Hydel, with great performances from captain Anieka McAnuff and 100M record-breaking runner Alana Reid, and aided by the disqualification of Edwin Allen in the sprint medley that erased 12 points, helped Hydel hang on to a 2 point win.
In the girls class one (1) 100M event, after semi-final runs of 11.16 and 11.17 by Hydel’s Alana Reid and World Junior silver medalist Serena Cole (10.17) of Edwin Allen, the stadium were on “record watch” where the analysts expected Veronica Campbell-Brown’s (VCB) Girls Champs record of 11.13 to go. However, as news came out that Serena’s injury would keep her out of the finals, the questions arose whether it was still “record watch” for the finals.
Alana Reid, running with no pressure, quickly answered that by running away from the field, including a great runner Alexis James, and going sub-11 seconds
to win in 10.92, obliterating VCB’s record and surpassing Tina Clayton’s 9.95 Jamaica Junior record in the event.
1. Hydel High 279 2. Edwin Allen High 277 3. Holmwood Technical 202 4. St. Jago High 178 5. St Catherine High 116 6. Wolmer's Girls School 111 7. Immaculate Conception 94 8. Excelsior High 74.5 9. St Elizabeth Tech 45.5 10. Mount Alvernia High 39 11. Alphansus Davis High 38 12. Vere Technical 34.5 13. St. Mary High 34.5 14. Camperdown High 30 15. Clarendon College 29 16. Manchester High 20 17. Petersfield High 16 18. Holy Childhood High 16 19. William Knibb 14 20. Lacovia High 14
Kingston College, leading by 30 points going into day 5 were never threatened and extended their lead nicely. Captain Bouwahghie Nkrumie, in his final year, broke the 100M record twice and became the first Jamaican junior (under 20) runner to go sub-10 seconds with a 9.99 sec clocking in the finals of the class one (1) 100M.
1. Kingston College 366 2. Jamaica College 299 3. Calabar High 207 4. St Jago 118.5 5. St. Elizabeth Tech 116 6. Edwin Allen High 65 7. Wolmer's Boys School 60.5 8. Excelsior High 57 9. Maggotty High 46 10. Cornwall College 31 11. Petersfield High 27 12. Herbert Morrison 22 13. St George's College 19 14. St. Catherine High 18 15. St. Mary High 17 16. Clarendon College 15 17. Willian Knibb 13 18. Titchfield High 11 19. Munro College 10 20. B.B. Coke High 9
Congratulations to all the athletes, from class 4 to class 1 on girls side and class 3 to class 1 on the boys side, their coaches, parents / guardians, and supporters. It is a reminder of how hard work and good planning pays off. It’s the same with sports as it is in education.
Special congrats to the record breaking performances, and the many international students who decided to attend school in Jamaica and represent their school [ and countries ] at these events. This includes regional countries like the Cayman Islands and Trinidad & Tobago, to countries like Kenya.
Jamaica’s Future in Track & Field
The Jamaican track and field future looks bright as ever for the girls / women. However, for the first time, after seeing youngsters like Ackeem Blake and Oblique Seville, and the hurdling success at the senior levels, with runners like Nkrumie, Jamaica’s men’s track and field future looks bright again.
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