Penn Relays - East Coast Showcase --- Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024
Hydel High's Alliah Baker shone bright, securing four gold medals, at Champs 2024

Jamaica’s emerging track talents are gearing up to showcase their skills at the highly anticipated East Coast Showcase, set to take place on Saturday, May 5, at the PG Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Spearheaded by former Jamaican Olympian quarter-miler Sanjay Ayre, the event has rapidly gained prominence, attracting competitors from across the globe, including the United States, Haiti, Belize, the Cayman Islands, and Canada.

Leading the charge for Jamaica is Shanoya Douglas of Muschett High School, fresh off her impressive victory in the girls’ Under-20 200 meters at the Carifta Games. Douglas, who set a personal best of 23.03 seconds in that event, will aim to continue her winning streak in both the 200 and 400 meters. ALSO READ: Miramar Invitational Sees Record-Breaking Performances and Tight Races

Sabrina Dockery of Lacovia High School is another Jamaican talent to watch, following her standout performance in the girls’ Under-20 100 meters at Carifta, where she clocked a personal best of 11.26 seconds. Dockery will also compete in the sprint events, adding depth to Jamaica’s lineup. FIND INFO ON THE MEET AT

Joining them are standout athletes from Hydel High, including Alliah Baker and Abigail Campbell. Baker, who clinched the sprint double at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, and Campbell, who boasts gold at Champs and silver at Carifta in the 400, are expected to make significant contributions to Jamaica’s contingent.

Battle of the Best: Jamaica and US Track Stars Gear Up for East Coast Showcase

Representing the United States is a formidable lineup led by Briana Shelby, the USA High School indoor 60-meter champion. Shelby, who smashed the indoor 60 record with a time of 7.19 seconds, is set to compete in the 100 and 200 meters, alongside other top American talents such as Sydney Sutton, Avery Lewis, and Elise Cooper.

Jamaica’s Excelsior athletes, led by Damor Miller, are poised to make their mark following Miller’s surprising win at Champs in the Class 1 100 meters. Miller, who set a personal best of 10.31 seconds, aims to improve on last year’s performance, while his teammate Daniel Wright looks to defend his title in the 110-meter hurdles.

For Jamaica College, Carifta Under-20 800 and 1500-meter champion Kemarrio Bygrave will aim for victory in the 800m, while the United States will be represented by defending 400-meter champion Quincy Wilson of Bullis High School, among other top talents such as Jake Okey Jordan, Dominick Corley, and Colin Abrams.

With a lineup brimming with talent from both Jamaica and the United States, the East Coast Showcase promises thrilling competition as these young athletes vie for victory and seek to make their mark on the international stage.


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