Historic first for Edwin Allen
Ryon Jones, Staff Report
Edwin Allen High led from start to finish to capture their first ever girls' title in grand style at the 2012 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last night.
The girls' contest was a one-sided affair, as the Clarendon-based school amassed a whopping 351 points to dethrone nine-time defending champions Holmwood Technical on 227. The top five was rounded off by St Jago (174), Vere Technical (147) and Hydel (113).
Michael Dyke, who has been at the helm of Edwin Allen's track programme for more than 20 years was overjoyed.
"I am very happy at the moment, elated. I really can't put into words how I feel right now," Dyke managed. "Edwin Allen is my alma mater and my main goal was to put the school on the map where track and field is concerned and then move towards the championships," he added.
Edwin Allen's victory was formalised before the running of the sprint relays.
They nevertheless captured two of the four 4x100m finals, taking Class One in 45.28 seconds, ahead of Herbert Morrison (45.61) and Vere (46.00). They also managed victory in Class Four in a record 47.48 seconds beating Hydel (48.21) and St Jago (48.47).
The impressive Shauna Helps of Wolmer's completed the Class Three sprint double, as she added the 200m to the 100m title she won on the previous day. She stopped the clock at 24.21 seconds, running against a minus 3.5 headwind. Holmwood's Shanta Deer was second in 24.72 while St Jago's Natallia Whyte (24.85) was third.
The Class One 200m final which was contested in two separate races, as a time final, saw pre-meet favourite Shericka Williams of Vere obliging in 24.61. Edwin Allen's Shawn Lewin (24.61) took third ahead of St Mary High's Jodean Williams (24.90).
Edwin Allen's Saqukine Cameron clocked 24.35 seconds to take the Class Two event from Petersfield's Asaine Hall (24.64) and Alpha's Renee Smith (25.11).
Under-20 Carifta champion Chrisdale McCarthy of St Jago's ran a season best 13.88 to win the girls' 100m hurdles Class One. Edwin Allen's Keenan Davis (13.92) took silver ahead of last year's winner Kimberly Golding (13.99) of Alpha.
The outstanding Shericka Jackson of Vere Technical beat her teammate and World Youth bronze medallist Olivia James to win the girls' Class One 400m. Jackson posted 53.74 seconds to James' 54.40. Herbert Morrison's Renea Ambersley was third in 55.19.
Tiffany James of Papine won her school's first gold medal at Champs, as she stopped the clock at 54.93, to take the Class Three 400m. Hydel's Semoy Hemmings (55.40) and Holmwood's Shenice Cohen (55.89) accounted for the other medals.
The 15-year-old James was not finished there as she returned an hour later in the 800m Class Two to bravely fight off defending champion, Lisa Buchanan, who was losing her first final at Champs. James crossed the line in 2:11.31 to Buchanan's 2:11.90, with St Elizabeth's Junelle Bromfield (2:13.86) taking bronze.