At the conclusion of today’s second day of Champs, Excelsior had placed 8 athletes in finals. Michael Graham became the first Class 3 XLCR boy to make it to a 100m final at Champs in decades. He produced a lifetime best of 11.26s to advance to the final. He returned 2 hours later for the finals where he once again churned out another PB, finishing 7th in 11.17s, thus securing 2 points for the Eagles, who are now 15th on the points table.
Michael Graham Earns Eagles First Points Champs ’23
Breana Brown put out a very controlled run to take the second of three semifinals in the 400m Class 3. Her time of 55.45 was good enough for the second fastest of all the semifinalists. She will run out of lane 5 in tomorrow’s final which goes off at 8:52pm.
The 400m programme at Antrim continues to produce some fine young long sprinters. In addition to Breana, both Gregory McFarlane and Kishawn Hoffman made it to their respective finals with personal best (PBs) performances. McFarlane 53.45 the 8th fastest in the Class 3 Boys 400m. Hoffman who ran a lifetime best in the heats upped the ante completed the oval at the national stadium in 49.14 for the 6th fastest overall time. McFarlane will run out of lane 2 in Thursday’s 9:00pm final, with Hoffman going from lane 7 in his final 15 minutes later.
The other finalists were all in the field events:
1. Girls Class 1 Shot Put – Prelims
- 3rd: Kahllah Bailey – 11.56m
- 7th best overall – advanced to the finals on Sat @ 2:12pm
2. Girls Class 3 Discus Throw · Prelims – Flight 2
- 3rd: Kayla Honeywell – 33.5m
- 6th longest overall – advanced to the finals on Fri @ 6:03pm
3. Girls Class 3 – High Jump Prelims
- Shauntai Pryce – 1.50m Q
- advanced to the finals on Thursday @ 12:02pm
4. Girls Class 4 – Long Jump Prelims
- 8th longest: Sheneil Stewart – 4.79m PB
- advanced to the finals on Thursday at 5:17pm
In the Class 2 Boys 100m semifinals, Malike Nugent ran a spirited 10.92 for a PB, which proved to be the 11th fastest of all the semifinalists, placing him outside of the finals. Damor Miller likewise produced a lifetime best of 10.63 in his semifinal of the Class 1 Boys 100m, but as the 9th fastest he just fell short of the top 8 and out of the finals.
Tomorrow’s programme will see the 200m sprinters take the track for their preliminary rounds. Also there will be the heats of the sprint relays and the 800m run, with the finals of the one lap events closing out the programme on Thursday.