Western Champs climaxes today
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Class One sprints for boys and girls are expected to highlight today's combined finals of the Hanover Co-operative Credit Union/COCAA Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, set to start at 10:00 am.
After two days of elimination at St Elizabeth Technical on Tuesday for the boys and Thursday at Irwin High for girls, the stage is set for what is expected to be an exciting day of competition.
In addition to the finals of the 'flat' events, the sprint and intermediate hurdles will be run today.
Munro College, who were dethroned by St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) as boys' champions last year, and defending girls champions STETHS are the leaders going into today's finals.
Munro College lead Petersfield High by 47.5 points (165-117.5) with defending champions STETHS in third place on 111.5, while STETHS are ahead in the girls' section (144 to 76), with Rusea's High in third place on 75.5 points.
The boys' Class One sprint double is expected to be a repeat clash between Munro College's Delano Williams, who won both events last year, beating Green Island's Odail Todd.
With Todd sidelined by injuries at the ISSA National Championships later in the 2012 season, Williams repeated the feat at Champs and the Green Island runner, who is also the IAAF World Youth Championships 100m champion, has his chance to make amends today.
In their only face-to-face clash on Tuesday, in the semi-finals of the 100m, Williams, the IAAF World Junior Championships 200m champion, recovered from a slow start to win the race over Todd, who was slowing down at the end.
Okeen Williams of STETHS, Herbert Morrison's Gawain Williams, and Green Island's Chadwayne Vidal will also be seeking a place on the podium.
Williams also has the fastest time in the 200m going into the final after running 21.66 seconds to win his semi-final easily, while Todd clocked 21.80 seconds to win his semi-final.
Herbert Morrison's Williams, who was the Class Two sprint double champion last year, was the only other runner under 22.00 seconds on Tuesday, but Green Island's Gremiko Whitelock could surprise in this event.
In the girls' event, Petersfield's Asain Hall will be attempting the treble, the 100m, 200m and 400m, and leads the field after the eliminations. She won the 200m/400m double and was third in the 100m in Class Two last year.
The national junior representative ran 12.54 seconds to win her 100m semi-final heat on Thursday and is expected to be challenged by Green Island's Ashley Mylrea, STETHS' Lashana Dennis, and William Knibb's Kacey McGrath.
Hall ran 24.40 seconds in the 200m, the only athlete under 25.00 seconds, but Manning's Janelle Williams, Mylrea and Dennis will challenge for medals.
She also ran 58.19 seconds in the 400m, but STETHS' Kimone Green, who is expected to win the 400m hurdles, will push her all the way.
The Class One boys 800m could be one of the most competitive events on the day with any of three runners led by Petersfield's Oshane Turner and defending champion Herbert Thomas of Munro College, the 1,500m champion, last year's Class Two champion Ricardo McKenzie of Cornwall College and Tarique Fullerton, a finalists for Cornwall College last year, but running for Munro this year, also in the mix.
Boys' points standing after 18 finals: Munro College 165, Petersfield High 117.5, STETHS 111.5, Cornwall College 92, Herbert Morrison 62, Green Island 25, Manning's 17, Godfrey Stewart 13, William Knibb Memorial 12, Lacovia 7, Frome Technical 7, Maud McLeod 7, Hopewell 6, BB Coke 5, Lewisville High 4, Irwin 4, Balaclava 3, Muschett 3, Rusea's High 3, and Holland High 1.
Girls points standing after 16 finals: STETHS 144, Manning's School 76, Rusea's High 75.5, Herbert Morrison 50, Hampton School 49.5, Frome 40, Grange Hill 24, Lewisville 19, Montego Bay High 18, BB Coke 17, William Knibb 11.5, Petersfield 9, Muschett 9, Godfrey Stewart 6, Mt Alvernia High 6, Green Island 6, Newell 5.5, Lacovia 6, Hopewell 5, Holland High 4, Little London 3, Balaclava 2, and Spot Valley 1.