Record run for St Jago’s Tay­lor as Holm­wood’s girls im­press

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

hop­ing that New­ton Ster­ling will soon be on board to join forces with Dean-An­dre Thomas and Nickoy Chris­tian. To­day’s game against six­th­placed Tivoli Gar­dens will not be an easy one as the West Kingston-based club is keen on re­main­ing in the top six in or­der to be among the teams with a chance of chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle. Among their key play­ers are the vet­eran Jer­maine ‘Teddy’ John­son, Howard Mor­ris, lead­ing scorer Colorado Mur­ray, and the ex­cit­ing young­ster Ju­nior Mc­Gre­gor. At Har­bour View, the for­mer cham­pi­ons, who are now in ninth place, will be aim­ing to con­tinue their resur­gence with a win over Reno. The early sea­son strug­glers are en­joy­ing a four-game un­beaten run.

Cava­lier FC have the best record in their last five games, with Port­more United and Water­house be­ing among their con­quests. Hav­ing played well away from home, they should be fan­cied to get the bet­ter of eighth-placed Hum­ble Lion, who them­selves har­bour hopes of get­ting into the top six. Like other ti­tle as­pi­rants, they have been ac­tive in this the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow and are hope­ful of mak­ing two key ac­qui­si­tions from Ar­nett Gar­dens later this week.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Port­more United re­gained their po­si­tion at the top of the ta­ble and will be aim­ing to ce­ment that with a win over the in­con­sis­tent UWI FC, while Mon­tego Bay United host Mount Pleas­ant.

TO­DAY’S GAMES

7 p.m.: Har­bour View vs Reno – Har­bour View Sta­dium

3 p.m.: Dun­be­holden vs Tivoli Gar­dens – Royal Lakes Field

3 p.m.: Hum­ble Lion vs Cava­lier – Ef­fortville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

3 p.m.: Port­more United vs UWI FC – Span­ish Town Prison Oval

3 p.m.: Mon­tego Bay United vs Mount Pleas­ant – We­spow Park

IIIIITOMORROW’S GAME

8:35 p.m.: Water­house vs Ar­nett Gar­dens – Water­house Sta­dium

IST JAGO’S High’s Class Three ath­lete, Alex Tay­lor, was the high­light of the JAAA/Puma/ Fuller/An­der­son De­vel­op­ment meet at Kirkvine yes­ter­day with a record run in the 800 me­tres.

Tay­lor, who was one of the stars at the Pure­wa­ter/JC/R. Danny Williams meet on Jan­uary 5, con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form to turn back the chal­lenge of Kingston Col­lege’s Jaquan Coke and win the event in 2:07.09 to break the 2005 record of 2:07.80 set by for­mer Man­nings High star Davion Bent. Coke clocked 2:10.81 for sec­ond, while Taugh­vaun Martin of Belle­field was third over­all in 2:11.64.

Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal are look­ing very strong. Coach Dave An­der­son, who said at mid­week that his girls would pro­duce top per­for­mances at the meet, saw them liv­ing up to that prom­ise by show­ing good all-round depth in win­ning sev­eral events.

Among the top per­form­ers for Holm­wood yes­ter­day was the tal­ented Sashieka Steele. Com­pet­ing in the Class Two 200 me­tres, the Girls’ Champs Class Three record holder in the event blasted to an im­pres­sive 24.59 sec­onds, the fastest among fe­male ath­letes on the day. Ed­win Allen High’s Bethany Bridge was sec­ond on 25.26, while Steele’s team­mate, Kim­berly Parker, took third in 25.44. There were also vic­to­ries in Class One and Three for Holm­wood. In Class One, Kishawna Wal­lace stopped the clock at 25.38 to fin­ish ahead of team­mate Mari­cia Spence (25.61). Third went to Daszay Free­man of the Queen’s School in 25.69.

At­tayla Wal­lace took the Class Three 200m in 26.17, beat­ing Wolmer’s Girls’ Mikayla Gar­dener (26.18) and Vere Tech­ni­cal’s Kristal San­tokie, 26.45.

Ed­win Allen’s Xa­vian Harrison pre­vented a Holm­wood sweep by tak­ing Class Four in 26.90. Manch­ester High’s Mickara Suther­land and Holm­wood’s Camio White were sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively. Both were awarded the same time, 26.95.

RECORD RUN

Holm­wood’s Danielle Deer pro­duced a record run of 56.55 in the Class Two 400m. Her time erased the 56.90 set by for­mer Holm­wood ath­lete Anas­ta­sia LeRoy in 2005. Her team­mate, Col­isha Tay­lor, was sec­ond in 56.78, while Roshelle Rowe of Manch­ester High placed third in 57.46.

The for­mer Girls’ cham­pi­ons swept the top three places in the Class One 400m. Danielle Brisette (56.21) won ahead of Kavia Fran­cis (56.27) and Delverna Brom­field, 57.64.

Holm­wood’s girls also showed their strength in the mid­dle-dis­tance events win­ning two 800 me­tres.

Jody Ann Mitchell took Class Three in 2:24.60, ahead of Spald­ing High’s Kisha Rowe (2:26.16) and Ed­win Allen’s Leonna Lewis, third in 2:26.25.

Dahiema Williams topped Class Two in 2:24.84. Spald­ing’s Cherice Cope was sec­ond in 2:25.92.

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