G.C. Foster College was the toast of the two-day VMBS Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships, which ended at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track last Saturday, as the Maurice Wilson-coached teams held off strong challenges from the University of Technology (UTech) in the female section, and from the University of West Indies (UWI) and UTech on the male side, to be crowned male and female champions.
The male team defended their title successfully after tallying 195 points, while the female team, after a surprise loss a year ago, returned to winning ways, scoring 201 points to relegate defending champions, UTech, to second with 189 points.
Head coach Wilson was, as expected, pleased with the results.
"Last year, it was mixed feelings for me after seeing our female team losing, but we went back to the drawing board and planned well, and I am extremely happy that we were able to win both titles, as it was very difficult. The other teams pushed us all the way. Our success was possible due to the good support staff around me, led by Principal Edward Shakes, Sports Director Ventley Brown, Sean Samuels and Janiel Smith, and the other coaches who all played pivotal roles," said Wilson.
On the female side, the Spanish Town-based team saw Roxcine Salmon scoring 32 points to be named MVP. She picked up two wins, including a record, and two second-place finishes. After winning the 3000 metres last Friday in 11:27.90, and finishing second in the 800 metres in 2:16.21, she returned last Saturday to win the 3000 metres steeplechase in a new record of 11:45.50, before coming second in the 1500 metres in 5:03.15.
Other successes on the female side from G.C. Foster came from Tashagayle Bailey, 1.70 metres in the high jump; Andrea Goodwin, 11.9 metres in the triple jump; and Shanice Brown in the discus. Brown had a record throw of 49.86 metres to defeat her teammate.
Webster Chung of G.C. Foster College also shared the male MVP award with Ricardo Cunningham of UTech. Both athletes had two wins tallying 18 points. Chung won the 5000 metres in 15:53.0 and the 3000 metres steeplechase in 9:47.57. Cunningham, who won the 800 metres in a record 1:49.65 on the opening day, returned to win the 1500 metres last Saturday in 4:03.19.
Raymond Brown was also impressive for the champions, as he won the men's shot put with a new record and personal best of 20.35 metres.
FINAL POINTS STANDING (TOP 5)
1. G.C. FOSTER COLLEGE - 195
2. UWI MONA - 182
3. UTECH JAMAICA - 176
4. EXCELSIOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE - 42
5. MICO UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE - 31.5
1. G.C. FOSTER COLLEGE - 201
2. UTECH JAMAICA - 189
3. UWI MONA - 127.5
4. MICO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE - 68
5. COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE CASE - 45.5