RARING TO GO!
Girls line up for Western Champs qualifier
LUCEA, Hanover - THE Girls Class 2 shot put event will be contested at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association's (COCAA) Gatorade/Hanover Co-Operative Credit Union's Girls Western Champs for the first time at today's eliminations at the newly refurbished Colin Miller Sports Complex at Rusea's High in Lucea.
Previously the event was contested as an Open event but the organisers of Western Champs are adopting the move by the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) who introduced the new class at the National High Schools Championships last year.
Thirty six schools led by defending champions St Elizabeth Technical and including new comers Sydney Pagon High will take part today when 15 finals are scheduled to be contested.
The finals set to be contested are the 1500m races, 3000m, both shot puts and four finals in the long and high jumps. Additionally, there will be heats in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and relays.
Meanwhile, boys' defending champions Munro College have opened up a 38-point lead after Tuesday's eliminations held at Munro College in St Elizabeth.
Munro are on 136 points, leading Petersfield-98, STETHS-68, Herbert Morrison-51, Cornwall College-45, Lacovia-18, Cedric Titus- 12.5, Rusea's-11.5, Godfrey Stewart-10, Green Island-7, Grange Hill and Mannings-6, Green Pond and Muschett-4 each, Maggotty-3 and Balaclava-1.
Cornwall College's Class 2 thrower Warren Barrett highlighted the day with two of three records that were broken on the day, winning the shot put in a new mark of 17.24m and the discus throw in 53.81m.
Petersfield's Glenford Watson broke the other record smashing former Munro College thrower Emmanuel Oniya's two-year- old record of 52.26m by more than five metres, throwing 57.50.
Watson also had an outstanding series with just one throw under 54.00m.
Two Munro College throwers, Kino Dunkley and Drexel Maycock, were second and third respectively with 49.49m and 48.75m.
Barrett also broke another record held by Oniya, improving the five-year-old discus mark by nearly five and half metres, as his 53.81m smashed the 48.55m set in 2009.
Munro's Vicarie Elliot who led early, took the silver with a personal best 52.75m, while Petersfield's Kevin Nedrick, the pre-championships favourite, who fouled his first two attempts finished third with 48.32m.
The 16-year-old Barrett then broke his own one- year- old shot put mark, when he came from behind to beat Petersfield's Nedrick with a personal best 17.25m, beating the 14.55m he set last year, as Nedrick finished second with 16.63m, also a personal best. Munro's Andre Hendricks was third with 15.10m.
Petersfield's Stevon Crooks won the Class 1 shot put with 16.55m, ahead of his teammate Sanjae Lawrence, 15.03m, with Maycock taking another bronze medal with 14.63m.
Meanwhile, Petersfield's Daniel Cope won the Class 3 discus/shot put double with 11.40m and 39.92m respectively.
Munro's Darren Millington was second in the shot put with 11.26m and Petersfield's Levi Blake third in 11.06m.
In the discus, Herbert Morrison's Everton King was second with 35.75m and Munro's Hugh Fogo third with 35.19m.
Herbert Morrison's Basil Thompson won the Class 1 high jump with 2.00m ahead of Munro's Kemar Sutherland 1.95m, and Godfrey Stewart's Asani Hylton, 1.90m.
Munro's Tariq Fullerton won the Class 1 1500m with 4 minutes 05.31 seconds; STETHS' Jauavney James took Class 2 with 4 minutes 14.90 seconds, while his brother Rushane Fullerton won Class 3 with 4 minutes 37.90 seconds.