KC's Wayne Pinnock shines at Youngster Goldsmith Athletic Classics
Ra'John Gray (centre) of Kingston College (KC) on his way to victory in the Boys’ Class 3 100m hurdles final at the Youngster Goldsmith Athletic Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 2, 2020. Gray won in a meet record 13.12 seconds. (PHOTOS: Llewelyn Wynter).
The Kingston College (KC) pair of Wayne Pinnock and Aron Tanuia were among the outstanding performers at the 2020 Youngster Goldsmith Athletic Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.
Pinnock, competing for the second time this season, clocked 13.09 (+1.6 mps) to win heat three of the men’s 110m hurdles. The 13.09-clocking broke his own meet record of 13.46, set last year and the time, just three-hundredths of a second outside his Champs’ record of 13.06.
The KC star clocked the 13.06 seconds at last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium to break DeJour Russell’s 2018 record of 13.10. Russell, of Calabar High, was fourth in 13.43 seconds.
St Jago’s High Vashuan Vascianna, who smashed his Class 2 record at the Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships last year with 13.26, came out of the heats on Saturday with the second-fastest time of 13.79.
As expected Pinnock did not report for the final, which was won by Jerome Campbell of Calabar High in 14.49 seconds. Vascianna was also absent from the final.
Pinnock, who won three gold medals to help KC to championship honours at the Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships last year, retuned later in the day to clock 10.55 seconds to win section one of the Class 1 Boys’ 100m. The 10.55-second clocking represents the second fastest time overall, behind Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett, who won his section in 10.49 seconds.
Youngster Goldsmith Athletic Classics
Tanui was also dominant as he produced the only sub-four minutes clocking in the Class 1 Boys’ 1500m for a new meet record.
In a bold front-running display, Tanui crossed the line in 3:59.15 to easily win section one of the Boys’ Class 1 1500m and shattered Kevroy Venson’s meet record of 4:05.72. The Calabar High athlete set the record in 2019.
It was a one-two finish for KC as Gianni Henry won section two in 4:04.04, just ahead of Calabar High’s Kimar Farquharson (4:11.87) for second overall. Henry also bettered the previous record.
Calabar High’s Luke Brown and Rivaldo Marshall along with Edwin Allen’s Lashanna Graham and KC’s Ra’John Gray also produced impressive performances on the day.
Brown produced a jump over 16m to break Safin Willis’ Class 1 triple jump meet record of 15.32m. The JC student set the record in 2019.
Brown, the Class 2 triple jump record holder at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, soared to 16.04m for his victory on Saturday. JC’s Apalos Edwards finished second with 15.99m to also better the previous meet record.
Marshall continued his good form this season in the middle-distance races with a dominant performance in the 2,000m steeplechase open. He clocked 5:56.29 minutes to turn back the KC pair of Kirk Dawkins (6:10.05) and Aryamanya Rodgers (6:13.70).
Edwin Allen's Sanjae Gibson easily took the girls' equivalent in 7:24.54 minutes. The St Jago High pair of Rushell Johnson (7:34.71) and Petasha Ellis (7:38.93) finished second and third, respectively.
Graham won the Girls’ 400m hurdles open final in 57.36 seconds to lower Shaquena Foote’s meet record of 58 seconds flat. The Petersfield High student set the meet record in 2019. Edwin Allen occupied the top three spots as Lotavia Brown (1:00.80) and Jodyann Dixon (1:01.40) finished second and third, respectively.
Gray turned in an awesome performance to easily win the Boys’ Class 3 100m hurdles final in 13.12, a time which shattered his teammate Amontae Wray’s 2019 meet record of 13.16. KC dominated the top three spots as Jadan Campbell (13.60) and Nicardo Johnson (13.64) finished second and third, respectively.
The KC pair of Yourie Lawrence (left) and Amontae Wray following a one-two finish in Boys’ Class 2 110m hurdles.
KC also dominated Classes 2 and 4 sprint hurdles.
Yourie Lawrence clocked 14.38 seconds to beat his teammate Amontae Wray (14.46) in the Boys’ Class 2 110m hurdles; while Romarie Williams clocked 12.02 seconds to easily stop JC’s Zooz Young (12.36) in the Class 4 80m hurdles.
St Jago High girls won two of the four sprint hurdles finals.
Briana Campbell clocked 10.80 seconds to beat her teammate Bryana Davidson (10.94) in the Girls’ Class 4 70m hurdles final; while Crystal Morrison clocked 14.38 seconds to defeat Edwin Allen High’s Amoy Edwards (14.92) in the Class 1 100m hurdles final.
St Elizabeth Technical High School’s Habiba Harris won the Girls’ Class 3 80m hurdles final in 11.67 seconds and Petersfield High’s Alexis James took the Class 2 100m hurdles final in 14.05 seconds.
Edwin Allen High and St Jago High shared the Girls’ 100m sprint events.
St Jago High won Classes 1 and 4 and Edwin Allen High took Classes 2 and 3.
In the Girls’ Class 1 100m, St Jago High’s Joanne Reid came out on top with 12 seconds flat, just ahead of Excelsior High’s Niesha Burgher and Vere Technical High’s Leyone Smith, who both clocked 12.02.
In the Girls’ Class 4 100m, St Jago High’s Bryana Davidson (12.64) returned the fastest time over the heats. Convent of Mercy Academy’s Amoi Kentish (12.72) and St Jago High’s Briana Campbell (12.74) finished second and third, respectively.
Edwin Allen High took the top five spots in the Girls’ Class 2 100m with twin sisters Tina and Tia Clayton finishing first and second. Tina clocked 11.62 seconds to smash her schoolmate Brandy Hall’s one-year-old meet record of 11.72 seconds. Tia clocked 11.79 seconds for her second-place finish, while Serena Cole took third in 11.90.
The Girls’ Class 3 100m went to Tonie-Ann Forbes of Edwin Allen in 12.44 seconds, just ahead of Rusea’s Lavanya Williams, 12.46.
JC swept the Boys’ 100m races. In addition to Everett’s victory in Class 1; Christopher Scott (10.82) beat KC’s Adrian Kerr (10.89) in Class 2 and Mark Anthony Miller (11.27) easily beat St Jago High’s Kawayne Kelly (11.50) and KC’s Aaron Thomas (11.52) in Class 3.
Miller’s 11.27-second clocking beat the previous meet record of 11.39 set in 2019 by Calabar High’s Omario Henry.
KC’s Aron McKenzie broke his own Class 3 high jump meet record with an effort of 1.95m after an effort of 1.80m in 2019.
Clarendon College’s Shanara Richards broke the Girls’ Class 2 discus record with a throw of 41.69. The top four all improved on the previous meet record of 39.05m set by Kayla Davis-Edwards of St Jago High in 2019. St Jagh High’s Tafada Wright (41.25m) was second, Edwin Allen's Damali Williams ( 41.20m) was third and St St Jago High’s Abigail Martin finished fourth with 39.39m.