Hydel untouchable at Prep Champs
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Hydel produced a number of sparkling performances at the National Stadium yesterday to win the three-day JISA/CapriSun Prep Schools Track and Field Championships for a seventh consecutive year.
The Ferry-based Hydel ended the championships with a massive 326 points, with Vaz well back in second on 140.
The top two were followed by Sts Peter and Paul (103), Lannaman's (100.50), Mona (98), Quest (86.50), Ardenne (86), Wolmer's (71.50), Emmanuel Christian Academy (64), Our Lady of the Angels (52.50), St Andrew (52), and Portmore Missionary (50).
Hydel's coach Corey Bennett was very delighted with his team's success.
"I am elated because we never thought the margin of victory would have been so large," said Bennett. "From a one-point victory last year to over hundred points this year just goes to show the amount of work that we have put in our programme," Bennett added.
Chadon Davis of Sts Peter and Paul was the star athlete of the championships and voted the overall champion boy of the meet. After winning the high jump on Thursday's opening day, the 12-year-old Davis blew away the field to win the 400m in 55.90 ahead of Hydel's pair of Jaise Foster (56.14) and Shaquan Allen (58.97).
A few minutes later, Davis brought the packed grandstand crowd to their feet when he outsprinted Hydel's Dejour Russell to the finish line to win his third gold medal of the championships in winning the Class One 200m in 25.08. Russell took home silver in 25.49 ahead of his teammate Jaise Foster (25.95).
"I am feeling very elated," said Davis with a broad smile. "This is major achievement for me to win three gold medals at prep champs in my final year," said the 12-year-old who revealed that he would like to attend Wolmer's Boys.
girls' Class One 300m
Mellica Gordon of Hydel won the girls' Class One 300m in 42.37 ahead of her teammate Tyest Bryan (43.41) and Janielle Josephs from St Andrew (43.78).
Hydel's Dejour Russell took the boys' Class One 100m in a swift 12.74 ahead of Martin Liam of Stella Maris (13.20) and Ewon Vassell of St Theresa (13.42).
Jamani Richards captured the girls' Class One sprint double.
Richards won 100m in a fast 12.20 ahead of her teammate Tyest Bryan (12.29) and Shantelle Riley (12.79) of Our Lady of the Angels. The fleet-footed Richards returned a hour later to win 150m in 20.32 ahead of her teammate Mellica Gordon (20.37) and Janielle Josephs (20.70).
Neville Braham of Mount St Josephs won the gold in the boys' Class Two 100m in 13.74 in front of Kaheem Francis of Hydel (13.85) and Lannaman's Cavier Stephens, 13.97.
Hydel's Aaliyah Dryden won the girls' Class Two 100m in 14.09 ahead of Mount St Joseph's Stefani-Imani Brown (14.16) and her teammate Noellea Mason (14.60). Dryden completed a double by taking the 60m in 8.59 ahead Brown (8.64) and Kayla Evans of St Jago (8.73).