Two records fall as Rusea's girls, Petersfield boys soar

Friday, February 16, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Defending girls champions Rusea's High and Petersfield boys strengthened their leads in their respective sections on yesterday's second and penultimate day of the County of Cornwall (COCAA) Digicel Western Championships as the action moved to the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Rusea's High led former champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) by 37 points (175 to 138) after four more finals were completed yesterday, while Petersfield High led former champions Munro College by 11 points after another five finals were completed, setting up what is expected to be a fight to the finish on tomorrow's final day.

Meanwhile, two records were broken yesterday. Firstly, IAAF Under-18 World Championships relay medallist, Petersfield High's Shaquena Foote, smashed her own Class Two 1500m record, while Mt Alvernia High's Monique Malcolm broke the Class Two 200m record in the first round.

Foote, who was also a finalist in the 400m in the World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya ,last year, clocked 4:08.06 minutes to break her own time of 4:48.39 set last year.

Malcolm won her 200m heat in 23.13 seconds, better than the 23.58 seconds set by another Mt Alvernia runner Alicia Cutenar 13 years ago in 2005.

Two other runners also dipped under the old time, with Lashwan Haye of Rusea's running 23.51 seconds and Montego Bay High's Tahira Morris clocking 23.53 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Cornwall College pair of Owayne Owens and Omari McKenzie retained their Class One and Class Two triple jumps titles, respectively.

Owens, who was fifth in the IAAF World Under-18 Championships, jumped a season best 15.10m to win he Class One event, much further than Herbert Morrison's Tajdre Stevens' 13.90m.

McKenzie jumped a personal best 13.50m to retain his title as STETHS' Jhavor Bennett took silver with 13.27m and Munro College's Delroy Robinson was third with 13.08m.

Monique Williams of STETHS won the girls Open triple jump with 10.87m, the Mannings School's Shaneika Stephens (10.35m) was second, and Rusea's Ann-kay Malcolm (10.16m) was third.

Meanwhile, the Class Two boys 200m is setting up to be the race of tomorrow's final day after some impressive running yesterday.

STETHS' Tyrone Barnes was the fastest in the semi-finals with 21.35 seconds, just head ahead of Rusea's High's Raheim Scott with 21.45 seconds. The two are expected to battle for the gold.

Boys' points standings after five finals yesterday
Petersfield High 131
Munro College 120
Cornwall College 87
Mannings 66
Herbert Morrison 55
Rhodes Hall 25
Maggotty 24
Rusea's High 21
Green Island 19

Girls' points standings after four finals yesterday
Rusea's High 175
Mannings School 88
Petersfield High 82
Mt Alvernia High 40
Lacovia 17
Lewisville 16
Maggotty High 13
Montego Bay High11
Frome 8

— Paul Reid




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