Four records fall at Fuller/Anderson meet
Four records were broken at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Puma Fuller/Anderson development meet at G C Foster College as Kingston College (KC), Edwin Allen, and St Jago had strong showings.
Three of the four records came in the 800m led by the National Under-20 champion Barrain Smith of St Elizabeth Technical High School, who sped to 1:53.93 and lowered the 1:59.08 held by Devontae Daley of Holmwood Technical since 2019.
In fact, three other individuals went below the previous record as the KC pair of Schevorn Wardlow (1:56.02) and Jaquan Coke (1:56.86) won the heats comfortably, while Edwin Allen’s Joel Morgan (1:56.20) finished second behind Smith in heat five.
St Jago’s Jada Fletcher smashed the Class Three 800m record of 2:26.97 established by Jovi Rose of Holmwood Technical last year, clocking 2:22.84. Shawn Hunter of Holmwood got the third 800m record in Class Two clocking 2:01.10, well below Tafar-Hi Hinds 2019 mark of 2:03.96.
The fourth record was done by Charles Wright of St Catherine High who won the Class Two 400m in 49.44, lowering Kevone Stone’s 50.86 done in 2016. The KC pair of Jordon Rehedul (50.55) and Markel Smith (50.57) also won their heats below the previous record.
Outside of the records there were some outstanding displays as Rickoy Hunter of STETHS leapt to an impressive 7.57m (2.1 mph) in the Class One long jump. Hunter, who was fourth at last year’s boys championship in Class Two, with 6.78m, has laid down a marker with a jump that would have given him the Class One title last year.
Meanwhile, the imposing-looking Theia Terrelonge of Edwin Allen sped to an impressive 23.73 clocking in the Class Two 200m and was just outside the 23.20 record held by none other than Shericka Jackson since 2012.
Her schoolmate Antonio Powell was also impressive in the Class One 200m for boys clocking 21.40 (1.3) in heat 16 and was the quickest overall. KC’s Marcinho Rose looked smooth in 21.51 in heat 17, with the fit-looking Yourie Lawrence-Clarke bouncing home in 21.82 with the minimum of fuss.
Rickeisha Simms of Edwin Allen won both the Class One 800m and 1,500m double. She first won the 800m in 2:15.81 and returned a few hours later and copped the 1500m in 4:50.94.
Holmwood’s Florence Nafamba of Uganda also copped a double, winning the 2000 steeplechase open in 10:55.94 and the Class Two 1,500m in 4:56.85.
KC’s Ethan Gioko of Kenya continued to dominate the 5,000m, winning by a mile in 16:37.54 minutes. Omar Campbell of BB Coke was second in 18:42.04, with Calabar’s Shakeem Ebanks third in 18:42.93.