Vascianna, Campbell help continue Jamaica’s medal push at NACAC U18 & U23 Championship

By July 06, 2019
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Jamaica have continued their strong showing at the NACAC Under-18 and Usnder-23 National Championships in Mexico as day two’s morning session came to an end on Saturday. 

The day began with Ralford Mullings throwing the shot put out to 20.96 metres to collect the countries first gold medal, adding to the nine they mined on the first day.

Then, in the Under-18 110-metre hurdles, Vashaun Vascianna, with a nippy 13.09, was too good for his teammate, Jerome Campbell, whose 13.59 was in turn, too quick for the rest of the field with Trinidad and Tobago’s Justin Guy grabbing bronze in 13.79 seconds.

In the under-23 event, Phillip Lemonious with his 13.56 was the fastest qualifier for the final with teammate Rohan Cole, 13.78, joining the final eight with the fourth fastest qualifying time. Cayman Islands’ Rasheem Brown, 13.88, join the two Jamaicans in the final.

Former St Elizabeth Technical High School standout, Jauvney James, continues to get on the podium for Jamaica, this time finishing third in the under-23 800 metres with his 1:49.52 clocking landing him behind the United States pair of Devin Dixon, 1:47.69, and Isaiah Jewett, 1:49.43.

In the Under-23 100-metre hurdles, the world’s fastest over the distance, Ackera Nugent, was comfortably though to the final along with teammate Crystal Morrison.

The Jamaicans were also among the medals in the women’s under-23 shot put, Gabrielle Bailey’s 16.51-metre effort left her third on the day.

She was beaten by a big 17.23-metre throw from the United States’ Samantha Noennig. Noennig’s teammate Alyssa Wilson was second with 16.73 metres.

Over 800 metres among boys at the under-18 level, Canada ruled supreme, with their athletes finishing first and third.

Abdullahi Hassan clocked 1:52.48 to claim victory in that event ahead of Jamaica’s Chevonne Hall, who stopped tge clock in 1:53.32 seconds to just get the better of Handal Roban, who was right there with 1:53.39.

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