Boys wade in with field events wins

PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA, USA — Jamaican high school boys won two field events as the 118th Penn Relays Carnival came to an end yesterday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Wolmer's Boys' Christophe Bryan won the high jump, while Kingston College's (KC) Clive Pullen took the long jump, both justifying their favourite tags coming into the meet.

Sixteen-year-old Bryan became the fourth Jamaican and second from Wolmer's Boys' to win the high jump when he cleared 2.12m on his first trip to the Penn Relays.

Bryan cleared the winning height on his third attempt before knocking off the bar three times at 2.15m as Calabar's Demar Robinson was second with 2.06m.

The two-time CARIFTA Games Under-17 champion battled the chilly weather, but said he was "pleased" with the effort, given the conditions.

While extending his unbeaten run all season, Bryan, who has a personal best 2.20m set at the Milo Western Relays in February, said it was his toughest competition all year.

"Normally I win by time the bar gets to 1.90m, but this time they other competitors were able to stay with me longer," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Pullen trailed Woodbury High's Anthony Averett until the final round when he jumped 7.39m to become the third straight Jamaican to win the event after teammate Jerome Wilson last year and Kamal Fuller of Wolmer's in 2010.

Averett finished with 7.32m, while Keneil Grant, also of KC, was fourth with 7.07m, followed by two Jamaica College (JC) athletes in Gavin Gibson, 7.04, and Nicholas Phynn, 6.99.

Boys Champs and CARIFTA Games two-time champion Xavier Boland of KC was 16h in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m.

The Jamaican girls had won four events on Thursday. Danniel Thomas won the discus throw in a meet record and personal best 51.02m; Kimberly Williamson retained her high jump title with 1.83m; Chanice Porter won the long jump with 5.92m (her second in three years), and Shardia Lawrence took the triple jump with 12.40m.

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