Edwin Allen take charge
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Edwin Allen were in record-breaking mood on yesterday's third and penultimate day of the 2011 staging of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium, as they showed their prowess both on and off the track.
This saw the Frankfield-based school leading champions Holmwood by 13 points. Edwin Allen, after 18 finals, were leading with 128 points, followed by Holmwood (115), St Jago (89.50), Vere Technical (76) and Wolmer's Girls (53).
Edwin Allen's Ristananna Tracey decimated the record in the 400m hurdles; romping home in a time of 55.81 seconds to eclipse Melaine Walker's record of 56.55, which was set in 2001. Tracey's time is also an IAAF 'B' standard qualifying time.
The Vere Technical pair of Olivia James (59.01) and Rushell Clayton (59.03) were second and third, respectively.
Edwin Allen's Paul-Ann Gayle captured the Class Three discus with a throw of 39.55 metres to eclipse Peta Gaye Beckford's mark of 38.70m, which was set in 2002.
Shadae Lawrence (36.73m) copped the silver, while Holmwood's Ornella Livingston (34.74m) claimed bronze.
Gayle was very pleased with her performance.
"I feel very good, it is my first year at Class Three and to come and win and also break the record, I am excited," Gayle shared.
High jump record
The Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha got in on the record-breaking act, as Gabrielle Foster claimed the girl's high jump with a clearance of 1.65m, shaving .01 metres off Janeive Russell's four-year-old mark of 1.64m. Edwin Allen's Shannon Kalawan and St Andrew High's Stephanie Myrie claimed the silver and the bronze, respectively, with clearances at 1.55m.
Edwin Allen's Tara-Sue obliged in the Class Two girl's discus, taking the event with her penultimate throw of 40.34 metres. St Jago's Kellion Knibb entered had the furthest throw going into the final round, but could not match up to her Central Champs performance, which saw her toss 46m. The throw of 39.45m was, however, good enough for the silver medal to go along with the gold medal she had won on day two, with a record-breaking throw in the shot put. St Jago's Shannique Waite (38.65m) captured the bronze.
Tara-Sue was delighted to win her only event of the championships and was very pleased to have made up for the failure of team captain, Sasha-Gay Marston, in the Class One girl's discus.
Edwin Allen were not finished as they raked up 16 points in the Class Two 1500m, courtesy of the first and second-place finish of Marleena Eubanks and Carla Thompson. Eubanks, who had won the event last year at Class Three, stopped the clock at 4:41.74, with Thompson posting 4:46.67. St Jago's Shevel McDonald (4:52.06) took the bronze.
Holmwood replied in the Class Three of 1500m, claiming victory through Lisa Buchanan (4:40.17). The minor medals were claimed by St Jago's Roshae Burrell (4:48.69) and Edwin Allen's Dercia Pitters (4:52.66).
Peta-Gayle Reid of St Elizabeth Technical High School had to fight off the challenge of Wolmer's Girl's Israel Ramsay, to retain her title in the Class One high jump title. Both Reid and Ramsay cleared the bar at 1.75m, but the former was awarded the gold medal base on the count back. Vere Technical's Marsielle McBeans' clearance at 1.70m was good enough for the bronze.
In the marquee event of track and field, the 100m, Vere Technical's Deandre Whitehorne raced to victory in the Class One 100m in a time of 11.54. Remona Burchell of Herbert Morrison was second in 11.73, while Holmwood's Yanique Ellington (11.90) claimed the bronze.
"I feel great, it wasn't a surprise; I just expected a better time, but I still thank God," Whitehorne expressed.
The Class Two 100m was claimed by Wolmer's Girl's Cardine Copeland, who romped to victory in 11.80. The silver medal was claimed by Queen's Chanice Bonner (11.98), while St Jago's Melissa Williams (12.04) took bronze.