GraceKennedy provides bounty for 2018 'Champs' record breakers

By June 29, 2018
Andrea Coy CEO GraceKennedy Foods (centre) poses with the record-breakers at Champs 2018 during a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on Friday. Andrea Coy CEO GraceKennedy Foods (centre) poses with the record-breakers at Champs 2018 during a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on Friday.

Some of Jamaica’s elite high school athletes including Edwin Allen’s Kevona Davis and St. Elizabeth Technical’s Sachin Dennis, were rewarded on Friday for setting records at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships held in March this year.

As an inducement for record-breaking performances, the title sponsors GraceKennedy promised to donate US$230 (J$30,000) for each record set at Champs to the schools the athletes attend. The money is to be used for development projects at the respective school.

Thirty records were set at the championships and those cheques were handed over to the schools on Friday during a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston.

 Edwin Allen’s girls set five records at Champs with Davis accounting for two of them – the Class 2 200m record of 22.92 and the 100m record of 11.16. The school’s Class 3 4x100m relay team was also rewarded for the 4x100m record of 44.71s.

Peta Gaye McKenzie set a new heptathlon 200m record of 24.08s while Fiona Richards set a Class 1 shot putt record of 14.93m.

Hydel High School was next best with four records, two of them by Ashanti Moore who set records of 14.17s for the heptathlon 100m hurdles and 5.43m for the heptathlon long jump (5.43m). Shian Salmon’s record of 55.78s in the 400m hurdles was the number one time in the world at the time it was set.

Hydel’s Ray-donna Lee also set a new 100m hurdles record of 12.95 for Class 2 girls.

STETHS had their fair share of three records with Opal James setting a Class 4 record of 5.52m in the long jump, Marie Forbes setting a new mark of 46.69m in the Class 2 discus and Thalia Wilson a new high jump heptathlon record of 1.78m.

Immaculate’s Danielle Sloley’s Class 2 shot put record of 15.99m and Excelsior’s Shantae Foreman Class 3 high jump record of 1.82m completed the 14 records set by the girls at Champs.

The boys went two better, with 16 new marks at the championships.

Kingston College had four of them. Rodgers Aryamanya in the Open Boys Steeplechase (5:49:46), Bouwaghjgie Nkrumie in the Class 3 100m (10.79), Adrian Kerr in the Class 3 200m (21.69) and the 1600m medley relay (3:24.22).

Jamaica College were responsible for three records – Apalos Edwards in the Class 2 Triple Jump 15.05m, Neil-Matthew Sutherland in the Class 3 sprint hurdles (12.41s), and Wikenson Fenelon in the Decathlon pole vault (3.95m).

Petersfield High collected cash for three records all courtesy of Devar Clayton – the decathlon shot put (15.98m), 100m (10.85s) and discus 46.90m.

Dejour Russell set Calabar’s only record in the 110m hurdles (13.10). Rhodes Hall Rovane Williams’ 49.94s in the 400m hurdles was that school’s only record as well while Rusea’s High’s Brandon McLean put his school in the record books with a decathlon record of 53.77m in the javelin throw.

Leighton Levy

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