Barrett, Watson star at Western Champs qualifier
MUNRO, St Elizabeth — Cornwall College's Warren Barrett Jr smashed two records in the Class Two throws on yesterday's elimination of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Gatorade/Hanover Co-Operative Credit Union boys' Western Championships qualifiers held at Munro College.
Three records were broken, Barrett taking the Class Two discus throw and shot put, while Petersfield High School's Glenford Watson broke the Class One discus record.
Both discus records were previously held by former Munro College thrower Emmanuel Oniya, while Barrett improved his own shot put mark by almost two metres, throwing 17.25m for his second gold medal of the day.
Barrett's 17.25m in the shot put beat his own 15.44m set last year and the 53.83m in the discus beat the 48.55m set by Oniya five years ago.
Watson threw 57.50m to win the Class One discus, erasing Oniya's 52.26m set in 2012.
Meanwhile, after 13 finals yesterday, defending champions Munro College led the points' table with 136, leading Petersfield High on 98, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on 68, Herbert Morrison, 51, Cornwall College, 45, Lacovia, 18, Cedric Titus, 12.5, Rusea's High, 11.5, Godfrey Stewart, 10, Green Island, seven, Grange Hill and Manning's, six, Green Pond and Muschett, four each, Maggotty, three and Balaclava on one point.
Meanwhile, Barrett earlier came from behind to win the discus with a throw of 53.83m ahead of early leader, Munro's Vicarie Elliot, who 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.
Barrett took the lead in the fourth round when he threw 53.30m then went farther with 53.83m in the next round.
In the shot put, Barrett trailed Nedrick until the final when he got his rhythm and took over the lead, as the Petersfield thrower was second with 16.63m, and Andre Hendricks of Munro was third with 15.10m.
In the Class One discus throw, Watson, who led from the start, threw the discus 57.42m to beat the old mark of 52.26m set in 2012 and had just one throw under 54.00m, his opening attempt of 52.59m.
Two Munro throwers — Kino Dunkley and Drexel Maycock — were second and third, respectively, with 49.49m and 48.75m.
Petersfield's Stevon Crooks won the Class One 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 Three 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 One 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 One 1,500m with 4 minutes 05.31 seconds; STETHS' Jauavney James took Class Two with 4 minutes 14.90 seconds, while his brother Rushane Fullerton won Class Three with 4 minutes 37.90 seconds.