Edwin, KC on top at Champs day two
Defending champions Edwin Allen High School and Kingston College (KC) are leaders after second day action at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships yesterday.
Edwin Allen scored heavily in the four finals contested on the day for the females. Rasheda Samuels led the way for them after an upset win in the Class Two high jump with a distance of 1.73m, ahead of Wolmer's Malaika Cunningham (1.70m), and Vere Technical High School's Annishka McDonald (1.65m).
Monifa Edwards ended second in the Class One shot put for Edwin Allen with 12.79m behind Rusea's High School's Leonie Samuels (13.21m). St Jago High School's Kayla Davis-Edwards, the favourite, was third (12.67m).
Edwin Allen's other medallist on the day was Toniann Allen, with a bronze in the Class Four long jump with 5.22m, behind Wolmer's Girl's Natrilia Campbell (gold, 5.42m), and St Catherine High School's Rihanna Chambers (5.40m).
KC dropped crucial points in the only final for the Boys, the Class Two long jump. Their two athletes, Anthony Willis (ninth) and Jaydon Hibbert (11th) who were strongly tipped to pick up valuable points missed the final. Balvin Israel gave St Jago their second long jump gold of the meet with a jump of 7.32m. St George's College's Amari Officer (7.16m) and Calabar High School's Nathan Wade (7.13m) were second and third, respectively.
The preliminary round of the 4x100m relays also took place yesterday. It was smooth sailing for the top teams among the girls. Edwin Allen led the way in Class Four after winning their heat in 47.80 seconds, with Vere Technical High School second (49.14s) and Hydel High School third (49.26s). Hydel (47.14s), Holmwood Technical High School (47.56s) and Vere (47.27s) lead the qualifiers in Class Three, while in Class Two, Hydel with (46.08s) lead ahead of Edwin Allen (46.20s), while Edwin Allen lead Class One in 45.64s.
There was a major casualty among the Boys as favourite for the Class Two event, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was disqualified for false starting. Calabar (41.26s), Jamaica College (JC, 41.37s) and St Jago (41.61s) are the top three best to advance here. In Class Three, it was Calabar once again being the fastest qualifier after winning their heat in 43.19s ahead of STETHS (44.70s), KC (43.61s), and St Jago High (45.68s). JC (40.59s), and Wolmer's Boy's (40.64s) lead the qualifiers for Class One.