Kingston College's (KC) Zharbel Hughes and Calabar High's Christopher Taylor were the bright sparks at Saturday's (1 March 2014) inaugural Alcor Windows and Doors-sponsored Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium.
Hughes, Anguilla's Carifta Games and Pan Am Junior Championships 100m champion, ran into a negative wind of -2.0 to take the class 1 boys 200m in 20.80 seconds. He was watched by Calabar's top men Michael O'Hara and Javon Francis, both who were in the stand as spectators. Defending champions Calabar and KC will be fighting for Champs title in 2014.
Odane Bernard of Donald Quarrie 21.83 and Antonio Henry of KC 22.06 were second and third respectively.
Taylor, in the class 3 boys' 400m, dominated from start to finish before crossing the line in 48.54 seconds, a time seen as special going into Champs. Brandon Heath, also of Calabar, was the next best with 51.58.
Taylor returned later to 22.30 for second in the 200m behind his teammate Tyreke Wilson 21.95.
Bernard won the class 1 boys 100m in 10.93 over Julanie Walker of Calabar 10.95. Joshua Darby of KC took class 2 in 11.30 and Wilson class 3 in 11.11
Nathaniel Bann of KC was the class 2 200m winner in 21.86 ahead of his teammate Dontre Williams 22.16. Shemar Campbell of Calabar topped the class 1 400m in 48.78 while his teammate Akeeme Francis was the class 2 winner in 49.65.
Javari Fairclough of Calabar won the high jump or class 1 boys with 2.05m; Travis Riley, also of Calabar, got to 14.69m in the triple jump open. Calabar boys Christopher Brown 16.64m and Basil Bingham 53.87m were the boys class 1 shot put and discus throw winners.
Jorel Bellefonte of Calabar took the class 1 boys 1500m in 4:12.75 ahead of Hakieem Weir of Campion 4:13.32
On the girls’ side, Kiara Grant of Alpha, won class 4 100m in 11.98 faster than class 1 winner Rochene Smith, The Queens, 12.10; class 2 winner Renee Shaw, Excelsior, 12.01 and class 3 winner Shantal Forbes, Camperdown 12.42
Tiffany James of Papine ran 55.28 to win the class 2 girls 400m ahead of her schoolmate Candice McLeod 56.97. James later topped the 200m field in 24.52. Shian Hyde of St. Catherine won the class 1 girls 200m in 24.39 while Shaunelle Wallace of Immaculate took class 4 honours in 25.91. Michaelia Jonas of Alpha was the top performer in class 3, her time 25.56
Kelly-Ann Downer of St. Andrew won the class 3 girls 400m in 58.60 ahead of Tamara Thomas of Gaynstead 59.66.
The meet, failed to take its original date two weeks ago, also found other sponsors in JTA Cooperative Credit Union, Grace Kennedy Remittance Services, Western Union, Medical Disposables, Sherwin Williams, Fashion 911, Atlas Security, SIPS Water, Peak Bottling, Ministry of Health, XSOMO, Seaboard Jamaica, Rainbow Awnings, the JAAA, IPL and Hi-Lyte.
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