Forte delivers scorcher
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
It was well worth the wait, as after opting out of the 100 metres, Julian Forte scorched the National Stadium track to win the boys' Under-20 200 metres on yesterday's final day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Junior Trials.
Forte, who attends the University of Technology, significantly improved his personal best, as he crossed the finish line in 20.38 seconds (+1.0 m/s wind) which is the second-fastest time by a junior over the distance this year. Forte's previous PR over the 200m was 20.56, but his current mark is only bettered by USA's Tyrek Hill (20.14).
Garvey Maceo's Tyquendo Tracey was second in 21.35 seconds to go with his third-place finish in the 100m. Senoj-Jay Givans of Munro College took third in 21.41 seconds.
The 19-year-old athlete explained his non-participation in the 100m.
"It was the coach's (Paul Francis) decision. He was trying to look out for my best interest, because every time I get injured, it's in the 100m and he never wanted to take that risk with me yesterday (Saturday)," Forte shared, while pointing out that he did not execute a perfect 200m race. "It wasn't a perfect race. Coming out of the blocks one of the pedals slipped back, but I am happy for the PR."
The female equivalent was won by Vere Technical's Shericka Jackson who stopped the clock at 23.95 seconds (-2.3 m/s wind). She was followed home by St Mary High's Jodean Williams (24.20) and Herbert Morrison's Seidatha Palmer (25.02).
Bog Walk's Jevaughn Minzie completed an impressive sprint double after a dominant performance landed him the boys' Under-18 200m victory to go with his 100m triumph. Running into a -1.2 m/s wind he registered 21.37 seconds to finish ahead of Calabar's Michael O'Hara (22.20). Herbert Morrison's Gawain Williams (22.27) was third.
Edwin Allen's Saqukine Cameron also completed the girls' Under-18 sprint double, winning the 200 metres with a time of 24.27 seconds (-1.2 m/s wind). Natalliah Whyte of St Jago once again played second fiddle to Cameron with her posting of 24.39 seconds. Pertersfield's Asaine Hall (24.46) was third.
Manchester High's Chanice Porter completed the double in the jumps, as she cleared 1.86 metres on her first attempt to equal her personal best in capturing the girls' Under-20 high jump. The 2011 World Youth high jump bronze medallist had on the opening day won the long jump with a wind-aided distance of 6.78m.
Carifta and Penn Relays champion Kimberly Williamson, who is also the junior record holder in the event, had to settle for second. The Edwin Allen student cleared 1.86m. Wolmer's Girls' Shanice Hall who had finished as runner-up to Williamson at the Penn Relays took third with her clearance of 1.80m.
Chrisdale McCarthy of St Jago High continued her impressed form, as she remains unbeaten in Jamaica this season, after clinching the girls' Under-20 100m hurdles in a time of 13.72 seconds. Samantha Scarlett, who is a freshman at Auburn University in the United States, was a close second in 13.74. The diminutive Megan Simmonds of St Andrew High was third in 13.79.
Yanick Hart turned the tables on Kingston College's Stefan Fennell, who finished ahead of him at Boys and Girls' Champs and Carifta to take the boys' Under-20 110 metres hurdle. Hart posted 13.80 seconds (1.8 m/s wind) with Fennell a close second in 13.81. Manchester High's Omar McLeod (13.83) was third.
Kingston College's Clive Pullen won the boys' Under-20 triple jump with a best of 15.67m (+1.2 m/s wind) to go with his 7.54m long jump win.
The boys' Under-20 400 metres was captured by Calabar's Javon Francis in 47.16, followed by Manchester High's Lennox Williams (47.55) and Wolmer's Boys Jermaine Fyffe (47.75).
The girls' equivalent was won by World Youth bronze medallist Olivia James of Vere Technical in 53.16 seconds. Holmwood Technical's Chrisann Gordon (53.43) was second ahead of overseas-based Sandrae Farquharson (54.33).
Carifta champion Ashinia Miller of Calabar tossed 19m to beat a quality field in the boys' Under-20 shot put. Carifta silver medallist, Emmanuel Onyia of Munro was second with a throw of 18.34m; while third went to Calabar's Fedrick Dacres (18.24m).
The two-day trial was staged to select Jamaica's teams to the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, July 10-15 and the Central American and Caribbean Juniors in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 29-July 1.