Bryan impresses, as O'Hara completes sprint double

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter

Monday, June 16, 2014    

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JAMAICA'S high jump prodigy Christoff Bryan warmed up for the World Junior Championships in the USA by easily winning the Under-20 high jump clearing 2.20m at the Supreme Ventures National Junior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.

Bryan, 18, who won bronze at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine last year and gold at the 2012 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships, easily dispatched second-placed Clayton Brown, who cleared 2.10m. Davonne Beckford of Herbert Morrison was third with 1.90m.

Bryan, of Wolmer's Boys, who scaled 2.16m to claim the bronze last year at the World Youth, has already leapt 2.23m in March, which gives him a world junior ranking of third behind Andrei Skabeika of Belarus with 2.26m and Danil Lysenko of Russia with 2.24m.

Meanwhile, sprinter Michael O'Hara showed that he is rounding into form with another immaculate display in winning the Under-20, 200m in 20.96 seconds ahead of Jevaughn Minzie in 21.57 seconds in a negative head wind of (-2.0 mph).

Minzie, of Bog Walk High, led coming off the curve but once the high knee-lifting O'Hara got into top gear, the result was never in doubt. He easily swept past Minzie and moved away for an effortless victory. Minzie, realising he was second best, eased up considerably, hence his pedestrian time. But he was still well clear of third-placed Shamar Brown of Cameron Blazers with 22.10 seconds.

Chad Walker of St Jago took the Under-18 boys' 200m in 21.56 seconds, but had to work hard to hold off Calabar's Fabian Hewitt, who clocked 21.66 seconds. But Walker's antics after victory where he raised his hand in front of Hewitt, didn't

go down well with the Calabar runner.

Promising St Jago High athlete Natalliah Whyte showed great top end speed to win the Under-20, 200m in 23.77 seconds and was .14 second ahead of Kedisha Dallas of GC Foster College in 23.91 seconds, with Shimayra Williams of the University of Technology (UTech) third in 24.14 seconds.

Another St Jago athlete, Shanice Reid captured the Under-18 girls' 200m in 24.46 seconds, well clear of the Green Island High pair of Vanesha Pusey (25.62) and Kimone Hines (26.02) in second and third.

World Youth 400m champion Martin Manley of St Jago looked a picture of class and elegance as he eased to an impressive 46.24 seconds clocking to win the Under-20, 400m ahead of his schoolmate Nathon Allen in 46.39 seconds.

Manley's time has placed him 11th on the world junior ranking behind world leader Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago with 45.23 seconds done on May 7.

Michael Cherry of the USA is ranked second with 45.37 seconds. However, Allen remained the fastest Jamaican junior with 46.11 seconds, which placed him sixth on the world list.

Tiffany James of Papine High outlasted her older rivals to win the Under-20 400m in 53.69 seconds. Yanique McNeil of Vere Technical was second in 53.83, just ahead of Dawnalee Loney of Balaclava High with 53.84 seconds.

In the morning session, OBrien Waysome of Jamaica College leapt to 7.46m to capture the Under-18 long jump in which his only other competitor Roje Jackson Chin of St Jago fouled out.

Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield High took the boys' Under-18 shot put with a throw of 18.61m ahead of Warren Barrett Jnr with 18.38, and Vashon McCarthy with 17.26m.

Trishuana Hemmings of Glengoffe High with a leap of 5.73m won the girls' Under-18 long jump ahead of Shanique Wright of Manchester High with 5.65m.

Janell Fullerton of Edwin Allen won the Under-18 shot put with a throw of 15.32m. Devia Brown of Hydel was second with 13.93m.

Rochelle Frazer won the girls' Under-20 shot put with a throw of 13.81m ahead of Gleneve Grange with 13.25m. They were the only two competitors over the 13m mark.

The promising Krista-Gay Taylor of Convent of Mercy Alpha captured the Under-20 high jump with an impressive 1.82m ahead of Safia Morgan of Immaculate High with 1.75m.

Demar Gayle took the Under-20 discus with a throw of 17.34 m with Alec-Verne Longmore of JC in second with 16.48m. Clayton Brown of Calabar was third with 15.56m.

Cornwall College's Odaine Lewis won the Under-20 triple jump with 15.70m ahead of Gavin Gibson of KC with 14.41m.

Obrien Waysome completed a jumping double, capturing the Under-18 triple jump with 15.51m with Jordan Scott of Campion College second with 14.94m.

In the hurdles, World Youth 100m hurdles champion Yanique Thompson of Holmwood Technical was beaten into second spot by Daehan Gordon in the Under-20 category. Gordon stopped the clock at 14.06 seconds with Thompson back in second with 14.84 seconds.

Jameek Brown won the Under-18 girls' 100m hurdles in 14.00 seconds with Jeanine Williams second in 14.15 seconds.

In the absence of World Youth champion Jaheel Hyde, Tyler Mason of Jamaica College took the Under-20 110m hurdles in 13.83 seconds running into a negative head win of (-3.3 mph). He had behind him Marvin Williams, the 2013 World Youth 400m hurdles winner in second place with 13.97 seconds.





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