Class 2 shot putter Sloley cops first record, as Rusea's grab surprise lead after 2 finals

Observer writer

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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A new Class Two shot put record by two-time champion Danielle Sloley of Immaculate Conception High School and an upset in the Class One discus were the highlights of yesterday's second day of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium.

After a year filled with “all kinds of injures and setbacks” Sloley, who said she only wanted a personal best, threw 15.99m to erase the 15.93m set in 2013 by Rochelle Frazer.

Meanwhile, Rusea's High are the surprise leaders after two finals with 16 points, followed by Immaculate Conception and St Jago both on nine points, defending champions Edwin Allen High and arch rivals Holmwood Technical are both on eight points, one more than Vere Technical on seven, Hydel High and Excelsior High are on six points each and Petersfield High are on five points.

Four more finals are scheduled for today's third day of the five-day championships — high jump Class Three, discus throw Class One and long jumps, classes two and four.

Sloley, who won the Class Two shot put last year with her previous personal best of 14.73m, said she endured a torrid season and managed to keep a clear mind through the competition. “I did not think at all, that's when I do crap.”

The 11th grade student said she was “elated, and she is now setting her sights on a spot on the Jamaican team to the Youth Olympics Games later this year in Argentina.

After a quiet start she exploded in the finals with three good throws — 15.46m, 15.55m and then the record in the final round.

Vere Technical's Marie Forbes was second with 14.79m and Rusea's Aliesha Shaw third with 14.65m.

In the Class One discus final, Bailey came up big on the day to take the gold medal over defending champion Fiona Richards of Edwin Allen with 48.93m.

Richards was second with 48.06m and Shamella Donaldson of Rusea's third with 47.33m.

Richards will hope to rebound in the shot put on Saturday after she qualified with the best mark of 13.64m in the Class One shot put in yesterday's preliminaries.

Bailey, who was fifth last year, could be in her way once again, however, as after beating Richards at Central Champs and throwing 12.40m yesterday to advance along with Wolmer's Aiko Jones (13.31m), Shaday Hudson of Holmwood Technical (12.83m) and Excelsior's Tavoy Housen (12.52m).

Holmwood Technical's Cedricka Williams led the qualifiers in the Class Three discus throw with 38.45m followed by Johnicia Davis of Hydel High (33.66m) with Manchester High's Fabrienne Foster next with 32.85m and Excelsior's Raphae Guthrie with 32.60m.

Excelsior High's Shantae Foreman, who set the record 1.79m in the Class Three high jump last year, will hope to retain her title today after yesterday's preliminaries.

Foreman was one of only four automatic qualifiers yesterday after clearing 1.65m, same as her teammate Daniel Hinds, who took the bronze last year, St Andrew High's Jo-anna Pinnock and Vere Technical's Annishka McDonald.

Mt Alvernia High's Paula Marie Brown, winner at Western Champs, Bianca Sewell of Hydel High, and Wolmer's Malaika Cunningham, all cleared 1.60m also advanced.

Edwin Allen's Brianna Watt (5.10m) and Santae Wilson (5.02m) lead the qualifiers in the Class Four long jump into today's final after the first round yesterday.

Hydel High will also have two athletes in the final, Shanta Jones (5.00m) and Alliah Baker (4.96m), while Immaculate Conception's Lori Choy, Marl Grove High's K'Onie McDermott, Holmwood Technical's Celine Riddle and Manchester High's Shinelle Thomas will also be hunting medals today.

Points after two finals

Rusea's High 16

Immaculate Conception 9

St Jago High 9

Edwin Allen High 8

Holmwood Technical 8

Vere Technical 7

Hydel High 6

Excelsior High 6

Petersfield High 5

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