Several records broken and created at inter-school championships
The nation's top student-athletes were put on show at the the 54th annual inter-school championships. It was a great display of talent from schools right across the country. Neville Myton of Excelsior was among the favourites and fastest of the games.
Published Sunday, March 22, 1964
KC again the champions
-13 of 30 events taken by victors
Sunday Gleaner Sports Reporter
KINGSTON COLLEGE won the 54th annual inter-school championships yesterday for the third straight year and the tenth time since its entry in 1929. They finished the day with 86 points and a blazing record in the mile relay, the final event of the meet.
A remarkable feature of the meet was that the first five schools last year placed in the same order this year. Eight records were broken, one equalled, and four established. Kingston College was in thirteen of the thirty events and was, responsible for six of the records. Runners-up Jamaica College were again second this year with 38 points, Cornwall College were third with 31, Wolmer's Girls with 2.
The race of the day was the 880 yds for Class 1. Neville Myton of Excelsior started as a favourite along with Alexander McDonald, last year’s winner and record holder. Myton had won the mile comfortably on Friday but in the poor time of 4.38.8.
Francis Lyons, Excelsior’s other finalist in the 880, probably running to instructions, ran a blistering pace from the gun and shot into the lead, closely followed by Myton McDonald, and Walker. Walker took over at the last lap, but he was quickly caught by Myton, who sprinted through the tape 20 yards ahead of the rest and held the record time of 1.52.8.
The old record was 1.56.7 by McDonald last year.
The first final completed yesterday was the pole vault, and it was won by Clive Thomas of Cornwall College with a height of 11. The record is 11’ 10½”, set by Morris of Cornwall in 1959.
Anthony Henry of KC established a new record of 12.2 secs in the 80 metres hurdles for Class 3 while Calabar’s Larry Bincham did 21’ 4½" to win the Class 2 long jump from Victor Rose of York Castle, who was also second in the high jump.
Neville Peart of Holmwood led from the start to the finish in Class 2, 880 yds. and established a time of 2.1.3. Peart was third in the 440 yds.
Howard Gregory won the 100 yds. Class 3 from Charles Major of JC in 11.0 secs, establishing a new record in the process.
Lennox Miller, winner of both Class 1 sprints last year, repeated yesterday. After a slow start in the 100, Miller overtook Lewis Morris from Holmwood, runner-up last year, to win by a few inches.
There was no doubt about the 220 yds – Miller won comfortably in the smart time of 21.3, one-tenth of a second outside the record of 21.3 set by Louis Knight in 1951. Clifton Forbes, was second and Morris Third.
Bevin Holness of Munro won the Class 2, 100 yds., in 10.6 secs a stride ahead of Colin Green, a first-year Class 2 boy from KC. Green reversed the positions in the 220 yds., winning comfortably in 23.2 secs.
Big Hugh Manhertz took the shot put with a mighty heave of 48’ 6½” and broke the old record of 47” 10½” set by JC’s Robin Thompson last year.
Leopold Blaka of Wolmer’s threw the Class 2 discus 165ft 1in, almost 10 feet better than Manhertz’s two-year-old record of 155ft, 3½ins. He won the shot put on Thursday with a record throw of 48ft 1in.
Jamaica College won the Class Two 4 × 110 yds. relay in 48.2, with Wolmer’s second and KC third. Then Kingston College’s Class 1 squad equalled their own record act last year in the 4 × 110 yds. relay of 42.4. Cornwall was second and Manning third. JC also took the 4 ×110 yds. relay for Class 2 in 46.2, with Camperdown second and Cornwall third.
The best wine was served last – the mile relay. Defending champion and record holders KC led from the first leg to the last and were never seriously challenged. Hollette, who won the final leg in both relays, was timed in 49.2. Grant ran 43.7 on his first leg, McDonald 50.9 on the second, and Miller 48.8 on the third. KC’s winning Wave was 183.
Myton turned in the fastest individual time - 48.4 - on the third leg for Excelsior’s team, which placed fourth.
Champion athletes were Morris of Holmwood, Class 1, with 9 points; and Class 2 Blake of Wolmer’s, with 9 points.
The Governor General, Sir Clifford Campbell, attended the meet and presented some of the medals and trophies. The others were handed out by the Hon. Edward Seaga, Minister of Development and Welfare.
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