Headquarters lead Police Athletic C/ships
– Scotland upsets Horatio, Williams leaps to glory
By Edison Jefford
The cat-and-mouse game in the Joint Services Track and Field Championships has begun with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) staging their preliminaries one week after the Guyana Defence Force hosted their Inter-Unit Athletic Championships.
On the interim, Headquarters has eased to 32-point lead over nearest rival, ‘A’ Division in their Annual Athletic
Championships, which started with Day I yesterday. Headquarters had closed a day that witnessed six finals ahead with 95 points.
The Police ‘A’ Division is second with 63 points while ‘B’ Division is third on 33 points. There is a combined Country Division also in the competition on 22 points. In the country competition, Guyana is clearly ahead on 71 points with the only other competing nation, Trinidad and Tobago on 15 points.
In one of the highlights of the initial day, Trevor Scotland returned to form to outdo Men’s 800m ‘A’ Class favourite, Dennis Horatio, who had upset an impressive field that included Cleveland Forde in May at the President’s/Jefford Track and Field Classic.
Horatio was also a part of Guyana’s ALBA Games athletics contingent in Venezuela last month, which made him the favourite in yesterday’s 800m. However, Scotland surprised him with pace and tactics from the sound of the starters’ whistle.
Scotland led throughout the race to win in 2:04.2 with Horatio finishing about 20 metres behind with 2:07.3. Larry Josiah was third in 2:08.3. Horatio blamed flu for his performance.
“I came to Guyana with the flu, I guess it is a change in climate,” he said. The ALBA Games contingent returned to Guyana last weekend.
In the other track final yesterday, former junior national phenom, Janella Jonas, who Trinidadian 100m Olympic gold medallist, Hasley Crawford said is blessed with immense talent during her junior years, paced to comfortable win the Women’s 3000m. Crawford had presented Jonas with a running shoe at an outing in Trinidad some years ago when he made that comment.
Representing ‘A’ Division, Jonas showed that she is returning to dominance with an easy win in 12:30.0. Headquarters’, Ava Harry was second in 12:53.0 while ‘A’ Division stalwart, Samantha Williams had 14:23.7 for third place in the race.
Seasoned campaigner, Ronald Payne threw 37.04m to win the Men’s ‘A’ Class Discuss. Michael Pollydore was second with 34.35m with Adrian Massiah third 25.05m. Guyana took the three top spots in the event. Nations compete in the ‘A’ Class competition.
In the ‘B’ Class Discuss, which is the competition for local police divisions, Headquarters’ Collis Fraser won with 34.78m. Julio Sinclair added more points for Headquarters with 33.73m that got him second place. ‘A’ Division’s Cordell English (30.05m) was third.
Trinidad and Tobago got its first gold medal through Joycelyn Huggins, who threw 31.96m to win the Women’s Discuss. Guyana’s, Latoya Rodney was second with 28.7m while Donna Ferguson was third with 26.49m.
The long jump events closed the first day of competition. In the Men’s ‘B’ Class, Troy Williams leaped to glory with a 6.25m mark ahead of rival, Trevor Benn, who had 6.21m for second. Both athletes represented Headquarters in the event. ‘A’ Division’s, Desmond Nicholson was third in the event with a 5.80m mark.
In the women’s long jump competition, Natoya St. Hill won for Headquarters in 4.47m. Tanisha Punch was second with 4.44m with Cindy Fraser taking third with 4.03m. The rivalries continue today at 10:30hrs with Day II of the Police Athletic Championships at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.