Sport

Moncrieffe proves best at triple jump

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014    

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Holmwood Technical's Tamara Moncrieffe avenged last year's loss to then Vere Technical's Shardia Lawrence by winning the triple jump open on yesterday's penultimate day of the five-day ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Moncrieffe, who also won the event at the Carifta Trials three weeks ago, just missed the championship record of 13.52m held by former Vere Technical standout Kimberly Williams when she landed at 13.51m for the gold medal.

Lawrence, who is now representing Hydel High School, was second with 12.92m, with another former Vere Technical jumper Sabina Allen now of St Jago, taking third with 12.83m.

Manchester High's IAAF World Youth Championships representative Isheka Binns atoned for her disastrous first two days of Champs by winning the javelin open with a solid 44.59m.

Binns failed to make it to the shot put Class One final where she was tipped to medal, then finished seventh in the discus throw, but came back strongly yesterday to win the javelin ahead of St Andrew Technical's Ayesha Champagnie with 42.64m, with defending champion Olivia Leckford taking the bronze with 41.15m.

Paul-Ann Gayle, second in the Class Two discus throw last year, stepped up a place to win the gold medal after throwing 44.27m; shot put champion Janell Fullerton was second with 43.13m, making it a quinella for the Michael Dyke-coached school with Excelsior's Shanice Love taking the bronze medal with 39.39m.

Vere Technical's Avery Price took the gold medal in the Class Three discus final, throwing 37.89m to beat St Jago High's Sharika Stewart with 37.40m, and Buff Bay's Fiona Richards, who threw 36.67m.

Convent of Mercy's Danielle Griffiths won the Class Four high jump with a best clearance of 1.63m ahead of Wolmer's Girls' Dana Thomas (1.60m) with four jumpers all tied for third with 1.55m.

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