Ja­maicans star on Day Two of NACAC Champs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming Staff Reporter

Quar­ter-Mil­ers Stephe­nie ANN McPher­son and Dem­ish Gaye, along with sprinter Tyquendo Tracey, have booked their tick­ets to next year’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Qatar af­ter they won their re­spec­tive fi­nals on the sec­ond day of the 2018 NACAC Se­nior Cham­pi­onships in Toronto, Canada, yes­ter­day.

The ath­letes will be given wild cards to par­tic­i­pate in ath­let­ics’ flag­ship event by the IAAF for be­com­ing cham­pi­ons in their events at their re­gional cham­pi­onships.

McPher­son sped to 51.15 sec­onds to claim vic­tory over the host coun­try’s Aiyanna Stiverne, who stopped the clock at 52:00. Amer­i­can Bri­onna Thomas won the bronze medal with 52.19, while Christine Day, the other Ja­maican in the race, fin­ished fifth in 53.04.

Gaye, who im­pressed last year with a se­ries of sub-45 sec­onds per­for­mances, won his race in a mod­est 45.47. For­mer World In­door cham­pion from Costa Rica Nery Brenes claimed the sil­ver medal in 45.67, while Fitzroy Dunk­ley, the other Ja­maican in the race, won the bronze medal with 45.76.

Tracey, who an­nounced that he is ready to stake his claim as a le­git­i­mate con­tender in the 100m when he reg­is­tered two sub10 sec­onds ear­lier this sum­mer, won the men’s 100m in 10.03 sec­onds. Ken­dal Wil­liams and Cameron Bur­rell of the USA fin­ished sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively. They reg­is­tered times of times 10.11 and 10.12. Ken­roy An­der­son failed to fin­ish the race.

In the women’s equiv­a­lent, Jenna Pran­dini de­nied Ja­maica an­other au­to­matic spot as she out­sprinted ris­ing star Jonielle Smith to claim the gold medal. Pran­dini won the race in 10.96 as Smith equalled her per­sonal best of 11.07 sec­onds. Two-time Olympic cham­pion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fin­ished fifth in 11.18.

Hansle Parch­ment, the Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list, won the 110m hur­dles in 13.28 sec­onds. The for­mer Kingston Col­lege ath­lete might not be awarded a wild card to the World Cham­pi­onships as an­other Ja­maican, Omar McLeod, is al­ready en­ti­tled to one. He is the de­fend­ing cham­pion in the event.

WIL­LIAMS BEATEN

Danielle Wil­liams, the 2015 world cham­pion, was beaten into sec­ond in the women’s 100m hur­dles by world record holder, Ken­dra Har­ri­son. The Amer­i­can won the race in 12.55 sec­onds while Wil­liams reg­is­tered 12.67. Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Games gold medal­list An­drea Var­gas of Costa Rica fin­ished third in 12.91. Ja­maica’s Yanique Thomp­son was sixth with 13.02.

Na­tional record holder Na­toya Goule also had to set­tle for a sil­ver medal in the women’s 800m be­hind Amer­i­can Ajee Wil­son. Wil­son stopped the clock at 1:57.52 while Goule reg­is­tered 1:57.95. Si­moya Camp­bell’s 2:00.98 was only good enough for sixth.

On Fri­day Night, O’Dayne Richards won a bronze medal in the men’s shot put fi­nal with a best throw of 20.89m. His team­mate, Ashinia Miller, fin­ished just be­hind him with 20.84. Amer­i­can Dar­rell Hill won the event with 21.68m.

The Cham­pi­onships con­tin­ues to­day.

TRACEY

GAYE

MCPHER­SON

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