Julius Morris Sets New National Record at Costa Rica Meet

Montserrat Track Alliance Photo of Julius Morris
Montserrat Track Alliance Photo of Julius Morris

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Track and Field athlete Julius Morris made history Friday when he broke a 23-year-old record in the 100M.
Morris, along with team mate Shernyl Burns are in Costa Rica this week competing in the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Senior Meet.

Burns and Morris competed in the 100M clocking times of 10.60 and 10.23 respectively in the preliminary round. Morris ran 10.06 in his semi-final race, but as the wind was not legal this faster time cannot be used to smash the national record, explained Stephen Mendes of the local athletics association. It also kept him from qualifying for the 100M final.

Morris' 10.06 time in the 100M was wind assisted above the legal level. (NACAC Photo)
Morris’ 10.06 time in the 100M was wind assisted above the legal level. (NACAC Photo)

However, Morris has the third fastest time going into Sunday’s 200M final and a new National record of 20:45. It will be an all Caribbean 200M final, with eight athletes competing for the title.

In 2014 at the NACAC Under 23, Julius broke the national 200m record which was also held previously by Stephen Lewis with a time of 20.52.

Back in June, Julius won both the 100M (10.3) and 200M (20.64) races at a meet in St. Lucia. He is part of the Montserrat Track Alliance team with coach Wilston ‘Scotty’ Scotland.

The 200M finals is scheduled for 4:20PM on Sunday. These are the athletes scheduled to compete:
08-07-15-JuliusMorris-200M1 Teray Smith Bahamas 20.63
2 Nicholas Deshong Barbados 20.65
3 Yancarlos Martinez Dom. Rep. 20.37
4 Kyle Greaux Trin / Tob 20.47
5 Rasheed Dwyer Jamaica 20.17
6 Julius E Morris Montserrat 20.45
7 Antoine Adams St. Kitts/Nevis 20.59
8 Brijesh Lawrence St. Kitts/Nevis 20.66
Get live results here http://www.tiempodellegada.com/Results/2015/NACAC/

Watch the competition here http://www.tsmsportscr.com/television2