LSU senior Riker Hylton is in line for an Olympic berth as a member of Jamaica's 4x400-meter relay pool after earning a sixth-place finish in the men's 400-meter dash final held Sunday at the 2012 Jamaican National Senior Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Hylton, who entered the race as the defending Jamaican 400-meter champion after running a personal best of 45.30 seconds in the final in 2011, nearly matched that effort on Sunday as he broke the line in 45.41 to take sixth place. Hylton ran a new 2012 seasonal best of 45.36 in Friday's semifinal round.
Dane Hyatt was the only sprinter in the field to break 45 seconds as he was crowned this year's champion in 44.83 followed by silver medalist Rusheen McDonald in 45.10 and bronze medalist Jermaine Gonzales in 45.18. Hylton also trailed Errol Nolan (45.25) and Edino Steele (45.38) in sixth place.
On the strength of his sixth-place finish, Hylton is poised to earn his trip to London and the 2012 Olympic Games as a member of Jamaica's competitive 4x400-meter relay pool.
Hylton has already represented Jamaica on the world stage after taking a spot in the World Championship in both the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay as the 2011 Jamaican 400-meter champion. He claimed a World Championships bronze medal with his efforts after running the third leg on Jamaica's relay squad that took third place with a run of 3 minute, 0.10 seconds in the World final.
Former Lady Tiger standout Samantha Henry-Robinson also captured a sixth-place finish on Sunday with the finale of this year's Jamaican Championships as she posted her second personal best of the meet in her run of 22.77 (+0.5) in the final of the women's 200-meter dash at the National Stadium.
Reigning Olympic 100-meter gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce completed the sprint sweep with her 200-meter victory in 22.10. She also set the 2012 world leader at 10.70 to win the 100 meters on Friday.
Sherone Simpson followed in second place with the Jamaican silver medal in 22.37 and reigning Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown trailed in third place in 22.42. Henry-Robinson ended the race in sixth place with her PR of 22.77 also behind Anneisha McLaughlin (22.61) and Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart (22.70). Henry-Robinson held a previous PR of 22.80 from the 2009 season.
Like Hylton, Henry-Robinson is likely to earn a spot on Jamaica's Olympic team as a member of the pool for the women's 4x100-meter relay thanks to her pair of sixth-place finishes in the 100 meters and the 200 meters this weekend. She set a 100-meter personal best of 11.11 in the final on Friday night.