St Mary shine at Eastern Champs
romp to Eastern Champs victory
ST MARY High produced a brilliant display of top-class running to amass a combined score of 542.50 points to capture the 29th staging of the 2014 Eastern Secondary Schools Sports Association (ESSSA)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Track and Field Championships which ended at the National Stadium yesterday.
They defeated defending champions Buff Bay High and Oberlin High, who finished second and third, with 498 and 443.50 points, respectively.
St Mary High also captured the boys' and girls' sections with 250.50 points and 292 points, respectively, to mark their dominance on the second day.
Coached by Dwayne Williams since 2011, St Mary, who were in third place at the end of day one on Monday, applied the pressure
on the two early leaders Buff Bay and Oberlin.
Williams said he was positive of winning the title, as he had most of his athletes in tip-top shape to fight for top honours.
"I am very elated for this victory and all members of the team are very happy to have come out victorious."
Meanwhile, 11 records were broken throughout the two-day Championships with St Mary High ending the last event of the day with a fantastic run in the boys' 4x400 metres open relay with a record run of 3:20.59 minutes, to erase the previous record of 3:21.71 set by Glengoffe in 2004.
Other records to tumble were the Class One boys' 1,500m final where David Rojohn of St Thomas Technical eclipsed the old mark with a new time of 4:03.51 minutes; the Class Three boys' 4x100m relay where Fair Prospect High won in a new time of 47.37 seconds.
The Class One boys' 4x100m relay record was also shattered by Titchfield who finished in a new time of 42.16 seconds, while the Class One girls' 100m hurdles final was won by Shaniel Murray of Glengoffe in a new time of 15.32 seconds.
Rojohn of St Thomas, who had broken the Class One boys' 1,500m record on Monday, returned to break the 5,000 metres open with a new time of 16.19.12 minutes.
Nicole Thompson of Glengoffe broke the Class One girls' high jump record with a new leap of 1.65m, while the Class Three girls' discus throw record was broken by Fiona Richards of Buff Bay with a new throw of 36.47m, with Khadijah Oliphant of Oberlin breaking the Class One girls' long jump with a new leap of 5.76 metres.
Meanwhile, the 4x400m relay open for girls was won by St Mary High in 4:36.22 minutes, with the girls' sprint medley relay being won by St Mary High in 4:38.34 minutes, and the boys' sprint medley relay open by Oberlin in 3:48.43 minutes.
The Class One boys' 100m final was won by Alanzo Aris of St Mary High in 11.49 seconds, with the Class One girls' 100m won by Shemoy Reid of Yallahs High in 12.95 seconds.
Dimitri Drysdale of St Thomas Technical won the Class Two boys' 100m in 11.37 seconds, with the Class Two girls' 100m won by Trishwana Crawford of Seaforth High in 12.78 seconds.
David Reid captured the Class One boys' 400m in 48.55 seconds, with the Class One girls' 400m final won by Shareen Gordon of St Mary High in 57.55 seconds.
Travis Hines of St Mary High won the Class Two boys' 400m in 51.68 seconds, with the Class Two girls' equivalent being won by Lovell Evans of St Mary High in 1:00.00 minute.
The other schools making it into the top 10 in the points standings are Glengoffe High with 297 points, Titchfield High, 275, Seaforth High, 179, St Thomas Technical High, 144, Morant Bay High, 143, Yallahs High, 90, and Tacky High with 83 points.