Stupendous 400m runs at Carifta Trial
Calabar High School's Christopher Taylor and Kingston College's (KC) Akeem Bloomfield sent the fair-sized crowd inside the National Stadium in a frenzy with breathtaking performances at the Carifta Trials, as both produced sub-46 seconds runs.
Running out of lane seven, the 15-year-old Taylor, competing in the boys' Under-18 400 metres, stopped the clock at a stupendous 45.69 seconds in winning the event.
The Michael Clarke-coached athlete sprinted away from his rivals in the last 150 metres to open up a huge gap. Second-placed Devaughn Ellington of Petersfield High clocked 47.05 seconds, while St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) athlete Leonardo Ledgister was third in 48.20 seconds.
"I am really happy with the win and I did not expect to run that fast, as I was under the weather (ill)," said Taylor.
"Groundbreaking, exhilarating and unbelievable," commented Clarke, on the stupendous clocking.
Minutes after seeing the Calabar fans celebrating, the KC fans got their turn.
Bloomfield, running the third 400 metres in his career, stopped the clock at an amazing 45.41 seconds.
It prompted his coach, Neil Harrison, to run on to the track to congratulate his charge.
"I am not surprised with the win, but a little surprised with the time, as I did not expect to run that fast," admitted Bloomfield, who added that he followed the instructions of his coach.
Earlier, Edwin Allen High's Saqukine Cameron and Wolmer's Boys' Jaheel Hyde gave dominant displays.
Cameron took the girls Under-20 200m in 23.18 seconds. Vere Technical's Renae Medley who was second in the 100m, was runner-up again in the longer sprint, in 23.71 seconds. St Jago's Natalliah Whyte, the 100m champion, was third in 23.98.
Hyde, who had won the 400m hurdles on Saturday, demonstrated his immense talent in winning the boys' Under-20 110m hurdles, turning back the early challenge of Calabar High's Seanie Selvin to win in 13.22 seconds.
Selvin clocked 13.42, while STETHS' Marvin Williams placed third in 13.68.
St Jago High's Shanike English completed the Under-18 sprint double, following up her 100m win on Saturday's opening day with success in the 200m, in 24.07 seconds. Her schoolmate, Kimone Shaw, was second in 24.30, with Edwin Allen's Kasheika Cameron third in 24.31.
In the boys' Under-18 200m, Calabar's Xavier Angus, who was second in the 100m, placed first in 21.08 ahead of Munro College's Rushabe Edwards (21.51).
St Jago High's Chad Walker topped the Under-20 boys' half lap in 20.97 seconds, ahead of STETHS duo Nigel Ellis (21.23) and Hujaye Cornwall (21.31).