Taylor clocks 20.98 over 200m at Anthrick meet
CALABAR High's star athlete, Christopher Taylor, made his season debut in grand style at Thursday's Digicel Anthrick Corporate Development meet at the UWI Usain Bolt Stadium.
Taylor, who competed in the 200 metres, showed no signs of rust from a long lay off as he clocked an impressive 20.98 seconds to win the Class One boys 200 metres.
Coming into the meet, there were several question marks over Taylor, but his time showed he is close to his best form. He has now qualified for next Saturday's Digicel Grand Prix finals at National Stadium. Joining him in the final is Excelsior High's Andel Miller was second in 21.21.
More than 20 records were broken at the meet with several coming in the Grand Prix events.
Calabar's Kimar Farquharson sent a strong message to his rivals after smashing the Class Two 800 metres mark. Running on his won for most of the way, Farquharson set a new record of 1:52.92 clipping almost five seconds off the old mark of 1:57.49 which was set last year. Kingston College's (KC) Aryamanya Rodgers also advanced to the finals of the event. He won his heat in a moderate 1:58.07 to be second overall.
Calabar's other qualifiers on the track in Grand Prix events were Shemar Chambers (48.61) and Anthony Carpenter (48.92) first and second respectively in the Class One boys 400m. Nicquaine Henry (49.26) was first in the Class Two 400m, ahead of KC's Shantamoi Brown (50.69).
Michael Stevens (10.78) was runner-up to Excelsior High's Malique Scott who clocked the same time in the 100m.
KC, who retained the Corporate Area title, also had several qualifiers especially in field events. The field qualifiers were led by Carey McLeod who broke the Class One long jump record with a new mark of 7.29 metres. He is joined in the finals by St George's College's Alexander Thompson with 6.99m for second.
KC were first and second in Class Two long jump. Shaquille Lowe won with a new record of 7.04m to edge out teammate, Wayne Pinnock (7.03m).
Mitchell Bailey (KC) took the Class One high jump with 1.90m ahead of Calabar's Richard Campbell, second with 1.85m. Zico Campbell took the discus Class One with a throw of 52.58m ahead of Excelsior High's Phillip Bennett (50.75m). Kemoy Cockett (KC) was second in the Class Two event with 43.82m, behind winner, Shadane Adamson of Calabar with 43.95 metres.
Excelsior High were dominant in the girls' Grand Prix events. The following are the Grand Prix events in which they finished among the top two.
Class One 800m
1. Kellyann Downer (St And) 2:17.79 (R)
2. Tamia McLean (XLCR) 2:20.60
100m Class Two
1. Lyanna Jackson (XLCR) 12.62
2. Shanelle Walace (Immac) 12.78
100m Class One
1. Richann Archer (Alpha) 12.55
2. Leanna Daley (XLCR) 12.62
200m Class One
1. Renee Shaw (XLCR) 24.59
2. Tatyana McKenzie (Queens) 24.64
200m Class Two
1. Lyanna Jackson (XLCR) 25.20
2. Shanele Wallace (Immac) 25.32
Class One Discus
1. Tavia Ranger (XLCR) 44.90m
2. Kisean Palmer (XLCR) 37.20m
Class Two discus
1. Kimberly Lugg (XLCR) 37.49m
2. SeanaKaye Weright (XLCR) 36.05M
Class One High Jump
1. Rushelle Jones (XLCR) 1.75m (R)
2. Lorean Murray (St And) 1.70m
Final points standings
1. Excelsior 390.5
2. Camperdown 260
3. The queens 257.5
4. Immaculate 188.5
5. St Andrew High 147.5
1. Kingston College 351
2. Calabar 291
3. Jamaica College 202
4. Wolmer's Boys' 152.5
5. Excelsior 149.5