Portland top them again
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Portland topped the two-day Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Athletic Championships for a second consecutive year at the National Stadium yesterday.
The Herman Reid-coached Portland ran away with the title after amassing 315 points ahead of former winners St Andrew, 280. The top 10 was completed by St Catherine (274), St Elizabeth (268), Manchester (149), Kingston (142), St Mary (132), Westmoreland (119), St Ann (108) and Clarendon (104).
Two records were broken on yesterday's final day of the championships.
Reid, parish coordinator of the Portland team, lauded his team's triumph.
"We are happy with the title. The dedication of the athletes really makes this worthwhile. They are hard workers and they put it all on the track for their parish," Reid said.
Joshua Darby from St Andrew captured the boys' Under-15 200m in a new meet record of 23.54, erasing the previous time of 23.78. Roshawn Samuels of Westmoreland was second in (25.01) followed by Romario McCarthy of St Elizabeth (25.19).
Michaela Lewis of Manchester sped to 1:01.23 to break the girls' Under-13 400m record, erasing the previous time of 1:01.52 which was held by Danisia Grant of St Mary. Witney Thomas of St Catherine was second in 1:02.90 followed by Sherina Bennett of St Mary 1:05.71.
Joline Fable from Portland won the girls' Under-17 sprint double. She won the 200m in 26.71 in front of St Elizabeth's Abigail Solmon (26.83) and Tanika Williams of St Andrew (27.04). A few minutes later, Fable returned to capture the 100m in 13.13 seconds ahead of Solmon (13.28) and Williams (13.48).
Delin Wonges of Manchester captured the boys' 1500m open in 4:30.59 ahead of Shane Buchanan from Kingston (4:33.95).
Delverna Broomfield of Manchester won the girls' equivalent in 5:11.33 in front of Portland's pair of Shanalee Hibbert (5:13.49) and Joanna Atkinson (5:14.61).
Kenisha Israel of Clarendon captured the girls' Under-13 200m in 26.76, beating Dazzay Freeman of Manchester (27.29) and Latoya Ewart of Portland (27.54). Tizadie Johnson of St Andrew won the girls' Under-15 200m in 26.67 ahead of Shaniel English from Hanover (26.87) and St Elizabeth's Ruthann Roye (26.94).
Romario Ferron of Portland won the boys' Under-17 200m in 23.89, leading home his teammate André Brown (24.05) and St Catherine's Terry Thomas (24.07).
Tia Clayton of Westmoreland captured the Under-9 80m dash in 12.28 ahead of Abigail Martin of St Catherine (12.34) and Orinella Bryan of St James (12.50). Shadae Grant of St Catherine won the girls' Under-11 100m in 14.39, beating Monae Carey from Trelawny (14.44) and Shanieka Ball of Portland (14.53).
Gavayne Smith of Westmoreland copped the Champion Boy trophy with 20 points while Tizadie Johnson of St Andrew was champion girl with 25 points.