Javon Francis

Jamaicans Javon Francis, Roneisha McGregor and Andre Clarke were second-place finishers at Saturday’s (14 May) Felix Sanchez Invitational Meet in the Dominican Republic.

Francis, who is now being conditioned by Olympian Sanjay Ayre at Chase Athletics in Maryland, finished second in the men’s 400 meters. He ran a season-best 45.53 to finish behind Lidio Felix of the Dominican Republic, who was timed in 44.83. London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Luguelin Santos took third in 45.86 while Bahamian Alonzo Russell was fourth in 46.00.

Ayre, who won one Olympic Games and two World Championships 4x400m silver medals, told the Gleaner: “I am very happy with his performance because this is his first race outside of the United States and so I am very optimistic that he will be ready for the National Trials next month.” Ayre also won a 4x400m bronze in Helsinki 2005.

Francis won two World Championships 4x400m silver medals and one at Olympic Games in 2016.

Roneisha McGregor ran 52.52 seconds to take second in the women’s 400 meters, won by Fiordaliza Cofil of the Dominican Republic (51.11).
McGregor also picked up second place in the women’s 200 meters with 23.38 behind Cofil, 23.07. Jahnoy Thompson could only manage 21.54 for eighth in the men’s 200 meters, won by Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic in 20.54.

Andre Clarke, who also trains at Chase Athletics, ran 49.44 seconds for second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, beating fellow Jamaican Kemar Mowatt, who clocked 49.48. The event winner, however, was American Khallifah Rosser, who ran 48.45. Bahamian Shakeem Hall Smith finished seventh in 51.24.

In the women’s event, former Jamaican Yanique Haye-Smith, now running for Turks and Caicos, finished third in 57.02. She was beaten by Americans Cassandra Tate (56.20) and Kaila Barber (56.98).

Bahamian Tamara Myers won the women’s triple jump with a mark of 13.44 ahead of Sandisha Antoine of St. Lucia, who topped out at 13.11m.

Homeboy Christopher Valdez won the men’s 100 meters in 10.54, the same time as fellow Dominican Republic athlete Jose Gonzalez.

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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