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JC steal sprint spotlight at Gibson McCook

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming
Jamaica College (Chislon Gordon on anchor) capturing the Class One boys 4x100 metres at yesterday's Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium. JC clocked 39.92 seconds.

In the absence of sprinting powerhouse Calabar High School, Jamaica College (JC) provided the fireworks in the sprint relays at the 42nd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium yesterday

JC won two out of the four 4x100m boys relays, with their Class One boys turning in a scintillating performance to win their race. Anchored by Chislon Gordon, JC managed to stave off the closing Kingston College team being anchored by their star athlete Jhevaughn Matherson. JC stopped the clock at 39.92 seconds. KC finished second with 40.00.

The boys from Old Hope Road also edged KC in Class Four, winning in a time of 45.15 to KC's 45.50.

St Jago won the Class Two event in 41.00 seconds while KC captured the Class Three equivalent in 42.88.

Calabar, the dominant school on the track this season, pulled out on the eve of the meet.

Edwin Allen High's quartet of Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Selecia Myles, and Tia Clayton - in running order - smashed the record for the Class Three 4x100m clocking 44.76, the fastest time among female high school teams at the meet. The previous mark recorded last year was 44.91.

There was also a sprint record in the prep school events as the Under-12 girls from Hydel Prep stopped the clock at 51.95 seconds to erase their old mark of 52.08 set last year.

Yohan Blake, the 2011 IAAF World Championships 100m champion, anchored his club team Racers Track Club to victory in the clubs and institutions section. Racers stopped the clock at a modest 38.36. MVP Track Club took second in 38.87.

Sherone Simpson continued her comeback on the track by piloting the Sprintec's team to victory in the women's equivalent. They won in 43.84 seconds. G.C. Foster College were second in 44.41.