Farr upsets Christopher Taylor, Hydel make charge for Champs title

By March 30, 2019
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Wolmer’s Boys’ School’s Jeremy Farr, on Saturday inside the National Stadium, ended the 400-metre dominance of Christopher Taylor at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship. 

Farr clocked a fast 45.65 seconds to take the event after finishing third in the 400 hurdles on Friday, ahead of Taylor, a disappointing 46.38. Just as disappointing for Calabar was the performance of Evaldo Whitehorne, who was third in 46.54.

Taylor, who has been nursing an injury, is so much better than other athletes, that it was expected he would still find a way to win, but when Farr stepped between the two Calabar runners with just about 100 metres to go, the National Stadium was forced to come to the realization that Taylor’s final year as a schoolboy, possibly the greatest of all time, would not end well.

Taylor tried to respond but their was nothing and the Calabar captain, for once, looked mortal.

In the other 400 events of the day on the boys side, Holmwood Technical’s Tahj Hamm ran a storming final 150 metres to take the Boys class 2 event, clocking 48.14 seconds, to finish ahead of Tarrant High School’s Jeremy Bembridge, 48.76. Kingston College (KC) snuck in for third place with Michael Joseph clocking 48.88.

In the class three event, KC did their title hopes a world of good, as Akeem Weir clocked 50.49 on his way to winning ahead of Charlemont High’s Deshaun Gordon, 50.66, and Jasauna Dennis of St Elizabeth Technical, 51.55.

Among the girls, Hydel High School, were impressive, cutting a massive 30 points out of the lead Edwin Allen held coming into the final day of ‘Champs’.

That drive was led by Hydel captain Charokee Young, who won the class one event in 52.48 ahead of Vere Technical’s Nickisha Pryce, 53.35, and Holmwood’s Kavia Francis, 53.59.

In the Class Two 400s, Daniella Deer of Holmwood Technical clocked 53.30 for the win, with Hydel’s Garriel White second in 53.55, while Roshell Rowe of Manchester High finished in 55.11.

In the class 3 girls 400-metre, Hydel were on top of the podium again, with Oneika McAnuff running to 53.01 and getting the better of Holmwood Technical’s Rickiann Russell, who stopped the clock in 53.88. Dejanea Oakley of Clarendon College was third in 54.09.

Hydel managed two more points in that event with Dejona Simpson, who finished sixth in 56.41.

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