Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer
KINGSTON College hurdler Omar McLeod grabbed an impressive double at the Puma Youngster Goldsmith meet held at G.C. Foster College yesterday.
McLeod, a former Manchester High student, won the boys' 400 metres hurdles open final in a personal best 51.12 seconds, before returning to to take the Class One 110 metres hurdles in 13.85 seconds.
His teammate Divonte Dennis, who won his heat in a personal best 52.20, was second overall, while Calabar High's Javon Francis was third overall after winning his heat in 52.86.
Later in the day, McLeod pushed his World Junior colleague, Yanick Hart of Wolmer's Boys, into second spot in the Class One sprint hurdles. The athletes were even up to midway before McLeod pulled away to triumph in a negative wind of 1.8 metres per second. Hart was second in 14.52 with Levaughn Battick, also of Kingston College, third in 14.83.
Calabar High's Michael O'Hara, was also in top form as he clocked 14.04 seconds in a negative wind of 2.3 metres per second to win the Class Two 110m hurdles event. Wolmer's Boys Jaheel Hyde was second in 14.32, ahead of Seanie Selvin of Calabar, third in 14.58.
In the Class Three boys' 100m hurdles, St Elizabeth Technical's Renaldo Banton won a close race, clocking 14.16 seconds to turn back the challenges of the Calabar duo, Javon Shaw (14.18) and Alex Robinson (14.19).
In the girls' sprint hurdles, Camperdown High's Peta-Gaye Williams continued her winning ways in the Class Two 100m hurdles, winning in an impressive 13.85 seconds. Wolmer's Girls Kerry-Ann Gocoul (14.82) and Tishana Monteith (15.10) of St Jago were second and third, respectively.