Jackson, Blake and Taylor claim gold as Jamaica claim 11 medals at NACAC Championships on Saturday

Shericka Jackson, Ackeem Blake and Christopher Taylor recorded gold medals on day two of the North, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Athletic Association Championships at the Grand Sports Complex Bahama to Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday.

Jackson, the 200m world champion, clocked 10.83 seconds to comfortably clinch the women’s 100m final. She won ahead of Celera Barnes of the United States (11.10) and Jackson’s teammate Natasha Morrison won the bronze medal in 11.11 seconds.

Blake won the men’s equivalent in 9.98 seconds, for his first senior international title for Jamaica. He won ahead of the American pair Kyree King (10.08_) and Brandon Carnes (10.12_). Jamaican Oshane Bailey finished seventh in 10.33 seconds.

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Earlier, Taylor also won her first senior international title after clinching the 400m final in a personal best and championship best time of 44.63 seconds. His previous record was 44.79 seconds.

Taylor’s compatriot Nathon Allen was second in 45.04 seconds, with American Bryce Deadmon third in 45.06 seconds.

Megan Tapper won silver in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.68 seconds, behind American Alaysha Johnson (12.62) and Devynne Charlton of the Bahamas was third in 12.71 seconds.

The mixed 4x400m relay team of Demish Gaye, Junelle Bromfield, Karayme Bartley and Andrenette Knight ran in 3:14.08 minutes to win the silver medal behind the United States in 3:12.05 minutes, with Cuba third in 3:20.35 minutes.

Orlando Bennett won bronze for Jamaica in the men’s 110m hurdles final after clocking 13.18 seconds. The race was won by Freddie Crittenden of the United States in 13.00 seconds, while American Jamal Britt won the silver medal in 13.08 seconds.

There was another medal for Jamaica in the women’s 400m final where Stephenie-Ann McPherson won bronze in 50.36 seconds.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo won in 49.40 seconds, while Barbados Commonwealth Games 400m gold medalist Sada Williams was second in 49.86 seconds.

Junelle Bromfield was sixth in 51.51 seconds.

Adelle Tracey finished third in the 800m final in 1:59.54 minutes, in a race won by American Ajee Wilson in 1:58.47 minutes. Her compatriot Allie Watson (1:58.48 minutes) finished second.

Chanice Porter finished third in the women’s long jump with 6.43m. American Quanesha Burks of the United States won with 6.75m, with Christabell Nettey taking the silver medal with 6.46m.

Jamaica had won a bronze medal on Friday’s opening day when O’Dayne Richards took bronze in the men’s shot put.

The three-day championships conclude on Sunday with a number of events including the men’s and women’s 200m finals, men’s and women’s 400m hurdles finals, men’s and women’s 200m finals, 4x400m relays and 4x100m men and women, as well as women’s triple jump, javelin throw and shot put.


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