Jamaica win nine gold on strong opening day of NACAC championships

By July 05, 2019

Jamaica won 19 medals on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 NACAC U18 and U23 Championships in Mexico.

Jamaica was the leading Caribbean nation trailing only Mexico who have 26 medals so far.

Briana Williams and Waseem Williams were among the gold medalists on Friday’s evening session when Jamaica won 13 medals.

Briana won her 100m dash in a meet record 11.11s over Joelea Kenjel Lloyd of Antigua and Barbuda who clocked 11.43s and Brandy Hall of Jamaica who was timed in 11.57s.

Meanwhile, the USA got 1-2 in the U23 final with Teahna Daniels winning in 11.03s over Twanisha Terry 11.08. Halle Hazard of Grenada was third in 11.20.

In the Boys u18 Jamaica picked up two more medals after Conroy Jones (10.32) won gold over Darian Clarke of Barbados (10.38). Ackeem Blake copped the bronze in 10.41s.

Waseem Williams took the Boys U20 title over Samson Colebrooke of the Bahamas who was awarded with the same time. Mario Burke from Barbados who was third in 10.1.

Elsewhere, Shanice Love won the discus with a meet record 60.14m over Laulaaga Tausaga of the USA (59.37), and Melany Matheus of Cuba 55.40m

Earlier in the day, Jamaica’s Sean Hewitt won the 400m hurdles while Roje Stona won the discus.

Shiann Salmon took silver in the 400mH that was won by Anna Cockrell of the USA who clocked 56.54s. Salmon was a close second in 56.83 while Brittley Humphrey of the USA was third in 57.36s.

Athaya Charlton of the Bahamas won the long jump with her best jump of 5.86m over Jamaica’s Paula-Ann Chambers (5.76m) and Maria Marquez of Mexico 5.69m.

Shawn-D Thompson and Wayne Pinnock of Jamaica were second and third in the U23 long jump.

Meanwhile, Kavian Kerr (7.66m) and Jordan Turner (7.46m) were first and second in the u18 long jump ahead of Christopher Juarez of Mexico (6.88m).

Jamaica is currently second in the medal table behind Mexico who have 26 medals -10g, 5s, 11b - after day one.

The United States sits third with 14 medals – six gold, seven silver and one bronze medal while the Bahamas are fourth with four medals, one gold and three bronze.

Barbados have one gold, one silver and a bronze.

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