St Andrew in front at JTA/Sagicor Champs
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Former champions St Andrew hold a 16-point lead over their rivals going into today's finals in the two-day Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Athletic Championships at the National Stadium.
St Andrew, who last won the title in 2010, lead the standings with 65 points ahead of defending champions Portland, 49. The top two are followed by St Catherine (38), Kingston (31), St Elizabeth (29), Westmoreland (21), St Ann (17), Manchester (13), Clarendon (11), Trelawny and St Mary (each on eight), and St Thomas (six).
Kristoff Darby of St Andrew captured the boys' high jump open with a leap of 1.75m ahead of his teammate Davian Brown (1.70m) and Peter Clarke from Kingston (1.50m).
Quteann Robb of Kingston won the girls shot put open with a throw of 9.58m ahead of St Catherine's pair of Shantel Bailey (8.77m) and Tishan Williams (8.65m).
Tamoy Williams of St Andrew won the girls' long jump open with a leap of 5.05m in front of Portland's Leona Lindsay (4.89m) and Michelia Bisasor from St Elizabeth (4.65m).
girls Under-9 cricket ball throw
Sherika Christie from Westmoreland won the girls Under-9 cricket ball throw with 29.44m beating Christine Duncan of Clarendon (25.95m) and Samoi Russell from Kingston (24.95m).
Tay Johnson of Manchester captured the boys' equivalent with a throw of 36.90m ahead of St Elizabeth's Javin Falconer (35.68m) and Jude Wright of St Thomas (34.74m).
In the boys' shot put open Portland's Michael Brown won with a throw of 11.99m beating his teammate Braxton Dennis (10.43m) and Davion Brown of St Andrew (10.33m).
Nicholas Rust of St Andrew won the boys' long jump open with a leap of 6.05m ahead of his teammate Otis Williams (5.95m) and Havion Harvey of St Ann (5.62m).
The girls' high jump open went to Ginelle Grant of St Andrew. She cleared 1.50m to defeat her teammate Tizadie Johnson (1.45m) and Chaddae Rainford from Kingston (1.45m).
Yesterday's proceedings kicked off at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and greetings from Errol McKenzie, executive vice-president of the Employee Benefits Division of Sagicor Life Jamaica; Ena Barclay, liaison officer and Deon Hemmings-McCatty, the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Meet manager Edwin Murray, a member of the JTA's National Sports Committee, said: "Most things ran smoothly with a few minor injuries, but the children remain serious about competing and driven to perform at even higher level of competitiveness tomorrow."
Action on today's final day begins at 10:00 a.m. with the girls' 1500m open. Forty-four finals are scheduled with the final event, the boys' Under 17 4x100m, set for 4:50 p.m. Entrance fees: children $100 and adults $200.