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Brilliant Britney!

Several records tumble at Ben Francis Invitational

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, February 16, 2014    

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VERE Technical's Britney Dixon brought the house down at the Ben Francis Invitational with a stunning record-breaking, front-running display to win the Class Three, 800m in 2:15.3 minutes.

Dixon, with unusual narrow strides for a distance runner, and with the urging of her school, gradually moved away from the field to win by over 40 metres as applause rang out around the ground.

Dixon was well inside the previous record of 2:19.5 done by Sasha Gay White of Vere in 2012 on the grass track.

But that was just one of several records broken at the meet, which serves as the penultimate ISSA Boys' and Girls' qualifier.

Vere Technical's Yanique McNeil was also in record-breaking form in the Class One 400m, lowering Deandre Whitehorne's 2011 time of 56.69 seconds to 55.83 seconds. Adrenette Knight was quickest in the Class Two 400m with 58.81.

Bog Walk's Jevaughn Minzie looked awesome in stopping the clock at 22.04 seconds in winning heat one of the Class One 200m, which erased Holmwood Technical's Floyd Henry's record of 22.6 done in 2011. Chad Walker of St Jago was second quickest with 22.77 seconds.

On a day when Olympian Aleen Bailey was honoured by her alma mater Vere Technical, Edwin Allen showed that they will be hard to deny this season, winning several events in a dominant display.

Monique Spencer led a clean sweep for Edwin Allen of the Class One 200 metres with the fastest time of 24.5 seconds ahead of her teammates Saqukine Cameron (24.84), and Claudette Allen (25.85).

Edwin Allen also won three of the seven heats in the Class Two 200m, but it was Shauna Helps of Wolmer's, who emerged with the fastest time of 25.43 seconds. Patrice Moody of Edwin Allen was second quickest with 26.14 seconds.

It was another sweep in the Class Three 200m for Edwin Allen, who won five of the 13 heats, and occupied the top three spots and four of the top five times.

Aaliyah Hopkins stopped the clock at 25.73 seconds ahead of Kashieka Cameron with 25.86, and Shellace Clark in 26.30 seconds. Denbigh High's Kimorla Muschette was fourth fastest with 26.45 seconds.

Holmwood Technical dominated the Class Four long jump with Majet Mason leaping to 4.97m, the same as her teammate Faithlyn Irving. Holmwood's Shadea Hundson won the Class Three equivalent with 5.32m.

The Queen's School's Jessica Noble won the Class Two long jump with 5.32m, just ahead of St Jago's Tisanna Hickling on the count back.

St Jago's Shamoya McNeil won the Class One long jump with 5.22m, which is actually shorter than the top three in Class Two.

Tancika Elliston captured the girls' javelin with a throw of 37.20m, well clear of Vere Technical's Sherelee Graham with 35.77m.

Kingston College's Orlando Tomas continued his record-breaking season winning the boys' javelin with a throw of 57.64m, well above the previous mark of 49.80m held by Jeremiah Messam of Lennon High last year. Bog Walk's Orlando Stephenson was second with 52.08m.

It was one/two for St Jago in the boys' 400m hurdles with Glenroy Lewis winning in 56.79 seconds ahead of Jordon Chin with 58.83.

Holmwood's Oberien Frith won the boys' steeplechase easily in 6:31.18 minutes ahead of section two winner, Bellefield High's Winston Freeman with 6:38.16 minutes.

Aabuthnott Gallimore's Denrick Blair was quickest in the Class One 400m with 48.53 seconds ahead of heat three winner Nathon Allen of the powerful St Jago quarter-mile camp in 48.85 seconds. Minzie won his heat in 49.18 seconds.

KC swept the boys' Class Two discus throw, taking the trifecta with Rasheed Downer throwing 40.12m to win. Lenerdo Nove was second with 40.00m, and Frankun Mason third with 38.15m.

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