Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Deshawn Morris strikes gold in 400m to pump life into KC's supporters

Deshawn Morris of KC moves away from the field to win the Boys' Class 1 400m final on Saturday's fifth and final day of the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Deshawn Morris of KC moves away from the field to win the Boys' Class 1 400m final on Saturday's fifth and final day of the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Dashawn Morris pumped renewed life into the Kingston College's supporters at the National Stadium on Saturday when he scored a famous victory in the Boys' Class 1 400-metre final on the fifth and final day of the  ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

Morris did not disappoint his many supporters as he turned back the challenge of Calabar High's Anthony Carpenter and Chevannie Hanson of Edwin Allen to cross the line in 45.09 seconds.

Carpeners clocked 45.47, while Hanson hit the line in 46.03.

It was the third time this season that Morris had stopped Carpenter, whom Calabar had put all their faith in after pulling Christopher Taylor from the event.

Morris had emerged as a main contender for the title after clocking 45.93 seconds  in the Corporate Area Championships on March 10, the second regional meet of the Digicel Grand Prix Series, to place a close second to Taylor (45.84) and then returned to easily beat  Carpenter at the CARIFTA Trials.

And then in the semi-finals on Friday, Morris clocked 45.63 seconds to beat Carpenter (45.91).

In the Girls' Class 1 400-metre final, Shiann Salmon led home a one-two finish for Hydel High.

Salmon clocked 52.05 seconds for the victory, with Young crossing the line in 52.82 seconds.  St Elizabeth Technical High School's Stacey-Ann Williams finished third in 53.30.

Over in Class 3, Holmwood Technical High's Rickiann Russell (53.60) beat Hydel High's Oneika McAnnnuff (53.77) for the girls' title, while Calabar High's Lavoughn Douglas (49.38) outbattled St Elizabeth Technical High School's Adrian Nethersole (49.59) for the boys' title. Tyreese Williams (49.83) finished third while his KC's teammate Lenox Barrett ended fourth in 50.70.

Daniella Deer of Holmwood Technical clocked 53.06 to beat St Andrew High's Janielle Josephs (53.24) and Hydel High's Garriel White (53.34) to win the Girls' Class 3 400-metre final.

And Antonio Watson (47.08) of Petersfield High came from well off the pace to catch Calabar High's Evaldo Whitehorne (47.15) close home in the Boys' Class 2 400 metre-final. Zidane Brown (47.73) of Glenmuir High finished third.

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