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‘Strong’ surge to top at HC


RANDY BENNETT

‘Strong’ surge to top at HC

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IT COULD BE DISPUTED HOW strong their arms were, but they had no equal while on their feet.
Armstrong (Blue) finally ended over a decade of frustration along with Dalton’s (Yellow) seven-year reign, when they emerged victorious at Harrison College’s sports which were held on the school’s grounds yesterday.
It was a shocking result to an enthralling meet which saw Dalton completely dominating the individual awards, including both the victor ludorum and victrix ludorum.
In the end, though, led by impressive efforts from Division 3 girls’ champion Ivanna Odle, Division 2 winner Hayley Matthews and Zayne Deukett, the Division 1 champ, Armstrong’s 1 705.8 points were enough to hold off a late challenge from the defending champions, who amassed 1 638.4 points.
Third place went to Collymore (Green) 1 464.6 points, while Deighton (Red) who ended on 1 255 points came in fourth.
Dalton would still feel satisfied in the fact that they produced the two top athletes in Micah Shepherd and Akila Forde.
Shepherd was the man-of-the-moment at Crumpton Street, his 106 points being the most by any athlete.
Competing in Division 2, he was especially strong in the field events, where he won the discus, javelin, high jump, triple jump and long jump.
Just to show he was no slouch on the track either, he also copped a third place finish in the 200m (25.30), as well as fifth place finishes in the 400m and 800m.
There was no stopping Forde among the Division 1 girls, her 85 points being by far the best female performance.
She registered victories in the javelin, long jump and 800m, and placed second in the 1500m, 3000m and triple jump, and third in the high jump.
Forde was also responsible for one of the two records to fall during the meet, breaking Rickyta Whitney’s 2010 record of 1:11.01 in the 400m hurdles with a new time of 1:09.21.
Matthews had the distinction of producing the best individual performance of the sports, when she completely obliterated Lisa Harewood’s discuss record of 29.95m, which had stood since 1991.
Her throw was measured at 42.16 metres.
With today’s Louis Lynch Championships obviously on his mind, Mario Burke, one of the fastest schoolboys in the country,  put in some very reserved performances.
The CARIFTA gold medallist shut down 75 metres into the 100 metres on his way to posting a time of 11.49 seconds.
He was similarly casual in the 200m (23.59), where he needed an extra effort in the last ten metres to hold off a fast finishing Deukett (23.64).
Burke’s time of 53.25 also assured him of gold in the 400m, with Deukett once again claiming the silver (54.10).
Deighton’s Charissa Moore also had an impressive showing, on her way to being crowned the Division 4 girls champion.
Moore won the 400m (1:05.64), and the 200m (28.58), and placed second in the 100m (13.96) behind fellow Dalton teammate Christianne Alleyne, who clocked 13.76.

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