Great start to Boys and Girls Championships

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Six finals will be contested on today's second day of the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium.

The class two boys long jump and the class one boys long jump will be the events to secure the first points in the boys competition.

The class one Girls Discus and the Shot Put for class 2 girls will also be decided today for the girls to open their account on the score sheet. The first track final will be penultimate event today the girls 2 thousand metres steeplechase open followed by the boys event.

The action gets underway at 8.30 with the preliminaries of the class four girls long jump, the class one Girls Shot Put and the class one Boys Discus.

Meanwhile yesterday's opening day saw the fastest ever 15 year old over 400 metres Christopher Taylor posting the fastest time in the first round of the event in class two as he won his heat in 47.25 seconds after starting out aiming for the record of 46.64 seconds.

He is followed into the next round by Anthony Carpenter also of Calabar 48.34 and Tyreke Bryan of Kingston College 49.63 seconds. Twayne Crooks of Kingston College was the fastest qualifier in the class 1 boys 400 after winning his heat in 47.23 seconds. Crook's teammate, Akeem Bloomfield took his heat in 48.16 seconds while the St Jago high pair of Martin Manley and Nathan Allen won their heats in 48.16 and 48.22 seconds respectively to move into the semi-finals on Friday.

Earlier Janeek Brown of Wolmer's produced the fastest time in the class two girls 100 metre hurdles heats. Brown, who was drawn in the tough heat one posted 13.82 seconds to finish ahead of Edwin Allen's Patrice Moody 13.89 seconds.

Trishauna Hemming's of Glengoffe also clocked 13.82 seconds in heat 4. Safita Thompson of St Jago is also in the next round after crossing the line in 13.92.

Meanwhile, in the class 3 girls 80m hurdles, Holmwood's Shanette Allison 11.41 and Joda Campbell of Hydel 11.54 seconds are the best going into the semis.