Nov 21, 2013 Sports
-middle distance athletics records tumble
By Edison Jefford
North Georgetown’s, Kevin Abbensetts equalled the oldest sprint record of the National Schools’ Championships yesterday at the National Stadium, which continued its reputation as a Mecca for breaking records when old middle distance marks also tumbled.
National junior sprinter, Abbensetts, who enjoyed a consistent ascendancy
since winning the same race at Nationals last year, stormed across the finish line yesterday in 10.6 seconds in the Under-20 Boys’ 100m Final to equal Julian Edmonds’ 1992 record.
Edmonds mark had remained unchallenged over the years until yesterday. South Georgetown’s, Selwin Foster finished second in 11.0 seconds, while West Coast Berbice’s, Rennick Burnette was third in 11.2 seconds. The disparity of times gave a true reflection of how Abbensetts won his second title in the coveted race in consecutive years.
Upper Demerara/Kwakwani’s, Shannon Griffith continued her dominance at Nationals with the Under-20 Girls 100m title, which she secured in 12.4 seconds. North Georgetown’s, Shaqunne Daniels was second in 12.8 seconds while South Georgetown’s, Tiffany Carto finished third in 13.0 seconds.
The seasoned stars continued to shine when national junior sprinter, CARIFTA Games bronze medallist, Jason Yaw blasted to the 100m Under-18 Boys title in 10.8 seconds. Arinze Chance of North Georgetown finished second in 11.0 seconds with Corentyne’s Mark Wronge (11.2) third in the race.
Then tragedy struck sprint phenom, Tiranna Mitchell, who was forced to quit the Girls’ 100m U- 18 race owed to an injury. South Georgetown’s Mitchell was the overwhelming favourite to win this event, but it was not to be. North Georgetown’s Deja Smartt roared to an easy victory in 12.5 seconds, while Essequibo Coast, Sasha Loo (13.0) and East Georgetown’s, Mearisha Carter with 13.1 seconds was second and third respectively.
Compton Caesar won the 100m Boys U-16 race for Upper Demerara/Kwakwani, which leads the track and field competition after the first day, in 11.2 seconds. New Amsterdam’s, Ryan Bramble was second in 11.3 and Corentyne’s Shawn Beresford third in 11.5 seconds.
North Geogetown’s Jevina Sampson won the female race in 12.4 seconds, while Natricia Hooper was second in 12.9 seconds and Denita Jackson (13.0) third.
In the Under-21 Teachers’ 100m, South Georgetown’s Euodia Forte won in 13.5 seconds while East Georgetown’s, Abigail Robertson (13.9) and Upper Demerara’s, Melissa McBean (14.3) was second and third respectively.
North Georgetown’s Floyd Phillips won the male version, while West Demerara’s Kevin Paul was second in 11.7 seconds and West Coast Berbice’s Akim Huston third in 11.9 seconds.
Meanwhile, in the 800m middle distance finals yesterday, records tumbled at the new Mecca for setting new marks at Nationals.
East Coast’s, Andrea Foster with 2:20.4 set a new mark in the U-18 Girls race, erasing Jevina Straker’s 2010 record of 2:25.8 at National Stadium. New Amsterdam’s Melissa Byass (2:31.4) was second while Cassie Kirton (2:33.6) was third in the race.
The trend continued in the Boys’ race when Ornesto Thomas, also from the East Coast lowered Grivon Grant’s 2:01.6 at National Stadium last year, with his new mark of 2:00.1; North Georgetown’s, Orin Prince (2:02.2) was second, while Upper Demerara’s Shaquillew Smartt was third with 2:02.7 seconds.
West Demerara’s Rondel Austin won the Boys U-20 800m in 2:11.3 with Corentyne’s Denzil Leitch (2:11.4) second and West Coast Berbice’s Collis Burnett (2:11.9) third. Upper Demerara’s Shenicka Chapman won the female race in 2:32.4 seconds.
Jomal Johnson also smashed an 800m record in the U-16 Boys race when he lowered Ricardo Martin’s 2:05.5 at National Stadium in 2007 with his 2:04.1 performance. North Georgetown’s, Anfernee Headecker (2:06.5) was second while West Coast Berbice’s, Ruel Chester (2:09.0) was third.
Double CARIFTA Gold medallist, Upper Demerara’s Cassey George ran 2:23.6 to win the Girls U-16 800m ahead of West Coast Berbice’s Delicia Harper (2:29.4) and West Demerara’s Kezra Murray (2:34.1). Jeremy Garrett (2:12.8) lowered Dexroy Nestor 2:13.8 at the National Stadium in 2007 to continue to rewrite Nationals record books yesterday.
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