Walton wins 400m at Hurricane Invitational

Jamal Walton (file photo)

Jamal Walton tuned up for the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia with a comfortable win in the high school boys 400m at the 2018 Hurricane Invitational in Florida over the weekend.

Competing for Miramar High School at the meet hosted by the University of Miami on 16 March, Walton was more than two seconds ahead of his nearest rival in the preliminaries with a time of 46.57 seconds. The 19-year-old then quickened his step to complete the one-lap final in 45.42 seconds, easily ahead of Monte Parker of American Heritage (47.90) to win the race.

Walton appears to be picking back up where he left of in 2017, as he gets set to represent the Cayman Islands in Australia from 4-15 April.

He blazed his way to a gold medal in the 400m at the Pan American U20 Championships last summer, when he stormed to the title in 44.99 seconds, breaking a 22-year old meet record and his own Cayman Islands national record.

The Florida-based teen then did his country proud by making it to the semi-finals of the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in London.

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