The Class One 400m enhanced its growing status as one of the races of Champs 2015 as the heats showcased some impressive qualifying runs with all the main contenders and potential spoilers easily progressing. Kingston College’s red hot duo of Akeem Bloomfield (48.16) and Twayne Crooks (47.23) cruising to easy wins. Also looking very easy in qualifying were Robin Black of STETHS and the St. Jago pair of Nathon Allen and Martin Manley. Class Two record holder Devaughn Baker and his team-mate Shawndail McClaren looked the part in progressing as did Romario Williams of Muschette and the Petersfield High twin pronged challenge of Devaugh Ellington and Jordan Scott. Calabar also served notice of their intentions with two qualifiers for the semifinals.
Tajai Jackson of Calabar led all qualifiers in Class Three with 51.91 seconds. Holmwood Technical’s Tajay Broomfield ( 51.92 seconds), Evaldo Whitehourne of Calabar (51.95 seconds) and Hydel High’s Raheem Russell (52.07 seconds) were other impressive heat winners.
Class One Long Jump favourite Obrien Wasome of Jamaica College showed already that he will be tough to beat jumping 7.54m, well ahead of the Cornwall College pair of Odaine Lewis (7.13m) and Alrick Ottey (7.12m). Wasome’s team-mate Ajani James, Jordan Scott of Campion College and Carlington Moulton of St. George’s college also progressed with jumps over 7.00m. Kingston College’s Shammawi Wellington was a big name casualty, failing to advance.
Calabar’s depth in the field events was on display in the Javelin Open with Adrian Mitchell leading all qualifiers with 55.71m and his team-mate Najair Jackson (53.45) recording the 4th best throw. Petersfield’s Kevin Nedrick (53.64m), Jevaud Pringle of Bellefield High (53.52m) and Ronque Taylor of STETHS (49.79m) rounded out the top five.