Area Eight top Police champs
Area Eight Mobile Reserve once again won the 44th Jamaica Constabulary Force Annual Athletics Championships, copping 32 trophies - 12 for place (JCF) - at the meet staged in collaboration with the Police Co-Op Credit Union and investment brokerage firm, Mayberry Investments, at the Police Sports Complex, Lower Elleston Road, last Saturday.
The overall champion athlete was Auther-Lee Bryan, the sprint double winner, who secured 44.5 points for Area Two, Portland division.
She was also the champion track and field female athlete, receiving the Sagicor Trophy and the Jamaica Ex Police Cadet Association Trophy, respectively.
The top track male champion athlete was Maxroy Hill from Area Three Clarendon division, who was awarded the Guardian Life Trophy and the top field events champion (male) was Ayon Ricketts from Area Eight Mobile Reserve, who received the Jamaica Ex Police Cadet Association Trophy.
There were a host of activities, including a surprise performance from the legendary Ken Boothe. The national event showcased members of the JCF from different divisions, engaging in friendly rivalry, including the 100 and 200-metre sprints for males and females, respectively.
Robert Montague, minister of national security and Dr Carl Williams, commissioner of police, were in attendance, with the Commissioner declaring the event open.
It was an exciting day, with hundreds of spectators coming out to see who would be crowned the fastest policeman and policewoman of 2016. The Championship saw eight divisions/areas competing for the new Mayberry Investment/Jamaica Police Co-Op Credit Union Trophy. The previous Police Co-Op Credit Union Trophy was retired to Area Eight, who have won the championship for seven consecutive years.
The 100 metres was won by Bryan in 12.58 seconds, with second place going to Marvia McLeish of Motorised Patrol (12.81) and third to Bethune Hutchenson from Area Eight (Mobile Reserve), who clocked 13.07.
Byran took the 200m in 27.03, finishing again ahead of McLeish, 27.44 seconds and Hutchenson, 28.13 seconds.
Invitational races featured local clubs and institutions such as The Mico, G.C. Foster, Camperdown High, Vauxhall High and the Police Youth Clubbites.
The most intriguing aspect that embellished the event was the splendid field displays, involving mass participation, splattered on the field, a riot of hues and vibrant colours.
Chris Berry, chairman of Mayberry Investments, said the company was elated to be a part of the event.
"We are honoured to have been a significant part of this event. To see the camaraderie between divisions and the friendly rivalry unfold on the track," said Berry. "It was a wonderful day for the police, who showed true competitive spirit."