Vere duo pleases Graham

first_imgThe Vere Technical pair of Brittany Anderson and Amoi Brown brought a smile to the face of their hurdles coach, Raymond Graham, with their performances at last weekend’s Carifta Trials. Speaking after Anderson and Brown had won their respective 100m hurdle finals, Graham said he wasn’t surprised by their dominance. He also announced that Anderson won’t hurdle again until Boys and Girls Championships. Anderson experienced some knee pain after her exertions in the long jump on Saturday, but, Graham said he advised, “take the pain out of your head.” Anderson, the Boys and Girl’s Championships 100m class 2 favourite, gave a polished performance on Sunday and won the under-18 final in 13.21 seconds, ahead of defending class 2 champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High School and Shanette Allison of Holmwood Technical High School. The coach rates this as better than her season leading run of 13.18 seconds at the Youngster Goldsmith meet on February 4. He recalled that the wind reading then was -1.6 metres per second, and said, “She was against Freeman, against Allison and the wind reading is -3.2 so it’s amazing what this young lady can do.” “The sky is the limit”, he concluded. Brown sparkled in the U20 100m hurdles final, winning in 13.34 seconds. She has overcome injury problems from last season. “In Class 2, she came fourth,” Graham recounted, “and I saw the potential.” “Once she remains fit,” the coach assured, “nobody can beat her.” Anderson and Brown are training partners at Vere. “Amoi pushes Anderson and vice versa so I’m not surprised”, he concluded. He was also very happy with the runner-up spot achieved by Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College in the 110m hurdles for under 18 boys. “He jumped 7.25 and he was beaten by a world class athlete Dejour Russell.” Even Freeman is one of Anderson’s prime rivals for the Boys and Girls Championships class 2 title, her return to form has Graham’s approval. “I’m happy to see Freeman coming back because people wrote her off,” he said of the Manchester High standout who clocked 13.44 seconds on Sunday. He reckons that this strengthens Jamaica’s bid for glory at the upcoming World Under-18 Championships. “This is good for Jamaica because World Youth is coming up” he projected, while regretting the expected absence of the United States. In a final nod to the prowess of Anderson and Freeman, he predicted, “Jamaica can sweep all the medals in the hurdles there.”last_img read more

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Weather Eye: Winter has arrived but chance of snow for holiday is slim

first_img We discussed on Tuesday cooler weather for the holiday weekend and that is still on track. The chance of a white Christmas is slim here in the lowlands but those in the foothills may have one. Snow levels will lower Friday as a low pressure system slides to our south causing a northerly and easterly flow of air to settle in. However, precipitation chances lower and there isn’t really any Arctic air to lock us in a deep freeze.There is still plenty of snow-covered ground just about everywhere east of the Cascades as seen on visual satellite photos yesterday. And speaking of visual, persistent fog was in the western valleys causing a “Bah! Humbug!” attitude for some. Meanwhile in the mountains and at the ocean beaches it was clear and sunny. Most locations along the coast had afternoon temperatures in the balmy 50s and light winds.Wednesday was a classic ‘inversion’ due to warm air aloft and colder valley surface temperatures. Long nights, moist air and calm winds are the main ingredients. The sun is so low in the sky this time of the year it does little to burn the sticky fog away.Was it a fitting arrival for the first official day of winter? Temperature-wise I guess, but the fog can disappear gladly! So expect a little rain later today with a continued chance of showers through Christmas Eve. As mentioned, those in the hilly areas may see snowflakes accumulate and any showers that fall here in the city could have a wintry mix embedded. There is always an outside chance we get a dusting as the weather pattern unfolds but as of this writing late Wednesday, it goes the way of the Grinch.We remember Christmas 2008 as the last official “White Christmas” with over a foot of the white stuff on the ground. It was a year to rejoice for snow lovers as it began to accumulate well before the holidays. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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