Fisher, Parchment lead Ja charge in Cayman
THE University of Technology's Andrew Fisher won the 100 metres at the Cayman Invitational in the Cayman Islands on Saturday night.
Fisher, who posted a personal best of 10.02 seconds in finishing fourth in a strong 100 metres field at the recent Jamaica International Invitational (JII), was too good for his Jamaican counterparts on Saturday, including Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole of Racers Track Club.
Fisher stopped the clock at 10.16 seconds, with Bailey-Cole second in 10.22. Jason Livermore made it a clean sweep of medals for Jamaica, finishing third in 10.24.
After a disappointing fourth at the JII, Olympian Hansle Parchment returned to winning ways in the men's 100m hurdles, clocking 13.49 seconds to turn back homeboy Ronald Levy (13.61). Competing at this level for the first time, National Junior record holder, Tyler Mason, finished third in 13.63 seconds.
Trinidad and Tobago's Michael Cedeno continued his dominance over Jamaica's Javon Francis in the 400 metres. The defending champion in the event, Cedeno won in a meet record 44.36 seconds, to break his one-year mark of 45.23 seconds. Francis clocked 45.34 for second, as the United States' Aldrich Bailey took third in 45.63.
Outstanding junior representative, Jaheel Hyde, competing at the senior level for the first time in his pet event, the 400 metres hurdles, had to settle for third in 50.30 seconds. Eric Cray of the Phillipines won in a meet record 49.12 seconds ahead of Jamaica's Annsert Whyte (49.12).
Jamaicans swept the top three spots in the men's 800m, with Jowayne Hibbert first in 1:48.27, Ricardo Cunningham second (1:48.73), and Rory Rhoden next (1:52.44).
Natasha Morrison and Keneisha Stephens had the best results for Jamaica among the females.
Morrison was second in the women's 100m in 11.22. The United States' Jeneba Tarmoh won in 11.16.
Tarmoh returned to win the 200m in a meet record 22. 75 seconds, with Stephens second in 23.18.
Jamaica's Ronda Whyte of G.C. Foster College was third in the women's 400m in 53.37 seconds.
Calabar, St Jago dominate
Athletes from Calabar and St Jago High were in dominant in the high schools' category.
The most impressive performance came from 15-year-old Christopher Taylor, who found an extra gear in the final 10 metres to turn back Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands and win the 400 metres in a meet record 46.09 seconds. Walton was second in 46.30.
Dejour Russell won the 100 metres in 10.63 ahead of schoolmates Daniel Bogle (10.86) and Alex Robinson (11.00).
Tyreke Wilson won the 200 metres in 21.35 seconds ahead of teammate Bogle (22.15).
Calabar also won the 4x100m in 40.30 seconds.
In girls' competition, St Jago's Kimone Shaw won the 100m in 12.02 seconds, while her teammate, Shaniel English, took the 200m in 24.70 seconds.
Both teamed up to help St Jago win the 4x100m in 46.44 seconds.