Edwin Allen ready to defend girls' title at Champs
Edwin Allen High's girls' coach, Michael Dyke, has declared that his team is ready to defend their inter-secondary title after watching his athletes dominate their rivals at the annual Central Championships at Kirkvine Sports Complex in Manchester on Wednesday.
The Clarendon-based Edwin Allen girls tallied 457 points to finish ahead of Holmwood Technical 335.5. Vere Technical 334, Hydel High, 222; and Manchester High, 140.5.
Manchester High were the boys' champions with 185 points. They were followed by Edwin Allen 143, Spaulding 128, Holmwood 112 and Bellefield 100.
Dyke was disappointed that top school St Jago High had opted out of the meet, but was happy with the overall performance of his team.
"I am extremely pleased with the overall performance of my team over the three days. We are ready to defend our title at Champs," Dyke said.
He added: "I am a bit disappointed that St Jago were not at the meet, but this did not take away the superb performance of my team today. History has shown that the team that wins at Central Championships normally triumphs at Champs."
The three-day meet was the final in the Digicel Grand Prix series, before the grand finals next month at the G C Foster Classic.
Edwin Allen's Class Four athlete, Kevona Davis, was one of the outstanding performers at the meet. She clocked a fast 24.89 seconds in the 200 metres to defeat her teammate SeLisa Palmer, 25.99, and Dyandra Gray of Holmwood Technical, 26.07.
vere in their element
Vere's girls dominated the Grand Prix events with Class One athlete, Renae Medley, leading the way taking both the 100 and 200 metres. She won the 100m in 11.72 seconds ahead of Holmwood's Shanta Deer (11.85).
Medley's winning time in the 200m was 24.00 with Holmwood's Britney Hew
taking second in 24.25.
It was a sweep for Vere in the 800m. Sashagaye Whyte (2:18.64) won Class One just ahead of teammate Derriann Hill (2:18.73) as both booked their spots in the Grand Prix finals. Holmwood's Shanike Watson was third in 2:22.29.
Vere's Shanique Walker took the Class Three 800m in 2:19.66 holding off Manchester High;s Brittney Brown , 2:19.68, in another close finish.
Britney Dixon was impressive in taking the Class Two 800m in 2:14.69 from Holmwood's Chrisann May who was second in 2:18.46.
In the absence of defending champions St Jago, Manchester High's boys proved too strong for their rivals.
Class Two athlete Romario McCarthy completed the sprint double for the new champions. He won the 100m in 10.92 on Tuesday and returned the following day to take the 200m in 23.48.