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Edwin's Ashley over the moon

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Edwin Allen's Annia Ashley

Annia Ashley cleared an impressive 1.77 metres to win the Class Three girls' high jump competition in fine style and highlighted an otherwise quiet Thursday morning at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championship at the National Stadium, yesterday.

"I am very happy to win. I did not really do too much preparation for the season, but I am very happy right now," she continued. "It (the win) came down to my talent and hard work today (yesterday)," she told The Gleaner.

The talented Edwin Allen High athlete narrowly missed the Class Three high jump record, 1.78 metres, by one centimetre.

Lamara Distin of Rusea's High School was the silver medalist at 1.74 m, while Annisa Walters copped bronze for Holy Childhood High, at 1.68m.

"I knew she (Annia) had it in her, but never knew she had that much," said coach Shane Cole, who has conditioned the jumper for the past three years.

"It is very impressive to see, knowing she hasn't done the vertical jump much this season. And coming here today she more than delivered," Cole outlined

Ashley now has her sights set on doubling in the long jump, and is confident Edwin Allen will top the championships.

Coach Cole said the defending champions will retain the title as they have a very balanced team.

"Edwin Allen are a good all-round team. We have our strengths," he said.