Kevona Davis and DeAndre Watkin won the flagship events. Still, the U20 boys 1500m athletes, led by Kevroy Venson delivered the special moment on Saturday’s (7 March) 2nd day of Jamaica’s CARIFTA Games Trials.
Venson toyed with the field for the entire race at the National Stadium. He went out with the leaders, but then allowed his Calabar’s teammate Rivaldo Marshall and KC’s Gianni Henry to take charge.
At one stage during the three-and-three-quarter lap, Venson dropped back about 20m meters into fourth.
It wasn’t until the final lap Venson started to make his way to the front, and he did so with ease. He came home in 3:52.81, a personal best run.
Venson’s ploy also carried the top four home in personal best times. Marshall 3:53.44, Rushane Fullerton of JC 3:53.87 and Henry 3:54.13.
Meanwhile, Davis topped the U20 girls’ 100m in 11.46. She fought with her teammate Brandy Hall and Sashieka Steele for the most part before pulling way in the last 10 metres.
Hall, who was the early leader, dropped the third in 11.59, behind Steele, who finished strong in 11.55.
Watkin shocked the U20 boys’ field to win in 10.61 ahead of Raheim Scott of Rusea’s 10.69. Sachin Dennis tipped to take the event, finished fourth in 10.76.
Edwin Allen High’s trio of Tina Clayton 11.45, Tia Clayton 11.62 and Serena Cole 11.77 occupied the top three spots in the U17 girls’ final.
KC’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie had things his way in the U17 boys’ 100m final. He won easy in 10.69. JC’s Christopher Scott tipped as a serious challenger to Nkrumie, finished second in 10.82.
Bovel McPherson of Holmwood won the U20 boys’ 400m in 46.59 ahead of Daeandre Anderson of Vere 46.73.
Dejanea Oakley of Clarendon College won the U17 girls’ 400m final in 53.34 ahead of Alliah Baker of Hydel 53.69.
Tahj Hamm of Holmwood won the U17 boys 400m final in 47.49 ahead of Tariq Dacres of Jamaica College (JC) 48.59.
Oneika Mcannuff of Hydel was the U20 girls’ 400m winner in 52.78 ahead of Aalliyah Francis of Rusea’s 52.89.
Holmwood Technical’s Bovel McPherson topped the U20 boys’ 400m final in 46.59 ahead of Daeandre Anderson of Vere 46.73.
In the field, Christopher Seaton of KC won the U17 boys’ long jump with 7.04m over Wolmer’s Nando Meggs, 6.99m.
Clarendon College’s Ricardo Hayles took the discus U17 boys’ final with 50.66 ahead of Calabar’s Kobe Lawrence 49.96m.
Ralford Mullings of Kingston College (KC) was the U20 boys’ discus throw winner with 61.43m.
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