Sprinter Oblique Seville and Shockoria Wallace were the star performers at Velocity Fest 10, a World Athletics Continental Combined Tour Challenge Series meet, at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday night.
The vastly improved Seville of Racers Track Club proved too strong for his training partner Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes to win the men’s 100m ‘C’ final.
Seville won in season-best 10.06 seconds, just two-thousandth of a second below his lifetime best of 10.04 seconds.
Hughes finished second in 10.10 seconds, also a season-best effort.
GC Foster College’s Kadrian Goldson (10.22) and 2011 world champion Yohan Blake (10.24) finished third and fourth, respectively.
MVP Track Club’s Michael Campbell won the ‘B’ final in 10.29 seconds while Cameron Blazers’ Davian Clarke took the ‘A’ final in a lifetime best of 10.50 seconds.
Shockoria Wallace (left) wins the women’s 100m.
Wallace of MVP Track Club powered away from the field to open her season with a new personal best of 11.15 seconds in the women’s 100m. The Sprintec Track Club pair of Sashalee Forbes (season-best 11.21) and Remona Burchell (11.33) finished second and third, respectively.
Tokyo Olympic 100m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson of MVP Track Club made a successful return to the 400m by taking the ‘B’ final in 51.29 seconds.
Jackson – a finalist in the 60m at last month’s World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia – proved too strong for Tokyo Olympic 400m finalist Candice McCleod of UWI, Mona, who finished second in 51.78.
Jackson’s MVP teammate Anthonique Strachan clocked 52.84 seconds for third place.
Sprintec’s Ashley Williams easily won the ‘A’ final in 53.90 seconds.
In the men’s 400m races, Anthony Cox of Racers Track Club won the ‘B’ final in 46.13 seconds, just ahead of GC Foster College’s Zandrion Barnes who clocked 46.18.
Sprintec’s Akani Slater of St Vincent and the Grenadines finished third in 46.71.
Bovell McPherson, also of Racers, took the ‘A’ final in 48.38 seconds.
There were two meet records on the night.
World Championships discus runner-up Fedrick Dacres, of Julian Throwers, won his event with a throw of 65.41, to beat the previous meet record of 64.45m. Traves Smikle, also of Julian Throwers, finished second with an effort of 64.85m, to also better the previous mark. Chad Wright of Throwers R Us finished third with 58.95m.
Olympic discus finalist Shadae Lawrence of Julian Throwers took the women’s discipline with a throw of 62.19m to improve the previous mark of 57.26m.
World champion Tajay Gayle of MVP won the men’s long jump with an effort of 7.97m. Guyanese Emanuel Archibald of Ricketts Performance finished second with an effort of 7.93m.
Tissana Hickling, also of Ricketts Performance, took the women’s equivalent with an effort of 6.38m. The MVP pair of Jodian Stewart (6.14m) and Melissa Walker (5.70m) finished second and third, respectively.