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Seven records broken at Western Primary Schools Athletics Champs

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Seven records were broken at last weekend's ninth staging of the JPS Western Primary Schools Athletics Championships held over two days at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Black River Primary won the overall championships for the first time, amassing 319.5 points, 78.5 points more than two-time defending champions Corinaldi Avenue Primary, at 241.

Howard Cooke Primary was third with 163.5, followed by Barracks Road Primary — 159 and Catherine Hall Primary — 152.5 points.

Black River scored most of their points in the girls' section, topping with 212, ahead of Corinaldi Avenue — 105, newcomers Glen Stuart and Catherine Hall at 62 each.

Corinaldi Avenue won the boys' section with 136, just ahead of Barracks Road Primary — 119, Black River — 107.5 and Howard Cooke Primary — 102.5 points.

Carleta Bernard of Howard Cooke Primary went under the eight-year-old Class 5 200 metre record of 26.00 seconds three times over the two days after she ran 25.89 seconds in the first round then 25.97 in the semi-finals before a brilliant 25.29 seconds in the finals.

Jay-Quan Brown of Black River smashed the Class 5 boys' long jump record setting a new mark of 5.31 metres to pass the old 5.12m set last year by his team mate Alic Cranstan.

Meanwhile, Doniela Lewis of Black River set a new Class 6 girls long jump record 4.81m to beat the 4.68m set by Najuma Gayle of Green Pond Primary in 2012.

Everton Newton of Corinaldi Avenue set a new Class 6 400 metre record of 1.03.50 seconds to erase the 1.04.21 seconds set Duncans Primary's Antonio Watson in 2013.

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