Calabar dominate throws, STETHS lead middle distance
CALABAR High School's throwers and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) middle distance athletes stole the show on Saturday at the 12th staging of the Wesley Powell Track and Field Meet at Excelsior High School.
In his first competition for his new school, former Cornwall College standout, Warren Barrett, was impressive in the Boy's Class One shot put. The national junior representative, with father Warren Snr. cheering, threw an impressive 17.66 metres to take the event. It was a clean sweep for the Red Hills Road-based school team as Caesar Kemp (15.13m) and Andre Beckford (14.92m) finished second and third, respectively.
Najir Jackson was also impressive for Calabar in the boys' Open javelin, winning easily with 58.63m, with Orlando Stephenson of Bog Walk High second with 49.40m and Adrian Mitchell third with 48.38m.
Wolmer's Boys' Deandre Leith spoilt the Calabar party, by winning the Class Two discus with a throw of 15.54m. The Calabar pair of Savion Burke (14:05m) and Andre Chin (13:97m) was second and third, respectively.
The outstanding STETHS Class Two athlete, Javauney James, was impressive in winning the double. He first had a runaway win in the 1000m, clocking a good 2:41.41, then returned to overtake teammate Shamar Salmon in the 600 metres and win in 1:25.31.
Earlier, STETHS had a one-two finish in the boys' Open 5000m as Romario Guthrie stopped the clock at 16:34.14 to beat Salmon, who timed 16:34.21.
Kingston College (KC) had a good showing in Class Three, led by Oshane Peart, who took a double. Peart won the 150 metres in 18.11 seconds. Jamaica College's Orville Haslam, the standout a few months ago at Primary Championships, was second overall in 18.28 seconds with Xavier Nairne of Wolmer's Boys' third overall in 18.83.
Peart closed the double by taking the 300m in 39.49 seconds. His teammate, Kamanie Williams, was second in 39.83 seconds, with third going to Wolmer's Jeremy Farr, 39.90 seconds.
Then KC had a clean sweep in the Class Three 600m, with Shantamoi Brown leading the way after clocking an impressive 1:34.02. Rashawn Rowe (1:34.04) and Julian McRae (1:34.48) were second and third, respectively.
JAGO ON FIRE
St Jago, Vere and Hydel were dominant among the girls. Tipped by many to dethrone Edwin Allen High at the ISSA Boys' and Girls' Championships next year, St Jago girls came out in large numbers and had good results especially on the track. Led by first-year Class One athlete, Shanice Reid, they took the top three spots in the 300m. Reid clocked 40.55 seconds, while Andrenette Knight - formerly of Vere Technical - was second in 41.32 seconds, with third overall going to Tasheena Ewan in 41.44.
In the Class Four 150m, Shanae Grant was first in 19.89 seconds and Joanne Reid second in 20.13. Excelsior's Ackera Nugent was third in 20.34.
Kimone Shaw did well in Class Three. In the 150m, Shaw won her heat in 19.19 seconds, but was bettered by Shanio Powell of St Mary High, who won her heat in 19.17. Hydel's Asanti Moore was third overall in 19.37.
In the 300m, Shaw clocked 42.39 seconds for third. Donna Ray Lee of Hydel had the best time, 42.41 seconds. Powell was second in 42.83 seconds.
Three outstanding personalities were honoured at the meet for their contribution to the school and the meet over the years - Frank Brown, former Excelsior Manning Cup football coach, Lorna Vernon, head track coach of Convent of Mercy (Alpha) Academy and Vinton Powell, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) starting