Kevona Davis smashes 200m Central Championships record
Edwin Allen’s ace sprinter Kevona Davis wins the Girls' Class 1 200m in a meet record 23.30 seconds at the Central Athletics Championships, at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).
Edwin Allen’s ace sprinter Kevona Davis continued her good form by smashing the Girls' Class 1 200m meet record on the second and final day of the 2020 Central Athletics Championships, at the GC Foster College in Spanish Town, on Wednesday.
Davis 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 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.
Earlier, Davis' teammate Tina Clayton easily 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.
Tia Clayton, Tina's twin sister was also in impressive form earlier by winning the Girls' Class 2 100m 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.
Hydel High won the other two Girls' 200m finals. Alana Reid won the Class 3 final in 24.31, while Shemonique Hazle took the Class 4 in 25.11.
The Boys' 200m finals were shared among three schools. Rajay Morris of Clarendon College took Class 1 in 21.11, Deshaun Gordon of Charlemont High won Class 2 in 22.52, while Malik Carridice of Clarendon College took Class 3 in 23.43.
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 Western Championships and the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Championships, which took place last Saturday at GC Foster College and the National Stadium, respectively and 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.