Strong finish lands Darby 800m gold
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
John Mills' Kristoff Darby produced a scintillating stretch run to capture the gold medal in the boys' 13-14 800 metres, as Jamaican athletes dominated yesterday's second day of the three-day Northwest Track and Field Classic at the Traz Powell Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Darby, who was joint overall champion boy at the National Junior Athletic Championships last month, outsprinted his rivals to win the event in 2:10.38. Jason Smith of Lacovia High was second in 2:12.36.
Darby said he was very delighted with his performance because we had to run really hard.
"I am happy to have won the gold medal. I wasn't training coming into this meet because I was sick and I was not sure if I was going to run the 800m," said Darby, with a smile on his face.
"It was a difficult race for me because I had to run from behind to win it," added the 13-year-old Darby.
The Jamaicans outshone their opponents by capturing nine gold medals on the second day of the championships.
Greater Portmore's Britannia Brown won the girls' 11-12 80m hurdles in 17.91 seconds, Sts Peter and Paul's Colin English captured the boys' high jump with a leap of 1.25m ahead of D'André Anderson from Clan Carty Primary (1.24m) and St Patrick's Shevaughn Milford (1.15m).
Shanvanese Robinson from St Jago captured the boys' 15-16 800m in 2:06.3. Cedric Freeman of North West Miami was second in 2:12.93. K'Iev McDermott of Greater Portmore won the Under-6 800m in 3:14.26. David Scott of Whitehall Primary was third in 4:56.25.
Girls' 11-12 long jump
Linesha Thompson from John Mills won the girls' 11-12 long jump with a leap of 4.90m, finishing ahead of Giovaunnie Francis from Waterford Primary (4.89m). Jada Wint from Spanish Town Primary won gold in the girls' 9-10 long jump with a leap of 3.25m, while Sedanya Morgan of Greater Portmore (3.05m) placed second.
Rojae Jackson-Chin from St Jago captured the boys' 15-16 long jump with a leap of 6.33m.
Chen Taylor of Spanish Town Primary captured silver in the boys' 11-12 80m in 13.43. The race was won by Monte Parker from Miami North West in the same time, 13.43. Dwayne Boreland from Whitehall Primary captured the silver medal in the boys 7-8 800m in 3:14.29. The event was won by Bernard Mock from Miami North West in 2:54.88.
Meanwhile, Shakeem Geohagen of Clan Carty won the boys' 7-8 long jump with a leap of 3.80m ahead of Jordane Senior of Portmore Missionary Prep (2.52m).