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Venson impresses as Calabar show strength

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:14 AMRaymond Graham/ - Gleaner Writer

Calabar High turned in some impressive performances at last Saturday’s Douglas Forrest Development Meet at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, as they warmed up for their home meet this Saturday, the McKenley/Wint Classic.

Leading the way for the Red Hills Road team on Saturday was last year’s Champs 5000m-1500m double winner, Kevroy Venson.

Venson, who will be under severe threat from a duo of Kingston College middle- and long-distance runners to retain his titles, was an impressive winner in the Class One Boys 1500m event, after stepping away from his rivals in his heat to clock 4:04.07 minutes. His teammate Rivaldo Marshall was second best with 4:24.00 minutes, and Ojay Thompson of St Thomas Technical finished third in 4:27.40 minutes.

There was also a quinella for ‘The Lions’ in the Class Two 1500 metres as Shawn Brock (4:31.58) was the best here ahead of teammate Devar Heslop, 4:31.82 minutes.

Calabar also swept the podium in the Class Two 800 metres as Kewany Fletcher was first here in 1:57.19 minutes with teammates Shaun Brock (2:01.68) and Chadrick Bacchus (2:04.42) finishing second and third respectively. They also took the Class Three 800m, which was won by Rojay Thomas in 2:08.08 minutes, ahead of Ainsley Brown of Port Antonio High, who was second in 2:13.05.

FIELD SUCCESS

There was also success for Calabar in the field after capturing the classes One and Two long jump events.

Luke Brown took the Class One event with a winning leap of 6.94 metres as Mona High’s Atiba Clarke (6.41m) and Mannings’ Dario Beckford (6.40m) took second and third, respectively.

In the Class Two event, Norjay Hylton had a winning mark of 6.45m. Dermaine Campbell of Lacovia High and Mickeal Walters of St Mary High ended second and third, respectively, with distances of 6.43 and 6.01 metres.

Tevin Thompson of Excelsior spoilt Calabar’s party in the Class One boys 200 metres after stopping the clock at 22.03 seconds for the win with Calabar’s Shevioe Reid 22.07 and Jordan Turner 22.23 having to settle for second and third, respectively.

On the female side, Vere Technical led the way with two top podium finishes. Their successes came in the 3000m Open and 1500m Class Two event. Kriss-Ann Plummer captured the 3000m Open in 11:11.64 minutes, as teammates Gabriel Smith, 11:40.09 minutes and Latanya Johnson, 11:40.12 minutes, ended second and third. Smith returned to take the top position in Class Two 1500m after stopping the clock at 5:09.19 minutes ahead of Johnson, second in 5:12.21 minutes and Ashara Frater third in 5:13.38 minutes.

Meanwhile, Immaculate Conception High recorded two wins in throwing events with Daniel Slolely topping the Class One Shot Put field with a heave of 12.75 metres. Aaliyah Whyte of Wolmer’s Girls was second with 11.91 metres and Ashley Duffus of St Catherine High ended third with 11.58 metres.

Immaculate took the top spots in the Class Three discus throw, as Mireya Simpson won with 32.32 metres ahead of teammate Maja Henry (30.79m) with Victoria Christie of Camperdown finishing third with 29.61 metres.

Oberlin High also had a 1-2 finish in Class One shot put as Shatooy Chambers won with 40.33 metres ahead of Talleen Gordon 38.54m and Sloley of Immaculate third with 35.50m.