Hydel’s Reid achieves sub-11 prediction
Hydel's Alana Reid premonition of a record-breaking night came true as she became the first schoolgirl in history to go sub-11 seconds in a memorable performance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships yesterday.
Reid scorched the track in 10.92 seconds, obliterating the 22-year record held by Veronica Campbell, who clocked 11.13. Petersfield's Alexis James was second in 11.45, and Edwin Allen's Tonie-Ann Forbes third in 11.47.
Before the final began, Reid's declaration to her coach of going sub-11 was met with his giving her the vote of confidence.
"When I was around the back, I placed up 10 fingers and he said to me, go out there and do what you have to do. I know you can do it. He has been a right hand for me. He has never left me out, no matter what," Reid said. "Coming out here and performing so well really give me the push and the drive to continue working hard."
Reid also thanked her parents, who have been on the long road to success in her final year.
"My mom has been my right hand at every track meet. No matter what, schoolwork, anything, she has always been there for me, and my dad. I came here and I did my utmost best and I am pleased with the performance," Reid said.
It was a field that was without Edwin Allen's Serena Cole, who, despite winning her semi-final heat in 11.17 seconds, limped to the finish line and the injury, later revealed to be a hamstring, ruled her out of the final, ending the possibility of the three-way clash with Reid and James.
Holy Childhood's Abigail Wolfe won the Class Two title in 11.59 seconds, with Shemonique Hazle with 11.65 finishing second and William Knibb's Lavanya Willaims in 11.66 coming in third.
Edwin Allen's Theianna-Lee Terrelonge retained her Class Three title clocking 11.49, with Wolmer's Natrece East coming in second in 11.59 and St Jago's Poshanna-Lee Blake with 11.89 third.
Immaculate went first and second in the Class Four final, with Kayla Johnson winning the title in 11.97 seconds and Naje Brown with 12.20 gaining silver. Hydel's Gabriel Morgan (12.24) was third.
In the field, the Class One girls' discus title changed hands for the third time in the space of 24 hours, but, unlike Tuesday, it would remain with Holmwood Technical's Cedricka Williams, who won with an effort of 57.84, erasing the 55.19 record that St Jago's Abigail Martin made in her first-round heat on Tuesday. Martin finished second with 53.81, and Britannia Johnson of Camperdown third, with 50.69.
After nine finals, Edwin Allen lead with 55 points, with St Jago on 47, Holmwood Technical on 41, Hydel on 39 and Immaculate on 23, rounding out the top five.