Windward Rd dethrone John Mills to capture Junior High Champs
WINDWARD Road by tallying 528.50 points at the completion of 71 finals, claimed their fifth lien when they won the 2014 Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High, All-Age and Primary Schools Track and Field Championships which ended at the National Stadium yesterday.
The victory for Windward Road, who dethroned defending champions John Mills, came after 19 years of gruelling challenges. Yesterday's final day produced a number of exciting and close finishes.
Winning coach Owen Henry was a relieved man at the end: "It was an overwhelming triumph for Windward Road after waiting nearly 20 years to put our hands on the championship title," he said.
"We knew that we would have won, seeing from the preliminaries what he (Winston Spaulding, coach of John Mills) had, as we had reached more finals than John Mills. Also, Windward Road had reached more finals in the relays than our main rival," Henry added.
"Spaulding of John Mills came up to me and said you have really done your homework and deserve to win the championships," revealed Henry, who said John Mills, despite losing their title, had done extremely well.
Meanwhile, John Mills proved themselves as real champions as they fought all the way with Windward Road to finish second with 420.50 points, followed by Louise Bennett-Coverley with 278 points, Swallowfield 241.50, Cockburn Gardens, 213.50, Melrose, 174, Constant Spring, 150, New Day, 125 and Mico Practising with 104.50 points — the schools surpassing the 100-point mark.
Windward Road also came out on top in the boys' and girls' categories, respectively, as champions. They won with 282 points from John Mills, 211, Swallowfield with 152.50, Melrose, 112, and Cockburn Gardens with 103 points in the boys' section.
For the girls' section, Windward Road won with a total of 246.50 points, followed by John Mills on 209.50, Louise Bennett-Coverley with 183, and Cockburn Gardens with 110.50 points.
Tyrese Francis of John Mills won the Class One boys' 100 metres in 11.60 seconds from Chemar Marshall of Windward Road (11.79 seconds). The Class One girls' 100m final was won by Krissancia Sang of John Mills in 12.65 seconds, ahead of Nastacia McKenzie of Windward Road in 13.23 seconds.
Davion Clarke of Windward Road captured the Class Two boys' 100 metres in 12.30 seconds ahead of Kashaun Smith of Swallowfield in 12.39 seconds. Adanna Wallace of Windward Road won the Class Two girls' 100m in 13.08 seconds ahead her teammate Shevonne Chambers in 13.15 seconds.
Akeem Wallace of Melrose won the Class One boys' 400 metres final in 54.47 seconds in a tight finish with Romario Johnson of Windward Road, whose time was 54.48 second.
Calist Reid of Osbourne Store out of Clarendon captured the Class One boys' 800m in 2:09.87 minutes, with the Class Two boys' 800m going to Deonder Tyrell of Windward Road in 2:15.05 minutes, with Billy Watson of Melrose third in 2:15.29 minutes.
Kitania Edwards of John Mills won the Girls' Open 800m final in 2:31.21 minutes, with Tajhade Malcolm of Cockburn Gardens winning the Class Three boys' 800m in 2:26.40 minutes.
The girls' sprint medley open was won by John Mills in 2:08.76 minutes ahead of Swallowfield (2:10.45), while the boys' sprint medley open was won by Windward Road ahead of Constant Spring.
John Mills were the winner of the boys' 4x400 metres open relay in a time of 3:38.78 minutes, from Windward Road in 3:39.20 minutes, while the girls' equivalent was won by Windward Road in 4:12.59 minutes ahead of Constant Spring in 4:16.15 minutes.