Junior Champs gives birth to rivalry
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
A fierce rivalry appears to be developing between Carifta Games 200m silver medalist Odail Todd and 100m Youth Olympic Champion, Odean Skeen, as after been beaten by Todd for the second time in two days at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures National Junior Championships, Skeen had a stern warning to his opponent.
"If I am going to World Juniors the table will turn, because I am not 100 per cent fit, but after this I will go back to the drawing board work hard and trust me, persons will get a surprise," Skeen declared.
Todd of Green Island captured the Under-18 boys 200m final on the second and final day of the junior trials held over two days at the National Stadium with a 21.26 seconds clocking to go with his surprise victory over Skeen in the 100m.
Skeen was second in the half-lap event in a time of, 21.31, with Jevaughn Minzie of Bog Walk third in 21.76 seconds.
Todd was naturally pleased with his victory and is looking forward to the World Youth Championship.
"I am pleased, because I worked hard so I have to thank God for everything," Todd expressed. "Coming into the trials I was sure about the 200m, so the 100m was a bonus. I look forward to going to World Juniors and come back World Youth champion over anyone of the distances," he added.
The Under-20 race was won by Jamaica College's Nathanee Mitchell-Blake in, 21.54, ahead of STETHS' Chadic Hinds, 21.88 seconds. One hundred metres champion, Everton Clarke, had to settle for third with a time of 21.90 seconds.
The Under-18 girls 200m was captured by Vere Technical's Shericka Jackson in 24.33 seconds. She was followed home by the Holmwood Technical pair of Kedisha Dallas and Dianna Johnson in, 24.96 and 24.14, respectively.
Jackson was not totally pleased with her time, but was happy to have come out victorious.
"I came here to run at least 23.04 (seconds) today, but it didn't happen as I didn't get enough training, but I am pleased with the performance," she expressed.
The Under-20 equivalent was won by Jeneive Russell, who is fine-tuning for the heptathlon in 24.26 seconds. Celia Walters (24.44) finished second ahead of Cordine Copeland (25.08).
Calabar's Fedrick Dacres won the Under-18 boys shot put to go with his victory in the discus. Dacres threw a personal best of 18.21m with the 5kg ball to take the event ahead of Carifta Under-17 gold medalist Christopher Brown, 16.99m, while Chadwick daCosta was third with 16.78m.