Mary Fraser of Daryll Jordan won the open girls’ 3000 metres in a record 10:36.54 minutes. (Pictures by Kenmore Bynoe)
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WHO IS BETTER than Mary Fraser? Only Mary Fraser.
Making a long-anticipated return to the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships this year, Fraser shattered her own record in the open girls’ 3 000 metres this morning at the National Stadium.
Fraser crossed the tape in 10 minutes 36.54 seconds to destroy the old record 11:03.58, set in 2011 when she was a student at St George Secondary.
Now representing Daryll Jordan Secondary (formerly St Lucy) a stronger Fraser was without equal in the event, and well within the CARIFTA Games qualifying time of 10:52.
Christ Church Foundation’s Elizabeth Williams finished second in 10:48.34, also under the old record and another CARIFTA qualifying mark. Springer Memorial’s Jade Searles was third in 11:28.92.
Dequan Lovell follows through in the Under-20 boys’ shot put.
Dequan Lovell was also in a record-breaking mood this morning. The St George Secondary senior put the shot 17.40 metres, erasing John Jones’ Under-20 boys’ record of 15.76m set five years ago.
Kai Alleyne of Harrison College won the junior boys’ 3000 metres in 10:23.90, followed by St George’s Luke Hinkson (10:24.30) and Lamar Mayers (10:25.10) of St Leonard’s Boys’.
In other events completed this morning, Springer’s Rashana Thorne won the junior girls’ javelin with a best throw of 26.38 metres. Ronelle Lovell of Graydon Sealy was second with 26.22 and Alleyne’s Sequoia Roach third with 20.18m.
Aria Small of Queen’s College won the Under-17 girls’ high jump with a clearance of 1.61 metres, the same height as second place finisher Yuriko Harewood of Ellerslie. Pre-event favourite Shonte Seale and Drew-Ann Clarke, both of Springer Memorial, tied for third at 1.55 metres.
Meanwhile Springer have taken the lead among the girls with 48 points and Harrison College are out front among the boys with 37.5.
Springer Memorial 48, Queen’s College 23, Daryll Jordan 20, The Lester Vaughan School/Christ Church Foundation School 19, The St Michael School/Coleridge and Parry 12.
Harrison College 37.5, Christ Church Foundation School 35.5, The Lester Vaughan School 34, St Leonard’s Boys’ 27, The Lodge School 20, Coleridge and Parry 19, St George Secondary 18. (SAT)