KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica High School Boys and Girls Championships is up and running and the favourites are making sure that key contributors are well positioned to score big points in the title race.
His team isn’t the favourite to lift the overall crown this year, but jumper Obrien Wasome of Jamaica College made sure he took a step closer towards achieving his goal this season after cruising into the final of the Class One boys long jump.
The defending champion who revealed that he hopes to break the championships record at the meet, posted the best mark from the preliminaries and lead the 12 qualifiers for the final, although his effort was wind-aided.
Wasome stretched out to 7.74 metres — assisted by a 3.2 m/s wind — to take victory in the first flight of the competition and led Vere Technical High’s Tasrico Bell 7.14m and Kingston College’s Dameon Creary (7.11m) into the final as well from that flight.
Heading into Champs 2016, Wasome revealed: “I’m very healthy, no injuries, nothing to worry about. I’m very healthy.”
Both Creary and Bell achieved their marks with legal wind readings.
Seven total jumpers were over the seven-metre mark in the qualifying round, with six of them being established with legal winds.
Leroy Paige (7.17m) led the Calabar High charges into the final after he won the second flight.
His teammate Gabriel Allen had posted 6.91m to finish fourth in the first flight, thus booking his place in the final as well.
Another Champs 2016 title chasers, Kingston College, will have two competitors in the final as well, with Shammawi Wellington (6.92m) joining Creary in the deciding round.
Wasome is hunting the 7.87m Champs record, as well as the 8.15m Olympic Games qualifying standard.
Meet Record: R 7.87m 1993 LEON GORDON, VERE TECHNICAL
Qualifiers Class One Long Jump Final
1 Obrien Wasome Jamaica College 7.74mq 3.2
2 Leroy Paige Calabar High 7.17mq 1.8
3 Tasrico Bell Vere Technical High 7.14mq 0.5
4 Dameon Creary Kingston College 7.11mq 0.4
5 Lorne Barrett Campion College 7.10mq 1.8
5 Shown-d Thompson St. Jago High 7.10mq 1.1
7 Paketo Dudley Jamaica College 7.08mq 1.2
8 Shammawi Wellington Kingston College 6.92mq 2.0
9 Gabriel Allen Calabar High 6.91mq 1.8
9 Ryan Brown Old Harbour High 6.91mq NWI
11 Jordan Scott Campion College 6.87mq 0.9
11 Rashaun Dawkins St. Jago High 6.87mq 0.8