McCarthy impresses in shot put
HAVING missed his chance to compete at the ISSA Boys' Champs due to academic ineligibility, Ascott High's Vashon McCarthy took a big step towards a second gold medal in consecutive years at the Carifta Games after throwing a personal best 18.05m to win the Under-18 boys' shot put on yesterday's first day of the Carifta Trials at the National Stadium.
Both McCarthy and Cornwall College's Warren Barrett Jnr, who threw a personal best 17.90m for second place, would have decimated the old Under-17 Carifta Games record of 17.42m.
McCarthy, who took the silver medal in the Carifta Games shot put and won the discus throw gold medal last year, told the Sunday Observer he was grateful for the opportunity to compete at the Carifta Games after missing out on Champs this year.
"I am disappointed that I won't be able to go to Champs, but I used this chance to do my best and hope I will be able to make it up," he said.
McCarthy, who is in the 11th grade, said he hopes to be successful in seven CXC exams he will sit and qualify for sixth form, and be back at Champs next year.
The winner of the Class Two shot put at Champs last year, he opened with a 17.80m throw to take the lead, but had to come back in the final to get the winning throw after Barrett improved gradually through the rounds with four throws over 17.00m.
World Youth Games representative Demar Gayle of Edwin Allen won the Under-20 boys' discus throw with 53.43m, beating Petersfield High's Glenford Watson, who landed at 52.03m, with Jamaica College's Alec-Verne Longmore taking third with 50.95m.
The Under-18 girls' discus throw went to Janel Fullerton of Edwin Allen (43.75m), who beat Davia Brown of Hydel (40.63m) and Wolmer's Girls' Coya Christie (39.23m).
Hydel High's Shardia Lawrence, the Carifta Games defending Under-20 girls' triple jump champion, was unable to take part in her pet event after injuring her hamstring during warm-ups and will miss the rest of the Trials.
Holmwood's Tamara Moncrieff won the event with 12.67m ahead of her teammate Latavia Coombs (12.56m), with Claudette Allen of Edwin Allen third with 12.50m.
Britney Kerr of Hydel won the Under-18 event with 12.56m, beating Shanique Bright of Manchester High (12.10m) and Hydel's Abigail Swaby (11.97m).
Calista Baker of Holmwood won the girls' Under-20 long jump with 5.73m ahead of Chrisann Bryan of Wolmer's Girls' (5.63m) and Edwin Allen's Amia Ashley (5.62m).
Edwin Allen's Olivia Leckford took the Under-20 girls' javelin throw with 43.64m, as Manchester High's Isheka Binns took second place with 41.72m and Happy Grove's Macy McFarlane was third with 35.89m.
The Under-18 title went to St Elizabeth Technical High School's Sahjay Stevens with 31.38m, as Vere's Avrey Pryce finished second with 27.70m.
The Under-20 boys' pole vault went to Jamaica College's Christopher Mitchell, who cleared 3.90m to beat his teammate Akeem Kerr with 3.50m, and Calabar's Tian Cain (3.40m).
Calabar High's Jevaughn Fowler took a competitive Under-20 boys' long jump with 7.23m, just ahead of Kingston College's Sharlango Nelson's 7.20m, while St George's College's Carlington Moulton took third place with 7.14m on his final jump, which took him from sixth place.