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Jamaican Hurdler Shermaine Williams Commits to Attend JCSU
JCSU Adds Talent Both On and Off the Track
Dec. 20, 2007
to compete for JCSU
Highly decorated Jamaican hurdler, Shermaine Williams will join the Golden Bulls
Track and Field program in January. Her athletic career will be guided by new
JCSU head track and field coach Lennox Graham, who has coached several national
and international athletes.
Shermaine is the current World Youth Championships silver medalist in the 100m
hurdles where she ran 13.47 seconds to finish second in that event in Ostrava,
Czech Republic last summer. Her time of 13.37 seconds in the preliminaries is
still the fastest time in the event at the Championships. She is a highly
decorated hurdler having won the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA)
Games Under-20 girls 100m hurdles last Easter in a championships record - 13.51
seconds. She has been undefeated at the high school championships for three
consecutive years winning in class III once and two years in class II.
"I feel very happy about the opportunity to continue my education, to represent
the JCSU golden bulls and to reunite with my coach (Lennox Graham)," remarked
Coach Graham and coach Lorna Vernon introduced Shermaine to the hurdles event
five years ago and have been coaching her during her years at Convent of Mercy
Alpha (high school). Under coach Graham's guidance, she has won medals each year
at the High School Championships, at the CARIFTA Games, Junior Central American
and Caribbean (CAC) games and the World Youth Championships.
Shermaine intends to major in biology and is looking forward to the
opportunities and experiences ahead.
PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Wilson
starts season in style
published: Saturday |
April 12, 2008 - Jamaica Gleaner
NICKEISHA WILSON, one of the youngest World Championships 400m
hurdles finalists of all time, has started her 2008
outdoor season in blazing fashion.
At 21, Wilson, who is the second youngest to finish in the top four
at the World Championships (Jana Rawlinson was
20 when she took her first title in 2003), raced to an impressive
personal best at last weekend's Texas Relays.
It, however, was in the women's 100m hurdles where Wilson, who is
eyeing a spot on Jamaica Olympic team this summer,
sped to a sizzling 12.85 seconds to beat former Queen's School
athlete and Jamaica junior Latoya Greaves, competing
for Oklahoma Baptist University (13.19).
It was behind this performance, which ranks her the fourth fastest
in the event this year, that she has been
selected The Gleaner's Top Performer of the Week.
A 400m hurdles silver medallist at last year's Pan American Games in
Brazil, Wilson's victory followed her
impressive showing at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tiger
Relays the weekend before where she ran 13.19
seconds to capture the event.
Wilson, a star athlete at LSU, is gearing up for the summer Olympic
in Beijing, China, where will be a strong
contender for a medal in the 400m hurdles. The former Convent of
Mercy High School - Alpha standout's 53.97 seconds
for fourth at the World Championships last year ranks her with 1996
Olympic champion Deon Hemmings-McCatty (52.82),
Sandra Farmer-Patrick (52.79), running for the US, and Debbie Ann
Parris-Thymes (53.88) as the only Jamaicans to
break the 54-second barrier.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not
envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no
record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-6