Edwin Allen’s Delano Kennedy moved into the top 10 all time for Jamaican juniors over 400 metres, while Rickiann Russell of Holmwood Technical just missed out on the “Champs” record to close the show on day three of the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships on Thursday.
Kennedy improved his personal best and stormed away with the Class 1 boys 400 metres in 45.27 seconds to live up to the favourite’s tag in the event.
Jamaica College's Malik Smithband won silver in 45.74 and Jasauna Dennis of STETHS got bronze in 45.87. The performance moved Kennedy to number 10 all-time among Jamaican Juniors.
Russell narrowly missed out on breaking a 17 year old record for the 400 metres, as she took the Class 1 event in 51.26 seconds, just 13 hundredths of a second outside of Sonita Sutherland's 2006 mark of 51.13.
In the field, Edwin Allen’s Sheniela Williams threw 42.40 metrres to win the girls javelin open, while JC’s captain Racquil Broderick produced an effort of 62.94 metres to win the Class 1 boys discus ahead Calabar’s Kobe Lawrence 60.41 metres and Ricardo Hayles of Clarendon College 60.15 metres.
Meanwhile, a total of 13 finals are slated to be contested on Friday’s penultimate day of the championships which begin at 9:00 am with the 100 metres of the heptathlon for girls.
Among the finals that will be contested are the 400 metre hurdles open for girls as well as the 400 metre hurdles for Class 1 and 2 boys. The 2000 metre steeplechase finals for boys and girls will also be contested.
The finals of the Class 2 girls discus, the Class 4 and Class 1 girls high jump, the Class 1 boys discus and triple jump as well as the class 3 boys long jump will also be contested.
The semi-finals of the 200 metres, the sprint hurdles and the 400 metre hurdles will also be contested.