Down to the wire!
It has come to this!
They will not last, but Jamaica College (JC) surged to the front of the pack yesterday, while the Kingston College (KC) faithful spent much of the day dancing with confidence. But the Calabar lions are roaring again!
It was bound to be a close race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy and that’s what we are getting as we head into the final day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium.
When the dust settled on a breakneck day of competition, it’s Jamaica College (JC) out front on 102.5 points ahead of KC, 101 and Calabar nicely poised on 93.50. St Jago are next on 63 points after 17 finals.
In the girls title race, Edwin Allen lead the way with 142 points followed by Hydel 102.5, with St Jago, 89.5, Holmwood 68 and Vere 58 at the top of the heap after 20 finals.
Nigel Ellis has been setting the standards all year and the St Elizabeth Technical star showed that he is genuinely a few strides better than everyone else, stopping the clock in a blistering 10.18 seconds to win the Class 1 boys 100m final ahead of Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 10.25 and KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson, 10.35.
But he wanted to do even more.
“The race was excellent, I was going for the record, so I am disappointed that I didn’t get it. I had a sub-10 time on my mind,” an ambitious Ellis exclaimed.
As expected, the Calabar boys took the top two spots in the Class Two 100m, but it didn’t go exactly to script with Michael Stephens winning in 10.48 over his more fancied teammate Dejour Russell, 10.54, with St Jago’s Gary Gordon, 10.77 in third.
Patrice Moody (Edwin Allen), 11.49, was too strong for the rest of the field in the Class One girls 100m final as Nelda Huggins (St Jago), 11.67 and Shanice Reid, also from St Jago, finished second and third, respectively.
Kimone Shaw (St Jago) destroyed the Class Two girls 100m field and in the process, erased the record of 11.46 to claim gold in 11.40 ahead of Edwin Allen’s Khamoy Farquharson, 11.65 and Shaneil English (St Jago), 11.68.