CLOSE CALL: Tyrese Connell of Parkinson (right) pipped the defending champion in the Under 15 Boys' Simon John of St. George by one second. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
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St George Secondary Lions and Parkinson Memorial gave a new meaning to going green when an Invitational Cross Country athletics meet was held yesterday at the Deighton Griffith School in Kingsland, Christ Church.
The Lions roared to victory in Senior Boys, the Under-15 Boys and Girls as well as the First-year Boys while Parkinson snatched victory in the Senior Girls, as well as second spots in every other division except the First-year Girls.
Parkinson were very impressive in the Senior Girls’ 2 000 metres by taking the first three spots, thanks to Janeil Reid, who won in 8:43 minutes from Sarah Lawrence and Nikinbe Marques.
Tyrese Conwell (11.26) also made the Pine institution proud with a victory in the Under-15 Boys’ 3000 metres while Jamie Lawson (17.48) did likewise in the Senior Boys’ 4 000 to beat St George’s Shaquan Kirton and Ialpha Nedd into second and third.
Simon John was looking to repeat his 2016 triumph for St George in the Under-15 Boys but he was pipped by a faster finishing Tyrese Conwell of Parkinson, who stopped the clock in 11.26 minutes, one second faster than John.
NAPSAC distance runner Jahzara Holford (6:31 minutes) showed her dominance for The St Michael Cougars, taking the First-Year Girls as her new school took that division.
With darling Skye Spencer Layne also taking part in that division, the Cougars were able to beat Ellerslie into second and Springer A into third.
The First Form Girls division was the only category where neither St. George nor Parkinson featured in the top three spots for individuals or teams, but that was also a green affair with the Cougars ruling. (KB)