By Kimberly Allen, writer 

Two more records went on Wednesday's second day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships, 2016.

National Junior Thrower, Shanice Love made her mark in the Discus history books as she wiped out the girls Class 1 record of 51.16m set by Tara-Sue Barnett, back in 2013. Love, who after two fouls managed to dig deep to throw the new record of 52.73m on her final throw. 

The other record came later in the night by Thaleetio Green of St. Jago High when he smashed the boys 2000m Steeplechase Open previous record of 5:59.70s. This record formerly owned by Holmwood Tech’s Obrian Frith, went easily as Green who lead from start, ran 5:53.14s to take home the victory for his team.

Garfield Gordon of Mavis Bank and Shane Buchanan of Kingston College also went under the old record of 5:59.70s. Both ran 5:56.73s and 5:59.11s respectively. 

In the girls’ equivalent, it was 1,2 for Edwin Allen as Teresha Jacobs who ran 7:07.86s was first and Jeima Davis her teammate, second in 7:19.10s. 

The 200m for all classes were in contention on Wednesday. For the girls Class 4, Gabrielle Matthews of Hydel managed to top the table for her group of athletes. She ran a time of 24.95s from heat 2 to lead heat 1 winner Bethany Bridge of Edwin Allen whose time was 25.09s.

In the girls Class 3, last year's Class 4 sprint double champion, Joanne Reid ran 24.79 to win heat 1. This time placed her as the fourth fastest qualifier. Britany Anderson of Vere Technical from heat 3, with her time of 24.40s placed her at the top of the qualifiers table. 

St. Jago's Shaniel English was at the top of the Class 2 girls qualifier with 24.07s. Daszay Freeman of Manchester was second overall with her time of 24.18s. 

Holmwood's Ashley Williams delivered again and this time topped the qualifiers in the 200m girls Class 1 heats with 23.80.

Patrice Moody of Edwin Allen, who won heat 3 just after Williams, will go into the semis with 23.82s. 

On the boys’ side, Western Champs Class 1 sprint double champion, Nigel Ellis of STETHS came out and did what he had to do to qualify for the next round.  Ellis who was the fastest qualifier overall, ran a time of 21.24s. For the boys Class 2, Christopher Taylor once more performed and performed well. Taylor, who comfortably won his heat in 21.13s was the fastest qualifier overall. Teammate, Dejour Russell was right behind in heat 2 and advanced as the second fastest qualifier with his time of 21.14s.

Thiea Shea of Wolmer's Boys and Sachin Dennis of STETHS were the top of their group for the boys Class 3 200m. Their times were 22.42s and 22.76s respectively.

For the girls 400mH open event, Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen secured her spot for the finals, as she won heat 1 and was the fastest overall. Her time was 58.33s. National junior athlete Jauavney James from STETHS was the fourth fastest qualifier from the boys’ 400mH open with 52.40. Rayan Holmes of Edwin Allen, who finished ahead of James in heat 1, ran the fastest qualifying time of 52.01s.

In the girls Class 3 800m, the top performer was Cemore Donald of Edwin Allen with her time of 2:16.91s, while in Class 2, Chrissani May of Holmwood managed to cop the top spot with her time of 2:15.31s.

The Class 3 boys’ 800m top performer was Jevan Edwards of St. Jago in 2:06.23s. In class 2 Dwight Mason of STETHS was at the top with his time of 1:57.40s. 

Yashawn Hamilton of Kingston College on his third jump, jumped 7.01m which was the winning leap for the boys Class 2 Long Jump.

Last year's Class 1 champion, Obrien Wasome of Jamaica College, went and defended his title in fine style. Wasome's winning jump was 7.50m.  

Aiko Jones of Wolmer's Girls gave her school some points as she won the girls Shot Put Class 2 with a throw of 15.13m. 


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