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Thomas, Hall dominate COCAA Western Athletics Championships

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer

Thursday, February 21, 2013    

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CATHERINE HALL, St James - Munro College's triple gold medalist Herbert Thomas and Petersfield's Asaine Hall were the overall champion boy and girl respectively at the Hanover Co-operative Credit Union/County of Cornwall Athletics Association's Western Athletics Championships that ended on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Thomas who set new meet records in two of his three wins, totalled 27 points to win the overall and Class 1 champion titles, while Hall who set a new Class 1 400m record, scored 25 points from two wins and a second place.

Thomas set new meet records in winning the Class One 1500m on Tuesday's eliminations held at St Elizabeth Technical 4 minutes 11.22 seconds and the 800m on Saturday in 1 minute 54.06 seconds, while adding the 5,000m title.

After being beaten on the line by Green Island's Ashley Mylrea in the 100m, Petersfield's Hall bounced back to win the 200m in 24.47 seconds then lowered the 400m record to 55.22 seconds.

Cornwall College's Odaine Lewis who won the Class 2 long and high jumps and was second in the triple jump was the Class 2 champion with 25 points; Jevaughan James of STETHS ended 25 points to be adjudged Class 3 champion, while Tyreek Bucknor of Munro with 18 points took Class 4.

Christine Moss of STETHS the Class 2 sprint double champions, accumulated 18 points to be declared Class 11 champion; Green Island's Vanesha Pusey was the Class 3 champion and Class 4 went to Katherine Barnes of STETHS.

Meanwhile, STETHS with 414.5 points and Munro with 461.5 romped home to victory in the girls and boys categories respectively.

Mannings School was second in the girls section with 201 points, third went to Herbert Morrison on 170.5 points, Petersfield with 122.5 ended in fourth, while Rusea's got 114.5 for fifth place after scoring just 13 points last year.

STETHS, last year's champions was second in the boys' section with 328.5 points; Cornwall was third with 209, their best finish in over five years, ahead of Herbert Morrison on 194 and Petersfield 175 rounded out the top five schools.

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