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#glnrChamps: 1-2 to Calabar in Class One 100m, Matherson false starts

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 9:06 PM

Dania Bogle, Gleaner Writer

There were rumblings in the National Stadium ahead of the Class One Boys 100m metres that Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson may false start and so he did and Calabar’s Michael Stephens was not to be denied as he powered to victory in the event on Friday’s penultimate day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls' Athletic Championships.

Matherson, who is expected to start in the Class One Boys 200m Saturday evening, had earlier held his thigh as he powered to a win in semi-final two earlier in the afternoon in the fastest qualifying time of 10.72 seconds.

Stephens was second then in 10.73 and he lowered that time to 10.41 to win in the final ahead of his Calabar teammate Tyreke Wilson in 10.52.

St Jago’s Anika Brissett outdid herself as she claimed the Girls Class One equivalent in a time of 11.41 ahead of Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody in 11.67 and Excelsior’s Renee Shaw 11.72.

In Class Two St Elizabeth Technical’s Sachin Dennis bettered Wolmer’s Zavier Nairne to win in 10.51 with Jamaica College’s Michali Everett a long way behind in 10.69 and Nairne third in 10.74.

The girls equivalent was won by Michae Harriott of Holmwood in  a time of 11.63 followed by  Mount Alvernia’s Kemba Nelson 11.72 and St Jago’s Kimone Shaw 11.74.

Earlier, Calabar’s Kevroy Venson set a new record as he upstaged the much-favoured Kingston College athlete Ari Rodgers of Uganda in the Class Two Boys 1500m.

Taking an approach more recognised among African runners, Venson and his teammate Kimar Farquharson paired up at the start and going out hard together and taking an early lead.

Rodgers was among the pack pulled back but with 100m to go Venson pulled ahead and away to a record 3:55.33 win.  Rodgers, who has been at the centre of controversy for most of the last month,  finished second in 3:57.02.