St Andrew in front
St Andrew took a major step towards retaining the Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA)/Sagicor National Primary, All Age and Junior High Athletics Championship at the National Stadium yesterday.
The defending champions ended the day with 69.50 points and they are followed by St Catherine with 43.50, Kingston 38, Portland 33 and Clarendon 23 going into today's final day.
Nemoy Cockett was the main contributor on the day, with victories in the boys shot put open and high jump events.
The John Mills All Age student took the throw with a distant of 13.15 metres and cleared 1.65m in the high jump. Cockett was also fifth in the long jump and revealed that he had the champion boy prize on his mind.
"The high jump was a bit shaky because I wasn't concentrating but I went out and executed. But my coach had to motivate me through the high jump. In the shot put I wanted to break the record and I went out and did my best but there was a slight wind that was giving me a problem," he said.
Meanwhile, St Andrew captured four of the eight finals contested on the first day, in addition to Cockett's two wins, Dantae Pollack won the boys long jump open with 5.69m and Bryanna Johnson took the girls' open high jump with a leap of 1.40m.
St Andrew's assistant coach, Nardia Hanson, was pleased with day one exploits. She expected a close championship but believes they have what it takes to win their 18th championship today.
"It's a very good feeling (to be leading by over 20 points), as defending champions you are going to be pressured. We are grateful for Nemoy Cockett who gave us some important field points, so we look good going into the final day," she said.