Trinidad and Tobago's Zwede Hewitt captured the men's 200 metres title, on the opening day of the Morvant Jets/Mustangs Games, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Port of Spain, yesterday.
The Baylor University student clocked a wind-assisted 21.04 seconds to edge Jermaine Brown into second spot, the Jamaican getting home in 21.05. Another T&T athlete, 2004 World Junior Championship half-lap bronze medallist Jamil James, finished third in 21.45.
Hewitt and Brown were locked in a tight battle coming off the curve. The duel continued on the straight, neither athlete gaining a decided advantage. In the end, it was Hewitt who enjoyed a slight edge, the 22-year-old forcing his Jamaican rival to settle for silver.
Brown, however, tasted victory in the final event, the men's 4x100m relay. He ran the third leg for a Jamaican quartet, teaming up with Ramone Nichol (first leg), Oral Thompson (second leg) and Omar Douglas (anchor) for a 39.56 seconds clocking. The Jamaicans dominated the race, second-placed Memphis Pioneers getting to the line in 41.86. Concorde bagged bronze in 42.86.
Kamaria Durant made light work of her opponents in the women's 200m. Drawn in lane one, the Simplex sprinter came off the bend with a commanding lead, before romping to victory in 24.29 seconds. Lisa Wickham clocked 26.21 to finish a distant second, while third spot was copped by Kadisha Archibald in 27.91.
There was a big victory as well in the men's 800m, Jamaica's Ricardo Cunningham returning a time of one minute, 50.28 seconds for a huge cushion on second-placed Kerime Morris.
Cunningham led at the bell, with T&T's Morris just a couple strides back. But by the time the 30-year-old Jamaican turned for home, there were no challengers in sight.
The real race was the battle for silver. Morris clocked 1:54.33, successfully holding off another T&T athlete, Sterlen Paul, the bronze medallist in 1:54.70.
Janice Barrett's only rival in the women's 800m was the clock. The Jamaican completed her two laps of the track in 2:13.26, more than nine seconds faster than silver medallist Domonique Williams, the T&T runner clocking 2:22.77.
Memphis athlete Brandon Benjamin won the men's 400m hurdles in 54.85 seconds, beating Sherwin Jackson (57.77) into second spot.
Seventeen-year-old Shaunna Downey beat her elder sister and Burnley teammate Sharisse Downey twice, yesterday. Shaunna threw the iron ball 10.94 metres to strike gold in the women's shot put, beating Sharisse (10.59m) into second spot. And in the discus, Shaunna emerged victorious with a 38.90m heave. Sharisse threw 38.77m to pick up silver.
Defence Force athlete Rodney Liverpool cleared the bar at 1.88m to win the men's high jump title. Meriah Freeman, of D'Abadie Progressive, topped the women's long jump field with a 5.11m leap. And in the men's javelin, Eastonians athlete Nicholas Blackford threw the spear 46.06m to secure gold.
The meet continues from eight a.m. today. The second session starts at 1.30 p.m.
The men's 100m dash, featuring T&T's Darrel Brown, is scheduled for 2.50 p.m, while the men's 400m takes place at 3.50. T&T sprinter Emmanuel Callender and 19-year-old 400m hurdles specialist Jehue Gordon are expected to face the starter. The favourite, though, is Jamaica's Thompson, winner of last weekend's Hampton International Games men's one-lap event in 45.88 seconds.
Boys' under-11 150m (wind: +0.3)
1 Jabari Fox (Point Fortin New Jets) 20.26
2 Jallen Andrews (unattached) 20.44
3 Kevon Roach (D'Abadie Progressive) 20.45
Girls' under-11 150m (wind: +0.1)
1 Sheneeka Barkley (Neon Trackers) 20.54
2 Joanna Rogers (Cougars) 20.72
3 Shanice Francois (Neon Trackers) 20.86
Boys' under-9 150m (wind: +2.2)
1 Devin Augustine (Point Fortin New Jets) 21.05
2 Jamali Lynch (Memphis) 22.05
3 Terron Celestine (Cougars) 22.76
Boys' under-20 200m (wind: +1.0)
1 Deon Lendore (Abilene) 21.43
2 Ayodelle Taffe (Petrotrin) 21.86
3 Darvin Sandy (Abilene) 21.96
Boys' under-17 200m (wind: +1.0)
1 Jamal Bridges (Petrotrin) 22.56
2 Jamoul Pierre (D'Abadie Progressive) 22.76
3 Rashaion Barkley (Neon Trackers) 23.17
Girls' under-17 200m (wind: +1.9)
1 Aaliyah Telesford (Point Fortin New Jets) 24.77
2 Kayelle Clark (Petrotrin) 25.04
3 Ayoka Cummings (Neon Trackers) 25.40
Boys' under-15 200m (NWI – no wind indicated)
1 Shane Harrington (Oasics) 23.75
2 Kyle Nicholas (Abilene) 23.98
3 Lareem Galcon (Cougars) 24.19
Girls' under-15 200m (wind: -0.9)
1 Jada Barker (Cougars) 25.95
2 Janices Masamer (Memphis) 26.46
3 Thyla Marie Scott (Cougars) 26.97
Boys' under-13 200m (NWI)
1 Junior Gordon (Cougars) 25.96
2 Trevon Torpe (Eastonians) 26.72
3 Ricardo Prescott (Cougars) 27.28
Girls' under-13 200m (wind: -0.7)
1 Aquilla St Louis (D'Abadie) 27.73
2 Kernika Waldron (Burnley) 27.86
3 Kershel McIntyre (Cougars) 28.42
Boys' under-20 800m
1 Travis Dicoz (Penal) 2:00.32
2 Kern Alexis (Neon Trackers) 2:01.35
3 Rondell Perouza (Neon Trackers) 2:02.77
Boys' under-17 800m
1 Ornesto Thomas (Guyana) 2:07.83
2 Ashton Gill (Cougars) 2:10.13
3 Paul Enoe (Cougars) 2:10.14
1 Memphis 49.22
2 Point Fortin New Jets 49.39