Shaw stars as Jamaica cop 18 medals CAC Junior Champs

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Saturday, July 05, 2014

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JAMAICA started the defence of their XX Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships title in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, yesterday, winning 18 medals on the first day of the three-day event, with six gold, eight silver and four bronze.

Kimone Shaw and Waseem Williams won the Under-18 girls' and boys' 100m titles, respectively; Marvin Williams won the boys' Under-20 400m hurdles; Krista-Gay Taylor led a one-two for Jamaica in the Under-20 girls' high jump; Monique McPherson won the Under-20 girls' 800m, while the Under-18 girls' 4x100m relay team also won.

Shaw was also responsible for two records on the day, while Williams equalled one. Shaw ran 11.51 seconds (1.1m/s), breaking the 11.59 seconds held by Anneisha McLaughlin since 2002. She also anchored the relay team that won in 44.97 seconds to beat the 45.33 seconds set by another Jamaican team in 2002 including Shelly-Ann Fraser, McLaughlin, Latoya Greaves and Diannne Dietrich.

Williams' 10.47 seconds (0.4m/s) equalled the record held by Trinidad and Tobago's Darrell Brown set in 2000.

On today's second day, the Jamaicans are expected to take part in the semi-final and finals of all four 200m events, both boys' discus throw events, both girls' 100m hurdles, both boys' long jumps, both girls' discus throw and the boys' 4x100m relays.

Yesterday, after running 11.80 seconds in the prelims, the third fastest time, Shaw turned up in the final in record-breaking mode, beating Barbados' Evelyn Tristan (11.52 seconds) and Mexico's Cecilia Tamayo (11.65 seconds).

Shaw's teammate Shanice Reid was seventh in the final in 11.87 seconds.

Williams led after the preliminaries with a wind-aided 10.39 seconds (3.1m/s) before taking the gold ahead Keannu Pennerman of the Bahamas (10.51 seconds) and Trinidad's Akanni Hislop (10.63 seconds).

The other Jamaican, Fabian Hewitt, who was third fastest after the preliminaries, was disqualified in the final after he false started.

Edward Clarke won silver in the Under-20 boys' 100m, running 10.48 seconds (-0.1m/s), beaten by Trinidad's Johnathon Farinha (10.38 seconds) with Bermuda's Kyle Webb third in 10.55 seconds.

The other Jamaican Raheem Robinson ran 10.84 seconds in the preliminaries and failed to advance.

Marvin Williams, the reigning IAAF World Youth Championships gold medallist, added the CAC Juniors title to his resume, running 52.55 seconds to beat Puerto Rico's Derick Diaz (52.73 seconds) and Barbados' Jerrad Mason (53.26 seconds).

McPherson clocked 2 minutes 17.11 seconds to win the Under-20 girls' 800m, easily beating two Mexicans -- Lizette Sala (2 minutes 21.59 seconds) and Hannia Palafox (2 minutes 22.71 seconds).

Taylor, who won at the Penn Relays earlier, cleared 1.79m to win the high jump for Under-20 girls; Safia Morgan took the silver for Jamaica clearing 1.60m to beat Mexico's Luisa Rejon on the count back.

The girls' Under-18 relay team of Jeanine Williams, Vanesha Pusey, Shanice Reid and Shaw then broke the record, beating the Bahamas (46.76 seconds) and Mexico (47.32 seconds).

Junelle Bromfield and Rayon Butler won silver medals in the Under-18 800m for girls and boys, respectively. Bromfield ran 2 minutes 14.40 seconds to finish behind Bermuda's Faheemah Scraders' 2 minutes 40.00 seconds, while Butler clocked 1 minute 55.52 seconds behind Mexico's Jesus T Lopez meet record of 1 minute 52.38 seconds.

Shanice Cohen in the girls' Under-18 400m hurdles and Orlando Smith in the boys' 400m hurdles both took silver medals. Cohen clocked 1 minute 02.33 seconds to be beaten by Mexico's Paola Moran in 1 minute 02.18 seconds. Sahannon Kalawan was fourth in 1 minute 02.91 seconds.

Smith ran 53.75 seconds in his final to finish behind Barbados' Rivaldo Leacock (51.81 seconds).

Clayton Brown was second in the Under-20 boys' high jump with 2.10m, as Mexico's Arturo J Abascal won with 2.15m.

The Under-20 girls' 4x100m team of Sashalee Forbes, Yanique Thompson, Saqukine Cameron and Shimayra Williams ran 44.33 seconds, as Trinidad won in a new meet record 44.24 seconds.

Kevon Robinson took third in the Under-20 boys' 800m in 1 minute 50.82 seconds; Shian Salmon was third in the Under-18 high jump clearing 1.72m; Alex-Verne Longmore took bronze in the Under-20 boys' shot put with 16.40m, as Demar Gayle was sixth with 15.99m; Sanjae Lawrence was also third in the Under-18 boys' shot put, throwing 17.78m as Warren Barrett was fifth with 17.02m.

Sashalee Forbes just missed winning a medal in the Under-20 girls' 100m finishing fourth in 11.76 seconds, while Saqukine Cameron was sixth in 11.96 seconds.

Jamaica's contestants in the girls' shot put came up short as Isheka Binns was fifth in the Under-20 section, while Jennell Fullerton was fourth in the Under-18 section and Shanice Love eighth.




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