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KC take early lead

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Kingston College (KC) surged into the lead in the boys' section of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships; powered by a massive one-two finish in yesterday's Class One long jump final.

Keneil Grant, 7.27m, upstaged his teammate - the World Youth Championships finalist Clive Pullen, 7.15m - who was losing at Champs for the first time. Third place went to Calabar's Javari Fairclough.

After two finals, KC lead the standings on 27 points, with defending champions Jamaica College on 12, followed by St Jago (11), Calabar (7) and Munro College on five.

Defending Class One 200m champion Delano Williams, IAAF World Youth silver medallist Odail Todd (Green Island) and Odean Skeen (Wolmer's) were all impressive, comfortably securing their passage to this evening's semi-finals.

Skeen seems to be back to his best after he was undermined last year by injuries to his hamstring, showing his class with a powerful 21.23 en route to winning his heat ahead of the other qualifier Antonio Henry (KC), 21.52.

In pursuit of his first gold medal at 'Champs', Todd, last year's silver medallist, was also impressive with a comfortable 21.33 clocking, as he won his heat ahead of Calabar's Jason Drake, 21.57, while Williams, who turned heads at Western Champs with a 20.53 clocking, was almost walking as he posted 21.65 in his heat.

Travane Morrison (KC), 21.46; Jevaughn Minzie (Bog Walk), 21.49, and Jamaica College's Nathane Mitchell-Blake, 21.49, were also very impressive during qualifying.

Defending champions Jamaica College suffered a blow in the event as Deshawn Jackson, last year's Class Two champion and a key component of their team, failed to make the cut after finishing third in his heat. The JC coaching staff may, however, be more concerned with a grimace and Jackson holding his left hamstring following the run.

IAAF World Youth Champion-ships finalist Omar McLeod (Manchester) is the favourite to take what is expected to be an exciting 400m hurdles Open event, and he laid down the gauntlet during yesterday's heats, qualifying with the fastest time, 51.90, which is also his best time this season. Also dipping under 52 seconds was St Elizabeth Technical's Jamie Demns, 51.99, while his teammate and fellow medal candidate, Ronald Levy, 52.16, and Kyle Robinson (JC) all made safe passage.

Heavyweights safe

All the heavyweights are safely through to today's semi-finals of the boys' Class Two 800m, after comfortable outings yesterday. Favourite Chad Miller (KC) won his heat in 2:01.23 ahead of Paul Tate (Lacovia), 2:01. 29, and Dirk Williamson (JC), 2:02.89, with medal favourites Ricardo McKenzie (Cornwall) and Alex Hutton (Calabar) also booking lanes in the semis. Kingston College's Miguel Morrison was the fastest qualifier with a time of 1:58.77.

In Class One, JC's Waquar Dacosta, forced to watch their triumph from the sidelines last year, led all qualifiers with a time of 1:56.18. Also through are Manchester High's Oryane Espuet (1:57.10), Clarendon College's Brian Smith (1:57.31) and Cornwall's Jordain Black (1:58.55).

Defending champion Sammawi Wellington (KC) is on course for a successful title defence in the Class Three high jump after clearing 1.75m in qualifying. Wolmer's Jon-Michael Davis was next best with a 1.71m clearance and medal candidate Luke Walters (KC) is also through with a 1.68m clearance.