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Rusea's, Petersfield lead as Western Champs continues today

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Nine more finals will be contested on today's second and penultimate day of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA)/Digicel Western Championships, which moves to the Montego Bay Sports Complex starting at 8:30 am.

All six 1500m races — three for each gender, the boys' 3000m Open and three triple jumps will be contested today as the teams prepare for Saturday's final day when finals will be contested in the remaining track events.

Today will also see heats and semi-finals of the 100m, 200m, 400m in all classes as well as the semis in all the relays — 4x100m, 4x400 and sprint medley.

Defending girls' champions Rusea's High and Petersfield High boys led their respective sections after Tuesday's first day in which the finals in all throwing events and most of the jumps were held at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex.

Rusea's High, who are seeking back-to-back championships, are leading with 129 points, 22 more than St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), with Manning's School in third place on 65 points, Petersfield fourth with 46, and Mt Alvernia High on 40 for the top five.

Petersfield High, who are seeking their first boys' title, are on 103 points, just one more than many-time champions Munro College (102); Cornwall College are in third place on 60 points, half a point better than STETHS (59.5), with Manning's (48) in fifth position.

Cornwall College's Owayne Owens will be seeking his second gold medal of the championships when he lines up to defend the Class One triple jump today.

Owens, who was surprised by Buchanan in the long jump, won the high jump with a personal best 2.00m on Tuesday and should win the triple jump.

His teammate Omari McKenzie will also defend the boys' Class Two triple jump title as well.