Sprinting legend Veronica Campbell-Brown is no longer the fastest junior to ever grace a Jamaican track after former Convent of Mercy Academy student Kiara Grant, shaved one-hundredth of a second from her national junior record on Saturday.

Running at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T in Greenboro for Norfolk State University, Grant, a sophomore was a creditable second in the women’s 100 metre.

The former Alpha girl clocked 11.11 seconds to eclipse Campbell-Brown’s 11.12-second record set in 2000 but had to settle for second behind North Carolina senior, Kayla White, who dipped below the 11-second barrier to win in 10.96.

Grant split the major places with North Carolina freshman, Cambrea Sturgis finishing third in 11.22.

The time puts Grant in rarified air, alongside Double World Under-20 sprint champion, Briana Williams, who has gone as quick as 11.13 seconds in her lifetime, and Edwin Allen sprint sensation, Kevona Davis.

Davis’, a World U18 Championships bronze medallist, quickest time to date has been 11.16 seconds.

The three mark the seriousness of the sprinting talent among the women in Jamaica, all showing signs of continuing the legacy of the country over the shortest distance on the world stage.

Despite the absence of some of the island’s top high school athletes, Jamaica’s head coach Marlon Gayle believes the defending champions will be a strong, competitive force at the 48th edition of the Carifta Games later this month.

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.

14-year-old Tina Clayton broke her twin sister Tia’s age group world record and with it won the gold medal in an electrifying Girls Class 3 100m dash at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium on Friday night.

The Digicel Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, Jamaica on Saturday but this time, the big guns are out, even as the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships fast approaches. 

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