Stona eyes U-20 Champs after Purewater/JC win
St Jago High's Roje Stona set his final junior season in motion by winning the Class One discus at the 25th staging of the Purewater/JC/R. Danny Williams Development Meet ,yesterday.
Stona's heave of 56.18m was enough to outlast Jamaica College's Cyrus Douglas (53.18m) and Calabar High's Deandre Leith (50.08m).
"I am pleased with my performance," said Stona. "The conditions were not the best, but I'm thankful to start with a win."
While hesitant to talk about distances and expectations, the CARIFTA Games record holder, however, was quick to highlight his goals for the 2018 season.
"I'm preparing for the World Championships (Under 20). This is my final year, and I have to be very aggressive in my approach because the competition is going to be tough.
"Commonwealth Games is not out of the question, but it may be a little tougher to get to than the others," the Monk-Street-based athlete shared with a laugh.
The soft-spoken Stona, who competes in the shot put as well, which he describes as his weaker event, will be a cornerstone in his team's title ambitions at this year's staging of the ISSA Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.
Edwin Allen, Hydel, and St Jago were the dominant forces in the girls' sprint hurdles as Hydel's Shiann Salmon (14.75 seconds) and Kerrica Hill (11.23) captured Classes One and Four, respectively. Rosalee Cooper of St Jago (14.04) took top honours in Class Two - while Edwin Allen's Selieci Myles' 11.76 was enough to win Class Three.
On the boys' side, Jamaica College almost swept all classes in the sprint hurdles, having won Classes Four, Three, and Two, courtesy of Benjamin Hector (13.10), Peter Calvin (16.01), and Robert Grayham (16.49), respectively. Class One was won by Jahvarrie Johnson of Mavis Bank High in 16.63 seconds.
This year's staging also saw the meet honouring former head football coach and technical director Miguel Coley. Coley won a historic five straight Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles, a feat unmatched in the over 100-year history of schoolboy football.