KC dominate Gibson McCook Relays
Adrian Kerr guides KC to an easy victory in the Boys' Class 2 4x100m relays ahead of Calabar and St Jago at the Puma Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 23, 2019. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Kingston College (KC) dominated the 43rd staging of the Puma Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday night.
The North Street-based school won six of the 11 relays, a massive boost just a month before the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships where Calabar High will be seeking eight straight boys' titles and 29 overall and Edwin Allen, their sixth straight girls' title and seven overall.
The other five relays were won by five different schools – Calabar High, Wolmer’s Boys, St Jago High, Jamaica College (JC) and Enid Bennett High.
In the girls’ section, Edwin Allen just managed to come out on top with three relay victories, one ahead of Holmwood Technical, which ended with two relay wins. St Jago, The Queen’s School, and Hydel won a relay each.
KC dominated the 4x100-metre relays, winning three of the four races. KC’s victories came in Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4.
The quartet of Terrique Stennett, Adrian Kerr, Javain Johnson, and Michael Joseph, as expected, outclassed the field in the Boys’ Class 2 4x100m relays to win in 41.18 seconds.
Calabar High finished second in 41.48 with Lvoughn Douglas, Ellado Coltas, David Thomas and Corey Ottey.
St Jago’s quartet of Vashaun Vascianna, Jahiem Robinson, Jahvel Graville and Okeimo Johnson finished third in 41.55.
KC also had a comfortable victory in the Boys’ Class 3 4x100m relays, again beating Calabar High into second place.
KC clocked 43.71 seconds for the victory, with Calabar recording 43.83 for second. JC came home third in 43.95.
Gibson McCook Relays 2019
KC closed out their sprint relay dominance with a commanding victory in the Boys’ Class 4 4x100m relays. The quartet clocked 45.64 seconds, well ahead of St Jago (47.03) and JC (47.39).
Calabar High crossed the line first in the Boys’ Class 1 4x100m relay , courtesy of a brilliant run on the backstretch from Christopher Taylor, but they were disqualified shortly for a lane violation on the anchor leg.
Wolmer’s Boys, who finished second, were rewarded victory in 40.50. St Jago High (40.54) and KC (40.49) were promoted to second and third.
KC's other three relays victories came in the 4x200m and the final event of the night, the 4x400m relay.
In the 4x200m relays, KC secured two victories through their Class 2 and Class 4 teams.
After finishing seventh to St Jago High (1:25.39), KC returned to win the Boys' Class 2 4x200m relay final in 1:28.12, beating Wolmer's Boys (1:28.20) and Calabar High (1:28.89) and the Boys' Class 4 4x200 in 1:36.36, well clear of St Jago High (1:40.39) and Cornwall College (1:41.43).
KC's closed out their dominance on the night with an easy victory in the Boys' 4x400m Open Relays. KC crossed the line in 3:10.99, beating Holmwood Technical High (3:12.36) and the big favourites Calabar High (3:13.65).
Earlier, Wayne Pinnock of KC won the Men's Long Jump with a leap of 8.14m on his second attempt, which was well over Nicholas Gordon's 2015 meet record 7.95m. However, the mark was illegal as Pinnock was helped by a wind of 3.9mps, well over the allowable limit. Pinnock had two jumps as he sat out the other three.
Ramone Bailey (7.92m - 4.6mps) of Pelican TC and Shawn Thompson (7.83 - 5.7mps) of G.C. Foster finish second and third.
Calabar High, with Kevroy Venson and Kimar Farquharson, secured their lone relay victory in the Boys' 4x800m Open, winning in a meet record 7:31.71, which erased the previous record of 7:32.71 set by St Jago High in 2017.
JC finished second in 7:32.18, which also bettered the previous record. KC finished third in 7:34.78.
Calabar High had another victory on the day as Andrew Button took the Men's Pole Vault Open with 4.00m, beating KC's Andwele Shurland with 3.80m. Calabar's Renaldo Savoury finished third with an effort of 3.70m.
Edwin Allen High secured their three victories in the 4x100m relays and the 4x800.
Edwin Allen won two of the Girls’ 4x100m relays. The Michael Dyke-coached team, as expected, won the Class 2 and Class 3 finals, both in meet record times.
In the Girls’ Class 2 4x100m final, Edwin Allen with Kevona Davis won in 44.75 seconds, a time which erased the previous meet record of 45.01 held jointly by Edwin Allen and Vere Technical High.
St Jago High (45.26) and Holmwood Technical High (46.16) finished second and third.
Edwin Allen High’s high powered Class 3 4x100m team with the Clayton twins, Tia and Tina, then smashed its 2018 meet record time of 44.76 by posting an impressive 44.59 seconds for the victory.
St Jago High (45.61) and Immaculate Conception High (46.92) were well beaten into second and third place.
St Jago won the Class 1 sprint relay in 45.62, while Holmwood Technical took Class 4 in 48.86.
Edwin Allen High secured their third and final victory in the Girls' 4x800m Open Relay, crossing the line in 8:58.00, well clear of St Mary High (9:09.95) and Holmwood Technical (9:17.35).
Earlier, Janique Burgher of Edwin Allen High took the Girls' High Jump with a leap of 1.75m. Camperdown High's Ramona Hylton and Herbert Morrison's Daniella Anglin finished second and third, also clearing a height of 1.75m.
In the club section, Chad Walker anchored MVP to an easy victory in the Men's 4x100m Relay in 38.89. GC Foster (39.05) and Speed Unit (39.23) finished second and third.
Olympian Sherone Simpson guided Sprintec to a comfortable victory in the Women's 4x100m Clubs Relay. Sprintec came home in 44.29. GC Foster (45.11) and UWI Mona (47.35) finished second and third.
Racers Track Club won the Men's 4x400m Clubs Relay in 3:05.98, beating Sprintec (3:06.27) and UWI Mona (3:08.20).
Sprintec took the Women's 4400m Clubs Relay in 3:32.74, well ahead of Swept Track & Field Club (3:34.45) and GC Foster College (3:37.33).