Murphy wins 100

...Williams in cruise mode at Carifta Trials

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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BRIDGEPORT High School’s Jazeel Murphy overcame a sluggish start to retain his Boys’ Under-20 100m title on yesterday’s first day of the two-day Burger King/JAAA CARIFTA Games Trials at a windy Stadium East Complex.


Murphy, who is seeking to defend his title at the 41st staging of the Games to be held in Bermuda next month, won in 10.74 seconds into a negative 4.4 metres per second headwind, beating Wolmer’s Boys’ Adam Cummings, who took second in 11.02, with Bog Walk’s Jevaughn Minzie, who won the B final in 11.05 seconds (-4.5 m/s), third overall.


The race was not without some disappointment after MVP’s Julian Forte pulled up after leading at about 75 metres before finishing fourth in the A final in 11.16. He told the Sunday Observer after leaving the medical tent that he was "not feeling well".


The former Wolmer’s Boys’ runner said the injury "felt like a cramp" but he would not know further until after medical examinations.


A prolonged lay-off for Forte could put serious doubt in Jamaica’s quest to win their first gold medal in the boys’ 4x100m relay at this year’s IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in Barcelona, Spain, in July.


Yesterday’s first day was held under very trying conditions at the Stadium East facility and competition was affected by high winds all day that gusted to as high as negative 7.1 metres per second at times.


The high winds kicked up dust and debris that added to the discomfort of the fans who turned out for what was a good day of competition for places on the Jamaica team that will defend its title in early April. Murphy, who has missed several global championships over the past few years, including last year’s World Youth Championships in France, told reporters after the race he was "feeling good" about his preparations so far.


He said while he was not 100 per cent healthy, He was "getting stronger".


Meanwhile, Edwin Allen High’s World Youth Championships medallist Christiana Williams easily won the Girls’ Under-20 100m in 11.91 seconds (-5.5m/s wind) and said she felt she could have gone faster, but was happy to win.


Her teammate Monique Spencer finished second in 12.30, just getting to the line before MVP’s Cardine Copeland 12.38.


Calabar’s Michael O’Hara won the Boys’ Under-17 100m in 11.40 seconds (-6.8 m/s), while another Edwin Allen runner, Saquena Cameron, won the Girls’ Under-17 event in 12.48 seconds (-6.6 m/s).


World Youth champion Fedric Dacres, who has already qualified for the World Juniors, won the Under-20 Boys’ discus with a 56.42m effort that he was less than pleased with, beating teammate Ashinia Miller, 51.46, with Edwin Allen’s Fabian Tucker third in 51.45.


Dacres, who was left off the Jamaica team for the Carifta Games last year, had reason to be disappointed after throwing over 60m earlier this year.


Edwin Allen’s Terrian Williams won the Under-20 Girls’ 400m hurdles, winning the first heat in 1 minute 00.57 seconds, while favourite Jenieve Russell of Holmwood was second after wining the second heat in 1:02.60.


There were some surprises in the 800m as Papine’s Tiffany James and Cornwall College’s Ricardo McKenzie won the Under-17 events.


James ran 2:13.24 to nip Holmwood’s Lisa Buchanan, 2:1338, and St Elizabeth Technical’s Chantal Smith, 2:13.39, in one of the closest finishes yesterday.


McKenzie became the first boy from Cornwall to win an event at the Carifta Trials when he out-kicked Calabar High’s Alex Hutton to win in 1:58.19.


Semoya Campbell of Spalding held off Edwin Allen’s Desreen Montaque in 2:03.07 to win the Under-20 Girls’ event, while Kingston College’s Alex Saunders ran a well-judged race to win the Under-20 Boys’ title in 1:55.96 ahead of Vere Technical’s Wesley Gaynor.


Calabar High’s Sadiki Eddie won the first final of the day, taking the Boys’ Under-20 long jump in 7.33m ahead of KC’s Keneil Grant, 7.32, and Calabar’s Julanie Walker, 7.18.


Hydel High’s Samara Spencer won the Girls’ Under-17 event with 5.88m, beating Holmwood’s Tamara Moncrieffe, 5.69m.


Today’s second day is set to start an hour earlier at 10:00 am with the Girls’ Under-20 long jump that was due to be contested yesterday. Today will also see the 200m as well as the sprint hurdles and the finals of the 400m events. The first round of the 400m were held yesterday.


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