Williams sisters soar at Invitational
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
SISTERS Shermaine and Danielle Williams gave further indication that they could well be the future of Jamaica's sprint hurdling among females as they delivered outstanding performances at the Johnson C. Smith University Invitational meet at Irwin Belk Complex in North Carolina. The meet was held last Friday and Saturday.
With the likes of Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Delloreen Ennis-London - two of the country's most successful female sprint hurdlers - now in their heyday, both sisters were impressive in posting fast times to be the country's best this season in the women's 100 metres hurdles.
Running unattached, Shermaine, who represented the country at last year's London Olympic Games, won the event in 13.09 seconds. Danielle, who finished fourth in the event at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, in 2010 and now representing Johnson C. Smith University, finished second in 13.14 seconds.
Former Jamaica World Youth and World Junior representative Samantha Elliot, also a student at Johnson C. Smith University, was fourth in 13.44 seconds.
Danielle had earlier clocked 11.55 seconds in the preliminary round of the women's 100 metres, but did not participate in the finals.
Two other Jamaican athletes, Leford Green and Rolando Berch, also registered wins for Johnson C. Smith, where former Kingston College coach, Lennox Graham, is now the head coach.
Green, a finalist for Jamaica in the men's 400 metres hurdles at the London Olympics, had an easy win in the men's 200 metres, where he clocked 21.01 seconds. In the same event, former Munro College student Waynee Hyman was third in 21.38 seconds.
Former Kingston College quarter-miler, Berch led a 1-2-3 sweep for Johnson C. Smith in the men's 400 metres finals. Berch won in 46.70 ahead of Akino Ming (46.77) and Winston Brown (47.25).
Analece Nembhard, the former St Andrew High School thrower, won two events. A senior at Benedict College, Nembhard won the female shot put and discus. She first had a heave of 12.09m in the shot, then returned to take the discus with a throw of 38.08m.