Over and done!

Watson steals show with sparkling double on final day

Observer writer

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Antonio Watson stole the show on yesterday's third day of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association's (COCAA)/Digicel Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex with two sparkling runs less than an hour apart, both in new meet records.

The IAAF World Under-18 400m gold medallist was clocked in 21.24 seconds in the boys Class Two 200m final in a dead heat with St Elizabeth Technical's (STETHS) Sachin Dennis, last year's winner, and then returned less than an hour later to run 48.63 seconds, while toying with his opponents in the 400m final.

The 200m time was faster than the 21.50 seconds set by Darrion Bent of Mannings in 2005, while the 400m mark bettered the 49.30 seconds set by Ashad Baker in 2006.

Meanwhile, defending girls champions Rusea's High and defending boys champions STETHS were leading at press time yesterday.

After 38 finals Rusea's were ahead with 330.25 points, well ahead of STETHS (264.25), followed by Petersfield High (176), Manning's School (124.5) and Mt Alvernia High (117 points) in the top five.

After 42 events, STETHS led the boys section with 323.5 points, well ahead of Petersfield High (236), Munro College third (146), Cornwall College fourth (127) and Rhodes Hall High (99 points).

Seven records were broken at press time last night and four came in the hurdles events, with the Class One boys 400m won by STETHS' Jauavney James and the 110m won by Brithon Senior standing out from the others.

James, who went out hard and was ahead of the field by the fifth hurdle, won in 51.47 seconds smashing the 53.48 seconds set last year by Rhodes Hall High's Rovane Williams, who was second yesterday in 52.17 seconds with Senior of Rusea's third in 53.62 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Senior won the gold in the Class One 110m hurdles in a new mark of 14.05 seconds, under the 14.23 seconds set by Marvin Williams in 2015.

Winsome Harris, who also won the Class Two 100m hurdles, set a new mark in the 400m hurdles Open with 1:02.67 minutes, under the 1:04.97 set last year by Rusea's High's Terice Steen. Rhodes Hall's Letaya McDonald was second in 1:04.07 and Petersfield's Tara Bert third in 1:04.96.

Cjay Whyte of STETHS won the Class Two boys 400m hurdles in 54.74 seconds, breaking the 55.54 seconds set last year by Rusea's Senior. Jordani Woodley of Rusea's took second place in 54.94 seconds and Shamar Pearce of Petersfield third.

Shaquena Foote of Petersfield broke her second record of the meet, adding the Class Two 800m in a new personal best 2:07.83 minutes, breaking the old mark of 2:17.41 set last year.

Shadae Findley of STETHS, who won last year, was beaten into second.

There were five sprint double champions on the day in the boys and girls Class One, girls Class Two and boys Class Three and Four.

Petersfield High's Kevon Stone won the 100m in 10.71 seconds and the 200m in 20.93 seconds, while his teammate Ockera Myrie was also a double winner in the girls Class One with 11.60 seconds and 23.69 seconds, respectively.

Lashawn Haye of Rusea's High won the girls Class Two double in 12.03 seconds and 24.35 seconds.

The Mt Alvernia High pair of Aaliyah Foster won the Class Four girls 100m in 12.66 seconds and Carleta Bernard took the 200m in 25.22 seconds.

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