Jamaica Gleaner / Hillel Academy’s pair of Roman Tavares-Finson and Kimberly McNally were crowned overall champion boy and girl, respectively, at the ATL Automotive Group Inter-Schools’ Sporting Clays Challenge, which was held at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday.
Tavares-Finson shot an impressive 66 from 68 to win the event ahead of his teammate Zachary Chen, who registered a score of 65 from 68.
Both shooters starred in the super six round as they outshot Peter Mahfood of the American International School of Kingston (AISK), who, earlier, shot a perfect score of 50 in the preliminary round. Mahfood finished third with a score of 62 from 68.
Tavares-Finson said that he was elated with his performance. “It feels great to win this tournament because I wasn’t overconfident, but I was confident that I could win,” said Tavares-Finson.
“It was a nice course and it was well put together, but it was hard because I know that everybody had a good shoot, but I knew that I could win by a margin of one or two,” he said.
McNally won the girls title, defeating Annabelle Chung in a shoot-off. This was after both competitors had 37 from 50 in the preliminary round of the competition.
The 14-year-old McNally was also delighted with her performance.
“It feels great because I am very proud to win because I put a lot of hard work into it,” she said.
“It was moderately difficult because I stayed focus, and in the end, I was able to come out on top,” McNally said.
Hillel also won the overall school’s title with a score of 236, ahead of AISK, with 220, and Campion College with 216.
Over 70 competitors from 14 schools took part in the event.