Shericka Jackson and Demish Gaye Win 400m Titles At Jamaica Trials

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Shericka Jackson and Demish Gaye landed the women’s and men’s 400m titles at the 2019 Jamaica National Championships here at the National Stadium on Sunday’s final day of competition.

Jackson of the MVP Track Club ran away from her rivals with a blistering finish to set a new personal best of 49.78 seconds to win the women’s crown.

The Olympic bronze medal winner at Rio 2016 ran a cautious opening 100m, but up the tempo in the second half of the race to overtake the leaders in the home straight before pulling away from the field convincingly.

Anastasia Le-Roy of Sprintec finished strongly to grab second in a season-best 50.94, while MVP’s defending champion Stephenie Ann McPherson was pushed back into third in a seasonal best 51.01.

Roneisha McGregor of Athletics Academy growth continued on Sunday after she clocked another personal best of 51.36 to take fourth place.

On the men’s side, Gaye from the Sprintec training group sealed his first national title with a season’s best time of 44.83 seconds.

The 26-year-old came into the homestretch with a narrow advantage, but switched gears to power away from the rest of the field in the final 80 metres.

Racers Track Club’s newly found star Terry Thomas extended his fine form at these championships, bagging second place with another lifetime best of 45.47.

Javon Francis battled home for third place with a season-best 45.60 to leave the trailing Rusheen McDonald back in fourth in 45.83.

Sean Bailey, the top Jamaican entering these championships, stopped after the opening 100m and did not finish.

Women 20+ 400 Meter Dash SENIOR
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Sponsor: TVJ
WORLD RECORD: W 47.60 10/6/1985 MARITA KOCH, GDR
NATIONAL REC: N 49.30 7/19/2002 LORRAINE FENTON
WORLD QUAL: M 51.80
Comp# Name Age Team Finals
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Finals
1 #221 Shericka Jackson 25 Mvp 49.78M
2 #334 Anastasia Le-Roy 32 Sprintec 50.94M
3 #223 stephenie-ann mcphe 31 Mvp 51.01M
4 #11 Roneisha McGregor 22 Athletics Academy 51.36M
5 #330 Christine Day 33 Sprintec 51.60M
6 #34 Tiffany James 22 Cameron Blazers 51.73M
7 #495 Sharrika Barnett 22 U. Florida 52.01
8 #548 Candice McLeod 23 Uwi Mona 53.92

Men 20+ 400 Meter Dash SENIOR
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Sponsor: DIGICEL
WORLD RECORD: W 43.03 8/14/2016 WAYDE VAN NIEKERK, RSA
NATIONAL REC: N 43.93 8/23/2015 RUSHEEN MCDONALD
WORLD QUAL: M 45.30
Comp# Name Age Team Finals
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Finals
1 #344 Demish Gaye 26 Sprintec 44.83M
2 #305 Terry Thomas 22 Racers Track Club 45.47
3 #285 Javon Francis 25 Puma 45.60
4 #242 Rusheen McDonald 27 Mvp 45.83
5 #515 Devaughn Baker 23 Utech JA 46.00
6 #124 Demar Murray 28 G.C. Foster College 46.06
7 #291 Martin Manley 22 Puma Mvp Int 46.29
— #536 Sean Bailey 22 U. Tex. EL Paso DNF

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