Carifta Trials: Day 2 belonged to Bouwahjgie Nkrumie and Serena Cole Loop Jamaica

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Bouwahjgie Nkrumie (centre) of Kingston College wins the Boys’ Under-20 100m final on day two of the Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 11, 2023. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

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World Under-20 silver medallists Serena Cole of Edwin Allen High and Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Kingston College (KC) won the Under-20 100m titles on day two of the three-day Carifta Games Trials at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Cole, who surprisingly lost to world Under-20 bronze medallist Alana Reid at Central Athletics Championships at GC Foster College in Spanish Town last week, avenged her defeat impressively with an 11.18-second clocking.

She was chased by Reid but the Hydel High sprinter had to settle for second this time around in 11.24 seconds.

Alexis James of Petersfield High finished third in 11.44 seconds.

Serena Cole (left) of Edwin Allen wins the Girls’ Under-20 100m final. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Nkrumie got his usual fast start and powered away from the field to win the Boys’ Under-20 final in 10.18 seconds, well clear of reigning Carifta Games champion DeAndre Daley, who clocked 10.37 for second.

Nkrumie is unbeaten since he clocked a big personal best of 10.02 seconds to break the national junior record. The national junior record was achieved on August 2, 2022, at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.

The 10.02 seconds in Cali handed the 18-year-old the silver medal and came two hours after he clocked 10.11 in the semifinals to equal the record held jointly by Yohan Blake (2007) and Christopher Taylor (2018).

Natrece East won the Girls’ Under-17 100m title in 11.86, just ahead of her Wolmer’s teammate Tiana Marshall.

The Boys’ Under-17 100m title went to Tramaine Todd of St Elizabeth Technical High School in 10.58 seconds.

Khamani Gordon of Calabar High finished second in 10.77 seconds.

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