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Class Two girls throw up stiff challenge at GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys and Girls' Champs

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 3:00 AMShayne Fairman

Needing a qualifying mark of 11.50 metres, girls' Class Two shot putters were down to business straight away, with some impressive heaves resulting in personal bests and keen competition on day one's preliminary-round action at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Champion-ships (Champs) inside the National Stadium yesterday.

There seemed to be no easing up on all-out hefty throwing in order to outdo each other and claim the all-important qualifying spaces.

A cadre of 14 hungry-looking putters, determined to out throw the other, qualified for today's final.

Avery Pryce of Vere Technical led the pack courtesy of an early personal record (PR) of 13.85 metres, while Devia Brown of Hydel High threw 13.69 metres to qualify in second, while third place was rounded out by Kadian Clarke of Immaculate High, with 13.68 metres.

Pryce's leading throw has seen her put her money where her mouth is and the athlete says she remains calm, composed and will be going all out to win.

"I feel good because I did my best and PRed," she noted.

"This is the right place to peak because earlier in the season, I was throwing 12 metres and under. Coach (Tamara Williams) told me Champs is the right place to PR, so I just go out there and do what I need to do," she added.

"Champs is about competition and doing your best."

The girls' 15-16 shot put Class Two final is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. this evening.

It will be the best of Class Two up against Edwin Allen's Rochelle Frazer's 15.93 meet record, set two years ago.