Sprint Tech duo tops 400m
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
WITH Sprint Tech's Jerome Riley and teammate Colin King leading the way, colleges and clubs shared the spotlight with high school athletes at the Charlie Fuller Puma/JAAA Development Meet at the Kirkvine Sports Complex in Manchester on Saturday.
Both athletes, who are coached by Maurice Wilson at G.C. Foster College, won their respective 400m heats, clocking 51.0 seconds for the fastest time of the day in the one-lap event. Mavis Bank's Ackeem Stewart was third overall with 51.2 seconds.
In the 200m, the University of Technology's Tafari Green posted the fastest time overall among clubs and institutions. The Paul Francis-coached athlete stopped the clock at 22.1 seconds, the same time done by second-place finisher Jovan Grey of G.C. Foster College, while Demar Levy was third overall in 22.2.
There were also fairly decent performances among the females, with athletes from G.C. Foster College leading the way through Crystal Morgan and Mollyann Blake. Morgan topped the women's 200 in 25.2 seconds to get the better of Thaddesha Duncan of UTech, 25.9. Morgan's teammate Deveena Nation was third in 26.2.
Blake, formerly of St Jago High, captured the 800m in 2:28.2 as road race queen, Danielle James of Mavis Bank Track Club, was second with 2:30.1.
Charlie Fuller, a co-founder, was among those honoured for his contribution over the years. A citation was read in Fuller's honour. His wife, Olive, and son Cyprian, along with Cyprian's wife and two children, were present. Cyprian, a marine pilot, collected the plaque on behalf of his father.
"The feeling was a great one indeed as I know the sacrifices my father made for the sport over the years and to see the kind of support he has gotten today, it is overwhelming," said young Fuller.
Four other personalities received plaques for their service to the meet. They were St Jago High School male head coach, Danny Hawthorne; JAAA general secretary Garth Gayle; starter Lynford Myers and Jackie Minott, for service given to middle and long-distance running.