KINGSTON — Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Kingston College blew away the competition at Champs 2023 on Wednesday night with a record-breaking performance in the Class One boys’ 100-meter semi-final. Running a comfortable 10.08 seconds (-1.1 m/s headwind), Nkrumie shattered the previous Boys Champs record of 10.12 seconds set in 2014 by former Kingston College sprinter Zharnel Hughes.
Nkrumie, the Jamaica national junior record holder with a personal best of 10.02 seconds, which he set last summer to win a silver medal at the World U20 in Cali, has his sights set on clocking a sub-10 second time in the final. READ MORE: Jodyann Mitchell Smashes Class One Girls 1500m Record Boys and Girls at Champs23
Deandre Daley of Herbert Morrison also secured his place in the final, finishing behind Nkrumie in the first semi-final with a personal best time of 10.21 seconds.
In the Class One girls’ 100m semi-finals, gold medal favorites Alana Reid of Hydel High and Serena Cole of Edwin Allen High set the pace heading into the final. Reid posted the fastest time of 11.16 seconds, while World U20 silver medalist Cole clocked 11.17 seconds for the second-fastest time.
Other notable finalists included Tramaine Todd of STETHS, who clocked 10.51 seconds to lead the way in the Class Two boys’ 100m, Abigail Wolfe of Holy Childhood High in Class Two for the girls with 11.59 seconds, and Theianna-Lee Terrelonge of Edwin Allen High, who clocked 11.63 seconds to lead the way in the Class Three girls’ 100m.