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G.C. Foster College retained the male and female titles at the NCB Intercollegiate Track and field Championships yesterday at the National Stadium.
In the women's section they amassed 178 points to finish ahead of the University of Technology (UTech) 161, University of the West Indies (UWI), 116, Mico University College 73, and Montego Bay Community College, 21.
G.C. Foster's men were runaway winners of their section with 186 points. They were followed by UTech 147, UWI 114.4, Mico 34.5 and Knox Community College, 34.
G.C. Foster's Tissana Hickling and Demar Murray were the outstanding athletes on the final day of the two-day meet. Both completed double wins.
Hickling won the triple jump to add to the 100m title she captured on Friday evening. Her winning mark in the triple jump was 12.82 metres. Ave Anna Venier, also of G.C. Foster College, was second with 12.38m. Donna Ewers of UTech was third with 11.67m.
Following his triumph in the 400m hurdles the previous day, Murray defeated a strong field to capture the 400m in a personal best 46.09 seconds. UTech; s Terry Thomas, 46.88, and Devaughn Baker, 47.21, finished second and third respectively.
The vastly improved,Derriann Hill of UTech was an impressive winner in the women's 400m clocking 53.01. Mico's Dawnalee Loney, 53.75, was second with third going to Candice McLeod of UWI in 57.21.
UTech dominated the sprint hurdles. Shimarya Williams clocked 13.73 to capture the women's event, getting the better UWI's Okahalia Buchanan 14.63 and Melissa Walker, 15.80.
UTech then bagged the first two places in the men's 110m hurdles. Rohan Cole clocked 14.08 to get the better of Marcus Brown (14.39). Odario Phillips of UWI was third in 14.58.
In other finals, Daniel Glave of G.C. Foster College captured the men's 1500m in a record 3:56.76 while his teammate, Kellyann Beckford, won the women's race in 4:52.36. Beckford completed a the middle distance double by taking the 3000m in 11.17.39.
The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.
This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.
Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.
Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.
Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.
Article Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20180115/jamaican-bobsledders-qualify-winter-olympics