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Mascoll strikes back

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Mascoll strikes back

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Last year Anthonio Mascoll was forced  to retire after a fall.
Yesterday, every step  he made was calculated  to win the senior boys’ section of the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Cross Country finals  at the National Conservation Commission’s Botanical Gardens.
Mascoll ran a clever race, sitting just off the pace as he let Renaldo Stoute of St Leonard’s do most of the early work. Stoute led for the first 2 500 metres, but was not seen when the top ten crossed the finish line.
The field was soon stretched out behind Mascoll, who completed the loop to win in 18 minutes 22 seconds. Kion Joseph of St Leonard’s ran barefooted through the wet grass and cow patties. Somewhere along the course, he took off his shirt and crossed the line bare-backed to take silver in 18.39, passing Combermere’s Rashid Blackman, who was seven seconds behind him.  
Team title
The Lodge School won the team title with 62 points, just four ahead of Ellerslie.
Combermere’s Cindy Forde led from start to finish in dismantling the senior girls. Increasing her five-metre lead on schoolmate Sabrina Welch to more than 150 metres, Forde clocked 12.49 minutes over 3 000 metres, followed by Welch in 13.12 and Crystal Holder of Queen’s College in 13.59.
Combermere took the team title with 40 points and Queen’s College were second with 52, just five ahead of Springer Memorial.
Springer, who were second last year, stole the Under-15 girls’ title from Foundation after finishing with 52 penalty points. The little known Jade Searles was the first to turn the corner, winning the 2 000 metres event in 8.38 minutes.
St George’s Anya Williams (8.54) crested the hill in second place, followed by Aisha Smith (8.58) of Foundation.
Joshua Hunte of Foundation led from pole to pole in the Under-15 boys’ 3 000 metres. He seemed very comfortable with the pace he set and reached the finish in 10.36 minutes, with Pius Emilien of The Alleyne School dogging his steps all the way in 10.54 seconds. Tristan Blackman of The St Michael School was third in 11.21.
Alleyne won the team title in commanding form with 40 points. Alma Parris upset the form book to place second and Deighton Griffith were third.
Springer Memorial retained their First Form girls’ title with a combined total of 55 penalty points, but it was St George which took individual honours.
Mary Fraser won the one-mile race in 6.13 minutes and teammate Jeal Williams (6.19) was not far behind, closely followed by swimmer Alexis Clarke (6.21) of Queen’s College.
Alleyne’s Khobi Neal was the winner of the First Form boys’ race in 5.33 minutes and the Foundation duo of Kofi McCollin (5.55) and Reco Williams (5.56) crossed the finish line in quick succession to help secure the team title.
Notably absent from the event were Harrison College, Coleridge and Parry, St Lucy, Alexandra, Princess Margaret and The Lester Vaughan School.