KC's 4x800 anchor sets stadium alight
The in-form Twayne Crooks excelled at the National Stadium on Saturday during the first staging of the SW Isaac Invitational Meet, when he ran a 1:51.0 800-metre leg to guide Kingston College (KC) to an impressive 7:35.99 win in the Open men's 4x800m relay.
Crooks, the former Vere Technical athlete, enabled his school to beat a strong G.C. Foster College team and snatch the first-prize cash award of $50,000 in the Championship event.
He got the baton some 10 metres behind the G.C. Foster anchor runner but, in a jiffy, he went by his opponent and, in the end, put some distance on his rivals to clock a big win. G.C. Foster clocked 7:38.42 for second, while Jamaica College (JC) ended third in 7:49.26.
"I am elated with Twayne's performance, and winning the event against a high-quality team like G.C. Foster College, and the fast time recorded, we definitely planned for that," expressed Neil Harrison, KC's head coach.
"Crooks was just unbelievable, as he was like poetry in motion, and after getting the baton some 10 metres behind G.C. Foster College, there was no doubt in my mind that we would have won. He has a wide range of speed endurance, and he runs with efficiency, and he is not afraid. His run today has definitely driven fear among his rivals," added Harrison, the former Munro College head coach.
Other members of the KC team were Miguel Morrison, Chad Miller and Delano Rochester.
Javon Francis' 400m win
After an injury setback that cut his season last year, former Calabar High athlete Javon Francis won the men's Invitational 400m after taking his heat in 46.60 seconds. Former national senior champion Oral Thompson was second overall in 47.02, with G.C. Foster's Marzel Miller third in 47.53.
Dellon Cauldwell of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) took the boys' Class One 400m in 47.64 seconds. Other heat winners were Calabar's Aykeem Francis (47.69) and Michael O'Hara (47.75), who finished second and third, respectively, overall.
Jaheel Hyde's debut
World Junior 400m hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer's Boys' School, made his belated seasonal debut. Competing in the 800m, Hyde won his heat in 2:00.78 and finished second overall in the high school boys' Class One event. Calabar's Chevene Hamilton was best overall with 2:00.31.
Among the women, G.C. Foster College's Samantha Curtis turned back Racers Track Club's Ristananna Tracey in the 400m. Curtis won in 54.10, while Tracey clocked 54.38. G.C. Foster's Renae Ambersley took third in 54.88.
National Junior representative, Tiffany James of Papine High, was the best schoolgirl over the one-lap event, as she won the Class One 400m in 54.60, with St Jago's Genekee Leith second in 55.04 and Manchester High's Argyanna Bolton third in 56.93.
St Jago's Class Two sprint hurdler, Safia Thompson, suffered her first defeat of the season in the 100 metres hurdles. Janeek Brown of Wolmer's Girls won the event in 13.74, with Thompson second in 13.78. Manchester High's Sidney Marshall took third in 14.11 seconds.
STATHS' Ayesha Champaigne warmed up for the girl's Open heptathlon with three good wins in individual events on Saturday. She won the javelin throw with 45.95m, the Class One long jump with 5.76m and the shot put with 12.87m.