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Dalton make it six on trot


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Dalton make it six on trot

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Dalton won their sixth consecutive title yesterday, treating the competition with scant respect at the Harrison College Inter-House Track and Field Championships.
With a whopping 1 842 points, Dalton built on the healthy lead at the start of the day to win by more than 300 points.
Armstrong moved up one place to second with 1 522 points at the Powerade-sponsored event held on the “A” Field near Weymouth.
Collymore were third with 1 205.5 and Deighton, with 983.5 points, stayed in the cellar for the fourth consecutive year.
There were some stellar performances from the schools’ top junior national athletes Jerrad Mason of Armstrong and Mario Burke of Dalton who were also in a tussle for the senior victor ludorum title.
Mason claimed the honours with 91 points, accounting for two of Terry Marshall’s records in the process. In the 400m hurdles done earlier, he clocked 54.30 seconds, lowering the mark from 55.6.
Yesterday in the 400m, Mason had the stagger picked up on the field over the first 200 metres and then pulled away to win in 48.3 seconds, down from 49.66.
He also won the 100m (11.45); 200m (23.07); triple jump, long jump, 1 500m and 800m. He was second in the 110m hurdles, third in the high jump and fourth in the 5 000m.
Mason’s younger brother Jevaun also had a good meet, winning the Division 5 title.
Burke finished with 86 points. He set the standard of 14.98 seconds in the Division 2 Boys’ 110m hurdles, a new event.
In the 200m, the way he came out of the turn looked like he had launched an assault on that record, but he seemed to land in a hole in the field and spent most of the race trying to regain his balance.
Miguel Franklyn (23.87) of Collymore came up alongside him and, still stumbling, Burke refused to give up, falling across the line in 23.84 seconds, fine at the end of the day.
He also won the 100m (11.20), 400m (51.90), 800m, 1 500m, 400m hurdles, triple jump and long jump; was second in the shot put and third in the 1 500m.
The other record-breaker was Shannon Green of Armstrong with 35.20 metres in the Division 1 Girls’ discus, erasing Keisha Walkes’ 33.64.
Senior victrix ludorum Akila Forde of Dalton was without equal among the girls with 105 points.
She was first in the javelin, shot put, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 500m and 3000m; second in the high jump, long jump, 100m hurdles and 300mh and fourth in the discus.
What Sherisa Codrington of Deighton lacks in height she makes up for with heart.
The junior victrix ludorum won the 400m, 800m and 1 500m; was second in the 3 000m, 100m and 200m and also picked up points in the field events.
Dalton’s Matthew Weekes, the junior victor ludorum, excelled in the 3 000m, 1 500m, 800m, 80mh and 300mh.
Also outstanding was Janiah Drakes of Deighton who won the 100m (13.91), 200m (28.30) and 400m in 1:09.18.
Dalton’s Mitchell Morris and Xavier Lisk; Miguel Franklyn, Brandon Sealy and Danielle Grant of Collymore, as well as Deighton’s Keyla Harewood and Erin Corbin-Boyce are also among those to look out for at Inter-school Sports.

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