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Several records tumble at Youngster Goldsmith National Classic

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Several records crumbled at the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic, led by outstanding performances from Shaquena Foote, Wayne Pinnock, Rivaldo Marshall inside National Stadium yesterday.

Foote of Petersfield High captured the 400m in a record 53.45 seconds and lowered the 400m hurdles record to 58.0, which was hand-timed.

Calabar's Marshall was all alone in the 2,000m steeplechase open, clocking a record 5:52.5 which was also hand-timed and well below the previous record of 6:14.70 held by St Jago's Thaleetio Green since 2012. Shawn Smith of Jamaica College was second with 6:09.8, with Aj Sweeney of Edwin Allen third in 6:10.2.

There was an air of expectancy brought about by the silence of the crowd as the boys' Class One 110m hurdle final took centre stage, and salivating fans were not disappointed as Kingston College sent a strong warning to favourite Dejour Russell of Calabar, who was absent.

Wayne Pinnock won in 13.46 seconds and erased Calabar's Michael O'Hara's record of 13.57 set in 2015. But it was not smooth-sailing for Pinnock as he had to repel the challenge of his teammate Akeem Cargill, who closed rapidly into second place with 13.48 seconds. Both were below the record, 13.57 seconds.

It is said that “pressure buss pipe” and St Jago's Crystal Morrison felt the heat in a battle with Excelsior High's Ackera Nugent, who won the Class two 100m hurdles final in a meet record of 13.3. Morison was stride for stride with Nugent, but stumbled badly and eased home eighth in 13.8.

Meanwhile Camperdown's Britany Anderson, who cruised to victory in the Class One 100m hurdles preliminaries, also stumbled in the final after leading comfortably and was caught on the line by Rosalee Cooper of St Jago who won in 14.03. Anderson was second in 14.07.

Calabar's Anthony Danvers was in record-breaking form, capturing the Class One 400m hurdles in 52.6 with his teammate Dean Clarke second in 53.1.

Kevroy Venson cruised to victory in the Class One 1500m in 4:05.72, while KC's Tares Rhoden won his heat in 4:05.83 minutes and had to repel the challenge of JC's Class Two athlete J'Voughn Blake, who stepped up in class and clocked 4:06.27.