Powell - King among Edwin Allen's queens
Jevaughn Powell, Boys Class Two 400m champion, was a king among Edwin Allen's queens at this year's Boys and Girls' Champs.
Whereas the victorious Edwin Allen Girls team retained their fourth consecutive Girls Champs title with 13 gold, six silver and five bronze medals, scoring of 304.5 points at the weekend, Powell was the only male to medal, striking gold and silver on Saturday's final day.
"They are my first medals at Champs, as I finished fourth last year. I executed a good race, I just thank God for the strength, and he helped me. I wanted to win a gold medal, really bad, and I did, so I am very happy," Powell told STAR Sports.
Powell powered home in 48.11 seconds, ahead of Antonio Watson of Petersfield (48.54), and Evaldo Whitehorne of Calabar (48.78) seconds.
He admitted faltering under the pressure of last year's final but came out unstoppable this year.
"I went into the 400m finals last year, but because of fear, I didn't execute the race well, so I came all out to win this year, and I am so happy I did," he said.
Powell was outstanding and unstoppable throughout the rounds, delivering a smooth finish in the competitive quarter-mile event.
"To win feels really good. I showed speed and strength throughout my races and I feel like I really deserve it."
A very happy Powell executed cool races and gave it his best shot, putting the ghosts of last season's fourth-place finish behind him. He said winning gold and silver felt like redemption.
"No pressure at all this year, I definitely knew I could do it so I came in feeling like I was the one to beat," said the elated teen.
Powell returned in the 200m final, picking up silver, behind St Elizabeth Technical High School's Sachin Dennis in 21.06 seconds. Wolmer's Boys' Xavier Nairne earned bronze in 21.15 seconds.