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Edwin Allen make their move

Published:Saturday | March 30, 2019 | 12:06 AMAkino Ming/Gleaner Writer
Edwin Allen sprinter Kevona Davis reacts after winning her 200m semi-final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. The time on the stadium clock showed the wrong time

Excelsior High School’s Shantae Foreman delivered the first of the two gold medals she promised her school when she took gold in the Class Two girls long jump final as Edwin Allen suffered more mishaps on the third day of the 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.

Foreman leaped to 6.14 metres on her fifth attempt to separate herself from the pack, and although she was disappointed not to have challenged Chanice Porter’s nine year- old record of 6.43m, she was happy to have scored nine points for her school.

“I am quite proud of myself, knowing that this is my first year in Class Two, and I gave my school nine points,” said the lanky athlete, who is also expected to break the Class Two girls high jump record tomorrow. “I was going for the record, but I am not sure what happened out there.”

Edwin Allen’s Ackeila Smith and Paula-Ann Chambers finished ­second and seventh, respectively to put their school in the lead in the point standing. Smith jumped 6.04m while Chambers managed 5.69m. Rusea’s Nia Robinson won the bronze medal with 5.94m.

Although Smith and Chambers’ efforts ensured that the Frankfield-based school start today leading the points standing on 43 points. Rusea’s, 30; Hydel, 20; Excelsior, 19; and Vere, 19, complete the top five. Michael Dyke must have regretted losing two key competitors in the 200 metres.

Xavian Harrison, who was expected to be in the final, false-started in the semi-final of the Class Four girls 200m, while Bethany Bridge pulled up 30 metres from the line in the Class Two version of the event. Bridge was also expected to play a major part in the school’s Class Two 4x100m team.


There were, however, no ­mishaps for star sprinters Kevona Davis and Tia and Tina Clayton.

Davis, in Class Two, cruised to 23.13 to win her semi-final ­comfortably. Tina Clayton was also comfortable in her semi-final in Class Three with 23.52, but her sister was made to work by St Jago’s Brianna Lyston, who ran a lifetime best 23.55 to win semi-final one. Tia registered 24.43 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Rasheda Samuels and Kiara South scored important points for their school as they finished fifth and eighth, respectively, in the Class Three girls High Jump.

The countback rule had to be activated to find the winner as Vere Technical’s Annishka McDonald, the silver medallist from last year, and Ardenne’s Torian Craven both cleared 1.77m. Craven had failed at 1.75m before moving to 1.77m, hence the gold medal was awarded to McDonald. Malaika Cunningham of Wolmer’s grabbed the bronze medal with 1.71m.

Edwin Allen’s Rushana Dwyer registered the fastest time in the Class Two girls 800m with 2:16.73. The Class Three ­champion from last year is looking to upset Holmwood’s Daniella Deer, the silver medallist from last year. Deer finished second in her semi-final with 2:17.83 behind Spalding’s Cheriece Cope, who stopped the clock at 2:17.51.

In Class One, Hydel’s Charokee Young and Shaquena Foote of Petersfield ­qualified for tomorrow’s 800m final comfortably. Young cruised to 2:15.42 to win her semi-final while Foote had to press slightly with her 2:11.77. Foote is expected to win as she has been faster over the distance this season, but Young needs to pull off an upset in order to pull her school closer to Edwin Allen in the title race.

Even with their misfortunes of ­yesterday, Edwin Allen is expected to pull away from the crowd when the final of the 100 metres begins tonight as all their eight entrants seem set to make their respective finals.

The semi-finals of the 100 metres will start at 2:40 p.m. while the finals will go off at 7:45 p.m.