CALABAR High's Michael O'hara was unstop-pable, blasting away the competition to win the U-20 boys' 200m by more than 10m on the concluding day of the Carifta Trials on a wet, windy afternoon at the National Stadium yesterday.
O'hara, aided with a +4.7m/s wind posted 20.78 seconds for victory and said he would be going for the record at 'Champs' next week.
"Coach told me to get off the turn and just go into the straight. It gives me the confidence that I need knowing that I will be going for the record," said O'hara.
Jevaughn Minzie of Bog Walk was second in 21.44 and Oshane Burrell of Manchester 21.47.
Vere's Shericka Jackson continued her dominance over the distance with victory in the U-20 girls 200m in 23.06.
Holmwood's Kedisha Dallas (23.89) and Shimarya Williams of Clarendon College (24.07) third.
Calabar's Jovan Francis won the U-20 400m ahead of Lennox Williams of KC 47.15 and Omari McDonald (47.91). Yanique McNeil of Vere won the girls race in 53.38 ahead of Chris-Ann Gordon of Holmwood in 53.56 and Asaine Hall of Petersfield 54.87.
In the U-17 event, Martin Manley won the U-17 boys in 48.81 and Canniga Harriott of Munro in 49.11 and Dontre Williams of KC 49.37.
In the U-17 girls, Tiffany James of Papine won in 54.70, followed by and Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen 55.52 and Simoy Hemmings of Hydel 55.76.
Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer's was on double duty as he first claimed the U-17 110m hurdles in 13.63 before returning less than an hour later to finish second in the U-17 200m in 21.96 behind winner Martin Manley of St Jago in 21.79. Jelani Walker of St George's was third in 21.97. St Jago's Roje Jackson Chin (13.76) and Rohan Cole of STETHS (14.38) were second and third in the hurdles.
Shellece Clark of Edwin Allen was the winner in the girls equivalent in 24.19 and Shanice Reid second in 24.23. Former St Andrew stand-out Megan Simmonds, now at UTech, posted 13.23 seconds, blowing away the competition to capture the U-20 girls' 100m hurdles.
Chrisdale McCarthy of St Jago was second in 13.62 and Osheen Erskine third in 13.90. Tyler Mason won the boys equivalent in 13.79 (+4.3ms) with Calabar's D'Andrian Hill second in 14.10 and Abraham Robertson third in 14.19. Rushelle Burton of St Andrew secured the U-17 girls' 100m hurdles title with a well-run 13.55 to finish ahead of Wolmer's' Janeek Brown (13.72) and a fast-finishing Brittany Thompson of Hydel (13.83).
Demar Robinson of Calabar leapt 2.15m to win the U-20 boys' high jump, the same as Christoff Bryan of Wolmer's.
Robinson, who is also his school team's captain, will not be competing at next week's ISSA Boys & Girls Athletic Championships after failing to make the academic standard.
A clearly deflated Robinson talked about his performance. "I was trying to get over 2.20m, but I'm just happy about it. I've been training for six months. I'm just one man. One man can't win Champs," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Matthew Campbell of Ardenne was third with a height of 2.05m.
World Junior champion Frederic Dacres of Calabar won the U-20 discus with a throw 58.26m and also the shot put with a throw of 17.82m.
Chadrick Dacosta of KC was second in the discus with 53.20m and also finished third in the shot put with 17.68m. Former Carifta champion Gleneve Grange of Holmwood threw 48.40m to win the U-20 discus ahead of Paul-Ann Gayle of Edwin Allen (47.13m) and her team-mate Rochelle Frazer.
Shanice Love of Excelsior captured the U-17 girls' discus throw with 38.56m, while Janell Fullerton of Edwin Allen second with 38.18m and Joel Robinson third with 36.53m.
Fullerton went on to win the U-17 shot put with 13.48m ahead of Javelin throw winner Devia Brown of Hydel 11.99m and Love with 11.08m.
Kingston College's Clive Pullen leapt 7.50m to claim the U-20 boys long jump. Second place went to Julanie Walker of Calabar 7.37m and Nicholaus Phynn of Jamaica College 7.36m.
Xavier Boland of KC secured the U-20 pole vault with 4.40m, Tian Cain of Calabar and Akeem Carr of Jamaica College with 3.70m each.
The high jump winner was Shiann Salom of Hydel with 1.65m, the same as Toni-Farquharson of Wolmer's. Annia Ashley of Edwin secured third with 1.60m.
Rochelle Frazer of Edwin Allen captured the U-20 shot put with a distance of 13.44m. Kiona Bradshaw was second in 12.50m and Isheka Binns third in 12.32m. Ajani James of JC captured the U-17 long jump with 6.74m ahead of Roje Jackson Chin of St Jago 6.72m and Shammani Wellington of KC 6.65m. Claudette Allen of Edwin Allen won the girls equivalent with 6.05m. Tamara Moncrieffe was second with 6.04m and Annastacia Forrester of Manchester third 5.82m.