Holmwood's girls on top
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Kellion Knibb of St Jago High accounted for the first female record to fall at the 2011 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.
St Jago, however, were knocked off the lead by defending champions Holmwood Technical, who have 38.50 points after six finals over two days of competition. The top five is completed by Edwin Allen High (36), St Jago (34), Vere Technical (27) and Manchester High 18.
Knibb had a throw of 13.64 metres to capture the girls' shot put open and in the process eclipse Candicea Bernard's record of 13.52, which was established last year. Vere's Serena Canegan (12.10m) took the silver, while Edwin Allen's Danniel Thomas (12.04m) claimed the bronze.
Edwin allen disappointed
Despite picking up the bronze medal, Edwin Allen were left disappointed as favourite Sasha-Gay Marston, who earlier this year threw 13.71m and had, on the opening day, captured the Class One girls discus title finished fourth with a throw of 11.98m.
Knibb was proud of her achievement.
"I am feeling very proud, overwhelmed and more confident to go into tomorrow," a beaming Knibb stated. "I was very confident going into the event as I have thrown further than that in training and I knew all I had to do was come out and execute," she added.
The 17-year-old fifth-form student will tomorrow look to defend her javelin title and hunt for gold in the discus.
Another pre-meet favourite, Danique Bryan, failed to deliver for Edwin Allen in the Class-Three girls high jump. Despite coming into the Championships having cleared 1.75m at Central Champs, she could only achieve a clearance of 1.65m, which was only good enough for fourth. However, as was the case on the opening day in the Class-One girls' discus, another Edwin Allen athlete captured the gold medal. Onessa Patten took the event ahead of Immaculate's Safia Morgan, with Man-chester High's Annastacia Forrester, third. All three athletes cleared 1.70m, but the placings were determined based on count back.
Baker wins long jump
Holmwood and Excelsior shared the bulk of the points in the Class-Four girls' long jump. The Holmwood pair of Colestia Baker and Garnesha Campbell contributed 16 points to their school's bid for their ninth straight title. Baker leapt a distance of 5.37m to take the event ahead of Campbell (5.24m). Excelsior's Voshon Lynch (5.19m) took the bronze medal ahead of her teammate Ave-Anna Venair (5.06m).
In the other girls' final of the day, Holmwood's Janieve Russel upstaged Manchester's defending champion and record holder Chanice Porter to take the gold in the Class-Two girls' long jump. Russell won with a leap of 6.26m, with Porter (6.06m) taking silver and the bronze going to Opal James (5.82m) of St Elizabeth.
8:30Boys Long Jump Class 2 Prelims8:30Boys Shot Put Throw Class 2 FINAL8:30 Girls Javelin Throw Open FINAL
8:30Heptathlon # 1 100 metres Hurdles Prelims
8:50Girls 70 metres Hurdles Class 4 Prelims9:25Girls 80 metres Hurdles Class Prelims9:55Girls 100 metres Hurdles Class 2 Prelims10:20Girls Long Jump Class 3 Prelims10:20Girls 100 metres Hurdles Class 1 Prelims10:40Boys 100 metres Hurdles Class 3 Prelims11:00Heptathlon # 2 Girls High Jump OpenFINAL11:10Boys 110 metres Hurdles Class 2Prelims11:35Boys 110 metres Hurdles Class 1Prelims1:30 Boys Shot Put Throw Class 1PrelimsI:30Boys Long Jump Class 3 FINAL1:35Girls Discus Throw Class 2 FINAL1:40Girls 400 metres Class 3 Semi-final1:40 Girls High Jump Class 1FINAL1:50 Boys 400 metres Class 3 Semi-final2:00Girls 400 metres Class 2Semi-final2:10 Boys 400 metres Class 2Semi-final2:20 Girls 400 metres Class 1 Semi-final2:35 Boys 400 metres Class 1 Semi-final2:35 Boys Javelin Throw Open Prelims/Final2:50Girls 100 metres Class 4Semi-final3:10Girls 100 metres Class 3Semi-final3:25Boys 100 metres Class 3Semi-final3:35Girls 100 metres Class 2Semi-final3:45Boys 100 metres Class 2Semi-final3:45Girls Discus Throw Class 3FINAL3:50Boys Long Jump Class 2FINAL3:50Boys High Jump Class 1Prelims3:55Girls 100 metres Class 1 Semi-final4:05Boys 100 metre Class 1 Semi-final
4:25 Girls 1600 Sprint Medley Relay OpenPrelims5:00 Boys 1600 Sprint Medley Relay OpenPrelims
5:35PARADE OF ATHLETES
6:15Heptathlon # 3 Girls Shot Put OpenFINAL6:15Girls 1500 metres Class 3FINAL6:20Boys 1500 metres Class 3FINAL6:25Girls 1500 metres Class 2FINAL6:30Girls High Jump Class 4FINAL6:30Boys Discus Throw Class 2Prelims6:35Boys Triple Jump Open FINAL6:35Boys 1500 metres Class2 FINAL6:40 Girls 1500 metres Class 1 FINAL6:50 Boys 1500 metres Class 1 FINAL
7:10Girls 400 metres Hurdles OpenFINAL7:15Boys 400 metres Hurdles OpenFINAL
7:25Girls 100 metres Class 4FINAL7:30Girls 100 metres Class 3FINAL7:35Boys 100 metres Class 3FINAL7:40Girls 100 metres Class 2FINAL7:45Boys 100 metres Class 2FINAL7:50Girls 100 metres Class 1FINAL7:55Boys 100 metres Class 1FINAL
8:10 Heptathlon # 4 200 metres OpenFINAL8:25Girls 2000 metres Steeple ChaseFINAL8:40 Boys 2000 metres Steeple Chase FINAL
8:55Girls 4 X 400 metres Relay OpenPrelims9:20Boys 4 X 400 metres Relay OpenPrelims