Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
SOME nine records were broken at Saturday's Gibson Relays with Jamaica College (JC) and Hydel Prep leading the way with two each, on a day where no team won more than two events.
Coming into the meet with a big reputation, Jamaica College did not disappoint their fans as they shattered the records in the Class II 4x100m and 4x200m relays.
After seeing their athletes dominating all season in the short sprints, all indications were that any quartet assembled by the team from Hope Road would have broken the 41-seconds barrier.
They took the 4x100m in 40.76 seconds to become the first team in the class to go below 41 seconds at the meet, destroying the old mark of 41.04 done by Calabar in 2007. Here Wolmer's Boys were second in 41.21 with former record holder, Calabar coming in third in 41.43.
Later on, JC made it a perfect day, as competing in the 4x200m, they put their names in the record book for a second time, clocking 1:26.76 to erase St Jago High's 2010 record of 1:27.76. Second place finisher, Wolmer's Boys were way behind in second place in 1:30.10 with third place finisher Claude McKay dipping in at 1:30.86.
Like they have been doing for a long time at this meet, the Corey Bennett-coached Hydel Prep team continued to prove that they are the best at this level, as they dominated all teams among prep schools.
Their Under-12 girls' team removed Quest's 2007 record of 53.30 in the 4x100m to win in 52.25. Their boys' team did likewise as they removed the school's previous record of 49.84 done in 2009 to clock 49.60 to win the equivalent.
The other records among relay teams came in the Class IV girls 4x100m where Edwin Allen stopped the clock at 47.31 seconds. By doing so, they erased Holmwood's previous record of 47.49 seconds done in 2009.
The University of the West Indies also won the men's sprint medley relay in record time, crossing the line in 3:18.99, bettering the 3:19.44 done by SWEPT Track Club last year.
The other four records came in individual athletes with Hansle Parchment leading the way in the men's 110 metres hurdles. Despite running in a negative wind of -1.4, he erased his own one year old record of 14.09 with a new mark of 13.97.
MVP representative, Rayon Lawrence was responsible for the other record on the track at the meet as in a very competitive one-mile run, he won in 4:09.00.
Kingston College's Xavier Boland was responsible for the only field record on the day as he tuned up for next month's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships with an excellent 4.41 metres mark to break former Jamaica College's, K'don Samuels' record of 4.40 metres done in 2009.