By Edison Jefford
Fourteen-year-old Kenisha Phillips broke the 12 second barrier and Tirana Mitchell returned to form
yesterday in their respective 100m races at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora on the first day of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Smalta National Youth and Junior Championships.
Phillips sped to 11.97 seconds in the Under-18 Girl’s 100m to win ahead of Toyan Raymond and Cassie Tixey, who ran 12.61 and 12.77 seconds respectively. Phillips dismissed any challenge in the race early with a perfect start and acceleration that gave her a commanding lead midway through the distance.
The prodigy used her almost perfect form to ease through the line without any hint of struggle. It was a comfortable race for Phillips. In the U-20 Category, Mitchell looked as dominant, but with a much slower time. Mitchell ran 12.37 seconds as Natricia Hooper (12.68) and Kenisha Prescott (12.92) placed second and third.
Commonwealth youth finalist, Compton Caesar was also in dominant form, winning his 100m U-20 Boy’s race in 10.62 seconds ahead of Police’s Linton Mentis (10.77s). Tyrell Peters (10.80) won the U-18 Category ahead of Umkosi Vancooten, who posted 11.07 seconds.
Avon Samuels was superior in the U-18 Girl’s 400m, winning in 56.87 seconds, which left Kezra Murray (1:01.39) and Tandika Haynes (1:02.08) in second and third. Samuels’ usual rival in that race, Hooper did not compete in the event.
Daniel Williams won the male race in 49.90 seconds ahead of Samuel Lynch and Kristoff Archer who had 50.26 and 51.11 secs for second and third respectively. Aldon Henry was the U-20 winner in 50.46s with Quesi Blair (52.49) and Stayon Doris (52.82) second and third.
Andrea Foster won the Girl’s 1500m U-20 race in 4:50.81 while Mathew McKenzie won the male event in 4:12.81.
Claudrice McKoy won the U-18 1500m in 4:57.55 ahead of Joanna Archer (5:01.30) and Maria Urquhart (5:03.38) respectively. Jeremy Garrett was the male U-18 winner in 4:25.22 as Selwyn Mingo (4:36.67) finished second. The event continues today at the same location.
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