Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:52

St Mary High cops Eastern Champs title for seventh consecutive year

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St Mary High earned their seventh-straight lien on the ISSA/Eastern Athletics Championships after their comfortable victory on Tuesday's final day of the two-day event, which was held at the National Stadium in Kingston.

St Mary tallied a total of 682.50 points to win ahead of Titchfield (571), Port Antonio (356), Oberlin (246), Morant Bay (237), St Mary's College (205), St Mary Technical (195), St Thomas Technical (187), Happy Grove (137.50), and Seaforth (111) to round out the top 10.

Head coach of St Mary High Dwayne Williams said hard work and dedication was the key to his team's success.

"I am feeling elated because coming into the championships, we were very optimistic of returning our title and we went out there and my athletes fought very hard and so I am happy for the victory," said Williams.

"It is always a good feeling to win the championship seven times in a row and so we are happy and we are going to celebrate this one," he added

De'Jhaun Strachan from Titchfield sped to 11.04 seconds to win the boys' Class One 100m event, his teammate Cardiff McKenzie was second in 11.08, while third went to St Mary High's Daniel Ellis in 11.11.

Strachan then returned to capture the sprint double when he won the 200m in 22.63 ahead of St Mary pair of Ashaun Buddo (22.64) and Daniel Ellis (22.96).

St Mary's Shante Pryce easily won the girls' Class One 100m event in 11.97 in front of her teammate Glacian Loutin (12.18) and St Mary's College's Tanniece Thompson (13.42).

Ainsley Brown produced an excellent stretch run to win the boys' Class One 400m in 50.06 seconds ahead of St Mary's High Delroy Hall (50.57) and Livingston Phillips from Yallahs (51.32).

Port Antonio recorded a one-two in the final of the girls' 400m with Shaneal Clarke-Giddings taking the gold in 55.78 ahead DayJonique Cato (57.38), while Alexia Walker from St Mary took third spot in 58.34.

Jason Miller from Port Antonio won the boys' Class One 400m hurdles in 57.86 ahead of his teammate Shakeem Robinson (59.65) and Jahmaul McWilliams of Oberlin (59.89).

Vanessa Ward from Titchfield captured the girls' equivalent in new meet record of 1:03.28 minutes. St Mary's Alexia Walker took second spot in 1:07.24, while third went to Najayda Scott from Titchfield in 1:09.22.

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