Kevona Davis, Ashanti Moore, Charokee Young out of CARIFTA trials

By April 03, 2019

Jamaican high school stars Kevona Davis, Ashanti Moore and Charokee Young will not be competing at this weekend’s CARIFTA trials at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Davis, 17, who won the sprint double at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships last weekend, is being rested, according to her coach Michael Dyke.

“She ran six races over the course of the championships and faced the prospect of four more races at the trials,” he told Sportsmax.TV. Davis, who was seen with her thigh heavily taped during the 200m finals at Champs, was pulled from the 4x100m relays at Champs.

Dyke said the tape was precautionary and not the result of an injury. Davis won the 100m in 11.19 seconds and the 200m in 23.21.

Corey Bennett, coach of the Hydel High School team said fatigue – mental and physical and preparations for external examinations – were the reasons why he did not enter the Class 1 100m champion, Ashanti Moore in the Carifta trials.

“She is tired and needs to get some rest,” Bennett told Sportsmax.TV on Wednesday night.

“We decided long before Champs that we would not be doing back-to-back weekends. She is also preparing for external examinations which are of the utmost importance.”

His other star, Charokee Young, who pulled off the 400/800 double at Champs, is also out. She will be attending a wedding in the United States and was granted permission to do so, Bennett said.

Bennett said he sees no reason why the athletes have to compete again this weekend seeing how close the trials were to Champs and suggested that the athletes could have been selected for the CARIFTA team from their performances at Champs.

Meanwhile, Ackera Nugent, the U18 100m hurdles world record holder, was not on the list of competitors but according to her coach Douglas Williams, her name was not there because her entry was late but she will be at the trials this weekend.



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