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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Grant, Owens impress at Virginia Seaside Invitational monitor meet

Former Jamaican junior consultant Owayne Owens set a brand new College of Virginia indoors lengthy leap report as three Jamaicans recorded victories in Monday’s Virginia Seaside Invitational monitor meet.

Kiara Grant of Norfolk State College equalled her private greatest 7.20 seconds in successful the ladies’s 60m remaining, whereas hurdler Andrenette Knight additionally of the College of Virginia, gained the 400m.

Owens, a two-time age-group nationwide champion who represented Jamaica within the triple leap on the 2017 World Athletics Beneath-18 Championships and the Beneath-20 Championships a 12 months later, added 41 centimetres to his private greatest of seven.17m within the lengthy leap as he tied the two-year-old programme report that was held by Jordan Scott, additionally a Jamaican nationwide consultant.

After fouling his first leap, Owens, who was additionally a part of the Cornwall Faculty daCosta Cup successful crew in 2016, both equalled or surpassed his earlier greatest mark on his 4 authorized marks.

He jumped 7.23m within the second spherical after which 7.17m within the third, fouled the fourth try then recorded a mark of seven.39m and seven.58m to edge North Carolina State’s Ja’Von Douglas on the countback as each had the identical measurement.

Owens returned later to complete fifth within the males’s 60m in 7.08 seconds.

Grant gained the ladies’s 60m with ease, main house a trio of Virginia runners together with former St Jago Excessive athlete Kayla Bonnick, who was fourth within the remaining with 7.53 seconds.

Grant’s time noticed her rocket up the Nationwide Collegiate Athletics Affiliation rankings to 3rd, just under compatriot Kemba Nelson of the College of Oregon, who ran 7.19 seconds in Arkansas on Saturday.

The previous Alpha Academy runner had clocked a simple 7.36 seconds within the prelims whereas Bonnick had certified for the ultimate with 7.66 seconds.

She additionally took second within the 200m with a season’s greatest 23.99 seconds.

Knight, who’s a senior at UVA, ran a season’s greatest 56.52 seconds in her second quarter-mile race of the 12 months.

— Paul Reid

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