Hydel hammer challengers in JISA Championships romp

Observer writer

Monday, May 20, 2019

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In yet another masterful performance, Hydel Prep hammered all and sundry as they stormed to their 14-straight hold on the JISA/Little Caesars Pizza National Athletic Championships at the National Stadium on Saturday. This track and field feat equals the records held by Kingston College and Vere Technical at the high school level.

Hydel scored 260 points, nearly double their nearest challenger St Andrew Prep who tallied 135 points.

Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) with 116 and Vaz with 108 were third and fourth respectively, while there was a keen tussle for the last spot in the top five as Mona scored 95.5, Our Lady of the Angels 95, and Lannaman's 94 finished fifth, sixth and seventh — respectively, separated by just 1.5 points.

Sts Peter & Paul with 79.5, St Johns with 73, and Ardenne with 69.5 rounded out the top ten places.

There were ten relays contested on Saturday's action-packed final day, with Hydel winning six, the most improved school St Andrew Prep winning three, while St Johns Prep took one.

So dominant was the Hydel performance on the girls' side that they swept all five girl relays, while St Andrew showed their strength on the boys' side with three wins out of five.

Tahii Lindsay of St Johns Prep and Jowanna Pennant of Vaz Prep shared the award for Class Three champion girl after both tallied 16 points each for their respective schools. Pennant bested Lindsay in the 50m final but Lindsay was able to turn the tables in the 100m final.

Antonio McGregor of St Andrew Prep was crowned Class Three champion boy, after he won both the 50m and 100m finals. He also anchored his team to gold in the Class Three Boys' 4x100 final.

Kyra-Loye Kelly of United Learning Centre won the 60m and 150m finals to be crowned the Class Two champion girl, while Pyton Townsend of Sts Peter & Paul who won the high jump, was second in the long jump, and fourth in the 150m, tallied 21 points to be crowned the Class Two champion boy.

Mikayla Brown of Hydel was crowned Class One champion Girl following her first-place finish in the high jump, second-place finish in the Long Jump and third place finish in the 200m. She was also a member of the gold medal-winning 4x200m relay team.

Kahiem Carby of Lannaman's was crowned the Champion Boy for Class One after he garnered 22 points in winning the 60m hurdles, placing second in ball throw and third in the long jump.

Other top performers on the girls' side included Joy-Ann Daley of Hydel, who lowered her own 60m hurdles record on three separate occasions — the last time being in the final where she ran 9.61s to retain her title, won last year. She also won gold in the 300m in 41.86 and two gold medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays.

Her teammate, Ackeila Grant won the 100m/200m sprint double and was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x200m gold medal-winning teams.

Ainsley McGregor, the Class 1 Boys' 400m champion, was second in the 200m and ran brilliantly on anchor in both the 4x100m and 4x200m finals — coming from behind on both occasions to snatch gold for his school.

Hydel coach, Richard Johnson explained the strategic approach to their success over the three days.

“We started day one with a specific objective, trying to qualify in as many semifinals as possible and trying to get into the two jump finals.

“Day two we recognised that we had to ensure we didn't make too many mistakes, because we wanted to make sure we qualified in most of the finals. So we had a pretty good day on day two.

“Today we decided that we were going to push and go all out, and it paid off. Our kids did very well and we are champions again.”

Johnson said he expected a dominant performance from the girls but was pleasantly surprised by the boys.

“It was expected, our Class One Girls' team to lead the team this year, but apart from that our boys surprisingly did very well. For us to come out, on top and winning the boys section, to me that is special,” he said.

Hydel girls tallied 175 points compared to OLA who scored 70, while their boys scored 85 to edge ECA who managed 84 for second place in that section.

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