Athletics

Hydel Prep make strong start to defence of title

Friday, May 17, 2019

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Hydel Prep made a strong start to their defence of the Jamaica Independent Schools' Association (JISA)/Little Caesars Pizza National Athletic Championships title on yesterday's first day at the National Stadium.

The defending champions amassed 17 points to take a slim 1.5-point lead into day two as Sts Peter & Paul also scored heavily in the field, grabbing 15.5 points to stay close to the leaders.

Peyton Townsend of Sts Peter & Paul was the first gold medal winner of the championships when he cleared 1.43m to win the Class Two boys high jump. His teammate, Julian Willoughby, could not be separated from Nasir McMorris of Mona Prep as they both cleared 1.40m to share second place.

Zeus Young of Hydel had to battle with Kabiki Thomas of Vaz Prep to claim the gold in the Class One boys' high jump. Thomas had a maximum clearance of 1.48m, while Young managed 1.51m to make the gold his own. Chadrick Banton of Our Lady of the Angels won the bronze with 1.45m.

The Class One girls' 60m hurdles record was broken by defending champion Jody-Ann Daley of Hydel, who lowered her old mark of 9.94sec to 9.91sec in a comfortable win in heat one. It will be difficult to stop her winning gold for a second year running.

The Class Two girls' long jump final was still being contested at press time.

Young also qualified to the Class One boys' hurdles semi-finals, which took place concurrently with the high jump final. Darien Lawrence of Belair Prep may be a likely spoiler in Hydel's quest to the hurdles sweep as they did last year, as he looked smooth in qualifying for the semi-finals.

Four finals are set to be contested today, including the Class Two girls' high jump, Class One boys' long jump, Class One girls' high jump and long jump.

— Dwayne Richards


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