KINGSTON College Akeem Bloomfield and Tiffany James of the Mico University College brought the final day of the Carifta Trials to a grand ending yesterday with spectacular runs in the Under-20 400 metres events. Bloomfield has been absent from the track all season and qualified to the final after cruising to 47.44 seconds on Saturday in his first race in over a year. Running out of lane four in the final, he covered the field early — running the first 200 metres at a rapid pace and leaving his rivals for dead — before taking his foot off the gas for the remainder of the race, even stopping metres before the finish line to clock a season best 46.51 seconds, the fastest time among Class One boys this season. St Jago High’s Sean Bailey ran on strongly for second in 46.76 seconds, with Terry Thomas of Greater Portmore third in 47.76 seconds. Former Papine High standout, James, now under the guidance of Bertland Cameron at Mico, delivered a peach of a run in the women’s Under-20 final. St. Jago High’s Aleesha Kelly went out like a scared hare from lane four, but James kept her cool in lane five and went up a gear towards the end to score a big win in a fast 52.53 seconds, beating her nearest rival, Semoy Hemmings (53.77) of Hydel High, by over a full second. Satanya Wright of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was third in 55.28. Kingston College athletes registered a quinella in the boys’ Under-18 400 metres. Dashawn Morris, running out lane seven, won in a personal best of 47.52 seconds, with Tyreke Bryan second, also in a personal best, of 47.87 seconds. Third went to Anthony Cox of St Jago in 48.39. There was also a mild upset in the girl’s Under-18 400, metres as STETHS’ Stacey Ann Williams won in 53.87 seconds ahead of St Catherine High’s Annakay Allen (54.61). Favourite Sanique Walker of Vere Technical was third in 54.87 seconds. Vere’s Class Three athlete, Brittany Anderson, won the girl’s Under-18 200 metres. Anderson, who had captured the long jump on Saturday’s opening day, sprinted away from St Jago High’s Shaniel English to win in a personal best of 23.92 seconds. English clocked 24.17 for second, with third going to Joanna Reid of St Jago in 24.51. Overseas-based Damion Thomas, of North East High in Florida, was very impressive in winning the boys’ Under-18 110-metre hurdles in 13.73 seconds. Oquendo Bernard of Jamaica College (JC) was second in 13.97, with third going to Brandon Brembridge of Excelsior High in 14.04. Rohan Cole of the University of Technology took the boys’ Under-20 equivalent in 13.48 seconds, beating KC’s Orlando Smith (13.92) and Tyrone Bryan (13.95) of Calabar High, respectively. Daszy Freeman of Manchester High won the girls Under-18 100 m hurdles in 13.77 seconds, with Jada Campbell of Hydel second in 13.85 seconds. In the Under-20 event, Rushelle Burton of Camperdown High won in 13.74 seconds, beating Sidney Marshall of Manchester High (13.84). Selected Results GIRLS 200 METRES UNDER 20 1. Shanice Reid St Jago 23.85 2. Kimone Hines Green Island 23.92 3. Roneisha McGregor Hydel 24.20 1500 m UNDER 18 1. Cemore Donald EDA 4:40.80 2. Britney Dixon Vere 4:43.42 3. Kayon Green EDA 4:50.00 SHOT PUT UNDER 18 1. Gabrielle Bailey St And 14.63M 2. Akio Jones Wol 13.45M 3. Test Bryan Hyd 13.09 SHOT PUT UNDER 20 1. Janell Fullerton St J 14.78M 2. Sahjay Stevens Steths 13.95M 3. Devia Brown Hydel 12.73M DISCUS UNDER 18 1. Shadae Hudson *Holm 39.20M 2. Kimone Reid EDA 38.98M 3. Akiko Jones Wol 38.42M HIGH JUMP Under 20 1. Britney Kerr Hydel 1.70M 2. Lorean Murray St And 1.65 3. Gabrielle Foster Alpha 1.60M BOYS 200MUNDER18 1. Michael Stevens CHS 21.61 2. Michael Bentley St J 21.72 3. Delano Williams Mun 22.03 200 m UNDER 20 1. Angel Miller Xlcr 21.30 2. Imar Tomlinson Xlcr 21.55 3. Bonanza Cummings Herb Morr 21.63 DISCUS UNDER 20 1. Sanjae Lawrence Pet 51.84M 2. Kyle Mitchell Wolm 50.30M 3. Kevin Nedrick Pet 50.15 DISCUS UNDER 18 1. Phillip Barnett Xlcr 59.62M 2. Roje Stona St J 56.88M 3. Daniel Cope Pet 54.92M LONG JUMP UNDER 18 1. Shakwon Coke KC 7.23M 2. Joel Morgan Xlcr 7.17M 3. Shaquille Lowe KC 7.03M SHOT PUT UNDER 20 1. Warren Barrett CHS 19.89M 2. Sanjae Lawrence Pet 19.06M 3. Kevin Nedrick Pet 18.18M
As the island awaits the start of another Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, the question being posed is: what is the real cost of Champs? In January, the old boys’ associations of three of the biggest schools which participate in the annual event Calabar High, Jamaica College (JC), and Kingston College (KC) told The Gleaner that collectively they spend an average of $45 million each year preparing their respective athletes for the five-day championships. Manager of the JC team Ian Forbes, when asked how much his school spent on preparing a team for Championships responded: “To prepare a team properly, you would be talking in the range of $4 to 6 million.” When pressed further, he added that that amount would have been spent in only the final three to four months before the actual event. He added that the figure could go much higher. The all boys’ school has a team of 65 participating in Champs this week, down from a pool of more than 90. “If you look back to last July, last August, it’s not inconceivable. It could be in that neighbourhood ($15 million) actually. I was looking at the last three to four months,” Forbes said. “There are a number of things to be factored – nutrition, you have to pay coaches, there is medical, the feeding programme, transportation extra lessons for the boys because the boys spend such a lot of time practicing so you have to make it up somehow,” he added. Excelsior High School’s head coach David Riley, whose school runs a much smaller programme of approximately 80, split into boys’ and girls’ teams, said this week alone, his school will spend $1 million. Riley also noted that many of the facilities which other schools would have to pay for are already housed on Excelsior’s Mountain View Avenue campus, such as kitchen and boarding, which significantly reduces costs. “All costs of accommodations that other teams would incur, we have here, so we save ourselves that. And this year we are not buying new gear like, we did last year,” he added. Riley, a former head coach of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, said that while he was at the Heroes Circle-based school, the hotel bill for accommodation for Champs week alone was $600,000. “And that was for 40 people,” said Riley. This year, Champs’ title sponsors, GraceKennedy, invested $81 million into the event, a figure which represents less than one third of the amount JC spends in the course of a year to prepare its team. More than 200 boys’ and girls’ teams combined participate in championships. ISSA President Dr Walton Small said while some of the profits made from the Championships back to the schools, it is nowhere near the amount being spent. “Champs is not just about Champs. Champs is about ISSA,” he said, adding that the money ISSA makes from Champs helps to run the body’s other programmes. “To run the football programme is taking us well over $30 million or more than that, and that is just for the senior team. The Under-16 and Under-14, just the uniforms alone cost $19 million. The principals understand and the principals know that this is the main event we use to garner funds to run other sports. “Yes, we could give back more to the schools back more, but at what cost? Is it that we are going to ignore badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, hockey, swimming? “We can’t do that. Plus we have a staff to pay and, therefore, a lot of the money from Champs goes back to those,” Small said. Meanwhile, Forbes said while the financial return to the school may not be immediately visible, there are other benefits which come from the investment. “There is the opportunity to provide for the athletes to get scholarships and professional contracts. It helps their whole programme from a marketing perspective. Everybody loves a winner, and when you win, good things flow. The stakeholders are happier, and when they are happier, they contribute more, so it’s a ripple effect,” he said.
However, KKR were lifted to 158 for four on the strength of a 134-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan, who were undefeated on 66 and 63, respectively. Lions have now climbed to the top of the IPL standings following their win over KKR. Despite his team’s defeat, West Indies opener Andre Russell celebrated a milestone by moving to the top of the table for the most wickets taken this season. Russell had Suresh Raina caught at fine leg for 14 to finish with one wicket for 21 runs and taking his tally of scalps to 14. Meanwhile, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard wants his franchise Mumbai Indians to forget their excruciating loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday. Mumbai crashed to a massive 85-run defeat to Sunrisers at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam They were bowled out for 92 in 16.3 overs, the lowest total of the season, after Sunrisers posted 177 for three in their 20 overs. “To be honest, sometimes in these sort of games, you can find many faults, and at the end of the day, we come to play cricket, we come to give a 100 per cent,” said Pollard in the post-game news conference. “Today is one of the games where we don’t want to actually pinpoint anything. We just want to actually forget it.” Sunrisers’ innings were given momentum from a solid opening stand between David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan, which yielded 85 runs. Dhawan was not out on 82, while early aggressor Warner was caught by pollard two runs short of his half century. “This is the back end of the tournament and we need confidence. We don’t need guys with their heads down now,” said Pollard, who scored 11, one of only three batsmen to post low double-digit figures. “We don’t need people to be playing the blame game at this point in time. We need all hands on deck in order to get through the back end of the tournament.” Ashish Nehra, three for 15, and Mustafizur Rahman, three for 16, were the main destroyers of Mumbai’s innings. “For me, personally, I think it’s one of those things we just have to forget,” said the West Indies cricketer. “We will sit down again and look at the performances, look at how the wicket behaved and see how we need to improve”. Sunrisers’ huge win has taken them to the top of the IPL table. KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies opener Dwayne Smith contributed with the bat again as Gujarat Lions outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. Smith raced to 27 from 18 balls to kick off a methodical run chase in which Lions coasted to 164 for five in 18 overs, after KKR posted 158 for four from 20 overs at Eden Gardens. The Barbadian batsman struck four fours and cleared the ropes once in a 42-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum, who scored 29 from 24 balls. The partnership ended when Smith was beaten in flight by Shakib al Hasan and lost his stumps in the sixth over. Smith, who bowled two overs for Lions, also picked up a wicket for 14 runs. Dinesh Karthik’s top scored with a busy 51 from 29 balls to seal Lions’ seventh win, with five wickets in hand and 12 balls to spare. Earlier Knight Riders were reduced to 24 for four by the end of the power play as a result of impressive swing bowling by Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni, who exploited overcast skies. STRONG PARTNERSHIP MORE MOMENTUM