Led by double gold medals from the Rusea’s Excessive pair of Aalliyah Francis and Lavanya Williams, athletes from western Jamaica-based faculties gained 10 medals as a part of an excellent show ultimately week’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Women’ Athletics Championships on the Nationwide Stadium.
Francis was one of many stars of the week-long championships that had been returning after a 12 months’s absence, profitable the Class 1 200m and 400m occasions, whereas Williams, who was competing on the occasion for the primary time, made a giant first impression as she took the Class 3 ‘dash double.’
Fifteen western Jamaica-based faculties scored factors at ‘Champs’, eight among the many boys with seven among the many women.
Maggotty Excessive was tenth within the boys’ part with 21 factors, Cornwall Faculty had been eleventh with 18.5 factors, Petersfield Excessive had been twelfth with 18 factors, whereas Rusea’s Excessive (seven factors) Muschett Excessive (5 factors), Rhodes Corridor (three factors), Lacovia Excessive (two factors) and Herbert Morrison (one level) additionally scored .
Rusea’s Excessive completed seventh within the feminine part with 70 factors, whereas Mt Alvernia (12 factors), Rhodes Corridor (eight factors), Herbert Morrison with seven, whereas Maggotty Excessive, Petersfield Excessive, and Albert City every picked up 5 factors.
Francis, who additionally gained the double on the COCAA Western Champs, gained her medals within the span of some hours on Saturday, profitable the 400m in a private finest 52.51 seconds after which returned later within the afternoon to take the 200m in 23.85 seconds, simply missed equalling her private better of 23.84 seconds, whereas working into a robust headwind of -3.1m/s.
Williams additionally repeated her Western Champs feat when she ‘upset’ the predictions to simply win the Class 3 ‘double’ with occasions of 12.18 seconds (-2.4m/s) within the 100m and 24.50 seconds (-1.3m/s) within the 200m.
Williams, who was one in every of three feminine ‘dash double’ winners, dominated in all her races, profitable by vast margins.
Antonio Watson of Petersfield additionally gained two medals, taking the gold within the boys’ Class 1 200m in 20.74 seconds (-1.7m/s) after inserting second within the hotly contested boys’ Class 1 100m 10.58 seconds (-2.3m/s) overwhelmed by STETHS’ Sachin Dennis because the St Elizabeth college swept all three boys’100m titles.
Rusea’s Excessive’s Leonie Samuels was the primary western Jamaica-based winner at Champs when she gained the ladies’ Class 1 shot put with a private finest 13.21m, in what was additionally an upset.
Daniela Anglin scored all seven of Herbert Morrison’s factors within the women part when she positioned second within the Class 1 excessive leap, whereas Alliyah Foster of Mt Alvernia Excessive gained a silver medal within the Class 2 lengthy leap.
Western Champs’ back-to-back champion Rhianna Lewis of Rhodes Corridor Excessive gained the bronze within the women’ Class 4 excessive leap.