THERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.
Suresh Raina has ticked all the right boxes after being given the responsibility of leading the Indian Premier League newbie Gujarat Lions. The Lions are sitting pretty at the top of the table after winning seven of their eleven games. (Full Coverage|Points Table)New Responsibilities Now, the Lions skipper is all set to handle one of the biggest responsibilities of his life. Raina is expecting his first child this month and has left the IPL, which is nearing its business-end, to join his pregnant wife Priyanka in Holland. (Also read: Suresh Raina trusts me, says Gujarat Lions pacer Praveen Kumar) “I am meeting my wife tomorrow, leaving for Holland. So, I am very excited right now,” Raina said after leading his side to a five-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Raina also posted a tweet on Mother’s Day expressing his eagerness to meet the women special to him.#happymothersday ??mom??and to future mom can’t wait to see you both ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/r90fST2fUX Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 8, 2016Notably, Raina had credited his wife Priyanka for his successful stint as captain saying she had helped him become more responsible and calm. “I think I have improved a lot as a person after my marriage. I have become very calm and responsible,” Raina told iplt20.com.Ideal Wife Raina tied the knot with Priyanka, his childhood friend, in April last year.The left-handed Uttar Pradesh batting mainstay said his wife had no problems with him spending more time with his Gujarat teammates and added that she has understood and supported him well. “She encourages me to spend more time with my teammates even if that means I don’t have enough time left for her. Her support and understanding has given me more opportunities to form a bond with this new team, understand my players and gel them together,” Raina said.advertisementWest Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batting powerhouse, Chris Gayle also took a break from the IPL early in the season to be with his partner during the birth of their daughter whom he named ‘Blush’ after his infamous interview with Australian TV reporter Mel McLaughlin.