Calabar, Hydel, show good early form
Calabar High, the defending boys' Champs winners, Hydel High, and Vere Technical, on the girls side, registered outstanding performances at the Douglas Forrest Invitational track and field meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Coming out in large numbers, the Michael Clarke-coached Calabar sent out early signals that they will not give up their crown easily.
After their dominance in Class Three last year, their athletes, who moved up to Class Two, took the top-three spots in the 200 metres. In a very competitive heat, Michael Stevens (21.71) just got the better of teammate Tyreke Wilson (21.73). Christopher Taylor
finished third overall in 21.91 seconds after winning his heat.
It was the same story in Class One, where the depth of their sprinting was on show. Jelani Walker (21.79), Aykeem Francis (21.92) and Demar Weller (22.01) took the top-three spots in the 200m. Michael O'Hara, their star sprinter, won his heat, but placed fourth overall after clocking 22.02.
Walker later returned to capture the long jump with 7.50 metres, getting the better of Excelsior High's Rojay Mills (7.45m).
Calabar also won the Class Two long jump, as Alex Robinson leapt 6.76m to beat Wolmer's Boys' Dameon Creary (6.73m).
Kingston College scored a quinela in the Class Three long jump, as Wayne Pinnock (6.07m) topped Shaquille Lowe (5.69m).
Calabar's throwers dominated again, as Drexel Mycock (51.52m) captured the Class One discus, and teammate Ronaldo Hastings finished second with a 49.02m throw.
Jamaica College's Vashon McCarthy upstaged Calabar's Warren Barrett Jr in the Class One shot put, winning with 16.43m, as Barrett (15.83m) and his teammate, Eric Campbell (15.55m), took second and third, respectively.
In the Class Two shot put, Calabar's AndrÈ Chin (14.34m) won ahead of his teammate, Shavion Burke (13.74m).
Despite most of their teammates competing at Kirkvine, Kingston College swept the top-three places in the boys' 400m hurdles Open. Sherwayne Allen won overall in 54.2 seconds ahead of Chad Miller (54.3) and Chadwick Brown (54.4).
In girls' competition, Hydel were strong all-round, while Vere Technical dominated the middle-distance events.
Hydel dominated the discus, winning in all three classes. Shadae Lawrence won in Class One with 44.36m, Devia Brown (43.46m) topped Class Two and Tyest Bryan took Class Three with 29.36m.
The Corey Bennett-coached Hydel swept the top-three places in the Class Two 200m. Taqece Duggan won in 25.13 seconds, ahead of Aleysha Kelly (25.36) and Yanique Dayle (25.61).
In Class Three, Kiara Grant of the Convent of Mercy (Alpha), remained hot this season. Following up her win at the Pure Water JC Meet, Grant's 25.45 seconds topped the Hydel pair of Rydonne Lee (25.48) and Ashanti Moore (25.55).
Vere Technical's Sasha Gaye Whyte and Britnie Dixon won the 800m and 1500, respectively. Class One athlete Whyte clocked 2:14.55, much further than teammate Derriann Hill, who was second overall in 2:18.04. Whyte returned to take the 1500m in 4:52.57.
Dixon captured the Class Two 800m in 2:16.63, beating teammate Kyce Ann Plummer (2:21.94), then captured the 1500m in 4:50.15. Plummer again placed second overall, clocking 5:02,45.
Sanique Walker made it a 800m hat-trick for Vere, capturing the Class Three event in 2:20.14, with teammate Aleitha Skyers finishing second in 2:22.98.