Helps shines in the rain
Wolmer's Girls' first-year Class One athlete, Shauna Helps, sent a strong message to her rivals with impressive runs in the 100 and 200 metres at yesterday's Anthracite Digicel Grand Prix Corporate Area Development inside the National Stadium.
Helps tuned up for next month's Boys and Girls' Championships in great style, posting 11.66 seconds in pouring rain to win the Grand Prix Class One 100 metres. She returned later to stop the clock in the 200 metres in 24.58 seconds. She is the leader in both events, ahead of the Grand finals at G.C. Foster College on March 14. However, she can only compete in one event at the finals.
Immaculate High's Jeanine Williams trails Helps with 12.13, with St Hugh's Toni Ann Nelson third in 12.26.
In the absence of teammate and event leader Michael O'Hara, Calabar High's Edward Clarke booked his spot in next month's Grand final by winning the Class One 100 metres in 10.45. He is second overall in the event going into the finals.
Raheem Robinson of Wolmer's Boys also booked a spot for the grand final after finishing second in 10.64, ahead of Jamaica College's Courtney Missick, who was third in 10.84. Convent of Mercy Academy's Kiara Grant stayed atop in the Girl's Under 16 Grand Prix 100 metres after blowing away her rivals in the Class Three event to stop the clock at 11.89 seconds.
Yesterday also saw the 800 metres Grand Prix being contested fir the first time.
In the Class One boys event, Kingston College's Miguel Morrison and Excelsior's Nathan Brown led the way. Morrison scored a close win, clocking 1:54.81 to Brown's 1:54.82. Chad Miller of KC won his heat in 1:56.79 to be third overall.