of Campion College, was the Jamaican headliner at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. In the triple jump, the NCAA Indoor champion rode a 2.6m per second wind out to 17.37 metres to give the University of Virginia the top spot and to complete a horizontal jump double.

He had a legal triple mark of 17.08 metres. That’s a personal best by one centimetre.

At the same meet, Shanice Love and Roja Stona twinned discus victories for Florida State University and Clemson University, respectively, with distances of 58.83 and 58.44 metres. Love’s Jamaican teammate Andre Ewers edged fellow Jamaican Raheem Chambers, now at the University of Miami, 10.06 seconds to 10.10 in the 100 before winning the 200m easily. Andrewnette Knight of the University of Virginia won the 400 metre hurdles, clocking 57.76 in the heats and 58.16 seconds in the final. Georgia Tech senior Jeanine Williams lost on the line, with the same time – 12.72 seconds – as American Courtney Jones.

In Charlotte at the Conference USA meet, 2014 Youth Olympic 200m champion Natalliah Whyte won the 100m in 11.21 seconds for Florida Atlantic University, and Kimisha Chambers gave the University of Texas El Paso the 400 metre hurdles in 58.33 seconds.