Record run for Mico's Clayton
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
The MICO University College's Rushell Clayton stole the spotlight on yesterday's opening day of the VMBS-sponsored Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the UWI Usain Bolt Track.
Clayton clocked a record and personal best 58.55 seconds to win the women's 400 metres hurdles open. Her time broke the 59.38 set by G.C. Foster College's Rosemarie White in 2008. Junielle Baker of G.C. Foster took second with 59.88 while her teammate, Cadien Beckford, was third in 1:04.72.
Clayton, who was third in the event at last year's GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys and Girls' Championships, was very proud of her achievement.
"I am elated to know that I was able to come out and win a gold medal in my first year competing for Mico, and what made it even sweeter was that I was able to improve by nearly one second on my previous best," she said.
At press time yesterday, UWI led the way in the men's section with 74 points, six ahead of University of Technology (UTech). G.C. Foster were third on 60 and Mico fourth on 15. Defending champions G.C. Foster College, with 85 points, have a healthy lead among the females. They are followed by UTech on 51, Mico 37, and UWI 27.
There were no surprises in the 100m finals. Jason Young of UWI and UTech's Carrie Russell both delivered with impressive wins.
Russell won easily in 11.35 seconds. Her teammate Cardene Copeland (11.80) was second while G.C. Foster's Yanique Ellington finished third in 11.87.
Young showed his class in the latter stage of his event to pull off a good win in 10.29 seconds as UTech's Ramone Nichol clipped G.C. Foster's Jermaine Hamilton for second. Both were awarded the same time, 10.42.
In other track finals yesterday, it was one-two for G.C. Foster in the men's 400m hurdles as Marlon Dixon (53.46) got the better of Conroy Greaves (54.01), with third going to UTech's Joseph Rammie in 56.21.
World University Games representative Jowayne Hibbert of UWI and UTech's Arusha McKenzie won the men's and women's 800m, respectively. Hibbert won in 1;50.89 while McKenzie's winning time was 2:10.13.
In field events, UWI's Juliani Bogle cleared 2.00 metres to win the men's high jump. G.C. Foster College's Jeffrey King took the men's javelin with a throw of 57.12m, while UTech's Ryon Robinson won the men's triple jump with 14.23m and G.C. Foster's Kimberly Stevens won the women's long jump with 6.36m.
The meet ends today with competition set to get under way at 12:30 p.m. with the heats of the women's 200 metres. Twenty-one finals are down to be contested today, with a new feature being the cheerleading competition at 3 p.m.