Shelly, Elaine open with victories at Queen's/Grace Jackson meet


Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Jamaican stars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, who won the last three Olympic 100m titles, opened their seasons in style, clocking 7.21 (-0.8 mps) and 7.24 (-0.9mps) over 60m at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Track Meet inside the National Stadium last night.

Fraser-Pryce, who sped to Olympic glory in 2008 and 2012, looked back to her explosive self, leaving the blocks like a bullet to win heat two and stopped the clock at 7.21 seconds well clear of Donya Ewers of the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech), who finished second in 7.55. Srabani Nanda of MVP was third in 7.56. Fraser-Pryce's time was just outside the record of 7.02 held by Elaine Thompson since 2017.

Thompson, who struggled with injury last season, also looked awesome in heat one as she powered away from the field to win in 7.24 seconds. Jodean Williams of Swept Track Club was second in 7.42 ,and Sprintec's Shashalee Forbes was third with 7.43.

MVP's Nesta Carter was quickest in the men's 60m, clocking 6.67 (-0.5 mps). Andrew Fisher of Sprintec was second with 6.68 and MVP's Julian Forte third with 6.72. All three ran in Heat Two. Heat One was won by Ojamu Graham of the UTech with 6.75, which made him the fourth fastest on the night.

Earlier, Sportsman-of-the-Year Fedrick Dacres of the University of the West Indies (UWI) established a new discus record, throwing 62.59m to erase his own record set in 2016 of 61.32m. His teammate Alec Longmore was second some distance back with 45.07m.

Kingston College's Tahj Mullings continued his good form to win the boy's Under-20 discus with 50.57m ahead of his teammate Nemoy Cocket with 44.67m. Calabar's Shadane Adamson was third with 43.76m. Adamson would return to win the Under-17 discus with a record 52.01m.

Wolmer's Boys' Jeremy Farr lowered the Class One 400m record to 47.15m, breaking Anthony Carpenter's 2018 record of 47.45. Nicquaine Henry of Calabar was second overall in 47.88 ahead of Devonte Archer of Excelsior High with 47.93. KC's Jevaughn Powell ended fourth in 48.22.

Devonte Heywood of Munro College was fastest in the Class Two 400m, clocking 48.98 seconds, just outside the record of 48.53 held by Calabar's Evaldo Whitehorne since 2018. Jaden Brown of KC was second overall in 50.14, with JC's DeAndre Watkins third with 50.22. Calabar's Javel Fullerton finished fourth with 50.27.

Calabar's Shadane Smith was fastest in the boys' Class Three 400m with 52.58 ahead of Akeem Weir of KC in 52.77 with Penwood High's Manwell Hay third in 52.78. Christopher Scott of Jamaica College was fourth overall with 53.08.

Akani Slater of GC Foster was quickest in the Men's Clubs 400m running 47.91. His teammate Demar Murray was second with 47.96, with Shakeel Brown of the UWI third overall with 48.22.

In the Women's Club 400m, Swept Track Club swept the top three spots as Ronesha McGregor was quickest clocking 52.32 ahead of Rushell Clayton second in 53.78 and Nikita Tracey third with 54.23. Former Holmwood Technical standout Ashley “Felix” Williams was fourth with 54.83.

Britney Brown of Blade Athletics won the girls' Class One 400m in 56.91 ahead of St Jago's T-Anna Dawkins in 57.01 and Jonelle Thomas of St Catherine High third in 57.73 seconds.

St Jago grabbed the top two spots in the Class Two girls' 400m as Sashell Reid won in 58.23 ahead of Sancia Smith with 58.95. Jaden Francis of Falcon Athletics was third with 59.21 seconds.

Quaycian Davis continued St Jago's dominance by winning the Class Three 400m in 56.81 ahead of Dejanae Oakley of Clarendon College with 57.05. Sisters Christal Facey and Christin Facey, of Alpha Elite from Florida, were third and fourth overall in 57.37 and 57.91, respectively.

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