Rusea’s take girls Western Champs title, STETHS boys repeat
CATHERINE HALL, St James — Rusea’s High School ended St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) 11-year run as County of Cornwall Athletic Association’s (COCAA) Digicel Western Champs (Girls) after winning the school’s first title on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Rusea’s amassed 344.50 points, STETHS 272.50, Petersfield High got 182.50, Mt Alvernia High 179 and Mannings School fifth with 142 points.
Rusea’s managed only 298 points last year as STETHS edged them by 24 points with a total of 322, while Petersfield tallied 152.
The STETHS boys, however, retained their title, winning their third in a row, piling up a massive 365 points, over 80 points more than second-placed Munro College (260.5), with Petersfield High third (249.33), Cornwall College (221.33) and Rusea’s High (144.50) rounding out the top five.
STETHS’ total was less than the 391.5 they piled up last year and Munro College also fell short of the 316.50 last year, while Petersfield scored almost the identical 249 from last year, while Cornwall College improved on their 147 and jumped one place ahead of their fifth-place finish in 2016.
Roderick Myles, the Rusea’s head coach, was a pleased man after their hard work had paid off. “It’s a good feeling, it’s something we were looking forward to as a 240th anniversary gift to the school,” he said.
After falling short a third-straight time last year after leading the points tables going into the final day, Myles said they “recognised that we lost a lot of points in the sprints and so we started planning from the summer and we put a lot of effort in that area”.
Despite falling short of the 350 points they were targeting, he said the overall victory was “still great, we will celebrate this one”, adding his contract at the school would run out this year.
Myles singled out jumper Myesha Nott, who broke two records as the outstanding athlete of the week.
“She broke two big records in the long jump and triple jump (and) these were quality records held by very good athletes and she did not just pass the triple jump mark, she smashed it and it will stay there for a long time,” he said.
On Thursday, Nott broke the 15-year-old Class One long jump record of 5.72m set by Andrea Smythe in 2002 with a new 5.75m, and on Saturday, she broke the triple jump open mark of 11.80m held jointly by Andrea Linton from 2002 and Opal James in 2012 by almost a metre with 12.63m, second-best by a Jamaican this year so far and fourth best in the world.
Seventeen meet records were broken over the three days of the meet and two established with both Class Four 4x100m relay times being eclipsed late Saturday.
The Mt Alvernia High girls’ ran 49.63 seconds to break their own 49.95 seconds set in 2015, finishing ahead of STETHS — 49.93 seconds and Rusea’s High.
Cornwall College broke the boys’ Class Four record of 47.60 seconds set by Herbert Morrison in 2007 with a smart 47.52 seconds, beating St Elizabeth Technical’s 47.66 seconds and Green Island’s 49.46 seconds.
In one of the biggest upsets of the day, Rhodes Hall High’s Rovane Williams, who came off the ninth hurdle in third place, ran past the STETHS pair of Dashinelle Dyer and Jauavney James to win the Class One boys 400m hurdles in 53.48 seconds.
Dyer was second in 53.59 seconds and James took the bronze in 54.66 seconds.
Rusea’s High’s claimed a big win when he took the Class One boys’ 400m in 47.95 seconds beating the STETHS pair of Leonardo Ledgister (48.29 seconds) and Ouekie Wright (48.34).
Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson was impressive in winning the Class Two 400m from lane one with 49.65 seconds, beating teammate Romario Taylor (49.95 seconds) and Munro College’s Rosean Bernard (50.87).
Cornwall College jumpers won both triple jumps on Saturday, with last year’s ISSA Champs Class Two silver medallist Owayne Owens outduelling Munro College’s Tevin Dunn, both producing their best jumps in the final round in Class One.
Dunn took the lead with 15.06m only to see Owens uncork a personal best 15.16m on the final jump of the competition to snatch the gold.
Omari McKenzie won Class Two in his first competition in the event with 12.70m, edging Munro College’s Michael Johns (12.65m) and Petersfield High’s Tevaughn Tate (12.64m).