Kingston, Jamaica – Bouwahjgie Nkrumie of Kingston College took the lead in the Class 1 boys’ 100m heats on Tuesday, March 28, during the opening day of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships (Champs23).
Nkrumie won his heat with a leisurely 10.51 seconds, advancing to the semi-finals.
Jamaica College’s Jaiden Reid impressed with a time of 10.52 seconds, while Junior Harris from Camperdown High and Javorne Dunkley of St. Elizabeth completed the top four qualifiers with 10.56 and 10.59 seconds, respectively.
Cole, Reid, and James in the girls’ semi-finals
In the Class 1 girls’ 100m heats, Serena Cole from Edwin Allen High School dominated at 11.57 seconds. Alexis James of Petersfield High and Tonie-Ann Forbes of Edwin Allen High also qualified for the semi-finals, clocking times of 11.74 and 11.80 seconds, respectively.
Alana Reid of Hydel, with 11.81, also made easy progress.
In the Class 2 boys’ 100m heats, Kingston College’s Nicardo Clarke finished first with a time of 10.95 seconds. Tavaine Stewart of Herbert Morrison, Johan-Ramaldo Smy of Muschett High, and Tramaine Todd of St. Elizabeth closely followed him.
Shemonique Hazle from Hydel High shined in the Class 2 girls’ 100m heats, finishing with a time of 12.17 seconds. Kaycian Johnson of St. Catherine High, Doniellia Lewis of Edwin Allen High, and Akhalia Collins of Holmwood Technical also secured their spots in the semi-finals at 12.19, 12.20, and 12.24 seconds, respectively.
Several other talented young athletes qualified for the semi-finals in Classes 3 and 4, including Malique Dennis of Jamaica College, Theianna-Lee Terr of Edwin Allen High, and Maria Baker of Holmwood Technical.
The ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, Champs23, will continue with the semi-finals and finals on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Kingston.