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Danielle Williams can top 100m hurdles again

Published:Friday | June 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

The women's 100-metre hurdles could prove to be one of the more interesting events when the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Championships is held next weekend at the National Stadium.

Jamaica has struggled to produce world-class sprint hurdlers since Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Delloreen Ennis-London retired. None of the young hurdlers have stepped up to the plate as yet and come next week, places for next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland will be up for grabs.

Only two Jamaican hurdlers have gone under 13 seconds this season, former Immaculate High athlete Monique Morgan (12.96) and former champion Indira Spence (12.98). Next best is Samantha Scarlett, a former St Jago High athlete, who did 13.01 for the University of Auburn at the recent NCAA Division 1 Regional meet in Jacksonville, Florida.

Last year's national champion Danielle Williams and Samantha Elliot, who both did 13.05 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships for Johnson C Smith University, are top contenders, so, too, is Shermaine Williams with 13.07.

The level of performances is expected to improve at the national championships. Last year, the top three all went below 13 seconds, and with so much at stake, another exciting race is expected. In addition to the above veteran, Andrea Bliss, despite a season best of 13.15, could once again strike where it matters most like she did a year ago to finish second.

Another contender

Local-based Latoya Greaves should also be tough as she has dominated the event at the All Comers meets and could improve on her season best of 13.20.

A very hard event to call, but the defending champion, Danielle Williams, who is the fastest of all the sprint hurdlers in the 100 metres flat event, could use her speed once again to telling effect and make it back to wins.

TOP THREE:

1. Danielle Williams

2. Shermaine Williams

3. Samantha Elliot