JC, Edwin Allen in front
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Kingston College's (KC) Anguillan-born Zharnel Hughes turned in a scintillating performance to smash the boys' Class One 100 metres record on yesterday's fourth day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.
The lanky Hughes clocked 10.12 seconds to erase the previous mark of 10.21, which was set by Yohan Blake of St Jago in 2007. Bog Walk's Jevaughn Minzie also dipped below the old mark in taking second in 10.16 while Raheem Robinson of Wolmer's Boys surprisingly took home the bronze in 10.37.
Hughes was delighted with his performance.
"The race was a very exciting race for me," said Hughes. "I was focusing on execution, on winning, and not on the record but it came and I am happy," he said.
The Class One girls' 100m was captured in near record time by Edwin Allen High's Christania Williams. Williams clocked 11.19 to defeat Jonielle Smith of Wolmer's Girls (11.32) and Monique Spencer, also of Edwin Allen, 11.46.
Earlier Wolmer's Jaheel Hyde confirmed his billing as the best 400m junior hurdler in the country when he posted a national junior record time of 49.49 seconds to win the event. Hyde, the son of former national footballer Lenworth, was overjoyed.
"I am very happy with my performance because I have worked very hard throughout the season to achieve this," said Hyde.
The record was also smashed in the Class Two boys' 100m. St Jago's Raheem Chambers clocked 10.29 to beat the 10.34 set by Yohan Blake in 2006. Jhevaughn Matherson of KC was second in 10.37 and Jelani Walker of St George's, third in 10.61.
Shauna Helps of Wolmer's Girls sped to 11.80 to win the girls' Class Two 100m ahead of the St Jago pair of Natalliah Whyte who was also credited with 11.80 and Shanice Reid, 11.89.
Meanwhile, Jamaica College lead the boys' standings with 106 points (after 18 finals) heading into today's final day of the championships. The top ten is completed by Calabar 105, KC 81.50, St Elizabeth Technical 46, St Jago 39, Wolmer's 35.5, Cornwall 34, Edwin Allen 32, St George's College 27, and Munro College 27.
On the girls' side Edwin Allen lead with 154.5 points after 20 finals ahead of Hydel 112, St Jago 98.5, Holmwood 78, Vere Technical 42, Wolmer's 39, Manchester 30, Alpha 28.5, St Andrew High 25, and Rusea's 18.
In early evening results Edwin Allen's Marleena Eubanks retained her Class One 1500m title in 4:32.90. Monique McPherson of St Jago finished second in 4:34.62 ahead of Rusea's Stephanie Barrett 4:44.15.
Calabar's Rajay Hamilton captured the boys' equivalent in 3:58.30 ahead of Spalding High's Chadoye Dawson (3:59.01) and Jorel Bellafonte of Calabar who was third in 4:00.29.
Paul-Ann Gayle of Edwin Allen topped the girls' Class Two discus with a throw of 44.27m ahead of her teammate Janell Fullerton (43.13m) and Shanice Love of Excelsior (39.39m).
Holmwood's Tamara Moncrieffe won gold in the girls' triple open with a mark of 13.51m. Shardia Lawrence of Hydel, 12.92m, took silver. Sabina Allen of St Jago threw 12.83m for bronze.