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John Jones stars at Open League meet with Carifta qualifying throw


By Petra Harvey

On a day when most of the results were nothing much to shout about, John Jones breathed some life into the second Amateur Athletics Open League meet with a throw of 61.29m in the Menís Open Javelin.

A distant second was his Elite Distance team mate Daneal Marshall with 42.89m, while Princess Margaretís Jamar Nicholls was way off the mark with 37.91m.

The number of athletes down to compete in the hurdles was very disappointing when only ten competitors in all the categories combined faced the starterís.
Quantum Leapís Greggmar Swift sadly was the only competitor in the Under 20 Boys 110m hurdles and raced with the Under-17 competitors. However, he recorded 13.95 seconds to qualify for Carifta.

Swift also won a very slow Menís Open 100m dash in 10.86 seconds. Everton Weekes was second in 11.06 seconds, while Jermaine Hinds was third in 11.25 seconds.

Foundation Schoolís Shaquille Alleyne was another bright spot on Sunday when he won the Menís 800m Dash in 1:58.80. Second was Elite Distanceís Xavier Jeffrey in 2:00.84, while Wibisco Stars Nicholas Henry was third in 2:05.11.

After not competing for almost a year after breaking his ankle last year, Foundation Schoolís John Haynes returned to competitive action with a bang. Haynes easily won the Under-17 Boys 800m in 2:05.25, with Elite Distancesí Delon Williams a distant second in 2:28.99.

Leo Garnes won the Menís 3000m Open Run in 9:59.29 seconds, but the talk of the town was about the second placed finisher Joshua Greene who was hot on his heels in 9:59.61. Third was Ashad Stuart in 10:30.31 to complete an Elite Distance sweep in this event.

Athletics at the National Stadium will continue this Saturday January 30 from 10 a.m. with the inaugural Joseph Payne Memorial Track & Field and Cycling Classic.

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