SPORTS Calabar & Edwin Allen repeat as Boys & Girls winners at 2017 ISSa Champs

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SPORTS Calabar & Edwin Allen repeat as Boys & Girls winners at 2017 ISSa Champs

SPORTS   Calabar & Edwin Allen repeat as Boys & Girls winners at 2017 ISSa Champs

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hydel High and Calabar copped the 4X400m relay open finals to bring the curtains down on the 107th staging of the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium today Saturday April 1st.

Hydel won the girls’ event going away in 3:35.15, ahead of St Jago (3:36.47) and Holmwood Technical (3:36.60).

Calabar won the boys’ event in fine style in 3:08.76, ahead of St

Elizabeth Technical (3:09.97) and St Jago (3:11.00). 

The Red Hills Road-based team, who entered the event four points behind Kingston College secured 12 points for the win which saw them surge past their rivals to secure the title for a sixth consecutive year.

Kingston College needed to finish second in the event to break a lengthy title drought dating back to 2009, but could only manage fifth.

Calabar ended on 317 points, three ahead of Kingston College on 314 points in what was a close and riveting title race.

 Meanwhile, Edwin Allen secured a fourth-consecutive hold and fifth overall after defending their title on the girls’ side of action. They finished on 304.5 points, ahead of Hydel (255 points) and St Jago (246points).   The 2017 Championships delivered the grandstand, nail-biting, edge-of-your seat finish that it promised at the start of the day, with excellent performances all around on a day when dynasties continued.

Calabar won their 27th title and certainly one of their most rewarding in recent times after entering the championships with little respect for the pre-Champs predictions which heavily favoured Kingston College.

It was their sixth straight hold on the title, extending what was already their longest streak in control of the Mortimer Geddes crown. 

Here are some highlights of the day's action.

- As expected, Class One dynamo Christopher Taylor was front and centre, ending the day with wins in the 400m (46.45) and 200m (20.70), while helping his team to gold in the 4x100m.

- Edwin Allen standout Kevona Davis erased Anneisha McLaughlin's 16-year Class Two Girls 200m record, stopping the clock at 23.07 seconds.

- Dejour Russell, celebrated his birthday with a new Class One 110m hurdles record (13.21), which is an improvement on the 13.24 set by World Champion Omar McLeod during his KC days.

- St Jago’s Jahvel Granville won the boys Class Three 100m hurdles in record time 12.90.

- Petersfield star Kevin Nedrick won the boys Class  One shot put in new meet record of 20.65m.

- Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald shattered her Class One 100m hurdles record after winning to the final in 13.12. McDonald, a former Holmwood student, erased her mark of 13.52, which she set in the heats.

- Britany Anderson of Vere Technical stamped her mark on the Class Two Girls 100 metre hurdles racing to victory in a superb 13.12 seconds.

- Spaldings High set a new record in the girls Open sprint medley relay. The Spaldings team ran 3:57.58 to better Edwin Allen's 4:00.47 set in 2014. They also won the boys' event.

- St Jago's Class Four 4x100m team ran a record 46.23 in winning the event ahead of Edwin Allen 46.34.  

Calabar's Kimar Farquharson added the Class Two Boys 800m title to his 1500m bronze after a stunning final 100m to edge Kingston College's Tarees Rhoden on the line in a time of 1:52.49. Rhoden posted 1:52.53 while Munro's Rushane Fullerton was third in 1:63.31.

Meanwhile, Cemore Donald was a double winner, adding the Girls Class Two 800m title to her 1500m title won on Friday.

The Edwin Allen athlete posted 2:08.01 to win ahead of Petersfield’s Shaquena Foote 2:09.39 and Hydel’s Charokee Young 2:17.28.

Earlier, Excelsior High School’s Ackera Nugent’s frustration was palpable as she was beaten in the Class Three girls 80 hurdles by a fast finishing Crystal Morrison of Jago.

Morrison won in 11.22 while Nugent, who was seventh in the event last year, finished in a time of 11.43 with Edwin Allen’s Lisandra Brown third in 11.47.

Kingston College’s Arymanya Rodgers and Shane Buchanan handed their team a crucial one-two finish in the boys’ 5,000 metre Open at the 107th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium a short while ago.

The embattled Ugandan, who faced harsh criticism leading up to the championships, finally delivered in impressive fashion winning by a wide margin in 15:07.58, with Buchanan in second in 15:20.94 and Shemar Salmon (15:21.56) of St Elizabeth Technical in third.

Rodgers was also a silver medallist in the boys’ 1,500 metre Class Two, beaten by Calabar’s Kevroy Venson in a record breaking time. 

 Calabar’s Kevroy Venson produced a terrific stretch run to upstage KC’s Ugandan born athlete  Rodgers to win in a record 3:55.28.

Venson shattered the previous mark of 3:57.28, which was set by Keenan Lawrence of St Jago last year.
Rodgers, the favoutite going into the event, also went below the old mark as he took second in 3:57.02. Venson’s teammate Kimar Farquharson was third in 4:00.13.
Venson was delighted with the record.
  “I feel good about breaking the record. I knew that I would do it because my coach just told me to go out and do my best and so I went out and executed my race,” said Venson.
“I wasn’t worried about him (Rodgers). I knew that I could have beaten him because I trained hard and I am very confident person,” Venson said. 

Rusea’s Ackeen Colley captured the Class One equivalent in 3:53.27. Calabar’s Javon-Taye Williams was second in 3:54.21 while St Elizabeth Technical’s Shemar Salmon took third in 3:65.30.
Calabar had another fine one-two in Class Three long jump. Ncholloyd Brown won with a leap of 6.65m ahead of his teammate Jorfan Turner (6.60m) and Eniola Johnson of Ardenne (6.27m).
Wolmer’s Jeremy Farr captured the first ever Class Two 400m hurdles final in  51.44.   Calabar’s pair of Nicquaine Henry (53.42) and Andre Leslie (52.62) were second and third respectively. 
KC’s Giovouni Henry won the Class Three 1500m final in 4:17.52  while his twin brother Gianni was third in 4:18.32. St Elizabeth Technical’s David Martin took second in 4:18.07.

 A massive 38 points Kingston College lead,  after Thursday's third day, evaporated on day four and the title was up for grabs on the final day. KC were predicted to lead by 21 points going into the fifth and final day at the National Stadium but that advantage was only seven and all the momentum was with Calabar. KC lead the standings with 139 points with Calabar on 132. 

KC suffered a massive blow in the sprints when Jhevaughn Matherson sustained an injury in winning his Class One 100 metres semi-final. He reported for the final but was disqualified after a false-start. More salt was rubbed into KC's wounds when arch-rivals Calabar took maximum points in the event. Michael Stephens won in 10.41 seconds with Tyreke Wilson taking silver in 10.52. The bronze medal went to Washington Brown of Cornwall College in 10.58.     

 In the end it came down to the final event the Boys open 4x400m Relay Final. Calabar was favoured but had to win & 2 schools had to finish ahead of their arch rivals from North Street.  Calabars Quartet finished first, then to the dismay of the purple & white faithful, St Elizabeth tech, St Jago & J.C all finished ahead of KC sealing their fate. 

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