Foster-Hylton back in top form
Ryon Jones, Sunday Gleaner Writer
World champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton started her season in grand fashion as she scored a smooth victory in her pet event, the women's 100 metres hurdles, last night at the fourth staging of the University of Technology (UTech) Track and Field Classics held at the National Stadium.
The 36 year old, who suffered an injury to her left hamstring while competing in the 100 metres flat event at last year's staging of the Classics and has been sidelined since then, hurdled home in 13.34 seconds.
The MVP Track-Club athlete was very pleased to have successfully completed the event.
"It has been a tough journey, but I am a fighter, I am a soldier," an always beaming Foster-Hylton said. "I am just happy that I finished the race today and I finished healthy, and I feel confident that I will only get better from here on," she added.
Landria Buckley out of the United States was second in, 13.62, ahead of UTech's Janelle Gordon (13.79).
Edwin Allen High's standout, Ristananna Tracey, continued her impressive season with a meet record and personal best 2:03.97 clocking in the women's 800 metres bettering the old mark of 2:04.87 set by former Holmwood Technical athlete Bobby-Gaye Wilkins in 2008. Marlena Eubanks, also of Edwin Allen, took second in 2:08.77 ahead of MVP's Arusha McKenzie (2:09.11).
Kaliese Spencer of MVP, who is coming off a good 2010 season, comfortably took the women's 400m in a new meet record time 50.95 seconds bettering the old mark of 51.25 set by Sherone Simpson in 2008. Club mate Christine Day was second in 52.08 ahead of Davita Prendergast, 52.42, of Racers Track Club.
National junior 400m hurdles record holder, Josef Robertson, got the better of defending champion and club mate Markino Buckley in the event and also broke the record, which Buckley had established last year. The Racers Track Club athlete came home in 50.15 to erase the 50.49 mark. Buckley, 50.80, was second while G.C. Foster's Jonia McDonald, 54.74, claimed third.
CARIFTA gold medalist Jazeel Murphy ran a blistering anchor leg to lead Bridgeport High to a record-breaking run in the 4x100m relay. Bridgeport clocked 40.46 seconds to better the time of 40.55, set by Wolmer's Boys last year. Camperdown High, 40.47, also dipped below the previous record for second while St Elizabeth Technical, 41.14, took third.
The girls' equivalent was won by Wolmer's Girls in 45.38 on the back of a lovely anchor leg by Jonelle Smith. Edwin Allen were second in 45.40 with Holmwood Technical, 45.46, third.
Sherone Simpson took the women's 100m in 11.30 seconds ahead of American Stephanie Durst, 11.42. Third went to Edwin Allen's Christania Williams, 11.55.
One of the meet's highlight came in the men's 200m, which was won by Yohan Blake in a blistering 20.33 seconds to not only set a new meet record, but establish a new world leading time in the process. His Racers Track Club teammate, Daniel Bailey, was second in 20.51, ahead of MVP's Asafa Powell in 20.55 seconds
Olympic and World 100-metres champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, took the women's 200m also in in a world leading time and a new meet record as she posted 22.69 seconds. Second went to her MVP club mate, Shericka Williams in, 23.49.
Reigning national champion, Oshane Bailey took the men's 100m in 10.22.