Dominant St Andrew retain Parish Championship title

Sunday, May 26, 2019

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Nineteen -time defending champion St Andrew retained the JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Parish Championship title for the second-consecutive year, after amassing 332.5 points at the 36th staging of the two-day event which ended at National Stadium yesterday.

Coming in at second place were St Elizabeth on 232, third went to Portland with 213 points, St Catherine fourth with 199 points, and Kingston finished fifth on 168 points to round out the top five.

St Andrew also dominated in the male and female categories, winning with 145 points for the males and 187.5 for the females.

With talents blazing on the track and in the field, new records were set over the two days to include a double by Chavez Penn of St Thomas in the Under-15 boys' high jump, doing so with a leap of 1.60m, and cutting the sand in the long jump at 5.08m.

Chadrick Robinson of Manchester erased the old mark of 3:42.85s with 3:41.19s in the boys' 1200m open, while De'Andre Gayle of St Elizabeth sprinted 57.52s in the boys' Under-13 400m, erasing the old mark of 57.73.

Executive director of the Sagicor Foundation and head of group marketing, Sagicor Group Jamaica, Alysia White was elated with the two days of competition.

“As you know it all begins here for these young athletes, and we would want to encourage all parents and teachers to continue to support them. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made for these athletes, and Sagicor will continue to provide this platform for our children to excel and conquer the world,” she said.

This win is the second title for Mabracq Harris, who has been the parish coordinator of St Andrew for the past three years — and he was understandably delighted.

“We had good training sessions and my athletes were prepared, focused, and executed well — especially in the relays where we won seven of 10. We dedicate this one to our President Kaydia McCalla, who has been our greatest support. Thanks to the support staff, as our hard work has paid off,” he noted.

Chairman of the JTA National Sports Committee, Patrick Graham said “we are grateful for the sponsorship from Sagicor that has helped the Jamaica Teachers' Association to harness the talent outside of the classroom”.


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