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Calabar's Taylor shines again in 400m

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 2:00 AMRaymond Graham
Christopher Taylor
Dejour Russell (right) of Calabar High getting the better of his teammate Orlando Bennett in the Class Two 110 metres hurdles at yesterday's Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic at the National Stadium. Russell clocked 14.11 seconds.
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Calabar High's Christopher Taylor continued his build-up for next month's ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships with another fine display at the Digicel Youngster Goldsmith Classic at the National Stadium yesterday.

Competing in the first leg of the Grand Prix series, Taylor took the lead in the Class Two 400 metres after clocking 47.18 seconds, the fastest overall time of the day in the event.

Taylor, the World Youth champion for the one-lap race, was very pleased with his run.

''Today, I just came out to run a cautious race and ensure I qualify for the Grand Prix finals later this month. I just followed my coach's instructions to take things easy," said Taylor.

St Jago High's Sean Bailey and Kingston College's (KC) Shantamoi Brown also picked up good wins in the Class One 400m. Bailey crossed the line in 47.40 seconds to win overall ahead of teammate Leon Clarke, 48.54 seconds.

Brown captured Class Three in 52.64 seconds, with Ronaldo Mighty of St Jago second overall in 53.81.

Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen High clocked a very good season-best 59.15 seconds in the 400 metres hurdles open for girls, finishing ahead of Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical, 59.29, and Vere Technical's Sanique Walker, 1.01.60.

Rayon Holness, also of Edwin Allen, won his heat of the boys' 400m hurdles in 53.11 seconds. Calabar High's Aykeeme Francis was second in 54.01, while KC's Orlando Smith was third overall in 54.10.

SPRINT HURDLES

Calabar ruled the boys' Class One and Class Two sprint hurdles. In Class One, Pan Am representative Seanie Selvin looked a cut above his rivals clocking 13.80 seconds in a negative wind reading of 0.7 metres per second. His teammate, Lafranz Campbell, 14.16; and KC's Orlando Smith, 14.31; were second and third, respectively.

Dejour Russell topped the Class Two 110m hurdles in 14.11 ahead of teammates Michael Stevens (14.25) and Orlando Bennett, 14.28.

KC's Davion Williams had a big win in the Class Three 100m hurdles as he hit the line in 13.70 seconds. Calabar's Schavan Carr was second in 14.05 with third going to Cardo Bailey of Jamaica College in 14.18.

Holmwood Technical's Gabrielle McDonald won the Class One girls' 100m hurdles in 13.94 seconds beating teammate Nicolee Foster (14.01) and Camperdown's Rushelle Burton, 14.05.

Vere Technical took the first two places in Class Two as Amoi Brown captured the event in 14.30 with Roxan Foster second in 14.45.

Hydel High's Donna Ray Lee topped Class Three 80m hurdles in 11.53 ahead Lisandra Brown of Edwin Allen, 11.5, and Vere's Codesha Lewis, 11.64.

Edwin Allen's Saleel Myles won the Class Four 70m hurdles in 10.97 seconds. St Jago's Dayshanae Hall (11.11) was second and Patreece Clarke, also of Edwin Allen, third in 11.50.