Edwin Allen, St Jago oblige at Central Champs

Observer writer

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Edwin Allen on the girls' side and St Jago High for the boys, comfortably defended their respective titles at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships held at the GC Foster College yesterday.

Both schools held comfortable leads coming into day two and were able to resist whatever challenges were thrown at them.

Edwin Allen girls, who scored 412 points, finished 41.5 points ahead of second-placed Holmwood Technical, who amassed 370.5 points. Hydel High, who scored 314 points, were third, St Jago with 205 were fourth, while Vere Technical on 170 points rounded out the top five.

St Jago boys were even more resounding in their victory as their total of 346.5 points more than doubled second-placed Edwin Allen, who finished with 162 points, followed by Holmwood Technical (131 points), Clarendon College (95 points) and Manchester High (87 points).

Roje Stona, who won the Class One boys' discus on day one, obliged in the shot put with 16.20m for his second gold of the championships. He tied for overall champion boy with his teammate Corlando Chambers, who won the Class Three boys' 1500m in a record 4:26.56 and the 800m in 2:02.74, which was also a record.

Gabrielle Bailey of St Jago was the overall champion girl as she followed up her day one discus gold with a gold in the shot put and silver in the javelin to score 25 points.

Edwin Allen's Class Two sprint sensation Kevona Davis broke the 200m record she set only yesterday on the way to winning gold when she stopped the clock at 23.61s. Michae Harriot of Holmwood Technical ruled in Class One, taking gold in the 100m and 200m in which she clocked a new meet record of 23.56s. Julien Alfred of St Catherine High won the Class Two girls' 100m in a nifty 11.91s. Tia Clayton of Edwin Allen continues to show good form, winning the Class Three girls' 100m in a new meet record of 11.83s, Saskieka Steele of Holmwood Tech was second in 11.97 and Serena Cole of Edwin Allen third in 12.04.

Edwin Allen head coach Michael Dyke was pleased with the overall performance of his charges.

“We came here to defend our title and in the end it turned out to be what we did. We had some pretty good performances (as) we had Kevona in the 200m in Class Two and there were many performances which would take all evening to go through all of them, but it was a good championship,” he said.

Dyke says he will be planning as best as possible for the Grand Prix final which takes place on Saturday, March 10.

“Now we will have to go back and look at the qualifiers and see where we stand and how we can plan going into the final,” he said.

Michael Fertado, the new middle-distance head coach at St Jago, was gushed over the performances of his boys.

“I think the boys executed, especially in the distance events. Chambers in the Class Three won the 800m and the 1500m with new records and this exemplifies the training they have received,” he stated.

He is looking forward to the Grand Prix final.

“I think we will be able to match up well at the Grand Prix final because we have two weeks to prepare. We have enough time to fine-tune them for the Grand Prix finals,” Fertado ended.




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