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Edwin's girls, St Jago's boys rule at Central Champs

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham/Gleaner Writer

Favourites Edwin Allen High and St Jago High retained the girls' and boys' titles, respectively, at the two-day Digicel Central Athletics Championships, which ended at the G.C. Foster College yesterday.

The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen fought off a strong challenge from former champions Holmwood Technical to end with 412 points. Holmwood on 370.5 points, Hydel - 314, St Jago - 205, and Vere - 170 closed out the top five.

St Jago's boys, with a whopping 306.5 points, were too good for their opponents as their nearest rivals, Edwin Allen, were well behind in second with 126. They were followed by Holmwood - 108, Clarendon College - 89, and Manchester High - 72.

Yesterday's final day saw several outstanding individual performances as several records were broken. Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen romped to an easy 23.60-second win in the Class Two 200m, lowering the 23.99-second mark she set on Tuesday. Kavia Francis (24.25) of Manchester High was second, with Edwin Allen's Selisa Palmer third in 24.42.

Michae Harriott of Holmwood Technical captured the Class One 200m in 23.55 seconds, from Vere Technical's Amoy Brown (24.29), and Yanique Dale of Hydel, 24.42.

There was big a surprise in the Class Three 100m as record holder Brianna Lyston of St Jago was only fourth in 12.11 seconds. Edwin Allen's Tia Clayton won in 11.83, ahead of Holmwood's Saskieka Steele (11.96). Clayton's teammate, Serena Cole, was third in 12.04.

The Class Two girls' 100m went to St Catherine's Julien Alfred in 11.91 seconds, while Harriott won her second gold by taking Class One in 11.73.

St Catherine High's Krisano Christie won a competitive Class One boys' 100m in 10.72 seconds, ahead of Kishane Thompson of Garvey Maceo (10.74), and Odane McPherson of Greater Portmore (10.85).

The Class Two 100m went to St Jago's Daniel Chambers in 10.94 seconds. He won ahead of teammate Vashaun Vascianna (10.95), with Rajay Morris of Clarendon College taking third in 10.88.