Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Buff Bay High claimed their second lien on the Eastern Secondary Schools' Sports Association (ESSSA)/ Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) track and field title after seeing off the challenge of two-time defending champions, Oberlin High, at the 27th staging of the meet yesterday inside the National Stadium.
The Portland-based Buff Bay amassed 629.50 points to repeat their 2010 triumph, as they dethroned the 16-time winners who posted 572.50 points. The top-five was rounded out by St Mary High (529), Glengoffe High (293.50) and Titchfield High (186).
Buff Bay's head coach, Kevin Brown, was determined not to have a repeat of last year when they missed out on the title by 2.5 points.
"Last year we lost by 2.5 points, and that was because of a lot of mishaps, so I tried my best to ensure that we didn't have much of that this year and I believe that is what led us to being victorious," Brown said.
Two of the most outstanding performers over the two days of competition were St Mary High's Titania Markland and Oberlin's Trudy McCalla, both winning three individual gold medals.
Markland followed up on her record-breaking win in the Class One girls 1,500m on the opening day - which she took in 4:56.70 minutes - with victories in the Class One girls' 400m and 800m.
She posted a new record in the 800m, as her winning time of 2:16.59 minutes bettered her own time of 2:20.92 set last year. In the 400m she stopped the clock at 55.21.
McCalla also accounted for two records, as she won the Class One girls' 100m hurdles in 15.46 seconds to better the six-year mark of 15.77 seconds, which was set by Sherikay Campbell. The 19-year-old then leapt 5.62m to win the Class One girls' long jump to add to her triumph in the 400m hurdles, which she took in 1:04.53.
National junior representative, Jodean Williams, captured the girl's Class One sprint double. The St Mary High school student broke her own 100m record with an 11.73 seconds run, beating the 11.96 she posted during heats on the opening day.
Buff Bay's Sadine Blake won silver in 12.78, with Glengoffe's Aisha Foreman (13.08) claiming bronze.
Williams missed out on breaking her Class One 200m record by .02 seconds, as she won in 23.98. Shareen Gordon, also of St Mary High, posted 26.03 seconds to capture silver ahead of Blake (26.10).
Buff Bay High's Shevon Bailey also claimed the double in the boys' Class One equivalent, as he won the 100m in 10.83, before returning to capture the 200m in 22.34 seconds.
Seaforth High's Michael Bentley broke the record in the Class Three boys' 100m, as he stopped the clock at 11.45 seconds to erase Romar Foster's old mark of 11.68 seconds, set in 2010.