In a very different and spectator less showpiece event, Bogue-based Herbert Morrison Technical High School (HMTHS) became the first MoBay team to put points on the board at the 110th staging of the five day ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
On yesterday’s (Tuesday, May 11) opening day of competition, the lanky and accomplished Daniella Anglin cleared the bar at 1.78 metres to cop the silver medal in the Class One Girls High Jump event.
On the track, the talented Carleta Bernard moved through to Friday’s semi-finals of the Class 2 Girls 15-16, 200 metres finishing third in her heat as Western athletes had mixed showings on the day.
Bernard running out of Lane 6, with a heavily strapped right hamstring clocked a time of 25.44 seconds to secure one of the three automatic spots on offer.
On the boys side, the Herbert Morrison Technical High pair of Michael-Lee Hill and Chance Segree both failed to get going in their boys 200 metres races, ejected for false starts in back to back heats as did Shamani Whyte of Rhodes Hall and Farel Lewis from Petersfield.
All four got up way ahead of the starters gun and were shown the red card.
Antonio Watson gearing down with some 15 metres to go, cruised into the semis with a smooth display, storming to 21.78 seconds in winning his heat in the 200 metres Class 1 where Mark Daley of ‘Compre’ also progressed finishing second with a time of 21.92 seconds.
Devantae Heywood out of Rusea’s in Hanover failed to make progress after slowing after 15 metres jogging from the blocks and did not finish also in the Class 1 200 metres while his teammate Rahiem Scott, ran a superb opening 100 metres before fading back into 4th, clocking 21.99 seconds.Five finals are on for todays second day with action also in the semi finals of the sprint relays and the 1600 meters medley relay.