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Crooks, Taylor in record-breaking form

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Makyn/Staff Photographer Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College runs to win his heat in the boys' 200m at theQueens/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Class One athletes Obrien Wasome of Jamaica College (JC) and Twayne Crooks of Kingston College (KC) were outstanding at Saturday's Queen's/Grace Jackson track and field meet inside the National Stadium.

Wasome produced an excellent 16.12 metres to win the Under-20 triple jump, getting the better of his teammate, Clayton Brown (15.70m), and Calabar High's Javier Lowe (14.62m).

Crooks captured a fine double. He won the 200m in a record 20.9 seconds and the 400m in 47.5 seconds, the fastest times on the day for high-school athletes in the respective events.

In the one-lap event, it was a clean sweep of the top three spots for KC, as Akeem Bloomfield was second overall in 47.7 seconds and Marco Doodnaughtsing third in 48.3 seconds. Bloomfield was competing for the first time since he got injured at Champs last year in the Class Two 100m final.

Crooks broke the 2005 record of 21.2 seconds set by former Manchester High sprinter Nesta Carter.

Calabar High's outstanding athlete, Michael O'Hara, was second overall in 21.2 seconds, with Wasome third overall, also in 21.2 seconds.


Calabar High's Christopher Taylor and Dejour Russell, along with KC's Jhevaughn Matherson, stood tall in Class Two.

Taylor wrote his name in the record books after stopping the clock at 48.6 seconds to win his heat in the 400m, to erase the 48.7 done by AndrĂˆ Pratt, running for JC, in 2003.

Matherson won his heat in 48.7 seconds for second overall, with third going to Garvey Maceo's Travis Jackson, 49.5.

Matherson and Russell had the fair-sized crowd on its feet after a keen tussle in the 200m. Matherson prevailed in 21.49 seconds to erase Winston Barnes' (JC) 2005 record of 21.5 seconds. Russell was just behind in second in 21.50 seconds, with his teammate, Tyreke Wilson, third overall in 21.66.

Russell took the Class Two 110m hurdles in 13.8 seconds, the same time done by his teammate, Alex Robinson. Third overall was JC's Jordan Roberts, in 14.0 seconds.

Kingston College showed their strength in Class Three, with Roshan Rowe winning the 400m in 51.5 seconds ahead of teammate Shantamoi Brown, 51.7. David Edmonson of Wolmer's Boys' was third overall in 52.9.

St Jago's girl's had one of their best showing so far this season, especially in the hurdles events, where Peta Gaye Williams clocked 13.9 seconds in her season debut, the same time done by her teammate, Andrenette Knight. Holmwood Technical's Owenika Watson was third in 14.3 seconds.

Safia Thompson made it a quick double for the Monk Street-based team, winning the Class Two 100m hurdles in 13.6 seconds. Holmwood's Nicolee Foster and Glengoffe High's Trishauna Hemmings both clocked 13.8 seconds for second and third, respectively.

Holmwood Technical also had double success in the hurdles. Deandra Gay captured the Class Four 70m in 10.8, with her teammate, Shanette Allison, taking the Class Three 80m in 11.2, with St Jago athletes finishing as runners-up on both occasions.

In Class Four, Tiffany Green (11.0) and Crystal Morrison (11.0) finished second and third for St Jago.

In Class Three, Kimone McLeod was second in 11.4, with Gaynstead High's Dennene Duffus third in 11.7.

Natalliah Whyte, in her first year in Class One, topped the 200m in 23.9 seconds, the same time as Holmwood Technical's Ashley Williams. Vere Technical's Renae Medley was third in 24.0 seconds. Whyte was third overall in the 400m in 55.6 seconds, as Yeacshea Williams of Dinthill Technical won overall in 55.0 seconds ahead of Papine High's Candice McLeod, in 55.6 seconds.