Edwin Allen and St Jago rule again at Central Athletics Championships
Members of Edwin Allen High's Class 2 girls 4x100m relay team that won the final in a stunning 43.80 seconds at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships at GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The time represents the fastest any high school girls' sprint relay team had recorded on local soil. Members of the team are (from left) Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Brandy Hall and Tia Clayton.
Edwin Allen High and St Jago High have retained the girls and boys’ titles at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships on Wednesday at GC Foster College in Spanish Town. However, the performance on the day and the entire meet belonged to Edwin Allen High's Class 2 girls 4x100m team (Twin sisters Tina Clayton and Tia Clayton, Serena Cole and Brandy Hall) that won the final in a stunning 43.80 seconds to shatter the previous meet record of 45.02 seconds set by St Jago last year.
The 43.80-second clocking represents the fastest time any high school girls' sprint relay team had recorded on local soil, beating the previous record of 44.17 seconds set in 2014 by Edwin Allen High's Class 1 quartet of Christania Williams, Saqukine Cameron, Camira Haughton and Caludette Allen.
Spanish Town-based St Jago High proved a cut above their challengers to beat nearest rivals - Edwin Allen High - by all of 187 points after entering the second and final day with a 54-point lead in the boys' championship.
St Jago High compiled 375 points at the end of the 40 finals, while Edwin Allen High ended with 188 points. Bridgeport High finished third with 84 points, while Clarendon College ended fourth with 83 points and Charlemont High, fifth with 80 points. Manchester High (78), Vere Technical (56), Holmwood Technical (50), Bellefield High (39) and Ferncourt High (35) complete the top 10.
After a close battle with Hydel High on the final day in the girls' championship, Edwin Allen High pulled away for a 39-point victory after entering the day with a 5.5-point lead.
At the end of the 45 finals, Edwin Allen High tallied 375.50 points and Hydel High, 336.50. St Jago High finished third with 325 points, while Holmwood Technical tallied 273 points for fourth place and Vere Technical, 124 points for fifth place. St Catherine High (79), Manchester High (66), Spalding High (61), Clarendon College (35) and Bellefield High (22) complete the top 10.
Tafar-Hi Hinds of St Jago High wins the Boys' Class 2 800m, well clear of his teammate Corlando Chambers.
Fifteen meet records were broken on the day to put the two-day tally to 22, while one was equalled.
Edwin Allen outstanding sprinters Tia Clayton and Kevona Davis were among the athletes who accounted for individual records on the final day.
Tia Clayton won the Girls' Class 2 100m final in 11.29 seconds to dismantle the meet record of 11.46 her teammate Brandy Hall set in the preliminary round on Tuesday when beating Holmwood Technical's Saskieka Steele's 2019 mark of 11.58.
Hall ran faster in the final, finishing second in 11.38 to close a one-two finish for Edwin Allen. Steele finished third in 11.50 to also dip below the meet record.
Tina Clayton, Tia's twin sister was also in good form on the day as she won the Girls' Class 2 200m final in an easy 23.57 seconds. Shenese Walker of Hydel High was well beaten into second place in 24.04.
Davis continued her good form by smashing the Girls' Class 1 200m meet record. The impressive sprinter covered the field in a flash and came into the straight in full control before powering home in 23.30 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 23.56 seconds set by Holmwood Technical's Michae Harriott in 2018. Holmwood Technical's Kishawna Wallace (24.24) and St Jago High's Kayla Bonnick (24.36) finished second and third, respectively.
Four 400m records were also broken.
St Jago High’s Quaycian Davis won the Girls’ Class 3 400m in 53.59 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 54.28 set in 2019 by Oneika McAnnuff of Hydel High. Alliah Baker of Hydel High finished second in 53.65 to also dip below the previous mark.
McAnnuff, who watched as her Class 3 400m was erased, returned to break the Class 2 400m meet record with a 53.40-second clocking. Vere Technical Nickesha Pryce set the previous record of 54.00 in 2018.
Clarendon College’s Roshawn Lee won the Boys’ Class 3 400m in 51.33 seconds to better the previous meet record of 51.37 set by St Jago High’s Raheem Pinnock in 2019.
Holmwood Technical’s Tahj Hamm broke the Boys’ Class 2 400m with a 47.72-second clocking to erase the previous mark of 48.17 set in 2017 by Jevaughn Powell of Edwin Allen. Bryan Levell of Edwin Allen finished second in 48.07 to also dip below the previous mark.
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There were also four meet records in the sprint hurdles, three of which were on the girls’ side – all from Hydel High.
Jody-Ann Daley (10.59) accounted for the Girls’ Class 4 70m hurdles meet record, Kerrica Hill (11.07) broke the Girls’ Class 3 80m hurdles record and Oneka Wilson (13.39) accounted for the Girls’ Class 2 100m hurdles record.
Clarendon College’s Rahyme Christian accounted for the only sprint hurdles meet record on the boys’ side. Christian broke the Boys’ Class 1 110m hurdles record with a 13.76-second clocking to erase the previous mark of 14.17 set by St Jago High’s Rasheed Broadbell in 2017. St Jago High’s Jahvel Granville finished second in 13.87 to also dip below the previous mark.
There was also a record in the field as Christopher Young of Edwin Allen won the Boys’open javelin throw with an effort of 61.10m to break the previous mark of 57.06 set by Adrian Williams of Clarendon College in 2019.
Central Championships is the third of four regional qualifying meets for the March 14 Digicel Grand Prix finale - the G C Foster Classics with over $5 million in prizes.
The other qualifying meets are Digicel Western Championships and the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Championships, which took place last Saturday at GC Foster College and the National Stadium, respectively and Digicel Eastern Championships, which will take place from February 24 to 25 at the National Stadium.
The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship comprises 10 events. The events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, 4x400m, medley relay and 400m hurdles.
One again, school teams (boys and girls) will vie for the title of Digicel Grand Prix champion and $1 million each towards gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities.
There will also be an overall second and third place cash prizes of $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.
KC and Hydel High are the reigning boys and girls' champions of the Digicel Grand Prix Championships, which is now in its sixth year.