Russell, Parchment top them at Intercol awards
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
WORLD University Games 100 metres gold medallist, Carrie Russell, of the University of Technology and University of West Indies' Hansle Parchment walked away with top honours at Thursday's Intercollegiate Sports Association awards ceremony held at the Shortwood Teachers' College.
They were voted the top female and male collegiate student-athletes for the 2011-2012 academic year. Also sharing the spotlight was G.C. Foster College, as the institution dominated the team awards with 12.
The announcement of the top awards was greeted with loud cheers as both athletes were among those who shone brightly for Jamaica at last year's World University Games in Shenzen, China.
Russell, who clocked a then personal best 11.05 seconds for the 100m gold, beat out her teammate Aneisha McLaughlin for the top award. McLaughlin had also won gold at the meet in the 200m. Russell was also a member of the women's sprint relay team which won a bronze medal.
Parchment beat out the likes of Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Young and Odayne Richards, who all got gold in China. The former Morant Bay High athlete who won the men's 110 metres hurdles at the World University Games in then a personal best 13.24 seconds, bettered that performance last weekend, clocking 13.19 at the JN Invitational meet at the National Stadium.
G.C. Foster College topped the team awards and they were followed by the University of West Indies with five.
Guest speaker David Mais, the former Sports Development Foundation chairman, who is currently chairman of the G.C. Foster College board, lauded the athletes for their fine achievements.
"You have all done well in your respective areas, and because of what you have all done, you have sent a strong message to all high school graduates that they do not need to go overseas to excel, as this can be done right here at home," said Mais, who gave special praise to those athletes who participated at the World University Games.