Steele shines in 400m at Camperdown Classics
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
Racers Track Club's Edino Steele stole the spotlight yesterday in the men's 400 metres at the Camperdown Classics as he clocked 46.16 seconds to get the better of teammate Yohan Blake who was second in 47.03 at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track in Mona.
Blake, third overall in the event, was a bit disappointed with his time.
"I went out with two intentions, to run a good time and to execute well, and although I am not too, pleased with the time, I feel good. If I had gone out a bit faster I could have done much better but I will live with this as I am not a quarter miler," said Blake. Second overall in the event was Mario Forsythe who clocked 46.90.
In the female event, Shereefa Lloyd of Racers Club, clocked 53.17 to win ahead of Davita Prendagast (54.76) and Schillone Calvert third in 54.91.
St George's College and Holmwood Technical walked away with the $60,000 prizes after winning the Class One 4x100 metres Championship relays. In a close finish, St George's 41.62 seconds clipped Calabar 41.63. St Jago ended third in 42.09. Calabar pocketed $25,000 with St Jago getting $10,000.
Holmwood captured their heat easily in 46.71 seconds as St Jago were second overall after winning their heat in 47.81 with The Queen's School third in 49.32. There were two record runs in the girls' 800 metres. In Class Two, St Jago High's Shevel McDonald clocked 2:15.46 to erase the old mark of 2:17.04 set in 2006 by Neisha Morgan, formerly of Manchester High. Vere Technical's Taska Johnson (2:16.23) was second and her teammate, Olivia James, third in 2:20.22.
Vere Technical's Chantal Duncan erased Christine Cousin's 2007 record of 2:19.20 with a new time of 2:15.92 in winning the Class One 800m. Lovan Palmer of GC Foster College (2:16.26) and Vere Technical's Rushell Clayton (2:18.66) finished second and third, respectively.
Among the boys, Jamaica College's Dirk Williamson (2:06.09), Calabar's Jorel Bellafonte (1:58.45) and St George's College Kendon Guy (1:56.90) were the winners in Classes Three, Two and One, respectively.
Following her outstanding record run in the Class Four 70 metre hurdles the previous week at the Youngster Goldsmith Classics, St Andrew High's Rushell Burton was at it again yesterday as she recorded the fastest time in the class in the 100 metres. Running against a negative 2.5 metres per second wind, she clocked 12.67 seconds in the event as Excelsior High's Jodyann Petrie (12.76) and Camperdown High's Randese Ennis (13.05) were second and third overall.