Boys and Girls Athletics Championships 2017 produced more noteworthy performances than any sports scribe could find the time to document. In light of this unfortunate fact, I’ll stick to a review of the extra special performances that were either age-group world bests or yearly list toppers. (Of course, it’s worth noting that the American sprinting/hurdling juggernaut and the European throwing juggernauts have not yet fully awoken from their slumber.) With that said, here goes…
# Brianna Lyston’s 23.72s clocking in the Class IV 200m final is the fastest wind-legal time ever run by a 12 year-old girl. (It’s also faster than the current fastest ever for a 13 year-old — Symone Mason’s 23.74s.)
# Fifteen year-old Kevona Davis’ 23.07s effort in the Class III 200m final is currently the world’s fastest time by an Under-18 girl. (Joanne Reid’s 23.39s (5th), Gabrielle Matthews’ 23.47s (6th), and Michae Harriott’s 23.52s (7th) also feature in the top-10.)
# Britany Anderson’s stunning 13.04s effort in her Class II 100-metre hurdles semifinal currently stands as the world’s fastest time by an Under-18 athlete. She backed this up with a 13.12s clocking in the final, which presently ranks second on the yearly list.
# Gabrielle McDonald’s 56.53s clocking in the Open 400-metre hurdles final is currently the fastest time in the world by an Under-20 athlete. (Her compatriot Nicolee Foster currently sits second on the yearly list at 56.65s.)
# Sanique Walker’s 57.27s performance in the Open 400-metre hurdles final is currently the fastest in the world by an Under-18 athlete.
# Sachin Dennis’ 10.51s clocking in the Class II 100m final is the fastest time ever run by a 14 year-old boy. (He also owns the fastest time ever by a 13 year-old boy at 10.90s.)
# Sachin Dennis’ 20.89s blitz in his Class II 200m semifinal is the fastest ever half-lap performance by a 14 year-old boy. (The previous mark was owned by the multitalented De’Jour Russell at 21.16s.)
# Seventeen year-old De’Jour Russell’s 13.21s effort in the Class I 110-metre hurdles final is currently the world’s fastest time by an Under-20 boy. (He also finished last year with the world’s fastest time by a junior at 13.20s.)
# Kevin Nedrick’s 20.65m bomb in the Class I shot put final is currently the longest throw in the world by an Under-20 athlete. It also established a new national junior record.