– Griffith continues reign
By Edison Jefford
National junior sprinters, Kevin Abbensetts and Jason Yaw hosted an awesome sprint exhibition at the National Stadium yesterday when the National Schools’ Championship continued with the penultimate day of athletics at the Providence venue.
After equalling the oldest sprint record in the 100m on day one in the athletics competition of the Championships, North Georgetown’s, Kevin Abbensetts returned yesterday to dismantle
Stephon James’ 200m mark, which was set last year.
Abbensetts blasted to 22.1 seconds, which was better than James’ 22.7 seconds, in the Under-20 Boys 200m race. South Georgetown’s, Selwin Foster finished second in 22.2 seconds while East Coast’s, Samuel Doris (23.3) was third in the marquee event.
Upper Demerara/Kwakwani’s, Shannon Griffith continued her reign at Nationals when she won the girls’ race in 26.4 seconds to complete a sprint double after winning the 100m two days ago.
North Georgetown’s, Shoquane Daniels (27.1) and West Demerara’s, Shequita Moses with 28.6 seconds were second and third respectively.
Then East Coast Demerara’s, Jason Yaw entertained enthusiasts with a record-breaking Under-18 200m run that he celebrated in fine style. Yaw ran 22.0 seconds, which was much better than Samuel Doris’ 22.5 seconds last year at the same venue.
Yaw also won the 100m two days ago. North Georgetown’s, Arinze Chance with 22.3 seconds and Upper Demerara’s, Shaquille Smartt (22.9) were second and third. North Georgetown’s, Avon Samuels (26.2) won the girls race ahead of Upper Demerara’s, Kelanie Griffith (26.3) and East Georgetown’s, Mearisha Carter (26.9) respectively.
It was not Yaw’s only spotlight of the day. The CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and South American Youth Games double bronze medallist, was the main character in what was arguably the event of the 2013 championships so far.
Yaw, who was out of the picture on the final leg of the 4x400m relay, as North Georgetown and Upper Demerara battled over 15 metres ahead of him, ran a brilliant final leg to pass both teams on the back-straight, which gave East Coast the gold medal.
Yaw’s final leg of the race had everyone on their feet at the Stadium. It was a brilliant and gutsy performance from someone who can be considered as one of the region’s best junior sprinters. At least he showed that superiority yesterday.
Upper Demerara’s, Compton Caesar won the Boys Under-16 200m in 23.2s with New Amsterdam’s, Ryan Bramble (23.8) second and Corentyne, Shawn Beresford (23.9) third. North Georgetown’s, Jevina Sampson
with 26.0 secs won the girls’ race ahead of East Georgetown’s, Natricia Hooper (26.3) and Upper Demerara’s, Chelsea Calixte (26.9) respectively.
In the Boys’1500m Under-20 race, Corentyne’s, Denzil Leitch won in 4:24.4 ahead of West Demerara’s, Rondel Austin (4:31.5) and East Coast Demerara’s, Dereell Pellew (4:32.2) in that order. Upper Demerara/Kwakwani’s, Shenicka Chapman with 5:31.8 won the female race ahead of Rupununi’s, Morna Wilson (5:39.2) and Corentyne’s, Marissa Lawson (6:01.2) respectively.
East Coast Demerara’s, Ornesto Thomas in 4:25.9 won the Boys Under-18 1500m. West Coast Berbice’s, Marlon Nicholson (4:29.9) was second and North Georgetown’s, Orin Prince (4:31.6) third. East Coast’s, Andrea Foster won the girls version in 5:10.3 while Upper Demerara’s, Cassie Kirton (5:27.2) was second and New Amsterdam, Melissa Byass (5:34.9) third.
In the Under-16 Boys 1500m, Upper Demerara’s, Jamal Johnson won in 4:26.5 while Corentyne’s, Jamal Benn in 4:31.7 was second and Rupununi’s, Leandrew Isaacs (4:34.2) third. Upper Demerara’s, Cassey George with 5:09.7 won the female race ahead of West Coast Berbice’s, Delicia Harper (5:20.5) and West Demerara’s, Kezra Murray (5:37.2) respectively.
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