G C Foster make it four-straight at Intercol Track & Field Championships

By Dwayne Richards
Observer writer

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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G C Foster College swept to their fourth-straight win in the National Commercial Bank Intercol Track and Field Championships, beating closest rivals the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica by more than 100 points at the two-day event.

G C Foster scored 207 points in the men's section and 228.50 in the ladies' section for a total of 435.50 points, while UTech males scored 141.50 and the females 155.50 as they tallied 297 overall. The University of the West Indies (The UWI) had 129 on the men's side and 102 on the ladies' side to finish third overall with 231 points, as the big three finished in the same order as last year.

The writing was on the wall after day one as G C Foster led comfortably in both sections after seven scored finals.

Shawn-D Thompson got things going for the champions on Saturday afternoon when he took the men's long jump with 7.84m, adding a second gold medal to the one he won in the triple jump on Friday. His teammate Aubrey Allen was third with 7.38m, as they were separated by Ojamu Graham of UTech, who took the silver medal with 7.49m.

Tavia Dixon of Mico University College was the only one to win gold in the women's section for her school, taking the shot put final with a best of 14.15m. Tia Gaye Johnson (13.99m) and Debisha Scarlett (13.59m), both of G C Foster took the silver and bronze medals.

National champion Fedrick Dacres of The UWI completed a routine win in the men's discus with a big throw of 65.17m. Second went to Glenford Watson of G C Foster with 56.99m, while Alec Longmore of UTech was third with 48.50m.

Tissanna Hickling was another double gold medal winner at the championships, adding the triple jump gold to her 100m gold won on Friday night. She registered 13.62m to win ahead of her teammate Ave Anna Venair (12.26m) and Ashantie Carr (11.82m) of UTech.

The highly anticipated women's 200m final was won by Ashley Williams of G C Foster in 23.65secs with Tiffany James of Mico second in 23.88 and Ishara Scarlett of The UWI in third in 24.46.

Mico got their lone men's individual gold medal from Jamari Rose who won the 200m in 21.13 followed home by his teammate Hujaye Cornwall in 21.55. Mazhino Barrett of The UWI was third in 21.63.

The men's 400m was a very exciting affair as the G C Foster pair of Akani Slater and Demar Murray were both credited with 46.40secs, but Slater got the nod for first place. Andy Williams of UTech was third with 47.27.

The women's 400m race went to Sada Williams of UTech in 51.71. Shiann Salmon of G C Foster was second in 52.42, while third went to Junelle Bromfield of UTech in 53.29m.

G C Foster went to town in the relays, winning four of the six finals.

UTech won the women's 800m sprint relay final in 1:41.40 minutes, followed by Mico (1:42.00 minutes) and G C Foster (1:43.37 minutes), but G C Foster defended their men's 1600m medley title in 3:22.32 minutes, followed home by Knox (3:23.87 minutes) and The UWI in 3:24.95 minutes.

G C Foster then took the women's 4x100m final in 44.24secs ahead of UTech (44.36secs) and The UWI (47.75secs). The men's final went to Mico who won in 39.44secs, ahead of UTech in 39.98secs and G C Foster was third in 40.31secs.

The final two relays went to the St Catherine-based school.

G C Foster won the women's 4x400m in 3:47.34 minutes ahead of UWI 4:01.49 minutes and Mico 4:15.73 minutes, and the men's race in 3:06.41 minute ahead of Mico in 3:06.66 minutes and The UWI third in 3:11.72 minutes.

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