Chambers sparkles at Carifta Trials
O’Hara misses 100m due to family mishapSaturday, March 08, 2014
BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD Youth 200m champion Michael O'Hara failed to show for the Under-20 100m at the Carifta Trials after his mother and his brother were involved in motor car accident on Friday night.
O'Hara, who finished fourth in the 100m at the World Youth Championships last year, later turned up at the National Stadium and told the Jamaica Observer that his mother apparently tore ligaments in her leg after being hit by a car as she bravely pulled his young brother to safety.
He was not in the state of mind to compete yesterday, but would be ready for 200m today.
The Calabar High School star, who has the fastest time of 10.29 seconds over the distance this season, is expected to apply for an excuse based on extenuating circumstances.
Meanwhile, on an even more tragic circumstance, Odane Bernard of Donald Quarrie, whose father was gunned down last Tuesday, ran through the emotional barrier and finished seventh in the Under-20 100m in 10.63 seconds.
But in the absence of O'Hara, the race was won by Bog Walk's Jevaughn Minzie in 10.40 seconds.
A disappointed Minzie said he got the victory, but was hoping for a better time. "This is not the time I wanted. I got a slow start as well as the weather (cool, rainy conditions), so I will have to go back and work with my coach."
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Raheem Chambers of St Jago High turned in the performance of the Trials so far, with a blistering 10.28 seconds to win the
The muscular Chambers, who will be competing in his second year at Class Two, left the blocks like a bullet and was well clear of the tall Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College in 10.42, with St Jago's Class One athlete Chad Walker third in 10.45 seconds.
The promising 15-year-old Jevaughn Matherson was fourth in 10.50 seconds.
Chambers, who saw his Class Three Champs record erased last year by Matherson, said he was not surprised by his time, three weeks before the big event.
"I had it in me and I just had to execute the way my coach wanted me to and that's exactly what I did," said Chambers.
In the girls' Under-20 100m, Jonelle Smith of Wolmer's Girls won in a blanket finish in 11.44 seconds ahead of Diana Johnson of Holmwood Technical, and Kedisha Dallas of GC Foster, both tied for second in 11.47. Holmwood's Chanice Bonner was fourth in 11.49, with Shauna Helps of Wolmer's fifth in 11.50 seconds.
In the Under-18 100m, defending Carifta Under-17 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte of St Jago false-started and was disqualified.
The outstanding first-year Class Three runner Kimone Shaw, of St Jago, easily won the Under-18 100m in 11.55 seconds. Her teammate Shanice Reid was second in 11.72, with Class Four prodigy Kiara Grant of Alpha Academy third with 11.84 seconds.
Meanwhile, World Youth 400m hurdles champion Marvin Williams of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was caught on the line in the Under-20 400m hurdles by his teammate Okeen Williams, who did 51.79 seconds. Marvin Williams did 51.84 seconds.
But both were slower than the Under-18 400m hurdles winner Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer's Boys, who easily won in 51.06 seconds.
Shenice Cohen of Holmwood Technical won the girls' Under-18 300m hurdles in 41.40 seconds ahead of Edwin Allen's Shannon Kalawan in 41.63 seconds.
Shanike Watson of Holmwood Technical won the girls' Under-20 3,000m in 10:22.70 minutes, well clear of Alethia McLaughlin of STETHS with 10:39.46 minutes.
Carifta Under-17 1,500m champion Jauvaney James, of STETHS, won the Under-18 3,000m in 8:56.97 minutes ahead of Garfield Gordon of Mavis Bank High with 8:58.49 minutes.
Calabar High's Rajay Hamilton, formerly of Lennon High, chased down KC's Miguel Morrison to win the boys' Under-20 800m in 1:51.90 minutes. Kevon Robinson of Spalding High was second in 1:51.97, with Morrison back in third spot with 1:52.55 minutes.
Monique McPherson of St Jago won the girls' Under-20 800m in 2:09.07 minutes ahead of Chantai Smith of STETHS with 2:10.28 minutes.
In the Under-18 400m, St Jago's Class One runner Martin Manley, also the World Youth 400m champion, cruised home in 47.95 seconds to qualify for the final. However, he was second quickest behind the much-improved KC Class Two athlete Nathaniel Bann, with 47.93.
Calabar's Class Three prodigy Anthony Carpenter was also easy in 48.43 seconds. KC's Donte Williams also made it in 48.47, as did Nigel Ellis of STETHS in 48.42 seconds.
Day Two of the Carifta Trials continues today with the 1,500m heats; the sprint hurdles heats and finals; 200m heats and finals; and the 400m finals.