Battle is on! - Six Champs finals to be fought today
THE hunt for points started at 8:30 this morning, picking up on yesterday afternoon's opening action of Boys and Girls' Champs at the National Stadium.
The preliminary round of the class four girls' long jump and class one girl's shot put kick-started second-day action, which will see six finals spread evenly between boys and girls.
The first final will be the class two boys' long jump at 3:05 p.m. Kingston College are expected to score strongly. Wayne Pinnock, with a season best 7.25 metres, and Shaquille Lowe, 7.09 metres, are front runners. They are the only athletes in the class to have gone over the seven-metre barrier so far this season.
At 5:50 p.m., there will be another field-event finals for boys, the class one long jump. Kingston College's duo of Carey McLeod and Shakwon Coke are the top two qualifiers following yesterday's preliminary-round action.
McLeod leapt 7.70 metres whereas his teammate jumped 7.3. Vere Technical's Tasrico Bell was third best with 7.27 metres.
Yesterday also featured preliminary action in the boys' open javelin. Favourite Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High had the best effort, 63.73 metres .Following him was Aval Denton of Kingston College, 58.59 metres, and Devonery Gordon of Petersfield, third best, with 54.19 metres.
The other final for boys today will be the 2000-metre steeplechase, set for 9:35 p.m.
On the female side, the two finals slated on the field are the class one discus at 5:05 p.m. And shot put class two at 5:50 p.m. Top qualifier in the shot put is Danielle Sloley of Immaculate Conception, 13.28m, followed by Aleisha Shaw of Rusea's, 13.00m, and Shania Scott of St Jago High with 12.93m.
Yesterday also had action in the sprint hurdles for girls, classes four, three and two. Class two produced the performance of the day as the previous record of 13.38 seconds was broken twice.
Favourite Britany Anderson of Vere Technical, running in the first heat, stumbled at the start and was left behind but found top gear at hurdle five to win in a new record of 13.37 seconds. However, in the next heat, defending champion, Shanette Allison of Holmwood Technical broke that record to win in 13.30 seconds.Ray Donna Lee of Hydel was the third-fastest qualifier with 13.51 seconds.
St Jago High's Crystal Morrison was the fastest qualifier in the class two 80 metres, winning her heat in 11.39 seconds. Dyandra Gray of Holmwood Technical, 11.32, and Vekecia Williams of Hydel, 11.36, were second and third best.
Hydel High's Shania Pottinger was the fastest qualifer in the class-four 70m hurdles, winning her heat in 10.67 seconds. She was followed by favourite Danae Nembhard of St Jago High, 10.68, and Aleisha McKenzie of Edwin Allen, 10.69 seconds.