Whispers a 12 months in the past that Jamaica School (JC) and Hydel Excessive Faculty have been able to dethrone respective 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Women’ champions, Kingston School and Edwin Allen Excessive, have been by no means examined because of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 virus on the season, highlighted by the cancellation of Champs 2020.
Nevertheless, each title suitors gave a glimpse of their spectacular potential, with glorious all-round performances at one in every of the weekend’s Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation Qualifying meets, held at Jamaica School.
Competing at house, the Neil Harrison-coached JC staff, led by their excellent Class One middle-distance athlete J’Voughnn Blake, confirmed little rust of their performances, regardless of the lengthy lay-off.
Blake’s successful time of 1:51.37 led a clear sweep of the highest three locations within the 800m for his staff, with Handel Rohan, 1:53.04, and Omarion Davis, 1:56.72, following him to the road.
The Outdated Hope Street-based staff have been in full management of the 800m occasions, additionally taking the highest two spots in lessons two and three.
Kemario Bygrove, 1:56.74, gained forward of Khandale Frue 1:57.55, as Kingston School’s Schavon Wardlow took third in 2:00.11 within the Class Two occasion, whereas Tyrone Lawson 2:01.68 took Class Three , forward of Rasheed Pryce, 2:05.01.
Jamaica School additionally captured each 400m hurdles occasions, as Sean Gardener took Class Two in 55.64, forward of Charlemont’s Brandon Harris, 56.34. Roburn Walker gained in Class One in 54.54 seconds forward of former Tarrant standout Jeremy Bembidge, 54.74, who now represents Calabar.
Bembidge additionally needed to accept second within the Class One 400m in 47.83, as former high Enid Bennett Excessive Faculty athlete, Tyrice Taylor, who’s now attending Vere Technical, gained the occasion in 47.74 with Jamaica School’s Kevin Williams, 47.83, coming third.
The house staff additionally impressed within the discipline occasions, making it a clear sweep within the excessive soar, after successful in all three lessons. Jaidi James, 1.90m, gained in Class Three; Michael Curriah, 1.88m, took Class Two, whereas Uroy Ryan was first in Class One with 1.94m
St Jago’s Kimarlie Stewart and Charlemont’s Deshawn Gordon additionally had good outcomes on the monitor.
Stewart stopped the clock at 21.23 in a +3.6 metres per second wind, to win the Class One 200m forward of Jamaica’s School Andre Bent, 21.24. Gordon 22.32, got here out on high in Class Two as Mark Manley of Calabar took second in 22.46.In the meantime, the Corey Bennett-coached women from Hydel have been on hearth, in a powerful demonstration of their title credentials this 12 months.
It was their 400m hurdlers who began the Hydel present, after a clear sweep within the Open occasion, the place Garriel Whyte gained in 1:00.02, forward of Oneika McAnnuf, 1:02.67, and Diana Dyer third in 1:03.12 seconds.
Hydel additionally swept the 200 metres with quinellas in three of those contests.
Shenese Walker, 24.92, took the Class One occasion forward of teammate Whyte, 24.97, as Annalee Robinson of Vere was third in 25.17.
Alana Reid, 24.26, gained in Class Two forward of teammate McAnnuf, 24.45, with Jodyann Daley, 25.53, successful Class Three forward of Shamonique Hazle, 25.71, whereas Tihanna Reid closed out the sweep by successful Class 4 in 25.90.
Vere Technical’s Latanya Johnson and Krisann Plummer picked up wins for the Clarendon-based staff.
Johnson captured the Class Three 400m in 58.11 forward of St Catherine Excessive Faculty’s Kitania Headley, 58.32. Plummer gained the Class One 800m in 2:18.18 forward of her former teammate Shian Dacosta, 2:24.83, now representing Hydel.