Hydel and KC dominate Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet
Hydel High girls continued their dominant showing of the new track and field season with 10 victories at the 2020 Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.
On the boys’ side, Kingston College (KC) - the reigning boys’ champions of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls' Athletics Championships - stood out with eight victories.
Oneika McAnnuff secured the first victory for Hydel High by winning section one of the Girls’ Class 2 400m quite easily in a meet record 54.66 seconds. Latoya Greaves of The Queen’s School held the previous record of 55.50 in 2003. It was a one-two finish for Hydel High as section two winner Dejona Simpson (55.84) had the second-fastest time overall. Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley (56.24), who won section four, had the third-fastest time overall.
Hydel High also secured victory in the Girls’ Class 1 400m through Garriel White, who crossed the line in 54.05. Holmwood Technical’s Danielle Brissett (55.72) and St Catherine High’s Johnelle Thomas (56.78) finished second and third, respectively.
The Girls’ Class 3 400m was earlier won by Excelsior High’s Diandra Kelly in 56.40 seconds, while Christin Facey of Ninety Ten Sports finished second in 56.49. The Hydel High pair of Alliah Baker (56.66) and Tamecia Roberts (57.46) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Hydel High also dominated the sprint hurdles and the 200 metres.
In the sprint hurdles, the Ferry-based school swept the top three places in Classes 1 and 3.
Kerrica Hill clocked a meet record 11.62 seconds to beat her teammates Shania Myers (11.70) and Stephanie Griffiths (11.83) in the Girls’ Class 3 80m hurdles. The previous record of 11.69 was set in 2017 by Excelsior High’s Ackera Nugent.
In the Girls’ Class 1 100m hurdles, Taffara Rose (13.89) led home her teammates Valecia Williams (14.14) and Kimone McLeod (14.37).
Hydel also won the Class 4 obstacle race (70m hurdles) through Jody-Ann Daley, who clocked 10.74 to beat Amoi Kentish (10.94) of Convent of Mercy Academy. Hydel High’s Aaliyah Mullings finished third in 11.46.
Clarendon College’s Marissa Simpson denied Hydel High a clean sweep of the sprint hurdles, winning the Class 2 event in 13.77. Hydel High’s Oneika Wilson was also credited with the same time, but Simpson got the nod.
Hydel also won three of the four 200m events. Star athlete Ashanti Moore won the Class 1 half-lap event in 24.06 seconds. Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High took second in 24.13, while Moore’s teammate, Taffara Rose, ended third overall in 24.14.
Hydel took the top two spots in Classes 3 and 4. Alana Reid (24.68) beat Alliah Baker (24.91) in Class 3, while Shemonique Hazel (25.12) turned back Jody-Ann Daley (25.24) in Class 4.
Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley topped Class 2 in 24.45 ahead of Hydel’s Shenese Walker, 24.60.
Hydel High also secured three victories in the field. Rohanna Sudlow won the Girls’ Class 3 long jump with an effort of 5.40m and the high jump by clearing 1.60m, while Thaila Wilson took the women’s under 20 high jump by clearing 1.70m.
Cedricka Williams of Holmwood Technical bettered the 40.51m old record with 42.93m in the Girls’ Class 1 discus throw.
KC’s eight victories comprise four on the track and four in the field.
On the track, KC had two victories in the 400m and one each in the sprint hurdles and the 200m.
Jordan Mowatt clocked 52.87 to beat Clarendon College’s Rushawn Lee (53.47) and Jamaica College’s Princewell Martin (53.65) in the Boys’ Class 3 400m.
KC’s new recruit, Ugandan Emmanuel Rwotomiya had an easy victory in the Boys’ Class 2 400m. He was the quickest overall with 49.66 seconds. Clarendon College’s Richard Nelson won his heat in 49.72 for second place overall.
Excelsior High’s Demar Francis denied KC a clean sweep in the 400m. He won the Class 1 event in 47.58, while KC’s Kobe Simpson, who took section five in 48.52, finished second overall.
In the sprint hurdles, KC’s Jordan Taylor clocked 14.28 seconds to beat Wolmer’s Boys’ Jelani Usim (14.40) and Excelsior’s Daniel Wright (14.56) in the Boys’ Class 3 100m hurdles.
St Jago’s Andre Harris won the Boys’ Class 2 110m hurdles in 14.78 and his teammate Vashaun Vascianna took the Class 1 obstacle race in 13.73 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 13.81 set in 2019 by KC’s Akeem Cargill.
In the 200m, Jordan Mowatt (23.28) led home a KC one-two finish in Class 3. Jevaughn Powell clocked 23.49 for second place.
Wolmer’s Boys’ Jelani Gordon (21.75) took the Class 2 half-lap event over KC’s Adrian Kerr (21.79); while Javari Thomas (21.13) led home a St Jago High one-two finish in Class 1. Kavian Kerr finished second in 21.41.
KC’s Aaron Thomas led KC dominance in the field by winning the Class 3 long jump with 6.34m, beating the previous mark of 6.18m set by his teammate Anthony Willis in 2019. It was a one-two finish for KC as Kai Patrick took second with 6.10m.