National Junior Record for Jamaica at Pan Am U20 Athletics Champs

A new national junior record by the men’s mile relay team, highlighted the Jamaican performances on Sunday’s final day of competition at the Pan-American Under 20 Athletics Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica. The quartet of Evaldo Whitehorne, Jeremy Farr, Bovel McPherson and Anthony Cox came across the line in a fantastic 3 minutes, 00.99 seconds to cop silver behind the United States’ World Under20 record of 2 minutes, 59.30 seconds.

The Jamaican quartet erased the previous record of 3 minutes, 04.06 seconds set by Sekou Clarke, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Myers and Jermaine Gonzalez at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships in Jamaica.

The US team included wonderkid Matthew Boling who won both the 100 and 200 meters.

Jamaica added four more medals on Sunday to finish with a tally of 17 medals including three gold, seven silver and seven bronze. Three of those third place finishes came on the final day of competition.

The girls 4x400m team of Daniella Deer, Shaqueena Foote, Lashanna Graham and Kavia Francis finished third in their event with 3 minutes, 31.34 seconds.

Rovane Williams also landed a bronze in the boys 400m hurdles running 50.29sec as the event was won by Brazilian Alison Dos Santos in a Pan-Am U20 record of 48.49 seconds. Terrol Wilson stood on the podium for the boys’ triple jump with a leap of 15.99m which ranked him third.

Compatriot Apalos Edwards finished down the field in 9th with 15.46m. Edwin Allen's Lashanna Graham who won bronze in the girls 4x400m was 6th in the 400m hurdles as Brazil's Jessica Moreira won the event in a Pan-Am Junior record 55.94 seconds.

Cobe Graham's 18.22 and ralford mullings 18.11m, were only good enough for 6th and 8th respectively in the boys’ shot put event, while Raymond Richards ended 8th in the boys high jump with a clearance of 2.03m.

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