Wright throw lands birthday gift
Elton Tucker, Assistant Editor - Sport
Calabar High's Chad Wright got the perfect 19th birthday gift when he carried through his record-breaking form to take gold ahead of his close friend and teammate, Traves Smikle, in the Class-One boys' discus final on yesterday's second day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.
On a very good day for the former champions, the Red Hills Road-based school had another one-two finish in the pole vault to rocket to the top of the standing with 50 points. They were followed by Wolmer's 35, Kingston College (KC) 32, Jamaica College (JC) 20, St Jago 12, St George's College 9, Munro 7.5, Campion six, Glengoffe six, Edwin Allen four, Old Harbour two, Bridgeport two, Herbert Morrison 1.5 and Morant Bay, one.
Wright, who made a big start to the meet on Wednesday when he broke the one-year-old Class-One discus record with a throw of 52.16 metres, pushed that mark to 58.86m yesterday to beat Smikle, the national junior record holder.
Smikle threw 58.68m for second, while bronze went to KC's Oshane Harris, 53.57m.
Wright, more of a gentle giant than a fierce competitor, said earning maximum points for his school was his main aim going into yesterday's competition. According to him, it was the toughest he has ever been through and he owed everything to his superb technique.
"The only thing that went through my mind when I went into the ring was my technique ... and thankfully I came out on top," the former Shortwood Primary student said.
It was Smikle who looked likely to come out on top when the competition started in late evening. He broke Wednesday's record with a 54.67m first effort and extended this with his two subsequent throws, 57.74m and 58.68, before Wright hit the jackpot with his monstrous 58.68 record.
In the pole vault, Calabar's Devon Dobson failed with three efforts to break the pole-vault open record, finishing with a best of 4.40m. Dobson beat his teammate, Kazuma Davis, 4.30m. KC's Xavier Boland was third, 3.90m.
Calabar also earned valuable points in the heptathlon when Rojay Dacres placed second to St Jago's Orain McLeggon. McLeggon triumphed in the gruelling two-day seven-discipline event with 4,590 points. Dacres tallied 4,352, KC's Rayon Walcott 4,255 and Devon Moore of Glengoffe High, fourth with 4,244.
The Class-One 800m semi-finals saw Holmwood Technical's Kevin White posting the fastest time entering tomorrow's final. White won semi-final heat two in 1:55.21 ahead of KC's Johwayne Hebert, 1:55.91. Heat one was won in 1:56.04 by KC's Donohue Williams, while Corey Williams of Tacius Golding took heat three in 1:57.07.
Top spot in the Class-Two 800m looks to be between Petersfield's Oshane Turner and Stephen Rose of St Jago. Turner won semi-final heat two in 1:59.57, while Rose eased to victory in heat one in 1:59.92. Heat three was won in 2:00.63 by Clarendon College's Brian Smith.
Tevaughn Thomas of Excelsior, 2:10.51, Norman Pittersgill of Calabar, 2:08.11 and Shavanes Robinson of Titchfield, 2:08.19, were the respective winners of the Class-Three 800m semi-finals.
Earlier Wolmer's High's Dwayne Extol, seeking an unusual triple at Champs 100, had the best time in the first round of the Class-One 400m. Extol, who is also competing in the Class-One 200m and the 400m hurdles open, was the only athlete under 49 seconds as he clocked 48.87 to win heat one.
Eleven boys' finals will be contested today, including the 1500m for all classes, 100m in all classes and 400m hurdles.