Russell, Gaye shine in 400m at NCB Intercol
JANIEVE Russell of the University of Technology (UTech), and G.C. Foster College's Demish Gaye shone brightly on yesterday's final day of competition at the NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium.
Russell, who had won the women's 400 metres hurdles on Friday's opening day, won her second title in fine style, clocking a personal best 51.17 seconds. Drawn in lane three, Russell covered her main rivals, Tiffany James and Dawnalee Loney of Mico University, very early and sprinted away from the field to win easily.
James, 52.30 for second, and G.C. Foster's Verone Chambers, who was third in 52.55, also clocked personal best times.
Russell was very pleased with her performance.
"I am very happy with my victory today. I was very confident going into the event, and this is a good sign for me," she said, while praising her coach, Stephen Francis.
Coach Francis had high praises for his charge.
"It was, indeed, a good performance for Janieve, and to know that she ran a personal best just coming off a surgery," said Francis.
Gaye, the find of the season in the event, defeated a quality field, clocking a fast 45.57 and, in the process, broke the old record of 45.93 set by UTech's Rusheen McDonald in 2014. Twayne Crooks (47.00) of UTech was second, with third going to Alvin Green of G.C. Foster College in 47.22.
"It has been a very good season so far for me, and going to the recent World Indoor Championships as a part of the Jamaica team, has motivated me and I am looking forward to continuing the good work this season," said Gaye.
Oshane Bailey of G.C. Foster College completed the sprint double. Following his 100 metres win on Friday, Bailey pipped Kevean Smith of UTech on the line to take the 200m in 20.72 seconds. Smith did 20.77, with Everton Clarke of G.C. Foster, third in 20.82. Former Calabar High standout Michael O'Hara, now competing for the University of the West Indies (UWI), was fourth in 21.19.
Shericka Jackson of UTech clocked 22.98 to win the women's 200m ahead of teammate Shimarya Williams (23.33), with 100m champion Jura Levy of G.C. Foster College taking third in 23.48.
The day started on a good note for the Mico University College. They picked up two wins in the first two finals, the women's and men's 1500m, through Samantha James and Alex Hutton.
James, who won the 800m on Friday's opening day, clocked 4:43.63. Hutton won the men's event in 4:06.28.
With the relays still to be completed last night, G.C. Foster College appeared set to take the men's and women's titles.
• MEN: G.C. Foster College 126, UTech 83, UWI 81, Mico 38 and Exed 23
• WOMEN: G.C. Foster College 152, UTech 130, UWI 93, Mico 42, Church Teachers' College 7.