Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Delano Williams of Munro College streaked to a new meet record of 10.32 seconds in winning the highly anticipated boys' Class One 100-metre final at the Hanover Co-operative Credit Union Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James, yesterday.
Williams won ahead of Green Island High's Odail Todd in an exciting sprint and returned later to snatch victory in the 200m in 20.80 seconds.
"I haven't been doing the speed work so 10.32 is a great time. I am surprised," said Williams, who added he was only focused on giving his team the points to win the overall boys' title.
Williams, the 2012 World Junior Champion over 200m, blasted from the starting blocks with Todd, the 2011 World Youth 100m Champion just inside him in lane three. Todd held a slight lead up to the 60-metre mark but the Munro speed merchant hit full stride late and ran away from the field to cross the line first, breaking his own meet record of 10.34 set last year. Todd (10.39) was second and Gawain Williams, third in 10.54.
It was a disappointing sprint for the impressive-looking Okeen Williams of defending Boys Champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), who crossed the line back in fifth. Chadwayne Didal, also of Green Island, took fourth spot in 10.59. Williams again trailed Todd coming into the final 50m of their 200m race before producing a burst of speed taking him away from his Green Island rival and to the easy victory in the end. Todd ran 20.91 for second and teammate Gremieko Whitelocke, third in a time of 21.71.
Meanwhile, the girls' equivalent went to Petersfield High School athlete Asaine Hall who crossed the line in 21.47 seconds. Second place went to Green Island's Ashley Mylrea (25.13) and third to Lashana Dennis of STETHS 25.54.
"It was a good race for me, now I will be looking towards Boys Championships with much more interest on these performances," said Williams. The points standing from the meet was not available at press time.