Shanoya Douglas leads four Jamaicans to the 100 meters final at Puma East Coast

MARYLAND, USA: Muchette High’s Shanoya Douglas will lead four Jamaicans to the ‘A’ final of the girls’ 100 meters on Saturday during the third edition of the Puma East Coast International Track and Field Showcase at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.

The fan favorite left no doubt that she is the smartest sprinter in the country. She produced 11.97 seconds (-2.1 m/s) in cold conditions to win the second heat, comfortably ahead of Travis McKenzie of the US.

McKenzie, who will attend the University of South Carolina after her high school career, clocked 12:07 for her second-place finish.

Douglas’ 11.97 represents the fastest qualifying time heading into the final. But she will have her work cut out for her after fellow Carifta Games champion Sabrina Dockery of Lacovia High won the first heat in 11.99 seconds (-1.3 m/s), the second-fastest qualifying time.

The other Jamaicans in the final are Hydel High pair Alliah Baker (12.10) and Shemonique Hazle (12.12), who finished third and fourth respectively behind Douglas and McKenzie in heat two.

Also advancing to the ‘A’ final is Elise Cooper of the McDonough School in Maryland, considered one of the best junior sprinters in the US. Cooper secured her place in the final after clocking 12.14 to finish second behind Dockery in heat one.

Four Jamaicans are in the ‘B’ final: Doniellia Lewis (12.30) from Holmwood Technical, Adora Campbell (12.31) from St Jago High along with St Mary High pair Shagay Sheppy (12.31) and Kaliesha Bell (12.33) .

Meanwhile, the boys’ 100m ‘A’ final will feature three Jamaicans. Orlando Wint of Vere Technical will lead the Jamaican qualifiers after clocking 10.79 (-1.9 m/s) to finish second behind American Shaun McCoullum (10.71) of George Washington High School in Virginia in heat two.

Excelsior High’s Damor Miller (10.82), who won the 100 meters at the ISSA/GraceLenney Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships in March, and St Jago High’s Raheem Pinnock (10.82) are the other Jamaicans in the ‘A’ -final.

Ajani Dwyer, the NJ record holder in the 55-meter dash and who has the nation’s fastest time in that event this season, easily leads all qualifiers by 10.64 seconds.

Muchette High’s Johan-Ramaldo Smythe is the only Jamaican in the ‘B’ final with a qualifying time of 10.97.