Portland take early lead in JTA/Sagicor National Primary Parish Athletics Championships

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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PORTLAND, with combined boys' and girls' scores of 61 points, are early leaders at the end of day one of the two-day 2018 Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Primary Parish Athletics Championships at National Stadium yesterday.

These points standings are after eight finals of the combined scores that saw all parishes accumulating points.

Many-time champions St Andrew are in second place with 53 points, followed by defending champions St Catherine on 37, Clarendon with 27, Manchester on 25.5, St Thomas with 20, St James on 15.5, St Ann on 13, St Elizabeth with 12, Trelawny with 11, Westmoreland on nine, St Mary with seven, Hanover on three, and Kingston also with three points.

Ewan Lawrence of Portland captured the boys' Under-15 high jump with 1.51 metres from Dantay Chablal of Clarendon who soared to 1.51m, and Demeatre Wright of St Andrew with 1.45 metres.

Ashleigh Samuels of St James won the girls' Under-15 high jump with a leap of 1.43 metres, while second went to Kristian Watson of St Catherine with 1.39m, and Ackayla Wiggins of Portland with 1.30 metres.

The girls' Under-13 long jump was won by Akalia Stephenson of St Andrew with a distance of 4.60 metres, ahead of Kaylia Stephenson of St Andrew with 4.58m and Leandra Douse of St Ann with 4.57 metres.

Chavez Penn of St Thomas was the winner of the boys' Under-13 long jump with a distance of 5.04 metres; ahead of Jadan Campbell of St Catherine with 4.86m and Dontae Orr of Portland with 4.79 metres.

Aldain Angus of Portland won the shot put open for boys with a throw of 9.03 metres, ahead of Kimarley Forrester of Manchester with 8.76m, and Oneil Bryan of Portland with 8.71 metres.

The girls' shot put open was captured by Kartia Burke of Portland, with a throw of 8.62 metres, from Latavia Benjamin of Clarendon with 7.99m and Jada Marriott of St Catherine with 7.71 metres.

Kelvin Brown of St Catherine won the boys' Under-9 cricket ball throw with a distance of 37.30, metres ahead of Quadain Clarke of St Ann with 36.08m, and Najae Reynolds of St Elizabeth with 32.69 metres.

Shanae Patterson of St Thomas captured the girls' Under-9 cricket ball throw with a distance of 25.53 metres from Kimanda Purcell of St Mary with 25.09m, and Tiana Johnson of Manchester with 23.60 metres.

Meanwhile the championship promises an exciting three-way battle, with Portland, St Andrew and St Catherine qualifying athletes for a number of finals set for today's last day. Approximately 32 finals will be contested today.

Oral Whilby, coach of St Catherine, will be hoping that his athletes can perform well, especially in the individual events and the relays, to give his team a good chance of retaining their title.

However, he will have to cope with Nordia Hanson, coach of St Andrew, who also has a good chance of winning, while Herman Reid, coach of Portland, will be hoping that they can hold off their challengers and secure victory.

In the boys' category, Portland lead with 36 points followed by St Andrew with 28, Manchester on 16.5, and St Catherine with 16 points.

St Andrew and Portland are joint leaders in the girls' section with 25 points each, followed by St Catherine with 21, and Clarendon with 12 points.

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