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Eleven athletes from the G.C. Foster College/Sprintec Track Club were selected to be members of the World Championship team that will represent Jamaica in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6, 2019.
The members of the Jamaica contingent comprising of 55 athletes were revealed at the JAAA Press Conference held on Wednesday September 11 at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingston. This inclusion of G.C. Foster College / Sprintec Track Club is an improvement to the historic qualification to the World Championship in 2017 where 10 athletes from both entities were selected to represent Jamaica in London.
The list of athletes from GC Foster College / Sprintec Track Club include:
Oshane Bailey (4x100m relay)
Rasheed Dwyer (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay)
Demish Gaye (400m, 4x400m relay)
Demar Murray (4x400m relay)
Tisanna Hickling (long jump)
Ronda Whyte (400m hurdles)
Yanique Thompson (100m hurdles)
Shiann Salmon (4400m relay, 400m hurdles reserve)
Anastasia Le-Roy (400m, 4x400m relay)
Shashalee Forbes (4x100m relay, 200m reserve)
Natasha Morrison (4x100m relay)
With the island's top stars off to Europe, Tissanna Hickling delighted fans at Saturday's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers meet with a booming long jump effort that surpassed the World Championships qualifying standard.
Jumping in the white and brown of the GC Foster College for Physical Education and Sport, Hickling lined up her first jump perfectly and soared 6.82 metres.
The personal best mark put her 10 centimetres past the World Championships qualifying standard of 6.72 metres and made her the number 3 Jamaican long jumper of all time.
Hickling, a star during her days at St Jago High School, wasn’t surprised. “For the past weeks, I’ve been working really hard, so it was expected this evening, ” she said afterwards. Nevertheless, she was grateful that the qualifying mark had been attained. “I’m very relieved, I’m relieved and I give God thanks for that as well,” she said.
Her performance on Saturday also buried her former lifetime best in the sand at 6.70 metres and leaves her behind only Elva Goulbourne, the 2000 Olympic finalist, and Lacena Golding on the Jamaican all-time list at 7.16 and 6.87 metres, respectively.
Seemingly an inch or two taller than she was in high school, Hickling is looking ahead to the June 20-23 National Senior Championships and to jumps beyond 7 metres. “Just putting in the work, getting the right technique off the board, getting the right aggression in the run-up and I should get there by Trials, hopefully,” she said.
The meet also saw a smooth 100 metre effort from 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. The Racers Track Club sprinter left the pack at the halfway point and strode to a time of 10.26 seconds. Queried late in May, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic relay gold medallist stated: “I always show up at Trials so I’m just looking forward for Trials right now and make the team.”
The 400 metre hurdles events went to Bailey-Cole’s fellow 2014 Commonwealth champion Kaliese Spencer-Carter in 57.24 seconds and 2017 World Championship team member Ricardo Cunningham in 50.57 seconds, respectively. First year professional Anthony Carpenter looked steady in his section of the 200, winning in 20.89 seconds, and Petersfield’s 400 and 400 hurdles Carifta champion Shaquena Foote did some speed work with a 12.11 second trip in the 100 metres.
Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High School, and St Jago’s sprinter/hurdler Vashon Vascianna controlled their wins in the 100 metres. Davis was alone when she covered the ground in 11.36 seconds and Vascianna cruised home in 10.69 seconds.
G C Foster College swept to their fourth-straight win in the National Commercial Bank Intercol Track and Field Championships, beating closest rivals the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica by more than 100 points at the two-day event.
G C Foster scored 207 points in the men's section and 228.50 in the ladies' section for a total of 435.50 points, while UTech males scored 141.50 and the females 155.50 as they tallied 297 overall. The University of the West Indies (The UWI) had 129 on the men's side and 102 on the ladies' side to finish third overall with 231 points, as the big three finished in the same order as last year.
The writing was on the wall after day one as G C Foster led comfortably in both sections after seven scored finals.
Shawn-D Thompson got things going for the champions on Saturday afternoon when he took the men's long jump with 7.84m, adding a second gold medal to the one he won in the triple jump on Friday. His teammate Aubrey Allen was third with 7.38m, as they were separated by Ojamu Graham of UTech, who took the silver medal with 7.49m.
Tavia Dixon of Mico University College was the only one to win gold in the women's section for her school, taking the shot put final with a best of 14.15m. Tia Gaye Johnson (13.99m) and Debisha Scarlett (13.59m), both of G C Foster took the silver and bronze medals.
National champion Fedrick Dacres of The UWI completed a routine win in the men's discus with a big throw of 65.17m. Second went to Glenford Watson of G C Foster with 56.99m, while Alec Longmore of UTech was third with 48.50m.
Tissanna Hickling was another double gold medal winner at the championships, adding the triple jump gold to her 100m gold won on Friday night. She registered 13.62m to win ahead of her teammate Ave Anna Venair (12.26m) and Ashantie Carr (11.82m) of UTech.
The highly anticipated women's 200m final was won by Ashley Williams of G C Foster in 23.65secs with Tiffany James of Mico second in 23.88 and Ishara Scarlett of The UWI in third in 24.46.
Mico got their lone men's individual gold medal from Jamari Rose who won the 200m in 21.13 followed home by his teammate Hujaye Cornwall in 21.55. Mazhino Barrett of The UWI was third in 21.63.
The men's 400m was a very exciting affair as the G C Foster pair of Akani Slater and Demar Murray were both credited with 46.40secs, but Slater got the nod for first place. Andy Williams of UTech was third with 47.27.
The women's 400m race went to Sada Williams of UTech in 51.71. Shiann Salmon of G C Foster was second in 52.42, while third went to Junelle Bromfield of UTech in 53.29m.
G C Foster went to town in the relays, winning four of the six finals.
UTech won the women's 800m sprint relay final in 1:41.40 minutes, followed by Mico (1:42.00 minutes) and G C Foster (1:43.37 minutes), but G C Foster defended their men's 1600m medley title in 3:22.32 minutes, followed home by Knox (3:23.87 minutes) and The UWI in 3:24.95 minutes.
G C Foster then took the women's 4x100m final in 44.24secs ahead of UTech (44.36secs) and The UWI (47.75secs). The men's final went to Mico who won in 39.44secs, ahead of UTech in 39.98secs and G C Foster was third in 40.31secs.
The final two relays went to the St Catherine-based school.
G C Foster won the women's 4x400m in 3:47.34 minutes ahead of UWI 4:01.49 minutes and Mico 4:15.73 minutes, and the men's race in 3:06.41 minute ahead of Mico in 3:06.66 minutes and The UWI third in 3:11.72 minutes.