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Two national junior records set at Carifta Trials

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Traves Smikle

Traves Smikle of Calabar High and St Hugh's High's Candecia Bernard both set national junior records in winning the boys' and girls' Under-20 discus finals on the opening day of the two-day Carifta Trials at the National Stadium yesterday.

Smikle threw the discus 59.30 metres to beat the old mark of 58.88m. His schoolmate, Chad Wright, also went beyond the old record with 59.30m to place second. Third in the event was Rashane Cunningham of Kingston College, 50.50m.

Bernard's new mark of 48.71m broke the old record of 47.44m set in 1998 by Melissa Gibbons. The meet continues at 11 a.m. today.

On the track, Odane Skeen of Wolmer's Boys took full advantage of an 'illegal' 4.0 metres per second (mps)-following wind to upstage the Under-20 boys.

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Skeen, with the wind twice the speed of the allowable limit for records of 2.0 mps, clocked 10.43 seconds to win the Under-17 100 metres final. He got home ahead of Odail Todd of Green Island High (10.70) and St Catherine High's Adam Senior, 10.84.

When the Under-20 boys ran, the wind had died down a bit to 2.9 mps and Brandon Tomlinson of Manchester High crossed the line in 10.50 to edge Camperdown's Bernado Brady (10.52) and Julian Forte of Wolmer's (10.53).

In the girls' Under-20 final, Glengoffe's Natasha Morrison streaked home in 11.47 ahead of Danielle Williams (11.52) of The Queen's School and Antonique Campbell (11.77) of Herbert Morrison. The wind speed was 3.0mps.

Holmwood Technical's Kadisha Dallas, with a wind speed of 2.2 mps, captured the Under-17 girls' 100m in 11.75 with Channiel Johnson of William Knibb second in 11.82 and Vere Technical's Satima Chambers third in 12.01.