Kevona Davis continues impressive form at SW Isaac Henry Invitational

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis continued to signal her intent ahead of the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championship as she produced another telling performance with victory in the Class Two 200m at the SW Isaac Henry Invitational at the National Stadium yesterday.

Davis, who recently led her team to a scintillating Class Two 4X100m relay record at the Milo Western Relays, was literally on a cruise yesterday, clocking an easy 24.06 in a strong headwind of 2.5 metres per second wind reading.

The impressive 16-year-old briskly left the blocks and went away from the field coming off the curve before easing down close to the end.

She erased the old meet record of 24.52s, finishing ahead of Gabrielle Matthews (24.96s) of The Queen's School and Lana-Michovani Graham (25.33s) of Wolmer's Girls.

Davis has personal best marks of 11.15 and 22.72 seconds over the 100m and 200m, respectively, and is once again expected to stamp her class in both at the March 26-30 championships.

There were a number of other meet records on the track with Kishawna Wallace of Holmwood Technical clocking a new record 24.46 in the girls' Class One event. She lowered the previous mark of 24.58 set last year by Kadeja Campbell, winning ahead of Daszay Freeman (24.55) of The Queen's School and Janielle Josephs (24.99) of St Andrew.

Joseph had earlier won the 400m in a record 56.15, lowering 57.69 set last year by Christine Irving. Annakay Allen (56.51) of St Catherine and Hydel's Jada Martin (56.87) were the runners up.

Javari Thomas of St Jago won the boys' Class One 200m in 21.65 bettering the efforts of Ryiem Robertson (21.95) of Jamaica College and Emmanuel Agenor (22.14), also of St Jago.

Matthews of The Queen's School also had a victory of her own in the Class Two 100m hurdles. She won in 14.15 in a negative 0.4 wind reading, with the Hydel High pair of Oneika Wilson (14.15) and Velecia Williams (14.36) in second and third, respectively.

The boys' Class Two 110m hurdles was won by St Jago's Vashaun Vascianna in a comfortable 13.58, bettering the old mark of 13.89 set back in 2015 by Calabar's Dejour Russell. Vascianna's teammate Jahvel Granville was second in 13.89 with Jerome Campbell (14.12) of Calabar in third.

Kingston College's Amontae Wray also looked impressive in the Class Three 100m hurdles event, clocking 13.77 to lower the old mark of 14.00 set in 2015 by Tarjmaar Miller. Rajohn Gray (14.02) also of Kingston College was second ahead of Damario Prince (14.52) of St Jago.

It was a clean sweep for KC in the Class One 110m hurdles as Akeem Cargill clocked 13.80 for victory, bettering the previous mark of 14.04 set last year by Jordan Roberts. His teammates Wayne Pinnock (14.07) and Clinton Simmonds (14.56) were second and third.

In field events, Jordan Turner of Calabar leapt a wind-aided 7.55m in the boys Class Two long jump to win ahead of the KC pair of Jaheim Cox (7.31m) and Nkrumie Bouwahjgie (7.16m).

— Sherdon Cowan

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