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Friday, June 25, 2021

CHAMPIONS!

JAMAICA Faculty (JC) accomplished their extremely anticipated victory on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Ladies’ Athletics Championships yesterday, successful the occasion by 15.5 factors over the defending champions Kingston Faculty (KC) to assert their twenty second maintain on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy on the Nationwide Stadium yesterday.

JC ended on 328.50, whereas KC had been second on 313 factors. Calabar Excessive had been a distant third with 241.50, whereas St Elizabeth Technical with 181 and St Jago with 129 factors, rounded out the highest 5.

The boys from Outdated Hope Highway started the day trailing their rivals by 8.5 factors however erased the deficit on the finish of the 400m. JC scored a complete of 30 factors from the 400m in comparison with KC’s 20 factors, and so they by no means regarded again.

Jordan Taylor and Shavaughn Brown had given the boys from North Road some hope of having the ability to stave off the approaching blue wave after they completed first and third within the Class Three boys’ race. Zachary Wallace of Maggotty Excessive was second, whereas Deandre Gayle scored 5 factors for JC in putting fourth.

However no matter lingering hopes KC had of successful had been extinguished when Mark Anthony Miller and Javier Brown received the Class 2 and Class 1 races for JC. Miller was anticipated to win and duly obliged regardless of the very best efforts of Mark Manley of Calabar and Derrick Grant of Ferncourt Excessive, who he beat into second and third place, respectively.

Brown, the person of the second and doubtless the person of Champs 2021, did yesterday what he did within the 400m hurdles on Friday and stunned the sector to win his second gold medal of the championships, relegating race favorite Jeremy Bembridge of Calabar into second and Tahj Hamm of Holmwood Technical into third.

JC by no means had the success they anticipated within the Class Three boys’ 800m because the pair of Tyrone Lawson and Rasheed Pryce completed third and fourth as a substitute of the anticipated first and second, eclipsed by Rashid Inexperienced of STETHS and Rhsaune Johnson of Calabar who took the highest two locations.

Kemmario Bygrave and Khandale Frue then restored the movement of the surging blue wave with a primary and second end in Class Two that produced a major 16 factors.

Chevonne Corridor of Edwin Allen Excessive secured his second gold of the championships when he received the Class One race in a brand new document of 1:48.57, forward of Rivaldo Marshall of Calabar. J’Voughnn Blake, who had missed out on a podium end within the 1500m, bought the bronze whereas his teammate Handal Roban bought fourth place, securing 11 extra factors for JC.

JC did not win any of the 200m races as Nicardo Johnson of KC received in Class Three, Mark Manley received in Class Two and the irrepressible Antonio Watson of Petersfield Excessive received in Class One; however JC managed to select up sufficient factors to keep up their lead.

Over within the subject, the KC pair of Aaron McKenzie and Aaron Thomas completed first and second within the Class Two boys’ excessive bounce, displaying the KC spirit, however they had been unable to shake the presence of the True Blue, as Chavez Penn of JC completed in third place.

Nishorn Pierre then bagged one other 9 factors for JC when he received the Class One boys’ excessive bounce with a private greatest 2.08m. Western Champs winner Dejone Raymond of STETHS was second with 2.0m, whereas Waukeem Walters of Wolmer’s was third on countback with a greatest of two.0m as nicely.

With JC scoring each on the observe and within the subject, they continued to prise the fingers of KC off the Mortimer Geddes Trophy and tighten their grip on it on the identical time.

JC’s Zachary Campbell completed second behind Shaiquan Dunn of St Jago, whereas Delano Lawrence of Calabar was third within the Class Two boys’ discus. An eighth-place end from Delangelo Jackson meant eight extra factors for JC, in an occasion the place KC may solely handle three factors, when Romeer Currie completed sixth.

The sturdy need of JC was on full show when anchor man Omarion Davis recovered from a fall to complete in third, one spot behind KC, within the 1600m dash medley. The gold medal went to STETHS, following a powerful end by their anchor leg runner Rajay Collington.

By the tip of the 4x100m the vacation spot of the Mortimer Geddes Trophy had been determined.

St Jago received in Class One with a time of 39.75s, STETHS had been second in 39.82s and JC had been third in 40.21s, whereas KC had been solely fourth in 40.26.

JC received in Class Two in 40.97s, forward of Calabar in 41.31s and KC who had been in third in 41.78s.

STETHS landed one other relay gold medal, successful in Class Three in 43.01, Calabar had been second in 44.31s and JC had been third in 44.84s. KC had been a distant fifth in 45.67s.

Nevertheless, displaying true ‘Fortis’ spirit, Aron Tanui received the final gold medal of the championships for KC when he received the 5,000m Open. Tanui ran a well-measured race to get the higher of a decided Romoy Grant of Bellefield Excessive. Noel Ellis secured the one medal of the championship for Campion Faculty when he completed in third place.

The championships would finish on an anticlimactic word for JC, nonetheless, as they had been disqualified from the ultimate occasion of the day, the 4x400m relay, for a lane infringement after crossing the road first. The race was awarded to Excelsior, who had been additionally winners of the occasion in 2019. Second place went to Calabar, whereas third place went to Edwin Allen. Once more, KC had been down the observe, ending in fifth place.

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