XLCR, 'Jago' top Wesley Powell/Heart Institute of the Caribbean Track Meet

Observer writer

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Hosts Excelsior High topped the points standing for the boys' section, while St Jago High topped the girls' equivaalent at the 16th staging of the Wesley Powell/Heart Institute of the Caribbean Track Meet on Saturday.

Excelsior took the boys' section with 255 points ahead of second-place Kingston College on 177.5, while third place went to Wolmer's Boys' who gleaned 124 points.

In the girls' section St Jago blew away the competition, amassing 406 points compared to second-place Excelsior who managed 228. Merl Grove with 103 points closed out the top three.

Excelsior broke their own record in the final event of the day, sweeping to victory in the Men's 4x400 in a time of 2:26.85 to erase the old mark of 2:26.90 set in 2016; but before that, it was a day when many other records tumbled.

Things started well for second-place Kingston College when they finished first and third in the 5000. Aron Tanui stopped the clock at 16:55.30, while his teammate Kirk Dawkins finished in 17:19.16. The pair was spilt by O Thompson of St Thomas Technical in a time of 17:18.78.

Sheneil Palmer of Excelsior High took the Girls' 3,000m in 12:00.00 flat, a half a minute faster than Zowandi Harrison (12.30.51) of Wolmer's and Tamieka McKoy (13:39.84) of St Andrew High.

St Jago showed their strengths in the shorter sprints as they finished first and third in the Class Four Girls' 150m. Jade-Ann Dawkins was first in 19.66, Makala Williams of Excelsior second in 19.68, while Kimeka Smith was third in 19.69.

The hosts were first and second in the Class Three Girls' equivalent, with Mikela Coombs with 19.07 finishing ahead of Raven Reid (19.26), while Brianna Lyston of St Jago was third in 19.33.

St Jago were back to winning ways in Class Two as Joanne Reid got the attention of everyone with a record-breaking run of 18.40s. Niesha Burgher of Excelsior also went under the old record of 18.86 when she stopped the clock at 18.75. Thennelle Williams of St Jago was third in 18.91.

Kerissa Sewell of Paul Bogle High upset the Excelsior/St Jago party when she took the Class One equivalent in 19.20. The St Jago pair of Bridgette Campbell (19.33) and Shurria Henry (19.45) were second and third, respectively.

On the boys' side, KC swept the Class Four Boys event through Marcinho Rose, who was first in 18.77, while Daniel Gayle was second in 18.82 and Najair Grant, third in 19.02.

Excelsior High took all the other classes. In Class Three Damor Miller was first in 18.28, Anelka Shaw of Tivoli second in 18.59, and Josiah James, also of Excelsior, third in 18.64.

In Class Two, Sharvis Simmonds was first in 17.56, Jhovan Martin of Wolmer's second in 17.68, and Korey Waite of Papine High third in 17.88.

Excelsior swept Class One as Travis Williams was first in 16.95, Tevin Thompson 17.07 and Derick Robinson third in 17.08.

The Class Three Girls' 600m went to Quaycian Davis of St Jago in 1:44.09, Class Two went to Shantay Chamberlain of Mavis Bank in 1:44.45, while the Class One event went to Eilika Lane of Excelsior in 1:39.32.

In the Boys' 600m Class three, Markey Tyrell of Kingston College was first in 1:38.52, in Class Two Malachi Johnson of Excelsior was first in 1:28.42 and in Class One Sadiki March of Excelsior was first in 1:25.72.

St Jago had the five best times in the Class Four Girls' 300m, with the medals going to Kryshell Hoolong (43.08), Jade-Ann Dawkins (43.71), and Terrica Francis (43.96).

Brianna Lyston was first in Class Three with a time of 42.00, while her teammates Vanessa Sewell (42.91) and Abigail Martin (42.96) were second and third, respectively, as the Monk Street-based team made their presence felt.

Joanna Reid completed a personal double when she won the Class Two race in 41.67. Niesha Burgher (41.82) and Dorian Nelson (42.02) were second and third in that order.

It was pure joy for St Jago in Class One, as again they swept the top-five places. T-Anna Dawkins took gold in 40.41, Rosalee Cooper silver in 42.60, and Bridgette Campbell bronze in 43.29.

Dushaun Grant of Kingston College won the Class Four Boys' 300m in 39.65, Mikel Sulph of Wolmer's the Class Three in 39.78, Reuel Campbell of St Andrew Technical in the Class Two event in 37.33 and Jeremy Farr of Wolmer's broke the Class One Boys record of 35.51 with a time of 35.26.

Jamaica College finished first and second in the Javelin Open Throw. Tajay Broomfield was first with 55.46m, while Kymani Kirby was second with 49.78m. Choy Jones of EXED Community College was third with 49.05m.

Chezigay Williams of Merl Grove won the girls' event with 29.40m, Tanika Dixon of Paul Bogle was second with 23.90m, and Tashana Houston was third with 23.48m.

Shemar Reid of St Thomas Tech broke the Class 2 Boys' Discus Throw record with a big new mark of 42.40m, decimating the old mark of 35.44m.

There were three records in the vertical jumps — Kaliah Jones cleared a height of 1.60m to equal the Class 1 Girls' High Jump, while Aaron Thomas and Aaron McKenzie of Kingston College both cleared 1.65m to eclipse the old record of 1.60m, with Thomas winning on countback in Class 4. In Class 3, Yourie Lawrence of Kingston College broke the Class 3 record of 1.70m, setting a new mark of 1.75m.

Danule Daley of EXED was another big record-breaker when he threw 46.02m to shatter the old mark of 35.44m in the Men's Discus Open.

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