John Mills pulling away
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Two long-standing records were smashed on the penultimate day of the 31st staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All-Age and Junior High Athletics Championship yesterday.
Champions John Mills Primary and Junior High extended their lead to 38 points as they closed the day with 119 points. They are followed by Windward Road (81), Calabar Junior High (42.50), Mico Practising (23), Cockburn Gardens (11), Lowe River (10.50), New Day (10), Swallowfield (7.50), Green Park (6), Stony Hill (6), Central Branch (6), Rock Hall (5.50), Louise Bennett Coverley (4), Highgate (3) and Red Hills (2).
Yesterday's first event saw Jerome McLean of Windward Road Primary and Junior High eclipse Markino Buckley's 10-year mark of 1.80m in the boys' Class Two high jump. McLean cleared 1.81m before failing at 1.84m. His failure at the latter mark was his first. He had cleared all of the previous heights on his first attempt.
Shemar Campbell of Cockburn Gardens All-Age was second with a leap of 1.65m, while Rashawn Anderson (1.60m) of John Mills had to settle for third.
Shaquille McLeod of John Mills also rewrote the record books in the Class One long jump as he leapt to 6.07m, breaking the 31-year-old mark of 5.91m which was set by Andrew Hines back in 1979. Dabari Spence (5.89m) of Mico Practising Primary and Junior High notched second, with Sharlanjo Nelson (5.80m) of Windward Road Primary and Junior High taking third.
McLeod was very proud of his achievement and happy to get revenge after experiencing disappointment last year.
"I feel very proud, I worked very hard for it and the coach told me what to do and I used the technique very well," said McLeod. "I finished fifth last year because of a hamstring injury so I came back for revenge," he added. Four records have already been broken at the meet.
On today's final day all attention will turn to the much-anticipated 400m Class Three final to see how fast Odane Watt of John Mills can go, as he has already broken the record for the event in the preliminary round with a new time of 55.95 seconds. The 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m and 4x400m finals will all be contested today.