Holmwood, St Jago take charge at Central Champs
Former champions Holmwood Technical and defending champion St Jago were the early leaders in the girls and boys' categories following competition on yesterday's first day of the two-day Central Athletics Champion-ships, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix.
It was close going among the top two girls' outfits as Holmwood led with 83.50 points, just ahead of defending champions, Edwin Allen (81). Closing out the top five are St Jago High and Hydel, who both ended the day on 49 points and Vere Technical (46.50).
St Jago's boys look safe for another title after building a big lead over their rivals. They are on 120 points with Edwin Allen well behind on 35 points in second position. Holmwood (26), Christiana High (21) and Charlemont (17) closing out the top five after yesterday's opening day.
Vere Technical's Britney Dixon and Holmwood's Chrissani May continued their fierce rivalry in the Class One 1500m with both battled all the way before May found extra in the final 50m to win in 4:38.71. Dixon clocked 4:40.00 for the silver with Edwin Allen's Kara Grant taking third in 4:42.17.
In the Class Two event, Edwin Allen's outstanding Cemore Donald won in 4:40.84 ahead of teammate Kayann Green, 4:43.58 with third going to Holmwood's Brittney Campbell in 4:45.67.
The Boys Class Three 1500m went to St Jago's Corlando Chambers in 4:37.98, with Davion Gray of Spalding winning in Class Two in 4:18.13.
St Jago's Jody-Ann Petrie took the Girls Open 400m hurdles in 1:00.32, while Christania's Shamara Brown was also a winner after crossing the line first in the Class Two boys event in 56.11 seconds. Coy Spence (St Jago) won in Class One in a time of 54.77 seconds.
St Jago High thrower Gabrielle Bailey continued her good form in the Class One discus as she got the better of Edwin Allen's Fiona Richards (45.97m) after an impressive throw of 49.11m. Hydel's Devia Brown was third in 45.77m.
Holmwood's Shaday Hudson remained unbeaten after winning the Girls Class Two discus after a 13.99m heave, which relegated Vere's Marie Brown to second place with 13.54m with Hydel's Keneisha Thompson (13.43m) finishing in third place.
St Jago dominated the throwing events among the males with Roje Stona leading the way after a big throw of 54.97m to take the Class One discus. His teammate, Howard Beckford, threw 43.10m to beat Everton Finley (41.97m) to second place.
The boys from Monk Street in Spanish Town also enjoyed one-two finishes in the Class One and Class Two High Jump. In Class One, Lushane Wilson (2.05m) won ahead of Tony Haughton (1.95m). In Class Two, it was Danar Marshall with a winning clearance of 1.85m, who got the top spot over Vanderleer Palmer (1.80m).
The meet will come to an end today with finals in all events including those in the Digicel Grand Prix series where the top two in these events will advance to Saturday's Grand finale at the GC Foster Classic inside the National Stadium. Some 60 finals will be contested with 48 on the track and 12 in the field. The first final will be the 2000m steeplechase for girls at 9:30 a.m .