Athletics

Jamaica end with 39 medals at NACAC Championships

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, July 08, 2019

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Jamaica added four medals on Sunday's third and final day of the 10th NACAC Under-23 and Under-18 Championships in Quarertaro, Mexico, with Rajay Morris setting a Championship record 20.82 seconds to win the Under-18 200m, while the Under-23 mixed 4x400m relay team ended the championships on a high with a big upset of the United States.

Jamaica ended the three-day championships with 39 medals — 18 gold, 13 silver and eight bronze — and third in the combined medals table behind the United States, who won 27 gold, 23 silver and six bronze medals, and hosts Mexico who led after the first two days — 19 gold, 15 silver and 29 bronze for 63 medals — the most over all.

On Saturday's second session, Jamaica had won two more gold medals, including Crystal Morrison finally getting the better of Ackera Nugent in the Under-18 100m hurdles final.

Yesterday, Morris, who was second overall after the first round on Saturday, ran 20.82 seconds (0.5m/s) to land the gold medal, beating Barbados' Darian Clarke (21.18 seconds), who just edged out Mexico's Gerardo Lomeli (21.19 seconds), with Jamaica's Raheim Scott fifth in 21.36 seconds.

With individual Under-23 400m silver medallist Roneisha McGregor on the anchor, Jamaica won the mixed 4x400m gold medal in 3 minutes 16.99 seconds, with Terry Thomas leading off and handing over to 400m hurdles silver medallist Shiann Salmon and Martin Manley running the third leg.

The USA took the silver in 3:17.74 minutes, with Canada taking bronze in 3:22.43 minutes.

Jordan Turner won the boys' Under-18 triple jump gold with a best mark of 14.52m (1.6m/s). Barbados' Nathan Crawford-Wallis, who had one legal jump and led through the first three rounds, was second with a wind-aided 14.45m (2.2m/s), while Mexico's Alfredo Maldonado was third with 13.86m (0.9m/s).

The Under-18 mixed 4x400m team and Danielle Spence in the girls' Under-18 triple jump both mined silver medals yesterday.

The team of Deandre Watkin, Daniella Deer, Kenya Thompson and Devontie Archer ran 3:28.14 minutes to finish second behind Trinidad and Tobago (3:26.49 minutes), with Canada taking third in (3:29.86 minutes).


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