Holmwood, Calabar dominant as records tumble at SW Isaac-Henry meet
Holmwood Technical girls and Calabar High were in dominant form as 14 records were broken up to press time at the SW Isaac-Henry Invitational at the National Stadium yesterday.
Holmwood Technical, in the absence of powerhouse Edwin Allen girls, won 10 events and established five records in the process.
Holmwood’s Nicole Foster kicked off the records, capturing the girls’ 400m hurdles in 58.36 seconds before Megan Thompson took more than three seconds off the 200m steeplechase open, clocking 7:15.4 minutes.
All three finishers in the Class Three 400m dipped below Britney Brown’s previous record of 47.44 set in 2015. Holmwood’s Daniel Deer won in 56.44 ahead of her teammate Nattesha Palmer in 57.24. Third went to Camperdown High’s Monief Bennett in 57.30 seconds.
Delverna Bromfield and Faithlyn Irving were the other two record breakers for Holmwood in the 1500m open, with 4:50.71 and the Class Two high jump with 1.70m, respectively.
Janielle Josephs of St Andrew High lowered the Class Two 400m record of 56.49 to 56.33 seconds, while Ackera Nugent of Excelsior broke the Class Three 80m hurdles, clocking 11.64 running into a headwind of (-2.7).
Jodean Williams of the University of the West Indies (UWI) clocked 54.06 for a new record in the women’s 400m open.
Defending boys, champion Calabar High won five events, inclusive of one record, while their fierce rivals Kingston College (KC) captured three events, all in record fashion.
Young Tajay Roberts clocked 51.73 and lowered the Class Three 400m, while KC’s Bjorn Clarke also dipped below the previous record of 52.33 established last year, with 51.86 seconds. Rayon Campbell of KC was third-quickest with 52.78.
Calabar’s Nicholloyd Brown took the Class Three long jump with a leap of 6.23m (3.0). However, the record went to his teammate in third place, Luke Brown with 5.95 (1.2). Calabar’s Jordon Turner was second with 6.03, but also had illegal wind of (2.1 mps) which also ruled him out of the record books.
KC’s Shaquille Lowe leapt a record 6.87m (1.9) to win the Class Two long jump ahead of his teammate Wayne Pinnock with 6.65m (2.0); the previous record was 6.50m held by Alex Robinson since 2015.
KC’s Scott McLeod continued his good form, capturing the Class Three high jump in 1.80m and equalling the record held by Vanderleer Palmer since 2015. His teammate Blaine Byam was second with 1.70m, ahead of Calabar’s Bebetto Boyd, also with 1.70m.
Nicholas Elliott, in the Class One 1500m, clocked 4:04.19 minutes to set KC’s third record. Kristoff Darby, also of KC, was second overall with 4:09.60 minutes.
Kyle Mitchell of Calabar took the Class One discus throw with 49.87m, ahead of Howard Beckford of St Jago High with 44.99, and Balvin Richards of Jamaica College with 44.49m. Calabar would sweep the Class One 400m hurdles as Lavaughn Douglas won with 53.32 seconds. His teammates Damiane Dixon and Malik-James King were second and third with 53.33 and 54.13, respectively.
Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s Boys’ took the Class Two 400m hurdles with 54.81, ahead of Treziquet James of JC with 56.64 and Calabar’s Andre Leslie with 57.16.