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New track, field records in Sealy Classic


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Two old records were broken, two new ones were set, and one was equalled as the curtain came down on the Tenth Austin Sealy Invitational Trac Classic last Sunday night at the National Stadium.Matthew Wright of Elite Distance shattered his own time of 9 minutes, 01:33 seconds in the men’s 3000 metres with a new time of 8.48:08. He lapped most of the field, with Jerome Blackett of the BDF second in 9.50:12, holding off the late sprint by Pacers’ Anthonio Mascoll (9.50:42).The lone record in the field came from Pacers’ Charles Greaves, who followed up his best in the triple jump on Saturday with 6.52 metres in the Under-17 Boys’ long jump, adding six centimetres  to the mark posted  by St Kitts’ Troy Rogers three years ago.The Haddock twins also completed the double by setting the standard to beat in the Under-9 division’s new events. Leilani won the 150 metres in 22:92 seconds from the CUT’s Rishaunna Padmore (23:63) and Arielle Cook-Ashton (24:07); while Ajani won the boys’ race in 22:25 seconds from BC Trac’s Jahlarni Toney (23:38)  and his West Terrace teammate Tristan Scantlebury, who clocked 23:77 seconds. Leah Barker of Elite Distance equalled Shadir Greene’s three-year record of 25:95 seconds in the Under-15 Girls’ 200 metres and Tré Adamson of Rising Stars dipped below 24 seconds with 23:92 to win the boys’ race.There were no more records in the 200 metres, but there was a lot to talk about after 12-year-old Tristan Evelyn of Rising Stars beat the Under-17 field with a time of 25:35 seconds, Shakera Hall of Elite Distance was second in 25:60 and BC Trac’s Alisha Harris third  in 26:39.Deon Hope did the double in the Under-17 division, crossing the line in a comfortable 22:03 seconds, followed by Jason Moore of Elite Distance  in 22:53 and Jerrad Mason of Rising Stars in 22:66.Mara Weekes of Quantum Leap was unchallenged in winning the women’s race in 24:53 seconds, while Pacers’ Fallon Forde lived up to his billing as the fastest qualifier to win the men’s race in 21:68 seconds. The expected showdown never occurred with neither Shekeim Greaves nor Elroy Agard facing the starter, and all eyes were on Greggmar Swift to do the double. He faded coming out of the turn, as Forde passed Jamil Jones (21:77) and Dario Alleyne of Rising Stars (21:86).In the Under-11 division, Rosette Hoyte  of Rising Stars (29:31) also did the double, while her clubmate Fabian Leon (27:72) turned the tables on CUT’s Shaquille Ifill (27:78) and 100-metre champion Jamahl Burke (27:81) of West Terrace  in the timed finals.CUT’s Jaria Hoyte won the Under-13 Girls’ race in 27.42 seconds and Pacers’ Jevon Hunte, with a style reminiscent of Kemar Hannaway, won the boys’ race in 25.98 seconds.In other events, Parkinson’s Sonia Gaskin won the Under-17 Girls’ 800 metres and Shani Adams of Elite Distance took women’s event. Brandon Parris of VSec won the boys’ race and Ibrahim Hinds won the men’s race. Tia-Adana Belle and Zeco Best  of Elite Distance were  the winners in the  Under-15 division.In the field, twin sisters Winmalecia (8.23 metres) and Winmarie (8.19 metres) of Springer Memorial won the  Under-15 Girls’ shot put, while BC Trac’s Shannon Greene had the best put  of 9.22 metres among the Under-17 girls and Angela Jackson (10.16m) among the women.  (SAT)