Star sprinter clocks sub-10 in heats of 100 metres
WITH the long-awaited return of former record holder Asafa Powell being postponed due to illness, day one of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships was highlighted by a blistering sub-10 clocking by Kemar Bailey-Cole, who led all the qualifiers in the men's 100 metres at the National Stadium yesterday.
Bailey-Cole just failed to upgrade his personal best of 9.91 seconds, stopping the clock at 9.95 seconds to take heat one. Odean Skeen, running unattached, clocked a personal best of 10.12 seconds for second, with Oshane Bailey finishing third in 10.13 seconds.
World Relay gold medallist Nickel Ashmeade cruised to victory in 10.12 seconds to take heat two ahead of Kimmari Roach (10.27secs) and Kenroy Anderson (10.28secs).
Andrew Fisher clocked a personal best of 10.09 seconds to upstage double relay gold medallist Nesta Carter (10.12secs) in heat three, which saw Winston Barnes (10.21secs) finishing third.
Heat four, which was run in a positive wind speed of 1.0 mps, saw Julian Forte of MVP winning in 10.05 seconds ahead of Jason Livermore (10.12secs) and Adolphus Nevers (10.24 secs).
World Indoor silver medallist Kaliese Spencer was always a cut above the rest, and as expected, used her class to run out an easy winner in heat number one of the women's 400 metre hurdles in a fast time of 54.63 seconds, ahead of University of Technology's (UTech's) Janieve Russell (56.05secs) and Shevon Stoddart (56.26secs) representing PUMA.
The 27-year-old Spencer, representing MVP Track Club, got a good start from lane three and was always easy tracking her competitors on the outside lanes before making her move at the 200-metre mark before pulling away from the field.
Nickiesha Wilson, running unattached, had to stave off a challenge from Nikita Tracey to take the second heat in a moderate time of 55.90 seconds. Tracey was second in 55.99 seconds, with her younger sibling Ristananna Tracey of Racers Track Club finishing strongly to take third spot in 56.04 seconds. Rushell Clayton (56.46secs) of UTech and Samantha Elliott (57.44secs) also advanced to today's final with the next best times.
Annsert Whyte of Racers Track Club ran a torrid personal best of 48.69 seconds to easily win heat two of the men's equivalent. Whyte, who started his hurdling career last year, was very composed in executing his race plan to get the better of Leford Green (50.14secs), with Josef Robertson of Cameron Blazers (51.10secs) further back in third.
Roxroy Cato, running unattached, had earlier clocked 49.99 seconds to win heat one ahead of Isa Phillips (50.43secs) and Jodi-Rae Blackwood (50.64secs). Demar Murray (50.83secs) and Andre Clarke (51.85secs), both of Racers Track Club, advanced to the finals also.
National record holder Orrin Powell, in a bid to topple his record, threw 66.43 metres to win the men's javelin. However, the 22-year-old GC Foster College representative bettered his season's best mark of 65.48 metres.
The second day of the meet will be highlighted by the men's and women's 100-metre semi-finals.