André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Calabar High titan Traves Smikle continued his merry ways at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, smashing his own national junior record, with a mammoth 66.88m heave in the final of the Class-One boys' discus throw at the National Stadium last night.
Smikle, who in the process also erased the old Champs record of 58.86m, which was established last year by his former teammate, Chad Wright, is now the holder of the best throw by a junior in the world this year, bettering Robert Harting's (Germany) 65.94m. It is also the fourth best in history.
Along with teammate Federick Dacres, Smikle registered Calabar's first 16 points of the Champion-ships; good enough for fourth place up to press time.
Kc on 33 points
After three finals, Kingston College are motoring away on 33 points, with Jamaica College in second place on 19. Munro are third on 17 points while defending champions Wolmer's are in fifth place on 14 points.
Smikle, while speaking to The Gleaner after his performance, expressed amazement at the mark and says that he hopes it will inspire other throwers.
"I am deeply amazed and really happy seeing that it's my last year and so my victory is one that I hope will inspire the throwers to come seeing that I left a decent mark," said Smikle. "I expected at least 65m and over, so to get the 66.88m is a real thrill for me."
At press time, KC's Xavier Boland had also set a new mark in the boys' pole vault open, with a 4.46 mark, bettering the old mark of 4.45m set in 2009 by K'Don Samuels.
Akeem Powell (JC) won the Class-Three boys' high jump final ahead of teammate Clayton Brown, both athletes posting 1.85m with KC's Chevon Ramsay picking up the bronze with 1.80m.
There was also hot action in the 100m as favourite Jazeel Murphy strolled into today's second round with a 10.80 clocking with Camperdown's Bernard Brady, 11.00 posting the second-fastest time.
Defending champion Odean Skeen (Wolmer's) didn't appear to be as smooth as he usually is, but he did enough to advance to the next round along with teammate Julian Forte and Munro's Delano Williams.
The Class-Three boys' 100m is one of the most hotly anticipated event at this year's championships and protagonists Michael O'Hara (Calabar) and Rashaad Saunderson (KC) are on a collision course for a hot semi-final and final later today.
O'Hara laid down the challenge with a smooth 11.73 to win his heat while Saunderson replied with a comfortable 11.74 of his own.