Trisha-Ann Hawthorne (Alexander Hamilton, Elmsford) finished fourth in the 100 at the Jamaican national championships over the weekend in Kingston and as a result has been selected to run on the Jamaican national team later this summer.
Hawthorne, 20, who just completed her junior season at the University of Connecticut, ran a lifetime-best 11.31 in that 100 final. Sherone Simpson won 11.12. She placed seventh in the 100 in the recent NCAA championships for UConn.
It was Hawthorne’s first time at the Jamaican nationals. “I am proud of the way Trisha handled her first championship in Jamaica,” UConn Associate head coach Clive Terrelonge said, as reported by the school website. “To go there, in that environment, with those talented sprinters in Jamaica at a national championship and to make the national team, is just a tremendous feat for her.”
Hawthorne is expected to run in both the 100 and 200 and be a member of the relay pool at two international meets in July, the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Under-23 in Miramar, Fla., July 9-11 and the CAC July 22-28 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.