Edwin, Jago rule Central Champs
Edwin Allen High School and St Jago High School continued their dominance at the Central Athletics Championships as both teams retained their Girls and Boys’ titles in convincing fashion yesterday.
Edwin head coach Michael Dyke recently told The Gleaner of concerns he had with his team’s sharpness because of inactivity, but there was little sign of this as they displayed good all-round performances and showed that it will take something extra special from any of their rivals to dethrone them at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) next month.
All teams came out with their best as they sought automatic qualifying spots for Champs as the top two in the sprint events gained berths.
Edwin’s Tina Clayton led the way for the champions, taking the sprint double in the absence of twin sister Tia through a hamstring injury in the 100m on Wednesday’s first day. Tina clocked 11.39 seconds to win the 100m then returned to close the sprint double in fine style by clocking 23.67s for the 200m win.
Hydel High School’s Kerrica Hill also showed some pedigree by finishing second in 23.94s as Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley took third in 24.05s.
Following her 1500m win on the opening day, Edwin’s Rhianna Gayle scored a double at the meet as she returned to win the Class Three 800m yesterday after clocking 2:11.79 minutes, getting the better of St Catherine High School’s Kitania Headley, who was second in 2:13.61 minutes, and Holmwood Technical’s Cindy Rose, who was third in 2:17.73 minutes.
Jodyann Mitchell of Holmwood captured the Class Two 800m in 2:10.18 minutes, ahead of Edwin’s Rickeisha Simms (2:10.53), and Spalding’s Kishay Rowe, third in 2:11.14 minutes.
Rushana Dwyer of Edwin also had a double win at the meet. After success in the Class One 1500m, she won the 800m yesterday in 2:12.06 minutes.
In the only field events finals yesterday, Hydel’s Valecia Williams, for the second time at the meet, upstaged Edwin’s Ackelia Smith in the jumps. After winning the Class One long jump on the opening day with 5.82m in a negative wind of 2.4 m per second over Smith, second with 5.76m, Williams won the triple jump with a distance of 12.94m in a negative wind of 1.9m per second as Smith was second with 12.39m.
Shaiquan Dunn led the way for Jago Boys after winning the Class Two shot put with a heave of 17.30m. St Catherine’s Rajay Hemmings was second with 14.57m.
The defending champions dominated the sprint hurdle events, winning two out of three as Akeem Richards won the Class Three 100m hurdles in 14.05s, ahead of Clarendon College’s Otis Bennett, second in 14.86m, while in the Class Two 110m, Jago did the one-two as Demario Prince (13.97s) won ahead of teammate Andre Harris, who was second in 14.01s.
Edwin’s Christopher Young was in record-breaking form at the meet. He won the javelin throw with a distance of 61.60m to better the record of 61.10m set last year. Earlier, he was surprised in the Class One discus throw as he had to settle for second with a distance of 56.29m as Clarendon’s Brandon Lloyd of Clarendon College won with a mark of 60.28m.
1. Edwin Allen 414
2. St Jago 342.5
3. Hydel 340
4. Holmwood 182.5
5. Vere 163
1. St Jago 414
2. Edwin Allen 207
3. Clarendon College 146
4. Vere Technical 99
5. St Catherine 72