Purple power!

Purple power!

Sea of purple as North Street school romps Champs in historic fashion

Observer senior reporter

Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Project 32” was completed in superb style as Kingston College (KC) gained their 32nd hold on the Mortimer Geddes trophy as they romped to victory in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships yesterday.

In front of a packed National Stadium, KC ended Calabar High's seven-year reign amassing 395.5 points to win by a massive 82.5 points ahead of Calabar High. JC were third with 232.5, with St Jago in fourth on 106.5. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) completed the top five on 90 points.

KC's tally is the highest ever, surpassing Calabar's 2018 mark of 368.5, which also confirmed their status as the most successful school with 32 titles, four more than Calabar (28) and JC (21). It was KC's first title in 10 years having last won in 2009.

KC could do nothing wrong, and when Wayne Pinnock defeated and erased Calabar's talisman Dejour Russell's 110m hurdles record, the writing was on the wall.

Pinnock, who became the first high school boy to leap over eight metres, sped to an impressive 13.06 (-0.8 mps), just below the previous record of 13.10 set last year.

KC's Akeem Cargill was second in 13.28, with Rasheed Broadbell of St Jago third in 13.33. Russell was back in fourth with 13.43.

The outstanding Vashaun Vascianna of St Jago also broke his own Class Two 110m hurdles record of 13.35 and lowered it to 13.26. His teammate Jahvel Granville was second in 13.43.

In Class Three, KC swept the top two spots with Ra'John Gray (13.17) and Amontae Wray (13.18). Allem Pinto of St Elizabeth Technical High was third in 13.25.

By then, Champs was as good as over as the “Famed Purples” streaked away to a massive lead of over 60 points.

Calabar had something good to cheer about as Kimar Farquharson broke the longest standing record at Champs — the Class One 800m of 1:48.84 set by Sherwin Burgess 32 years ago in 1987.

In arguably the race of the meet, Farquharson showed tremendous determination and won in 1:48.67. Tyrice Taylor of Enid Bennett High was second in 1:48.91, with KC'S captain Tarees Rhoden finishing third in 1:49.04.

In the Class Two 800m, Giovouni Henry finally got the better of JC's J'Voughnn Blake. Henry chased and caught him at the top of the straight and pulled away for victory in 1:52.10. Blake was second in 1:52.31.

In the Class Three 800m, KC's Jaquan Coke finished like a runaway freight train and snatched victory from the man expected to break the record — Tavaughn Martin of Bellefield High.

Coke stopped the clock at 1:58.50 and was just outside the record of 1:58.06 held by Waqar daCosta since 2007. Alex Taylor of St Jago was third in 2:01.40.

Christopher Young of Edwin Allen High won the Class Two discus with a throw of 55.37m and relegated the favourite Ralford Mullings of KC to second with 54.64m.

In the first final of the day, KC increased their advantage as KC's Alex Williams defended his javelin title with a massive 60.02m, while his teammate Akeem Hanchard was sixth with 56.70m. Santino Anglin of Petersfield High was second with 59.40m. Calabar's Shadane Adamson was third with 57.36m.

Then in the 400m, where Calabar were expected to make significant impact into KC's lead, they did, but just by four points. Calabar garnered 22 points to KC's eight.

The Calabar duo of Christopher Taylor and Evaldo Whitehorne was relegated to second and third by the versatile Jeremy Farr of Wolmer's, who won with an impressive 45.65. Taylor was second in 46.38 with Whitehorne third in 46.54. Petersfield's World Youth champion, Antonio Watson, failed to show for the event.

In Class Two, Tahj Hamm of Holmwood Technical sped to 48.14 for victory ahead of Jeremy Bembridge of Tarrant High in 48.76. KC's Michael Joseph was third in 48.88.

Then in Class One, KC's Akeem Weir won in 50.49 running from lane eight, where he dived across the finish line to a loud roar from the the KC faithful.

Calabar star Taylor failed to show for the Class One 200m, along with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High, allowing Xavier Nairne of Wolmer's to seize the opportunity for a very good victory in 20.91 (-0.3) ahead of Jevaughn Powell of KC with 21.02. In fact, third and fourth placed Rajay Morris of Clarendon College and Michali Everett of JC also stopped the clock at 21.02.

Rusea's High's Raheim Scott won the Class Two 200m in 21.52 ahead of Deondre McIntosh of JC, who was second with 21.54.

In Class Three, the impressive Christopher Scott of JC grabbed his second gold capturing the 200m in 22.09. The KC pair of Yourie Lawrence (22.64) and Amontae Wray (22.79) were second and third, respectively.

KC basically could not do anything wrong, and Blaime Byam won the Class Two high jump, clearing the bar at 2.00m. Corey Ottey of Calabar was second with 1.95m, the same height as third-placed Derrick Bernard of Campion College.

Courtney Lawrence of Petersfield High won the Class One shot put with 19.64m, while the Calabar pair of Cobe Graham (18.02m) and Kai Chang (17.42m) were second and third respectively.

By the time the relays began, KC were home and dry, but Calabar were still fighting. After losing to KC all season in the sprint medley open, Calabar turned the table and won in 3:24.81, with KC second in 3:25.77 with Edwin Allen third in 3:25.90.

KC won the Class One 4x100m relay in 39.98 ahead of Calabar High in 40.15. St Jago was third with 40.53.

Calabar captured the Class Two 4x100 in 41.51 ahead of Wolmer's Boys in 41.59. JC were third in 41.71.

KC failed to finish in Class Two, but returned and won the Class Three event in fine style clocking 43.19 ahead of Calabar in second with 43.48. JC were third in 43.69.

KC's remarkable run culminated with a second place finish in the 4x400m relay in which anchor leg runner and Captain Tarees Rhoden toyed with the Calabar runner despite losing to Excelsior High. Rhoden just wanted to make sure Calabar was behind him.

Excelsior won in 3:11.14 with KC second in 3:12.06. Holmwood Technical sneaked into third on 3:12.15 with Calabar back in fourth with 3:12.34.

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