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Strong team leaves today for Carifta

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer

A strong 75-member Carifta Games contingent, buoyed by a number of outstanding performances at last week's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, leaves the island today for the 47th staging of the meet in Nassau, Bahamas.

The team, which comprises 34 Under-17 and 41 Under-20 athletes, will, however, be without the outstanding Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High. The Class Two sprint double winner pulled out due to a sore hamstring.

Davis, the Under-18 100m champion at last year's Championships in Willemstad, CuraÁao, was expected to be one of the stars of the meet. She clocked record times of 11.16 seconds for the 100m and 22.72 over 200m at Boys and Girls' Championships.

"Kevona has a sore hamstring and she has been advised to rest by the physiotherapist. This is very unfortunate, but it is in her best interest as we are looking at the bigger picture," the athlete's coach, Michael Dyke, said yesterday.

A year ago, Jamaica picked up 86 medals - 39 gold, 28 silver, and 19 bronze - in CuraÁao.

Among those leaving for the Carifta Games are Calabar High's outstanding sprinter, Christopher Taylor, who will run the 200m, and Kingston College's Dashawn Morris, who clocked a fast 45.09 seconds in topping the Class One 400m at Boys and Girls' Championships.

Also making the trip is the overseas-based Brianna Williams, who captured the Under-17 sprint double at the Carifta Trials. Williams recently registered a fast 11.13 seconds in the 100m in Florida.