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Golden girl Burrowes

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

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JALISA BURROWES won two gold medals to make a great start for the tenth anniversary of the Austin Sealy Invitational Trac Classic yesterday afternoon at the National Stadium.

Burrowes, a member of host club BC Trac, won the Under-15 Girls’ 300 metre hurdles in 49:37 seconds from clubmate Danielle Scantlebury (52:00) seconds and Fast Lane’s (British Virgin Islands) Shana-Kay Wheatley (55:40).

Burrowes capitalised on a fast start and better hurdling technique to lead the race all the way. She returned to win the long jump with a leap of 4.95 metres, followed by Scantlebury (4.66m) again and Renike Daniel from the Nevis club, Gladiators. Daniel had a best of 4.12 metres.

Pacers’ Thorrold Murray was chasing 2.18 metres in the long jump to qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Games, but he fell short with a best clearance of 2.10 metres. Kemar Jones of Quantum Leap was second at 2.00 metres and Kevin Jones of Elite Distance took bronze with 1.80m.

Keron Arthur of Vinsec (St Vincent) won gold in the Under-17 Boys’ division with 1.65 metres while Brandon Hope of Rising Stars was second with 1.60 metres.

Back on the track, CARIFTA Games silver medallist Tramaine Maloney (56:63) and bronze medallist Dario Scantlebury (56:91) were one-two in the Under-17 Boys’ 400 metre hurdles. Scantlebury had the better start, but Maloney gradually reeled him in and was in full control by the seventh barrier.

Combermere’s Roger Bailey was third in 57 seconds flat, forcing Scantlebury to run at the end.

Tarikah Warner, the lone female competitor in the Girls’ division, was clocked at 1 minute 11:49 seconds.

Ryan King of Pacers won the men’s race in 54:02 seconds, doing all of the running over the last 200 metres. Ricardo Todd of Rising Stars had a clear lead for most of the race, but as he faded down the stretch, King surged to the front. Todd was second in 54:19 and Rhys Phillips of Rising Stars third in 56:80.

Anchored by Leah Barker, Elite Distance won the Under-15 Girls’ 4×100 metre relay in 51:82 seconds from Gladiators (52:77) and BC Trac (53:29).

With a good lead leg from Alec Bruce and finish by Dylan Caddle, Pacers won the boys’ event in 47:59 seconds. Rising Stars were second in 48:33 and Elite Distance third in 48:70.

In the early session, qualifying heats were also held in the 400 metres and 100 metres for the finals which were scheduled for later last night. The meet continues at 3 p.m. today.