Athletics

Canada impress on day two of JAAA Under-18 Invitational Meet

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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On a day that they celebrated 'Canada Day', the Canadian athletes who performed on the second and final day of the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) Under-18 Invitational Meet at the National Stadium on Sunday excelled on the tack and in the field to take home a huge bounty for their country.

In the opening event, however, Jamaica's top youth 400m female hurdler Shiann Salmon continued to show her dominance in the discipline, turning in another superlative performance as she stormed to victory in 58.35 seconds, almost six seconds faster than second-placed Julia Lovsin of Canada, who was second in 1:04.32 minutes, and her Jamaican teammate Donell Hartley third in 1:07.60 minutes.

In the boys' equivalent, Jamaica took first and second through Devonte Archer (54.37) and Shantamoi Brown (54.91). Sharim Hamilton of St Kitts and Nevis was third in 57.20, while Adam Vilio of Canada was fourth in 59.69.

One of the country's most promising young sprinters, Sachin Dennis, who suffered a cramp during the 100m on day one, had a better day two when he sped to victory in section one of the boys' 200m in 20.97 seconds. The powerfully built Myles Misener-Daley of Canada finished a close second in 21.19, Conroy Jones of Jamaica was third in 21.92, while Junior Rouse of St Kitts & Nevis was fourth in 22.50.

In section two, Rajay Morris of Jamaica was first in 21.90 seconds, Ibrahim Ayorinde was second in 22.22, and Cordel Gordon of Jamaica third in 22.86.

Canada swept the girls' equivalent as Jasneet Nijjar was first in 24.25, Makenzy Pierre second in 24.27, and Olivia Gee third in 24.68.

Canada also had joy in the 800m as they won both the boys' and girls' events.

They took first and second in the boys' race — Abdullahia Hassan was first in the 1:52.14, Liam Rivard was second in 1:53.24, while J'Voughn Blake of Jamaica was third in 1:56.11.

Tiana Lostracco was first in the girls' race in 2:06.71, Chrisanni May of Jamaica was second in 2:07.49, and Maggie Smith of Canada third in 2:07.74.

There were only two participants in the girls' 3000m which was won by Cameron Ormond in 9:43.39, while her teammate Samantha Ford followed her home in 9:52.74 as Canada took the gold and silver.

There was another Canadian one-two in the boys' 3000m — Evan Burke crossing the line in 8:28.66, Santiago Gaitan stopping the clock at 8:43.67, while the Jamaican Noel Ellis was third in 10:26.49.

In the field, Canada were first in the girls' javelin as JV Patry-Smith got a distance of 42.38m, beating the Jamaican pair of Chezgjay Williams (31.63m) and Cedricka Williams (22.92m).

Canadian Jarrett Chong was the only participant in the boys' javelin, throwing a personal best of 67.26m on his very first throw.

The consistent Romaine Beckford won gold for Jamaica in the boys' high jump with a best of 2.00m, while Kadian Roper and Anthony Hanson, who both cleared 1.95m, ensured a Jamaican trifecta.

Mila Puseljic was alone in the girls' triple jump, taking home the gold for Canada with a best of 11.22m.

Apolos Edwards took the gold for Jamaica in the triple jump with 14.98m, while Mackenzie Stathis took silver for Canada with 13.83m.

The mixed 4x400m relay closed the show with Jamaica “A” winning in 3:26.97, with Jamaica “B” second in 3:31.23, while Canada were third in 3:34.62.

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