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St Andrew’s Murray targets golden treble at Champs

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
O’Brien Wasome of Jamaica College competing in the qualifying rounds of the Class One boys’ long jump on the opening day of the 2015 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium. Wasome was the leading qualifier with leap of 7.54 metres.

Long, triple and high jumper Lorean Murray of St Andrew High School (STAHS) will be hoping for a golden treble when she battles Class Two rivals from today through to Saturday at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championship (Champs) inside the National Stadium.

The Class Two qualifying mark was 5.30 metres, and Murray leapt to a personal best of 5.68m in the long jump preliminaries yesterday.

The final will be contested tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., where Trishauna Hemmings of Glengoffe High, Nhayilla Renteria of St Jago and Brianna Thomas of Holmwood Technical will also line-up as medal favourites.

The other four qualifiers for the final include Leone Farquharson of Campion College, Yanique Dayle of Hydel, Hadiya Gray of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Trissanna Hickling of St Jago.

"I will be jumping every day, today (Tuesday) to Saturday. I am capable of doing it (treble), I have been training from September for this," Murray assured.

mind is on medalling

"Even in class, my mind is on medalling and winning at Champs," she outlined.

With yesterday's opening day effort and after leading her opponents, Murray admits her work is just beginning.

"I started out slow and then built up pace when I got to the board. It was something I practiced in training, so I was happy to get my personal best," she told The Gleaner.

"I'll be trying to go for the record 6.43 metres tomorrow."

In the high jump, the teen has cleared a best of 1.70m and 12.07m in the triple jump.

The Class Two meet record was set by Chanice Porter of Manchester High five years ago.