Parchment looks to make his mark at Gibson »

RAYMOND GRAHAM, Star Writer

The former Morant Bay High student, who now attends the University of West Indies, rose to stardom last summer at the World University Games in Shenzen, as competing in the Jamaica national colours he stormed to a lifetime-best 13.24 seconds to win the gold medal.

Parchment, who is now conditioned by national senior coach Fitz Coleman, was a finalist at the ISSA Boys and Girls' Championships in 2008 where he finished fifth. The time done by Parchment in China now sees him at number three for Jamaica in the event as only Dwight Thomas (13.15) and Maurice Wignall (13.17) have gone faster. His time was much faster than the winning time of 13.36 seconds done at the last years National Senior Championships by the winner Andrew Riley who did 13.36 seconds to take the event.

Parchment will run out of lane four in today's event where he will be joined by his UWI teammate Deuce Carter, the former Calabar star, who will run out of lane six.

Big name athlete

Racers' Markino Buckley, who now specialises in the 400 metres hurdles, will be the other big-name athlete in the field and he will run out of lane two.

World Championships 400 metres hurdles representative Nickeisha Wilson will be the top female who will compete in the women's 100 metres hurdles today. The former Louisiana States University (LSU) standout in both the 100 and 400 metres hurdles and who now trains at Racers Track Club is using this event to help with her speed work as she prepares for the rest of the season.

There will be two competitive heats in the men's 100 metres, which will run as finals at 7:15 p.m. MILO Western Relays 100 metres champion Lansford Spence, competing for Sprint Tech, will compete in Heat 1. Spence, who finished a close second in the 200 metres at the Senior Pan Am Games last October, will see challenges coming from his teammate Rasheed Dwyer.

Former national 100 metres champion Oshane Bailey heads the list of athletes in Heat II where he will be challenged by the likes of Racers Lions Kenroy Anderson, Racers' Remaldo Rose and Kemar Bailey-Cole and Swept Track Club's Sheldon Mitchell, who ran a scorcer of an anchor leg at the MILO Western Relays to pilot his team to an upset win over the vaunted MVP Track Club, which included the likes of Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater.  

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