Kerrylee Ricketts coach of 2019 Pan Am Games silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts, said he was pleased with her performance and feels that a 15-metre jump is not that far away.

Shanieka Ricketts produced a 14.67m performance for third on the first day of the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Thursday.

Shanieka Ricketts said her only intent on Saturday was to defend her national title in the women’s triple jump. Coming off her third-place finish at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Ricketts returned to Jamaica not expecting to be anywhere close to her season-best 14.76m, now the third best in the world this year.

Dethroned national triple jump champion Jordan Scott was not particularly pleased about his performance on Thursday’s opening day of the Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships and declares that he has a lot to work on before he gets to Doha in September.

Scott, who has three legal jumps over 17 metres this season, and has qualified for the IAAF World Championships by finishing in the top three at the national championships, could only muster 16.77m to finish second to Clive Pullen, who won with a windy 17.02m.

“I think it was alright, it wasn’t my best performance. There is a lot I need to work on technically. In regards to strength and all that I am feeling good but the technical aspects of my jump are kind of off right now, so it’s just to go back to the drawing board to kind of work on it,” he said.

“We have a long season going all the way down to September so I have ample so I am confident that with time everything will work out but in regards to today, it was good. I needed to come top three, I did that, so it’s back to the drawing board to work on those little aspects that I feel need to be corrected.”

He suspects that he might be a little rusty but once he gets back to training, he said, he is confident he will get back to jumping at his best. He said he has not finalised his competition schedule but that should be sorted soon as he intends to be at his best to take on the world in September.

 

Consistency, Clive Pullen says, was the key to his winning his third national title in the triple on Thursday evening, the opening day of the 2019 Supreme Ventures/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

At the start of the season Kansas State University triple jumper, Shardia Lawrence set a target of achieving a mark of 14 metres by season’s end. She fell one centimetre short, but it was good enough to win the 2019 NCAA Division 1 title in Texas on Saturday.

Jordan Scott dedicated his long and triple jump gold medals at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the weekend to his mother and said he believes he can jump a lot farther later this season at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford won gold in championship record fashion in the u17 javelin on Sunday’s third and final day of the 2019 Carifta Championships in the Cayman Islands.

Even though she did not jump as far as she had planned at the Big 12 Indoor Regionals in Lubbock, Texas, Kansas State University’s Shardia Lawrence is going into the NCAA Indoor Nationals this week full of confidence.

Jamaican jumper Odaine Lewis was on Friday named Field Athlete of the Year for the Mountain Region in the NCAA Division One Regional Awards for the 2019 Indoor Track and Field season.

Jamaican long jumper Delroy Poyser died in the United States on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Shanieka Ricketts' journey to a possible podium finish at the IAAF World Championships later this year, took a giant step in the right direction on Saturday when she set a world-leading triple jump mark of 14.76m at the Youngster Goldsmith meet at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.

Griffiths, the 2018 NACAC Champion, was more than a metre better than her high-school rivals – Edwin Allen’s Ackelia Smith (13.42m) and Holmwood Technical’s Samantha Jibbson (12.24m) – but in truth, they were never where her attention was focussed.

Knowing that only an improvement in distance will get her a medal, Ricketts' plan was to execute her technique to perfection. She almost achieved it.

“Everything except the last phase of the jump went according to plan on Saturday. I was very fast on the runway and my hop and step phases were commendable,” she told Sportsmax.tv.

“The step phase has been a problem area for some time now,” she continued:

“We saw improvements last year and we are working to get better results this year. On Saturday, I had the best step phase of my career, which resulted in the best jump of my career.  Therefore, improving the step phase will undoubtedly play a crucial role in helping me get closer to the 15-metre mark.”

That said, Ricketts, who was a silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, revealed that she was not really surprised at the personal-best performance.

“To be honest, I was not surprised at the distance because I believe that I am capable of jumping far and I have been having great jump sessions in training,” she said, also explaining that her schedule this season has set to allow her to be her peak in Doha.

“Before the start of the season, Coach (Kerry Lee) Ricketts, Norman Peart and I discussed the track and field calendar. We examined dates of each major championship and events and made the necessary plans for the season. In doing so, I will be at my best for the major championships.”

Shardia Lawrence, the Kansas State University senior, earned her first-career Big 12 Athlete of the Week honour, the league office announced on Wednesday.

In the wake of her second-place finish in the Women’s Triple Jump at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday, Jamaica’s Shardia Lawrence says she is aiming for the 14-metre mark this season.

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