Police Progressive Youth Club (PPYC) handcuffed a hat-trick of titles yesterday, prevailing over rivals Guyana Defence Force (GDF) when the curtains came down on the seventh annual Boyce and Jefford Track and
Wins for Olympian, Winston George and his team-mate Alita Moore, who Police used as their trump card in the sprint events as they made a clean sweep of the Men’s and Women’s 100m, 200m and 400m sprints, respectively, helped PPYC retain their title at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden.
Entering the second day of competition with a marginal lead ahead of GDF, Police tightened their grip throughout the day amassing 395 points to win. GDF was second with 329 points while Linden was third with 189 points. Mercury Fast Laners rounded out the top four with 92 points.
Police ran away with the $1 million first place club prize, becoming the first club to take three consecutive titles at the event in its seven-year history. GDF will take home $500,000, Linden $300,000 and Mercury Fast Laners$200,000. Trophies were handed out along with those cash prizes.
Of the remaining teams the overseas team finished fifth with 49 points, while Super Upcoming Runners collected 35 points to finish in the cellar position.
George was crowned Male Champion Athlete after racking up 30 points from his sprint sweep while Moore followed suit with the Female Champion Athlete award.
George, who had won the 200m on Saturday when the competition first began, returned to stamp his authority on the men’s 100m finals in a record time of 10.3 seconds, erasing the 10.4 seconds 2011 mark of Rupert Perry.
Linden’s Compton Ceasar clocked 10.6 seconds, while Police’s Kevin Abbensetts clinched third place with 10.7 seconds. US based Kevin Bayley retained the 800m title, relegating rival, Trinidadian Ashton Gill to third place in the race.
George, the national men’s 400m record holder, almost seemed in for another easy win in the 400m, until Winston Dummett challenged him on the final straight for a close finish with George prevailing in 49.2 seconds. Dummett ran 49.6 seconds.
Moore clocked 12.02 seconds in the 100m and 59.1 seconds in the 400m. In the 100m Linden’s Onasha Rogers was second (12.03s) and MFL’s Cassie Small took third (12:05s).
Earlier, the day started with the International Women’s 1500m where Grenada’s Kenisha Pascal dominated in a time of 5:03.00s, while second place was picked up by Police’s Joanna Archer in a time of 5:12.00s and Trinidad’s Joanna Rogers came in third.
Cleveland Forde then claimed the men’s 1500m in a time of 4:10.00s. GDF also ended third in the race after Odwin Tudor clocked 4:14.00s, second place went to Police’s Quacy Morian (4:13.00s).
Forde and Tudor also contributed to GDF’s win of the men’s sprint medley relay. GDF also won the women’s sprint medley.
In the Women’s triple jump, GDF’s Natrena Hooper defeated Linden’s double CARIFTA Games silver medalist, Chantoba Bright after she leaped to 11.85m. Bright, who broke the long jump record on day one with a 5.72m leap (and not 5.27m as was previously reported) was second with 11.53m.
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