LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete.
– driver’s licence suspended for 12 monthsSeveral drivers in the mining town of Linden were recently charged and placed before the court for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), as Police in ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continue crackdown exercises targeting these offenders.On Tuesday last, twenty-three-year-old Mahaica Grant pleaded guilty to this offence when he appeared before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse for the second time in less than two months.Already charged with exceeding the legal limit of alcohol on his breath while driving, Grant has also been charged with dangerous driving.The court heard that on June 9, 2018, Grant, while driving motor vehicle PSS 9449 along the One Mile Public Road in Linden, collided with another motor vehicle. He was then subjected to a breathalyser test which proved that he was above the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption.The accused pleaded guilty to this charge and was fined $10,500 or an alternative of three weeks in prison for dangerous driving. Additionally, his licence has been suspended for 12 months for exceeding the legal limit of alcohol while driving under the influence.Back in April, Grant had appeared before Magistrate Nurse for the first time in connection with this offence, and was fined $7,500 with an alternative of one week in prison.Drivers are being reminded that the legal limit of alcohol when driving is 35 micrograms. Drivers in default on the first occasion will face a fine of $7,500, second occasion occurrence would result in drivers’ licences being suspended for one year; and third occasion occurrences would result in drivers’ licences being permanently suspended.