Briana Williams wins Carifta trials heat in 11.53, going for PR in Saturday's final

By April 05, 2019

Briana Williams, the IAAF World U20 sprint double champion, says she is going for a personal best when she competes in  Saturday's final of the  Girls U20 100m at the Carifta Trials currently on at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Williams, 17, barely broke a sweat as she cruised to a 11.53 clocking to win her heat on Friday evening, admitting afterwards that her run was ‘very easy.’

She later added that her goal is to get a personal best, even if it is just a hundredth of a second below her current best of 11.13s, set last year at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida.

The time was a world age-group record for 15-year-olds.

Williams is without much a challenge at these trials what with the absence of Ashanti Moore and Kevona Davis, who were not entered.

Moore’s coach Corey Bennett said she was fatigued from a week of competition at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. She was also preparing for external examinations.

Davis, who was heavily strapped at Champs last week, was being rested, according to her coach Michael Dyke.

Also through to Saturday's final are Kemba Nelson of the University of Technology. Her time of 11.64 was the second fastest heading into the final.

Holmwood Technical's Sashieka Steele (11.66), Leyone Smith of Spot Valley High (11.93) are also through.

Others qualifying for the finals are Lashawn Haye of Rusea's High (11.73), Shakiera Bowra of St. Catherine High and Kayla Bonnick of St. Jago High 11.98.


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