Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Russell breaks first track record at Digicel Grand Prix Finale

Holmwood Technical's Rickiann Russell wins the Girls' Under 17 400 metres final in a new meet record of 54.41 seconds at the Digicel Grand Prix Finale at the National Stadium on Saturday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Holmwood Technical's Rickiann Russell wins the Girls' Under 17 400 metres final in a new meet record of 54.41 seconds at the Digicel Grand Prix Finale at the National Stadium on Saturday. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Holmwood Technical's Rickiann Russell accounted for the first championship record on the track at the Digicel Grand Prix Finale - G C Foster Classic - at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Russell won the Girls' Under 17 400 metres in 54.41 seconds, which erased the previous championship record of 54.49 set by Joanne Reid of St Jago.

Hydel High's Dejona Simpson finished well behind into second place, crossing the line in 55.53.

Hydel High hit back in the Girls' Under 20 400 metres through Charokee Young, who won in 53.42. Janielle Josephs of St Andrew High finished second in 53.80.

Calabar High dominated the boys' section through Elvado Whitehorne and Christopher Taylor.

Whitehorne won the Boys' Under 17 400-metre in 47.93 seconds, with Cjay White of Rhodes Hall, second in 48.45.

In the Under 20 final, Taylor outclassed the field with a 45.92 clocking. Maneesh Vassell of Rhodes Hall got the better of Holmwood Technical's Bovel McPherson for second place. Both athletes were credited with the same time - 48.02.

There are 10 Digicel Grand Prix events. Those events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, 4x400m relay, medley relay and the 400m hurdles.

At the end of the Grand Finale, the winning teams (boys and girls) will be rewarded with 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.

Digicel will pay $25,000 for each championship record and $50,000 for each national junior record.

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