St Elizabeth Technical’s Dejone Raymond leapt to a new personal best mark to mine gold in the Championship of America high jump event at the Penn Relays inside the Franklin Field Stadium today.

Raymond, who finished second in the event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships, cleared the bar at 2.05 metres to erase his previous best of 2.00m. Kingston College’s Aaron Lawrence, who has jumped 2.13m this season, was third with a mark of 1.99m.

Damarion Potts from South Brunswick, New Jersey, who also cleared 1.99, was second after achieving the height from an earlier jump.

Nervous during the event, Raymond was happy with the personal best.

“I am really grateful for this gold, and I am honoured because I wasn’t expected to win this event,” said Raymond.

Meanwhile, Uroy Ryan from Jamaica College finished second in the Championships of America boys’ long jump event with a mark of 7.54 metres.

The event was won by Gregory Foster from Lawrenceville School, New Jersey with 7.59.

Source: Robert Bailey

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