Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer
THERE were several quality performances at the Central Hurdles and Relays Track and Field meet at G.C. Foster College yesterday. Twelve records were broken with five in the hurdles events.
Holmwood Technical's athletes stole the spotlight among the females, as, led by World Junior representative Janieve Russell, they accounted for two of the hurdles records. Russell, who had a very keen tussle with St Jago High's Chrisdale McCarthy in the Class Two 100 metres hurdles, held on by a whisker to win the event in 14.00 seconds to McCarthy's, 14.03.
Osheen Erskine, also of Holmwood, won her heat in 14.19 to also go below the 14.59 set by former Holmwood athlete Sashawna Bennett last year.
Holmwood's Class Three athlete, Yanique Thompson, continued her excellent form this season. She destroyed her rivals in the 80 metres hurdles for a record run of 11.54 to erase Russell's 12.09 set in 2009. Edwin Allen High's Tracy Ann May (12.24) and Wolmer's Girls Davina Young (12.25) were second and third overall.
St Andrew High's Rushelle Burton accounted for the other hurdles record as she looked quite relaxed in winning the Class Four 70 metres event in 11.12 seconds.
Davian Dennis of St Elizabeth Technical and Manchester High's Omar McLeod were responsible for the two male hurdles records. Dennis won the Class Two 110 metres event in 14.16 seconds to lower the 14.64 set by Kingston College's (KC) Stephan Fennell last year.
McLeod was too good for his rivals in the Class One 110 metres event. He stopped the clock at 14.23 to smash the 14.26 set by former Jamaica College athlete André Collins in 2008. KC's Fennell was second overall in 14.49.