Sprintec Track Club scored two big wins during yesterday’s 2016 Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium.The club’s female and male teams clocked fast times to capture the men’s and women’s sprint relays for clubs and institutions.The quartet of Gayon Evans, Anastasia Leroy, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sherone Simpson turned back sister team GC Foster College to clock a winning time of 43.61 seconds. G.C. Foster were second in 44.17 and University of Technology, third in 44.35.McLaughlin-Whilby was overjoyed with her team’s run.”We just came out today to give of our best and I am very pleased with how the young ladies ran. I am happy I was able to finish injury free,” said McLaughlin-Whilby.The Sprintec men, who finished a close second to MVP Track Club at the recent Milo Western Relays, avenged that defeat with a quick 38.59 as Racers were second in 39.02 ahead of UTech, 39.55.The winning Sprintec quartet was Jermaine Hamilton, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer and Chadic Hinds.PRETTY CONFIDENT”We were not focusing on time coming into the race, but in the end, we were very happy that we ran fast. We have a new set of guys and I am pretty confident that next year we are going to run much faster,” Dwyer said.There were two 4x100m relay wins in the high school section for Edwin Allen High’s girls and Kingston College (KC).Edwin Allen won the Class Three, and Four events. In Class Three they clocked 46.13 to hold off St Catherine High, second in 46.19, and St Jago High, third in 46.34.In Class Four, favourites Edwin Allen remained unbeaten this season winning in 47.58 ahead of Hydel High, 47.70, and Wolmer’s Girls, 49.88.St Jago’s girls ran away with the Class One sprint relay after favourites Holmwood Technical dropped the baton. The Spanish Town-based school won in 45.77. Green Island High clocked 45.81 for second and Camperdown High were third in 45.92.Holmwood made up for their Class One loss by taking Class Two as favourites Edwin Allen had baton problems on the second leg. Holmwood won in 46.02, defeating St Jago (46.07) and Edwin Allen, 47.77.KC won the Class Three sprint relay clocking 43.41 to finish ahead of Wolmer’s Boys, 43.41, and St Jago, 44.09.A brilliant second leg from former Vaz Prep star Terrique Stennett gave KC an easy win in Class Four. They won in 45.17 with Calabar High second in 46.60 and St Jago third in 47.68.Jamaica College captured the Class One boys 4x100m in 40.01. St Jago, 40.44, and Cornwall College, 40.57, were second and third, respectively. In this event, Calabar’s second-leg runner fell after the exchange, while Kingston College’s anchor leg runner pulled up 30 metres from the finish line.Calabar were hit by a hamstring injury to star Class Two sprinter Tyreke Wilson. Wilson almost went down on the lead off leg, but, despite the injury, still managed to hand over the baton to teammate Christopher Taylor on the second leg. They won in 41.21 with Wolmer’s Boys second in 41.98.
[asset|aid=2495|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dd8874c513727b45c5788492f37c4c61-Egan 2_2_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, Egan is attributing last year’s low vandalism numbers to the Anti-Social Behavior sessions held last spring. During those meetings, the City gathered a list of crimes that the public felt where high-priority. Vandalism was one of the top-ranking crimes, and RCMP members were advised of the community’s concern. Egan says the detachment saw 421 vandalism cases in 2009, compared to 547 cases in 2008. [asset|aid=2496|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dd8874c513727b45c5788492f37c4c61-Egan 1_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Fort St. John RCMP Inspector Pat Egan listens to a councilor’s question, after he presented the 2009 detachment update on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caBy Christine Rumleskie Traffic fatalities within the Fort St. John RCMP jurisdiction decreased by 60 per cent in 2009. – Advertisement -That’s one of many findings in the 2009 Fort St. John Detachment Update, presented by Inspector Pat Egan at Monday night’s Council Meeting.Egan says in 2008, there were ten traffic fatalities, but in 2009, that number dropped to four. Inspector Egan says more traffic check stops likely decreased last year’s numbers. The report also provided numbers on drug-related charges within Fort St. John. The stats indicate that cocaine possession and trafficking was down. Meanwhile, marijuana possession was also down, while marijuana trafficking increased only slightly. Inspector Egan says many ‘high-profile’ drug traffickers were arrested in 2008, which could have resulted in the lower numbers. Advertisement The RCMP dealt with a significant amount of people who were drunk in public last year. In 2008, officers got 661 calls, but in 2009, there were more than 920 people that were caught drunk in a public location. Egan is optimistic about the statistic, saying that police presence has increased in the downtown core, resulting in more people being apprehended.Overall, the detachment received 13,836 calls for service, which is 6% lower from 2008. City Council will now be meeting with officers from the local detachment on February 15th, to establish a list of priorities for 2010.