Saturday 4 April, 2020

Tia Clayton smashes Class 2 100m record at Central Champs

Edwin Allen star athlete Tia Clayton.

Edwin Allen star athlete Tia Clayton.

Edwin Allen star athlete Tia Clayton smashed the Girls' Class 2 100m meet record to score an easy victory in the final on the second and final day of the 2020 Central Athletics Championships, at GC Foster College in Spanish Town, on Wednesday.

Clayton won 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.

The Girls' Class 1 100m meet record was also broken twice in two days. Kayla Bonnick of St Jago High, who won her heat 11.64 seconds on Tuesday to erase the previous meet record of 11.72 held jointly by Vere Technical’s Rene Medley (2015) and Shurria Henry (2019), returned in final to smash the record again.

Bonnick won the final in 11.60 seconds to get the better of St Catherine High's Shakeira Bowra, who finished second in 11.62, which also bettered the meet record. Vere Technical's Atena Rayson finished third in 11.79 seconds.

Hydel High's Jody-Ann Daley easily won the Girls' Class 4 100m final in 12.12 seconds, while her teammate Kerrica Hill took the Class 3 final in 11.66, also easily.

St Jago High won two of the three Boys' 100m finals. Javari Thomas won the Class 1 final in 10.70, while Tajai Duffus took the Class 2 final in 10.89.

Vere Technical's Malik Carridice denied St Jago High a clean sweep of the Boys' 100m finals with victory in the Class 3 championship race in 11.55. The St Jago pair of Kawayne Kelly (11.60) and Damario Crooks (11.61) finished second and third, respectively.

Meanwhile, defending champions Edwin Allen and St Jago High continued to lead the girls and boys' standings.

After 26 finals in the girls' championship,  Edwin Allen High (202.50) are leading Hydel High (201.50) by only a point. Third-place St Jago High are also in contention on 200 points. Holmwood Technical (141 points) and Vere Technical (76 points) complete the top five.

After 22 finals in the boys' championship, St Jago are out front with 196 points, a massive 106 points clear of second-place Edwin Allen High on 90. Manchester High (50), Charlemont High (49) and Clarendon College (43) complete the top five.

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.

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