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Classic tit-for-tat


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Classic tit-for-tat

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It’s always a toss-up in the 200 metres when the pure sprinters step up and the quarter-milers step down.
Yesterday at Queen’s College, it was quarter-miler Anderson Devonish who gained the bragging rights on his training partner Shaquille Hollingsworth at the Austin Sealy Classic.
Hollingsworth got the better start, but Devonish reached another gear coming out of the turn and pulled away for the better finish, to comfortably win in 22.95 seconds. Hollingsworth was second in 24.04 and Codi Payne third in 24.42. 
Earlier, Hollingsworth won the 80m dash in 9.40 seconds from Kemar Hannaway (9.52) and Devonish (9.62).
Jerrad Mason did the double, winning the 400 and 800 in 51.03 and 2 minutes 03.70 seconds, respectively.
Shakera Hall comfortably won the women’s 80m in 10.73 seconds, with Erin Corbin-Boyce (10.94) and Alisha Harris (10.96) battling for the next two places. Sada Williams took the 200 in 26.56.
In the Boys’ Under-18 division, Michael Nicholls did the double, winning the 80m in 9.56 and the 200 in 23.15 seconds. Rivaldo Leacock, who was second in the 200 in 23.60, won the 400 in 52.86.
Rio Williams won the 800m in 2:20.52, pulling away from the field on the second lap.
Timeka Jordan took the Under-15 Girls’ 80m in 10.48 seconds from Andreina Mason (11.05) and Toriann Alleyne (11.12) and came back to win the 200 in 26.02 seconds.
Tiana Bowen, who won the 600m in 1:56.20 from Dedra Deane-Mason (2:02.60), was second in the 200 in 26.15 and Rosette Hoyte third in 28.22. Tia Lewis won the 400 in 1:06.86.
Akeem Callender also gained bragging rights on Tremaine Smith, pulling off the upset to win the Under-15 Boys’ 80m in 9.93 to 10.13 seconds. Smith came back in the 200, untouchable in 24.73, with Callender second in 24.86.
Rashawn Sargeant won the 800 in 2:28.75.
In the Under-13 division, Ajani Haddock won the 200 in 27.62 seconds from Tyrique Brathwaite (27.78), while Akayla Morris (28.84) and Leilani Haddock (29.24) were the top finishers among the girls.
Unique Cox (8.40) and Andre Coppin (8.49) came out on top in the Under-9 50m dash, while Vanessa Greaves (7.81 and 32.71) and Savion Hoyte (7.72 and 31.26) were winners in the 50 and 200m for Under-11s.
Tristan Whitehall had the best performance in the throws, held at Harrison College. He put the Under-20 Boys’ shot 16.26 metres and Dequan Lovell continued to show improvement with a personal best 15.16m in the Under-18 division. Romario Antoine won the discus with 41.85m.
Among the girls, Ashley Williams won the Under-18 Girls’ shot put with 12.97m and Amanda Knight the discus with 20.52m.
The turnout was low in the hurdles which were held on Friday evening on the warm-up track at the National Stadium.

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