Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Edwin Allen High hit top form on the second day of the 2013 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships as they not only captured the lion's share of the medals to be comfortable leaders, but their athletes were also in record-breaking form.
At press time, the defending champions had amassed 30 points following the completion of two of the three scheduled finals. Holmwood Technical and St Jago High were joint second on nine points, with the top five rounded out by Manchester High (eight), and St Andrew Technical (five).
The Clarendon-based school's star performer was once again Tara-Sue Barnett, who successfully defended her discus Class One title, breaking her own championship record, as well as accounting for the national junior record in the process.
The 18-year-old's throw of 51.15m eclipsed her previous Champs record mark of 50.76m, which she set last year and bettered Kellion Knibb's previous national junior record mark of 51.02m, also set last year.
Barnett's teammate, Tasha Crosse, claimed the bronze medal with her throw of 43.83m to earn their team 15 points from the first girls' final. Silver and seven points went to Holmwood Technical's Gleneve Grange (49.05m).
Edwin Allen were back at it again in the girls' shot put Class Two final, as they garnered 15 more points courtesy of another first- and third-place finish.
The final, which, unlike the preliminary round, was contested inside the stadium with a combination of plyboard, tarpaulin and sand used to cushion the effect on the football field on which the Reggae Boyz are set to play Panama in a World Cup qualifier on March 22, was keenly contested.
Edwin Allen's Rochelle Frazer eventually triumphed with her mark of 15.93m, with her teammate Janell Fullerton (14.67m) claiming the bronze, and Manchester High's Isheka Binns (15.11m) the silver.
"I feel very good, but I was expecting it," said Rochelle, who is doing the shot put for the first year.
NO 800M PRELIMS
Inadequate entries resulted in the preliminaries for the girls' 800m Class One being scrapped, with the semi-finals slated to be contested today at 6:35 p.m.
The Class Two field was weakened with the absence of last year's Class Three champion, Tiffany James, as her coach, Shanikie Osbourne, has decided not to burden her in this her first year in Class Two.
In Tiffany's absence, Vere Technical's Sasha-Gay Whyte was the most impressive in qualifying for the semi-finals with a time of 2:15.89 minutes. The second fastest qualifier was St Andrew Technical's Cameka Witter (2:19.91) followed by St Elizabeth Technical's Chantai Smith (2:21.03), with last year's Class Three silver medallist, Lisa Buchanan (2:22.67), of Holmwood Technical, rounding out the top four.
James, however, turned up for the girls' Class Two 200m where she placed second in heat three in 24.86 seconds to advance to today's semi-finals as the ninth-fastest qualifier.
Winner of James' heat, Jonielle Smith of Wolmer's, is the second-fastest qualifier in 24.45. The field is led by Clarendon College's Shimayra Williams (24.01). Defending champion Saqukine Cameron did not look smooth and finished third in heat three with a time of 24.94 seconds, but it was good enough to see her advance.
Pre-race favourite Shericka Jackson of Vere Technical advanced to the girls' Class One 200m with the fastest time of 23.54. She is followed by her two 2012 World Junior Championships teammates Jodean Williams (23.88) of St Mary High and Monique Spencer (24.27) of Edwin Allen.
Today's fourth day will see four girls' finals being contested. They are the Class Three high jump (10:50 a.m.), Class Four long jump (3:25 p.m.), Class Two long jump (5:50 p.m.) and the Open triple jump (7:50 p.m.).