Shantae Foreman breaks high jump record as Excelsior take Champs lead
Shantae Foreman of Excelsior High defended her Class 3 high jump title in record style on Thursday's third day of the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, at the National Stadium.
Foreman, as expected, outclassed the field by clearing 1.80 metres, just above the previous record of 1.79 metres she set in 2017.
Vere Technical High's Annishka McDonald cleared 1.71 metres for second place.
Excelsior collected 16 points from the event to take over the lead in the girls' championship.
Foreman's teammate Daniel Hinds cleared 1.65 metres for third place to collect six more valuable points for Excelsior.
The Mountain View-based school now moved to 21 points from three events scored, five ahead of second-place Rusea's High, which entered the day with a seven-point lead over St Jago High.
Vere Technical High hold down third place with 14 points, with St Jago High and Immaculate Conception High in joint fourth on nine points each.
Defending champions Edwin Allen and their main rival Holmwood Technical are joint sixth with eight points each.
In the boys' section, six-time defending champions Calabar High are leading after two events scored.
Red Hills-based Calabar tallied 25 points from the two boys' finals to lead their main rivals Kingston College (KC) by eight points.
KC are on 17 points, eight ahead of third-place St Jago High, which are on nine points. Wolmer's Boys hold down fourth place on eight points, followed by Cornwall College (six), Jamaica College (JC) on five and Excelsior High on four.
Danielle Sloley of Immaculate Conception High achieved the first record of the championship on Wednesday's second day.
Sloley smashed the Girls' Class 2 shot put record, on her way to a big upset win in the final with a throw of 15.99 metres to erase the previous mark of 15.93 metres set by Edwin Allen's Rochelle Frazer in 2013.