Rising star? - Marquis Reid shines, but Portland lead

Rising star? - Marquis Reid shines, but Portland lead

Portland lead on rain-affected day one of the 2019 JTA/Sagicor National Athletics Championships

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Rain brought a temporary halt to the activities on the first day of the JTA/Sagicor Athletics Championships at National Stadium, but after five of the eight finals completed at press time, Portland lead with 53.5 points, followed by St Elizabeth on 34 and St Andrew in third on 29.50.

The top five is completed by Westmoreland on 29, and Kingston on 24 points.

The meet continues today, starting at 9:00 am, with the remaining 41 finals, closing with the medley open for boys. There will be a break from the athletics action at 1:00 pm for the official opening ceremony and parade of athletes.

For entry, adults are being asked to pay $200, and $100 for children.

Herman Reid, co-ordinator for leaders Portland, a former three-time champion, said, “We are happy with the lead as we have always performed well in the field events. However, we have not qualified for some track events, as many of our runners are first-timers inside National Stadium and were possibly overawed by the occasion.”

Mabracq Harris, co-ordinator for defending champion St Andrew said, “We are not where we want to be, but we have a balanced team and expect to earn points on and off the track in all age groups, and in the relays, where we expect to score heavily, which should see us retaining our title.”

Former two-time champion St Elizabeth started the day with a bang, finishing first and sixth in the girls' Under-13 long-jump, to earn 12 points. Chrystal Salmon with a winning leap of 4.70m, and teammate Saskia Lawson sixth. Second was Shelly-Ann Taylor of Kingston with 4.61m, third was Samoya Brown of St Andrew with 4.46m.

Chavez Penn of St Thomas won the boys' Under-15 high jump, clearing the bar at 1.60m, ahead of Garfield Dehaney of Portland at 1.55m, and third was Shamir Kelly of St Catherine at 1.48m.

Godfrey Drummond, a member of the meet's organising committee said, “Today was great with exceptional performance amidst the rainy weather. We were able to complete seven of the eight finals that were scheduled for the day and expect that tomorrow's many finals will bring much excitement.”

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