Four records broken at Digicel Western Champs

Observer writer

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Four records were broken at yesterday's first day of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA)/Digicel Western Championships at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz.

Munro College's Class Three thrower Altwayne Bedward was responsible for two of the new marks previously held by Petersfield High athletes — the shot put and discus throw, while St Elizabeth Technical High School's (STETHS) Michal Buchanan and Rusea's High's Keliesha Shaw got the other two.

Buchanan, better known for his hurdling prowess, upset favourite Owayne Owens of Cornwall College to win the Class One long jump with a new meet record 7.43m, while Shaw upset her twin sister and record holder Aliesha to win the Class Two shot put event with a new mark of 14.90m.

At press time defending girls' champions Rusea's High and Petersfield High boys led their respective sections after nine finals each.

Rusea's High were on 129 points, 33 points more than STETHS on 96 with Manning's School on 53, seven more than Petersfield High on 46, with Mt Alvernia High on 31 filling out the top five positions.

One point separated the top two boys' teams after nine finals with Petersfield High ahead on 103 points just ahead of Munro College on 102 and Cornwall College third on 60 points, with STETHS in fourth place on 59.5 and Manning's on 48.

Bedward was on fire as he threw 49.22m to erase Glenford Watson's nine-year-old record of 43.74m in the discus throw, then smashed Antonio Watson's 13.25m set two years ago with a new 14.50m.

Owens, the 2017 IAAF World Under-18 triple jump finalist was leading comfortably in the Class One long jump with a new personal best 7.20m before Buchanan, who qualified for the final with 6.82m and improved to a personal best 7.10m in the fourth round, uncorked a big 7.43m, just breaking Damian Young's 7.42m mark set in 2003.

Owens had to settle for the silver after his final jump, which landed further than Buchanan's, was ruled a foul ,while Green Island's David Tomlinson finished third with 6.97m.

Munro College's Darryl Anglin won the Class Two long jump with 6.60m, beating Herbert Morrison's Alexavier Monfries (6.42m) and Tyreek Segree of Munro College took the bronze with 6.27m.

Rhodes Hall's Javaughn Duhaney won the Class Four high jump with 1.50m beating Cornwall College's Shemar Martin who had the same mark with third going to Manning's Dontay Hart with 1.40m.

Keliesha Shaw upstaged Aliesha, a Commonwealth Youth Games representative, after she threw a lifetime best 14.90m on her final effort to snatch the gold from her sibling, who had thrown 14.20, as both beat the 13.36m set by Aliesha last year also at STETHS.

Petersfield High' Deon Burley was third with 13.32m.

Aliesha returned to win the discus throw with 42.52m, beating her teammate Cheyanne Fearon with 37.07m, as Petersfield's Burley took the bronze with 35.68m.

STETHS' Krista-Gay Leslie won the Class One shot put with 11.10m, beating Rusea's discus throw champion Shamella Donaldson (11.01m) and Petersfield's Juden Aird with 10.70m

Mt Alvernia High's Paula-Marie Brown won the Class Three high jump with 1.60m, beating Rusea's Toniann Moodie (1,45m) and Kytthony Baghaloo of Montego Bay High (1.40m).

The top four jumpers in Class Two also cleared 1.60m with Lacovia High's Kadian Myers winning on the countback ahead of Rusea's Nia Robinson, Alliyah McNeil of STETHS and Montego Bay High's Roshell Clayton,

Rusea's Anna-kay Malcolm won the Class One high jump with 1.50m, while Manning's Tawani Murray won the Class Four with the same mark, beating the Mt Alvernia pair of Ariell Graham (1.45m) and Ashley Ann Thorpe (1.40m).

Petersfield High's Courtney Lawrence threw a personal best 18.06m to win the Class One shot put ahead of favourite Danree Delancy of Munro College, who was second with 17.90m, and Christopher Brown, also of Petersfield third with 14.81m.

World Youth Championships representative Daniel Cope won the Class One discus throw with a best of 51.49m, as Devar Clayton made it first and second for the Westmoreland school, throwing 48.48m, and STETHS' Lashaun Smith was third with 45.70m.

Boys' points stanings after 9 finals

Petersfield High 103

Munro College 102

Cornwall College 60


Manning's 48

Herbert Morrison 45

Rhodes Hall 19

Green Island 17

Rusea's High 15

Lacovia 9.5

Merlene Ottey 9

Godfrey Stewart 7

Maggotty 4

Green Pond 2

Lewisville 1

Aberdeen 1

Girls' points standings

after 9 finals

Rusea's High 129


Manning's 53

Petersfield High 46

Mt Alvernia High 31

Lacovia 13

Montego Bay High 11

Frome 8

Green Island 6

Spot Valley 5

BB Coke 4

Westwood 4

Lewisville 3

William Knibb 3

Hopewell 3

St James 3

Newell 2.5

Green Pond 2

Merlene Ottey 1

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