Sunday 26 May, 2019

The day belonged to Pinnock as KC, Rusea's take early lead at Champs

KC star Wayne Pinnock in action.

KC star Wayne Pinnock in action.

Kingston College (KC) and Rusea’s High have taken the early lead at the 2019 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

KC, which are hunting their first title in 10 years and 32nd overall, opened up an 11-point lead over seven-time defending champions Calabar High in the boys’ race following the first two finals of the championships on Wednesday’s second day. And after two finals in the girls’ championship, Rusea’s High are leading five-time defending champions Edwin Allen by 10 points.

KC, led by Wayne Pinnock’s record jump in the Boys’ Class 1 long jump, surged to 27 points to move ahead of Calabar, which had taken the lead after a 1-2 finish in the Boys’ Class 2 long jump final.

Calabar are in second place on 16 points, while Jamaica College (JC) hold down third place on nine points. St Elizabeth Technical High School  (STETHS) on six points and Wolmer’s Boys (five points) complete the top five.

Rusea’s High surged to 23 points to lead the girls’ championships after Shamella Donaldson’s victory in the Class 1 discus throw. Second-place Edwin Allen are on 10 points. The top five is completed by STETHS (nine points) and Excelsior High and Wolmer’s High, which are on seven points each.

But the day truly belonged to Pinnock, who finally registered a legal jump over eight metres on his way to his meet record effort and a big personal best.

The KC star broke the record twice in the final with successive jumps and in doing so, Pinnock became the first athlete to break the eight-metre mark in the long jump at Champs.

Firstly, Pinnock soared 7.95m to erase Vere Technical's Leon Gordon's 26-year-old record with his second attempt and then improved on the mark with a massive 8.05m effort with his third jump.

Pinnock had soared over the eight-metre mark twice this season but those efforts were helped by winds over the legal limit.

Earlier, Calabar picked up their 16 points after Jordan Turner beat his teammate Luke Brown in the day’s first final – the Boys’ Class 2 long jump.

Turner won with a jump of 7.46m, while Brown improved from fifth place to finish second with a 7.45m effort with his final jump.

KC secured 11 points through Jaheim Cox who finished third with an effort of 7.17m and Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, who finished fourth with 7.01m.

Four more boys’ finals are scheduled for Thursday.

In the girls' championship, Donaldson won the first gold medal with a big personal best of 50.70m in the Class 1 discus.

The Rusea's High student achieved the gold medal throw in the first round and she finished well clear of Excelsior High's Adrienne Adam, who took second with 47.32m and Vere Technical's Marie Forbes, who did 46.94m for third.

Sherene Williams of STETHS won the Girls' Class 2 shot put to take the only other gold medal on the day.

Williams won with an effort of 13.94m. Wolmer's Girls' Aaliyah Whyte finished second with13.60m and Edwin Allen's Kadine Brown ended third with 13.36m.

Another four girls' finals are scheduled for Thursday.

Meanwhile, Calabar top sprinter Christopher Taylor showed no signs of discomfort as he easily won his preliminary round heat of the Boys’ Class 1 400m, just a day after looking uncomfortable in the 200m.

Taylor clocked 48.40 for the victory, while JC’s Rasheed Fasanya finished second in 48.88.

Taylor’s 48.40 clocking represents the 10th fastest qualifying time going into the semi-finals on Friday.

Calabar High’s Evaldo Whitehorne (47.31) and Wolmer’s High’s Jeremy Farr (47.68) produced the only sub 48 clocking going into the semi-finals.

Also through to the semi-finals are Malik Shepherd (48.27) and Rasheed Fasanya (48.88) of JC and Rueben Nichols (48.72) and Kobe Simpson (49.19) of KC.

Calabar High also have the fastest qualifier in Class 2 through Damoy Harrison with a 49.06 clocking.

The preliminary round of the 1500m races also took place on the day.

Calabar and JC have qualified two athletes each for the Boys’ Class 1 final. KC will be represented by one athlete.

JC’s Fabian Campbell has the fastest qualifying time heading into the final after winning Heat 1 of the preliminary round in 4:04.42, but Calabar have a very strong hand with Kevroy Venson (4:04.45), the second fastest qualifier and Kimar Farquharson (4:06.25), who finished behind Spot Valley High’s Tyrese Reid (4:06.07) and KC’s Tarees Rhoden (4:06.23) in Heat 2 of the preliminary round.

The top three schools are well represented in the Boys’ Class 2, 1500m final with two runners each.

KC will be represented by brothers Giovouni Henry, who won Heat 1 of the preliminary round in 4:17.04, and Gianni Henry, who took Heat 2 in 4:18.30.

Giovouni’s 4:17.03 clocking represents the fastest qualifying time ahead of Calabar High’s David Martin (4:17.10), whom he beat in Heat 1.

JC’s J’Voughn Blake (4:17.23), who finished third in Heat 1, has the third fastest qualifying time heading into the final.

JC and KC have qualified two athletes each for the Boys’ Class 3 1500m final. Calabar will not be represented.

Bellefield High’s Tavaughn has the fastest qualifying time entering the final after winning Heat 1 of the preliminary round in 4:24.84.

STETHS’ Nathaniel Wallace, who won Heat 2 in 4:25.69, has the second fastest qualifying time. Jaquan Cole of KC, who finished second behind Wallace, with a 4:27.82 clocking is the third fastest qualifier.

Rushana Dwyer (4:49.45) of Edwin Allen continued her good form this season to beat Kris-Ann Plummer (4:50.32) of Vere Technical High and Cheriece Cope (4:50.94) of Spaldings High in the preliminary round of the Girls’ Class 2 1500m.

Dwyer, Plummer and Cope have the top three qualifying times heading into the final.

Holmwood Technical’s Jodyann Mitchell (4:51.28), Spaldings High’s Kishay Rowe (4:52.36) and Hydel High’s Britana Mullings (4:52.90) are the top three qualifiers going into the Girls’ Class 2 final

Only two of the three Girls’ 1500m got under. Class 1 will be a straight final.

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