KC, Holmwood stand tall at Western Relays
Kingston College was the toast of high school teams at Saturday's 39th staging of the Milo Western Relays in Montego Bay as the North Street-based institution picked up six wins and two second-place finishes to be the most successful team at the meet.
Their wins came in Classes One, Two and Three 4x100m, the 4x200m Class Two, 4x400 and 4x800m with second-place finishes in the Class One 4x200m and the sprint medley.
Undoubtedly, it was the 4x800m event that got the large crowd in a frenzy as defending champions St Elizabeth Technical came out very confidently in making it back-to-back wins.
Kingston College took a slight lead after the first exchange, with the in-form Kristoff Darby some 10 metres ahead of the dangerous Jauvaney James in second. Darby extended the lead at one stage to about 50m but in the end had to stave off a late rally from James as both teams had a tight battle on the final two legs before Tyrese Rhoden pulled away from Rayon Butler in the final 20m to give his team a win in seven minutes, 42.26 seconds as STETHS was second in 7:42.95 seconds, with Munro third in 8:07.04 seconds.
Led by an outstanding third leg by Jhevaughn Matherson in the Open 4x400m, it was another good win for KC as they stopped the clock at 3:14.74 seconds, relegating the defending champions to second in 3:16.13 seconds and Petersfield third in 3:17.40 seconds.
FIRST AND SECOND PLACE
It was a quinella in the Boy's Open 3000m for the North Street team, as Aryamanya Rodgers won in a fast 8:37.38 seconds, getting the better of teammate Shane Buchanan, who was second in 8:39.49 seconds.
Holmwood was the best among the girls as they gave signs that they could give defending champions Edwin Allen a run for their money at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships with four good wins, the most by a female team at the meet.
Their wins came in the 4x100m Class Two, in 46.03 seconds, the 4x200m Open in 1:36.00 seconds, 4x400m Open in 3:40.91 seconds, and the 4x800m Open in 8:59.54 seconds.
Edwin Allen was next best with three wins, after taking the Class four 4x100m in 47.91 seconds, Class three 4x100m in 45.84 seconds and the Class one quartet of Kasheika Cameron, Patrice Moody, Shellece Clark and Khamoy Farquharson posting a quick 44.87 seconds.