Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Edwin Allen High's Monique Spencer brought the curtain down on another commanding day's performance by her school, as she clocked 11.59 seconds to win the Class One 100 metres final on yesterday's penultimate day of the 2013 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships.
"The time was not what I expected, as I wanted to run 11.4," Spencer revealed.
Holmwood's Kedisha Dallas captured the silver in 11.67 while the bronze was won by St Mary High's Jodean Williams in 11.70.
Spencer's performance contributed to the defending champions extending their lead, as after the completion of 19 finals they have 157.50 points. Holmwood are second on 118.50 with the top five being completed by St Jago (88), Vere Technical (80) and Hydel (52).
In the Class Two 100m final Jonielle Smith surprised the field to win in 11.58 seconds with her teammate Shauna Helps (11.66), second. The bronze medal was won by Holmwood's Dianna Johnson (11.71).
Shellece Clark of Edwin Allen made a smooth transition from Class Four as she won the Class Three final in 11.92. St Andrew High's Rushelle Burton (11.92) and Hydel's Yanique Dayle (11.96) took the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The fireworks in the 100m came in the Class Four final as 12-year-old Kimone Shaw of St Jago won in championship record time. She crossed the line in 11.75 to erase the previous mark of 11.90 which was set by Dianna Johnson in 2009.
Hydel's Shaneil English (12.09) and St Jago's Sashell Frater (12.46) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Edwin Allen's Marleena Eubanks won her fourth consecutive 1500m title after capturing the Class One final in 4:35.10. St Jago's Monigue McPherson claimed the bronze in 4:39.19 ahead of Vere's Taska Johnson (4:39.85).
In one of the greatest acts of comradeship ever seen at the championships Holmwood Technical's Lisa Buchanan slowed and waited on her teammate Shanieke Watson, as they embraced and crossed the line together in the Class Two girls 1500m final. It, however, cost Buchanan the gold medal as she was clocked at 4:43.93 minutes and Watson at 4:43.92.
The bronze medal went to Vere Technical's Sasha-Gay Whyte, 4:44.90.
Edwin Allen's Olivia Leckford maintained her dominance over her competitors this season after throwing 38.97m to win the javelin open.
As was the case at the Carifta trials St Andrew Technical's Ayesha Champagine (37.83m) placed second with Rashema Briscoe, also of Edwin Allen third on 36.93m.
Rochelle Frazer of Edwin Allen captured her second gold medal of the championships, as she threw 46.31m to win the Class Two discus. She won the shot put on Wednesday with a new record throw of 15.93m. Edwin Allen's Paul-Ann Gayle (44.02m) was second and Vere TechnicalÕs Shadae Lawrence (41.45m), third.
Pre-event favourite, Krista-Gay Taylor of Alpha was forced to settle for silver in the girls' Class One long jump. The gold medal was claimed by St Andrew High's Chennel Palmer with a clearance of 1.76m. Taylor won the silver based on count back, from St Jago's Tamoya Walters. Both cleared 1.73m.
Peta-Gay Williams of Camperdown threw down the gauntlet to her competitors in the Girls's 100m Class Two hurdles ahead of today's final set for 3:15 p.m., as she established a new championship record of 13.38 in winning semi-final three. The previous record of 13.39 seconds was set by Latoya Greaves back in 2003.
Holmwood Technical's Yanique Thompson, who is expected to challenge for the gold medal, is second fastest qualifier after stopping the clock at 13.51 seconds to win semi-final one.