Big run by Calabar's Taylor
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
CALABAR High School's first-year Class Two athlete, Christopher Taylor, stole the spotlight at yesterday's Youngster Goldsmith track and field meet with a sensational run in the 400 metres.
The 15-year-old Taylor, who dominated the one lap event in Class Three last year, kicked off the Digicel Grand Prix High School Athletics Championship in fine style when he stopped the clock at 46.87 seconds to record the fastest time ever by a first-year Class Two athlete.
Taylor's time was the fastest on the day in the event as the Michael Clarke-coached athlete sent a strong statement to his rivals that he is ready to take on all comers in the class. His rivals include Kingston College's outstanding 400m runner Nathaniel Bann, who broke the Class Two record on the event last year with a 47.24 run. Coming in second overall in the class was Lenard Ledgister of St Elizabeth Technical in 49.63, with third going to Sheldon Smith of Munro College in 49.93.
Taylor was happy with his performance.
"I feel good because I am the first 15-year-old to run that fast so early in the season. The plan was just to come out and run a good time but not that fast," said Taylor.
Kingston College's Twayne Crooks continued his good form this season in the one-lap event. The former Vere Technical athlete hardly broke a sweat as he ran a controlled race throughout and even had time to shut it off in the final 10 metres in winning the Class One event in 46.95 seconds for first. Jamaica College's Devaughn Baker (47.86) and Devaughn Ellington (48.05) finished second and third overall.
Edwin Allen High's Saqkuine Cameron was the star among the girls in the one-lap event. She produced the fastest time overall, stopping the clock at 53.63 seconds, running against last year's Class One 400 metres runner-up, Dawnalee Lonely of Camperdown. Lonely attended Balaclava High last year.
Cameron ran a well-judged race to catch Lonely 60 metres out before pulling away for a fine win. Lonely clocked 54.07 for second while Ashley Williams of Holmwood was third fastest with 54.71 seconds.