Champs 2023 400m finals
Champs 2023 400m finals

Delano Kennedy and Rickiann Russell achieved personal bests in the 400m finals at Jamaica’s High School Championships, Champs held at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday (30).

With an energetic atmosphere, Kennedy, representing Edwin Allen High School, secured the gold in the Class 1 boys’ race in 45.27 seconds. Meanwhile, Russell, from Holmwood Technical, claimed victory in the Class 1 girls’ race in 51.26 seconds.

In the boys’ event, Malique Smithband from Jamaica College placed second in 45.74 seconds, followed by Jasauna Dennis from St. Elizabeth High School in 45.87 seconds.

In the girls’ competition, Russell and Oneika McAnnuff from Hydel High battled on the backstretch and into the straight before Russell pulled away to clinch the win. McAnnuff also recorded a personal best with 52.11 seconds, while Kacian Powell from Edwin Allen High School finished third in 52.76 seconds.

Tahj-Marques Whit from Kingston College won the Class 2 boys’ gold medal in 47.73 seconds. Omary Robinson from Jamaica College finished second in 48.49 seconds, followed by Nickecoy Bramwell from Calabar High School in 48.88 seconds.

In the Class 2 girls’ race, Jody-Ann Daley from Hydel High School secured the gold medal in 53.61 seconds. Sabrina Dockery from Lacovia High School placed second in 54.12 seconds, and Kitania Headley from St. Catherine High School finished third in 54.13 seconds.

Christopher Ellis from Calabar High School took the gold medal in the Class 3 boys’ race in 50.49 seconds. Jordan Rehedul and Eshanee Porter from Kingston College claimed second and third places with times of 50.67 and 50.69 seconds, respectively.

In the Class 3 girls’ event, Nastassia Fletcher from Hydel High School won the gold medal in 53.99 seconds. Breana Brown from Excelsior High School finished second in 55.58 seconds, while Rhianna Lewis from Rhodes Hall High School placed third in 56.15 seconds.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.