Ackera Nugent headlines 20 Jamaican athletes at Ed Murphey Track Classic

National record holder Ackera Nugent is one of six Olympics-bound athletes that are part of a wider group of 20 Jamaicans who will be in action at the Ed Murphey Track Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

The three-day event – part of the American Track League Series – gets underway on Thursday and runs until Saturday and also features reigning world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams, national men’s 200m champion Bryan Levell, Orlando Bennett, triple jumper Jaydon Hibbert and Chanice Porter who will be making her second trip to the Olympics.

Nugent, having set the national 100m hurdles record of 12.28 seconds at Jamaican trials, will contest the women’s 100 metre event on Friday where she will be among a group that features Briana Williams, Jonielle Smith and Shockoria Wallace who are also bidding to make the final.

Williams, who is making her Olympic debut, is down to contest her pet event, the women’s 100m hurdles where she faces a competitive line-up that also includes Americans Christina Clemons and Alia Armstrong.

Levell meanwhile leads three other Jamaicans in the men’s 100m – Yohan Blake, Nigel Ellis and Kadrian Goldson while Bennett a second place finisher at the National Championships is one of four Jamaicans Damion Thomas, Odario Phillips and LaFranz Campbell in the men’s 110m hurdles.

Also listed to compete are National record holder Navasky Anderson in the men’s 800m Invitational and World Championship finalist and relay medallist Candice McLeod in the women’s 400m.

The meet gets underway on Thursday with events in the field where Porter will contest the women’s long jump, Christoff Bryan the men’s high jump while Hibbert is in the men’s triple jump alongside O’Brien Wasome.


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