Champs Day Four

Champs Day Four  

By Dania Bogle

Calabar’s work horse, Michael O’Hara, claimed the first of a possible three individual medals in the class two 100m.

He was challenged to the line by St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers but pulled away with ten metres remaining to capture the class two boys 100m in a time of 10.56 seconds.

Chambers posted 10.71 to Waseem Williams of Jamaica College’s 10.82.

World Junior 200m champion Delano Williams of Munro put on a stellar performance to retain the class one boys 100m on day four of the 2013 ISSA Boys & Girls Athletic Championships at Kingston’s National Stadium.

            Williams, who is in line to repeat the sprint double, had to work as Raheem Robinson of Wolmer’s led for the first 70m. Williams pulled away in the final 30m to take victory in 10.28 seconds.

            The athlete who hails from the Turks and Caicos Islands had earlier clocked the fastest qualifying time of 10.41 seconds in advancing to the final.

            His team mate Senoj-Jay Givans of Munro bested Robinson and Green Island’s Odail Todd on the line finishing in a time of 10.45 to Todd’s 10.49.

Robinson finished fourth in 10.50 while Jevaughn Minzie of Bog Walk was fifth in 10.55.

Monique Spencer of Edwin Allen was on spot battling to the finish to take the class one girls title in a time of 11.59 ahead of Kedisha Dallas of Holmwood 10.66 and Jodean Williams of St Mary 11.70.


Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College survived a false start by Seaforth’s Michael Bentley to claim the Class three boys 100m in 10.86, 100th of a second off the record he set earlier in the day.

            Matherson, who established a record in the class three 200m (22.02) on Thursday, did likewise in the 100m, setting a new record 10.85 seconds in winning the semi-final lowering the mark of 10.86 set by St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers in 2012.

            Tyreke Wilson of Calabar was second with 11.01 and Yashawn Hamilton of Kingston College third in 11.36.

            Carifta trials winner Shellece Clark of Edwin Allen and Rushelle Burton of St. Andrew both clocked 10.92 seconds in the class three girls 100m with Clark being accredited the win. Yanique Dayle of Hydel was third in a time of 11.96.

            The Wolmer’s duo of Joneille Smith and Shauna Helps had a quinella in the class two girls 100m.

            Smith finished first in 11.58 seconds ahead of Helps in 11.66 while Holmwood’s Dianna Johnson was third in 11.71.

            Kimone Shaw of St. Jago blew away the field to capture the class four race in a time of 11.75 ahead of Shaniel English of Hydel 13.09 and Sashell Frater of St. Jago 12.46.

Kingston College’s Omar McLeod became the youngest schoolboy to break the 50 second mark after he clocked 49.98 to win the boys 400m hurdles open a few hours after breaking the class one boys 110m hurdles record in the semi-finals clocking 13.42 seconds.

The mark was better than the 50.24 set by Josef Robertson in 2006.

Kyle Robinson of Jamaica College finished second in 50.90 while Okeen Williams of STETHS was third in 51.74.

Camira Haughton of Edwin Allen stopped the clock at 58.22 seconds to win the girls 400m hurdles open ahead of St. Elizabeth’s Kimone Green 59.18 and Shante Green of Holmwood 1:00.13.

Two records were set in the girls hurdles when Peta Gaye Williams of Camperdown equaled the 2003 record of Queen’s’ Latoya Greaves to post 13.38 seconds in winning semi-final three of the girls 100m hurdles.

St. Andrew High’s Rushelle Burton posted a new record 11.27 seconds in winning heat one of the girls 80m hurdles semi-finals, bettering the old mark of 11.33 seconds set by Immaculate’s Kareecia Thompson in 1996.

            Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical established a new record in the class three boys 1500m winning in a time of 4:14.51, lowering the previous mark of 4:17.27 held by Calabar’s Orville Dixon.

            In the girls section Britnie Dixon of Vere stopped the clocked at 4:43.22 to win ahead of Ashanni Robb of Edwin Allen 4:44.62 and Chrissani May of Holmwodo 4:52.84.

            Damoy Boyd of Kingston College clocked 4:22.32 for second ahead of Kashiek Brown of Jamaica College 4:23.35.

            Lisa Buchanan and Shanieke Watson of Holmwood crossed the finish line hand in hand in the girls class two 1500m after Buchanan, who was leading, waited on her team mate to meet her at the line. In the end Watson claimed gold in 4:43.92 ahead of Buchanan in 4:43.93.

Orville Dixon of Calabar left it late bursting forth in the last 50 metres to go past Tion Gray of Petersfield and Webston Pennant of St. Jago and secure the boys class two 1500m in a time of 4:08.17.

Gray was second in 4:08.33 and Pennant third in 4:08.54.

Marleena Eubanks demolished the field opening up a 20 metre gap to win the girls 1500m for the fourth time in as many years winning the class one event in 4:45.10.

The class one boy’s event went to Jorel Bellafonte of Calabar 3:58.74.

Edwin Allen’s Olivia Leckford captured the girls open Javelin Throw with a distance of 38.97m ahead of Ayesha Champagnie of St. Andrew Technical with 37.83m, and her teammate Rashema Briscoe 36.93m.

            The favourite Shardia Lawrence of Vere delivered the goods to secure the girls Triple Jump open with a hop, skip, and jump of 12.87m, a good .37m better than second placed Tamara Moncreiffe of Holmwood Technical with 12.50m, and Latavia Coombs, also of Holmwood with 12.41m.

Holmwood’s Tamara Moncreiffe failed to three-peat in the long jump, having won at classes four and three this time she finished down the field in seventh (5.69m) in class two as Manchester’s Annastacia Forrester cleared 5.99m to win ahead of Jehvannia Vidal-Whyte of Vere with 5.88m and Donique Bryan of Edwin Allen 5.82m.

Calabar’s Alex Robinson needed a season’s best 6.48m to win the class three long jump ahead of Dameon Creary of Wolmer’s 6.40m, and Johni James of Jamaica College 6.09m.

Devia Brown of Hydel topped the competition in the class three girls discus with a distance of 40.02m.

Second was Fiona Richards of Buff Bay with 37.49m and Avery Pryce of Vere third with 37.17m.

St Andrew’s Chennel Palmer claimed the class one girls high jump clearing the bar at 1.76m and upstaging the favourite Krista Gay Taylor of Alpha and Tamoya Walters of St. Jago 1.73m each.

            Saturday’s finals include the 400m class one which features Holmwood’s Chris Ann Gordon who qualified with the fastest time of 52.95 seconds.

Defending champion Javon Francis of Calabar and Manchester High’s Lennox Williams both clocked 47.82 in qualifying for the boys’ equivalent.

Wolmer’s stand-out Jaheel Hyde has the fastest time going into the class two event with 47.93 seconds while the fastest girls qualifier is Yanique McNeil of Vere with 53.17.

Munro, KC, Calabar, and Wolmer’s all won their heats and qualified for the finals of the 4x400m relay which will close the show on Saturday.