5 records tumble
Tracey, Racers, C’Bar among UTech Classic highlights
RISTANNANA Tracey smashed the women's 400m hurdles record at the UTech Classic and in the process established a world-leading time of 55.64 seconds yesterday.
Tracey, a former Edwin Allen star, now at Racers Track Club, said her race wasn't perfect but was not surprised by the time, as she lowered Kaliese Spencer's record of 56.32 seconds set in 2009.
"I felt great about my race. I think I executed fairly well. However, there were parts in my race that I actually messed up, but overall I'm pleased, and yes, I was expecting this time or better, based on training," she told the Jamaica Observer.
Up to press time last evening, five records were broken, one of which was Edwin Allen setting a high school world record of 43.95 seconds in the women's 4x100m relay, though finishing second to MVP, which broke the meet record with 43.31 seconds, a world lead so far this year.
Racers with Kenroy Anderson, Michael Frater, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake lowered the men's equivalent of 38.46 seconds, to 38.41 seconds. Running without Usain Bolt, Blake had to come from behind and catch Tyquendo Tracey of UTech, whose quartet also went below the previous record with 38.42 seconds. MVP were third in 38.91 seconds.
Calabar continued their fine form capturing the high school event in a record time of 40.06 seconds. KC were second in 40.26, ahead of St George's College with 40.79 seconds. St Jago fumbled on the last leg while leading.
Holmwood girls warmed up for the Penn Relays by winning the high school 4x100m in 44.89 seconds ahead of the fast-finishing St Jago with Class Three star Kimone Shaw in 45.53 seconds.
Racers' Annsert Whyte won the men's 400m hurdles in 50.33 seconds ahead of Josef Robertson of Cameron Blazers in 50.63.
In the 800m, schoolgirl champion Marleena Eubanks stepped up in class and was beaten by the very promising Simoya Campbell of UTech in 2:05.03 minutes. Eubanks, who briefly pulled on Campbell's shoulder with 220m left, could not respond when the winner went into overdrive, thus finishing in second place in 2:07.09 minutes.
Jowayne Hibbert of UWI outbattled Ricardo Cunningham of UTech in the 800m and won in a decent 1:48.28 minutes. Cunningham did 1:48.35.
MVP's Christine Day captured the women's 400m in 51.43 seconds after getting the better of Annastacia LeRoy of Sprintec. LeRoy was timed in 51.51 seconds.
Chumaine Fitten of Cameron Blazers was quickest in the men's 400m with 46.12 seconds ahead of Ricardo Chambers of Racers in 46.28 seconds. Heat three winner Faedian Royes of UTech was third overall in 46.42 seconds.
Odayne Richards of MVP broke the men's shot put with a throw of 19.15m, erasing the old mark of 18.08m set in 2011 by Raymond Brown.
Meanwhile, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Warren Weir was disqualified after false-starting in the 100m. The race was eventually won by Akan's Jason Livermore in 10.25 seconds. Andrew Hinds of MVP was second, also in 10.25 seconds, while Calabar's Michael O'Hara finished fifth in 10.43 seconds.
MVP's Stephanie McPherson, who has the leading time in the 400m this year, turned in an impressive 22.96 seconds to win the 200m ahead of Natasha Morrison of UTech with 23.31. Olympic 100 silver medallist Kerron Stewart of Racers was relegated to third in 23.64 seconds.