St Elizabeth Technical High School's (STETHS) athletes Nigel Ellis and Junelle Bromfield were by far the standouts at Western Champs on Saturday’s (Feb 6) final day.
Both Ellis and Bromfield, not only left the Montego Bay Sports Complex with stunning marks, but also sent very strong messages to rivals in their events for Champs (March 15-19).
Bomfield helped her team to win the girls’ title with 316 points ahead of Rusea’s 298, Petersfield 152 and Green Island 116 while Ellis’ boys’ team topped the standing with 391.5 points ahead of Munro 316.5, Petersfield 249 and Herbert Morrison 189.
Bromfield smashed two records within the space of 45 minutes – 2:07.37 in the Class 1 girls’ 800m and 52.43 in the 400m.
Bromfield, in the Digicel Grand Prix 800m final, crossed the finish line more than 100 metres ahead of her nearest rival to demolish the old mark of 2:13.53 set by her former teammate Chantai Smith in 2014.
The first year Class 1 athlete, who left many stunned after her record performance in the 800m about 45 minutes earlier, stopped the clock in 52.43 in the one-lap event.
The mark by Bromfield demolished the 54.49 Dawnalee Loney of Balaclava did to win in 2014.
After the runs, Bromfield said, "These two performances were expected, so I am really proud of myself."
“This year in the 800m I am working for a 2:02, and I set my barrier for the 400m at 51.9," she said.
Bromfield finished about 13 metres ahead of her teammate Kimisha Chambers, 55.84.
In the boys' sprints, Ellis sent a very strong message to the big boys in Kingston with a record smashing performance of 10.20 secs in the Class 1 boys 100m final.
Ellis, who ran 10.6 on grass last week, destroyed the field to beat nearest rival Matthew Brown (Cornwall College) 10.73 by more than 10 metres and former Munro College sprinter Delano Williams’ old mark of 10.32.
In the 200m final, Ellis was also impressive with 20.40, just missing Usain Bolt’s record of 20.30.
"It was a great day for me in both of my races," said Ellis.
Meanwhile, Sachin Dennis, along with Petersfield's Kevon Stone were sprint double winners.
Stone, winner of the Class 2 100m in 10.80, returned to top the 200m field in 22.08, while STETHS’ Dennis was very fast in the Class 3 200m final, winning in 22.32s ahead of William Knibb’s Andre Bent 22.53.
Dennis had earlier topped the 100m in 11.03.
In Class 4, Devante Heywood of Munro College, won in 24.11 ahead of Brian Roach of Lacovia in 24.72.
Vanesha Pusey of Green Island completed the senior girls' sprint double.
Pusey led Green Island to 1-2 on both occasions. She won the 200m final in 24.08 after a tough battle in the last 30 metres to get the better of her teammate and 100m silver medallist Kimone Hines, who was timed in 24.22.
In the 100m final, Pusey won in 11.83 to Hines’ 11.89.
Kemba Nelson of Mount Alvernia, Leyone Smith of Spot Valley and Jaciann Woolery of Green Island also completed sprint double victories.
Smith, in Class 3, won the 200m final in 24.93 to add to her 100m title in 12.40secs.
Monique Malcolm of Green Pond finished behind Smith in 25.44 while Shavanise Cox took third in 25.71.
In the Class 2 final, Nelson edged out Stacey-Ann Williams of STETHS 24.26 to 24.27 in a very close finish. Nelson earlier won the 100m final in 11.91
Woolery, in Class 4, stopped the 200m clock in 25.95 ahead of Keimashay Blake of Green Pond 26.88 and Shaneki Rowe of STETHS 27.05. Woolery earlier won the 100m in 12.61.
Jauvney James of STETHS won the 800m/400mH double.
James topped the 400m hurdles in 52.68, and returned to qualify for the Digicel Grand Prix final on February 20 with victory in the 800m in 1:53.27 ahead of Petersfield’s Shadane Chambers, 1:54.66.
Romel Plummer of Munro College won the Class 2 800m in 1:58.48 ahead of Dwight Mason of STETHS, 1:58.58.
In the Class 2 girls’ 800m final, Shaneil Smith won in 2:20.59 ahead of Satanya Wright 2:21.27.
STETHS finished 1-2 with Stacey-Ann Williams 55.86 and Satanya Wright 57.15 In the Class 2 girls’ 400m final.
In the boys’ finals, STETHS’ Leonardo Ledgister topped the Class 1 event in 48.17 ahead of Glenville James of Maldon, 48.87.
Dwight Mason of STETHS took the Class 2 boys final in 49.79 ahead of Keno Johnson of Albert Town 50.03.
Shaquena Foote of Petersfield won the girls Class 3 800m final in 2:23.53 ahead of Shadae Findley of St Elizabeth Technical High School, 2:25.65, and Tavarie Campbell of Merlene Ottey 2:26.93.