RAYMOND GRAHAM, Sunday Gleaner Writer
WORLD Junior representative Javon Francis and his Calabar High teammate Michael O'Hara sent strong messages to their rivals ahead of the March 12-16 GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys and Girls' Championships with impressive victories at yesterday's Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College.
Francis, a 400 metres finalist at last year's World Junior Championships, won his 400m hurdles open heat in 54.35 seconds for the top time of the day. Kingston College's Devonte Dennis (54.56) and Omar McLeod (55.17) were second and third overall.
McLeod was a bit unlucky as he hit the final hurdle after having a very big lead.
Francis returned later in the day to top the field in the Class One boys 400m in a meet record of 47.65 seconds, turning back Manchester High's Lennox Williams, 47.95.
The talented O'Hara was also a double winner. After topping the Class Two 110m hurdles in 14.31 seconds he returned to register a meet record 49.92 over 400m.
Calabar's Akeem McLean topped the Class One 110 metres hurdles winning his heat in 15.26 seconds, to get the better of Kingston College's pair of Jovian Atkinson (15.28) and Darran Hunter (15.36).
There were some outstanding results among the female hurdlers with Camperdown High's Peta-Gaye Williams leading the way in the Class Two 100m hurdles. Williams, the record holder in the event, sprinted away from her rivals for an impressive 13.87 seconds as Wolmer's Girls' Davina Young (14.67) and Edwin Allen's Shanice Lewis (14.78) were second and third, respectively.
Burton on top
In Class Three, St Andrew High's Rushelle Burton came out on top with 11.46 seconds ahead of Brittani Thompson of Hydel High, 11.57, and Excelsior High's Renee Shaw, 12.28.
World Junior Championships representative Chrisdale McCarthy of St Jago High continued her fine form in the Class One 100m hurdles. McCarthy stopped the clock at 14.21 seconds, as St Jago athletes swept the first three places. Shenell Francis was second in 14.48 while third went to Tatiana Wolfe in 14.61.
Australia's Andrew McCabe, who is in the island on a two-week training stint at G.C. Foster College, came out on top in the men's clubs and institutions 200m clocking 21.29 seconds. Chevaughn Smith of UTech/MVP was second in 21.88 with third going to his teammate, Ta-Fari Green, in 21.90.
In the women's 200m Tiffany James of UTech/MVP came out on top in 24.59 seconds. Her teammate, Rusheen Reid, was second in 25.43.
Earlier in the 4x800m Edwin Allen and G.C. Foster College were the winners.
In the female section, the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen won in 9:02.04, ahead of Holmwood Technical, 9:17.43, and Vere Technical, 9:18.18.
G.C. Foster won the men's relay in 7:48.66 from St Jago (7:58.47) and Munro College, 7:59.38.