PHILADELPHIA, USA – Two Jamaican National Junior Records (NJR) were set yesterday as
the curtains came down on the 115th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jamaica College’s K’Don Samuels cleared 4.80m for a massive new personal record and NJR in the pole vault as he became the first Jamaican to win the event here.
IAAF World Junior Championships silver medallist Shermaine Williams a sophomore at Johnson C Smith University ran 13.06 seconds for second place in the College Women’s 100m hurdles setting a new national standard.
The former Alpha Academy runner eclipsed the previous record 13.07 seconds set by Gillian Russell in July 1992 and said she was surprised when her coach Lennox Graham told her about the new record moments after the end of the race.
Former St Jago High runner Natasha Ruddock, competing for Essex Community College of New Jersey was third in 13.39 seconds.
Samuels, who is in his final year as a junior, took over the record by himself after sharing 4.60m with Jabari Ennis who cleared it in 1998.
Samuels said that his new mark atoned for not doing so well at the CARIFTA Games two weeks ago and blamed that on the organisers who he said used the American high school rules instead of the IAAF rules used in Jamaica.
Nontheless, he was ecstatic for the new mark as battled cramps in his right calf as he cleared 4.80m on his final attempt after two previous misses.
Samuels, who is also the CARIFTA record holder and who was sixth here last year, first matched his previous personal best on his second attempt at the height, then cleared 4.70m on the second attempt. Read the rest of this entry »