KC soar on exciting third day of Champs

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Title favourites Kingston College (KC) surged to 46 points and opened up a 20-point lead on day three after five finals of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships yesterday.


Petersfield High surged into second on 26 points ahead of both Calabar High and Jamaica College on 23 points each. St Jago High complete the top-five on 21 points.


But with the 2,000m steeplechase and the decathlon set to be completed last night, KC were expected to win both so they could extend their lead.


In the first boys’ final, St Jago’s Roje Stona threw a massive 61.85m to win the Class One discus. The versatile Kevin Nedrick was second with 57.48m ahead of Douglas Cyrus of Jamaica College in third with 54.25m. Phillipe Barnett of Excelsior High was fourth with 53.20m, while Calabar picked up three points courtesy of Kyle Mitchell, who threw 50.62m. KC got two points as Zico Campbell improved from his 11th position to seventh with 47.45m.


Petersfield High picked up 15 points following the completion of the Class Two shot put final as Christopher Brown won with a throw of 16.08m and his teammate Tevaugh Tate was third with 14.94m.


KC picked up five valuable points courtesy of sixth and seventh by Nemoy Cockett and Gavin Duffus. Calabar failed miserably without a point.


KC further increased their lead as Scott McLeod won the Class Three high jump with a leap of 1.84m and his teammate Blaine Byam was sixth with 1.75m for 12 points. Calabar picked up nine points as Corey Ottey was second with 1.81m and his teammate Jerome Campbell seventh with 1.65.


In the 100 metres, KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson once again looked awesome in the Class One 100m, basically jogging to 10.76 (2.3 mps) seconds. His main rival, Calabar’s Michael Stephens, won his heat in 10.82, but had to run a little more than he wanted to as he was pushed by Washington Brown of Cornwall College, who was second in 10.88 and KC’s Yashawn Hamilton in 10.94.


Calabar’s Tyreke Wilson also qualified clocking 10.77 seconds. However, the fastest time was registered by Andre Morrison of St Jago, who stopped the clock at 10.74.


In Class Two, all the big guns are safely through to the semi-final headed by Michali Everett of Jamaica College with 10.73 (1.8 mps). Xavier Nairne of Wolmer’s eased to 10.91 (0.9 mps) and Sachin Dennis of STETHS clocked 10.97.


Both Calabar runners Rosean Young and Chadrick Stewart are through with 11.12 and 11.11 seconds, respectively. The KC pair of Oshane Peart (11.11) and Roshaun Rowe (10.97) are also through to the semi-finals.


In Class Three, KC’s Terrique Stennett was by far the most impressive into the semi-final easing to 11.29 (2.3 mps). His teammate Adrian Kerr also advanced clocking 11.57 as did JC’s Justin Birthwright with 11.47. Calabar’s Jeffrey Barron won his heat in 11.55 and his teammate clocked 11.73 heading into the semis.


Earlier, Calabar’s four runners advanced to the final of the Classes One and Two 400m hurdles, while rivals KC had none.


In Class Two, Calabar had the two fastest times courtesy of Nicquaine Henry and Andre Leslie with 54.00 and 54.15 seconds, respectively. Race favourite Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s also qualified in 55.15.


In Class One 400m hurdles, Calabar’s Aykeeme Francis (52.42) and Malik James-King (52.82) are through. Maliek Smith of Jamaica College enters the final with the fastest time of 52.20. Rovane Williams of Rhodes Hall was second fastest with 52.36. St Jago High’s Timor Barrett with 52.47 and defending champion Jauavney James of STETHS with 52.67 will make this final an event not to be missed.


KC captain Carey McLeod leapt 15.09m (2.9) and led all qualifiers into the Class One triple jump final. Calabar’s Gabriel Allen produced the second best jump winning flight two with 14.99m (1.8).

   


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