Several records were broken as the curtain came down on the Digicel Grand Prix Series and GC Foster Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday. Among the record breakers was the fast-rising Rovane Williams of Rhodes Hall High School. Williams who ran out of lane 8, upstaged a quality field landed the Class 1 boys 400 metres hurdles in a brilliant personal best of 50.36 seconds.
Hydel's Shain Salmon got the record breaking performances underway by taking the girls 400 metres hurdles open in 57.65 seconds. 2015 World Youth champion and Calabar captain Christopher Taylor was an easy winner of the under-20 boys 400 metres in 45.92 seconds. Elsewhere, World Championship finalist Demish Gaye got the better of national record holder Rusheen McDonald in the men's one lap race, posting 45.76 seconds to McDonald's 46.19.
Calabar's Kevroy Venson produced a late charge to land the Under-17 boys 800 metres in 1:53.76. Holmwood's Chrissani May ran a well-timed race to capture the Under-20 girls event in 2:07.72. The boys equivalent produced a record by Jevauney James of St Elizabeth Technical who returned 1:51.50 to erase the old mark of 1:52.08.
Hydel took the girls 4x400m relay in 3:34.28 while Calabar secured the boys’ equivalent in controversial fashion, posting 3:06.42.
The race was held up for close to 10 minutes as meet officials huddled to make a ruling after Calabar’s first leg runner Shemar Chambers left his blocks early, resulting in the race being initially called back. Calabar dethroned St Jago to win the overall boys’ title in the Grand Prix Series while Edwin Allen High retained the girls’ crown.