By Cayman Invitational, Press Release
Third-time returnees Tiffany Williams of the United States, Ajoke Odumosu of Nigeria,and Jamaican representatives Ristananna Tracey and Shevon Stoddart are scheduled to continue their battles in the women's 400 metre hurdles event at the 2014 Cayman Islands Invitational on Wednesday May 7th.
Ajoke set the standard in 2012 with a winning mark of 55.09 seconds,but slipped to fifth last year.Tiffany upped her position from runnerup to the top spot in 2013,lowering the record to 55.04.
Ristananna jumped from sixth place in her first appearance to the second spot in 2013.Shevon has finished fourth in both previous outings.
Although anyone of this formidable foursome could stand on the top step during the victory ceremony,other possible show-stealing starters will include veteran Nickiesha Wilson from Jamaica.
Every one of the competitors in the event presents an impressive list of accomplishments.
Tiffany Williams,from Miami,Florida,represented the Miami Northwest Express Club in her early competitive career. She won the Southeastern Conference 400 metre hurdles three times and also was a 15-time
All-American while attending the University of South Carolina. She was the United States champion in the event in 2007 and 2008,and was a finalist at the Beijing Olympics. Her personal best is listed at 53.28 seconds.
Ajoke Odumosu is the national record holder for Nigeria in the women's 400 metre hurdles at 54.40 posted in the semifinals of the London Olympics.
Prior to that achievement,she had attained several victories and other medal-winning performances at international competitions.
She struck gold at the African Championships in 2008, the Commonwealth Games in 2010,and the All-Africa Games in 2011. She was a standout for the University of South Alabama track squad.
Ristananna Tracey lowered her time substantiantially to place second at last year's Invitational.
At the World Junior Championships in 2010,she finished fifth,and the following year was victorious at the CAC Junior Championships. At the Jamaica National Championships in 2011,her second place time of 54.50
seconds was noted as the second-best all-time mark in the event at the junior level.
Shevon Stoddart was another stalwart representative of the University of South Carolina. She competed for Jamaica at the 2004 Olympics while still in college, and later in 2008 in Beijing, where she finished fourth. She
gained a third-place medal at the CAC Games in 2005, and competed in the World Championships later that year. Shevon placed fifth at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Her best mark for the 400 metre hurdles is 54.40 seconds,and she is a noted singer , songwriter and model.
Nickiesha Wilson will be competing in the Cayman Invitational for the first time this year.She has enjoyed a distinguished career representing Jamaica all the way from Carifta up to the Olympics.
She is acclaimed as the most prolific hurdler in NCAA history for her exploits in the 60 metre,100 metre,and 400 metre hurdle events at Louisiana State University,where she won three NCAA titles and was named
a 17-time All-American. At the 2010 Continental Cup,she defeated runnerup Ajoke Odumosu.
As this friendly, healthy battle continues, who will cross the finish-line first at this year Cayman Invitational 2014?
It's anybody's guess!
But there is one certainty, It will be exciting to watch!