By Gary Smith, TrackAlerts.com contributor
Kingston College's Zharnel Hughes and Raheem Chambers of St. Jago both set 100m records at the Jamaica High School Boys and Girls National Championships in Kingston, on Friday night.
Both sprinters removed records previously held by double Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake, who represented St. Jago up to 2009.
Chambers rocked from the blocks and then held his form all the way through the race on his way to a stunning 10.29 seconds to take the boys’ Class 2 (Under-17) 100m dash.
His run broke the long-standing record for that age group at the meet, previously held by Blake, who had set the record of 10.34 in 2006.
In the Class 1 boys’ race, Hughes, Anguillan national, produced a personal best of 10.12 seconds to win the gold medal and lowered Blake’s old mark of 10.21 in the age group, set in 2007.
Jevaughn Minzie of Bog Walk was also very very fast, running a remarkable 10.16secs for second place and dipped below the previous record as well.
On the girls' side, Christania Williams produced the time of her life, 11.19secs, to win the Class 1 (Under-20) girls 100m final. Jonielle Smith of Wolmer's was someway back in 11.32.
In the girls Class 2 (Under-18) final, Shauna Helps of Wolmer's and Natalliah Whyte of St. Jago, were both credited with 11.80 seconds. Helps got the win.
Calabar with Tyreke Wilson 10.91 and Dejour Russell 10.96 finished 1-2 in the boys Class 3 (Under-14) 100m final. Kiara Grant was too hot for the girls Class 4 (Under-14) field, winning in 11.98 to St. Jago’s Kayla Bonnick 12.25.
In the Class 3 (Under-15) girls final, Shellece Clark of Edwin Allen came out on top in 11.79 over Shaneil English of Hydel 11.87.