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Maloney sets new hurdles record


Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Maloney sets new hurdles record

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Tramaine Maloney produced his best form of the season, racing to a new junior national record in the Under-20 Boys’ 110 metres hurdles (.990 cm) yesterday afternoon as the 2011 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships got underway at the National Stadium.
Competing in the first heat, Maloney, of The Lodge School, was pushed to the brink by Raphael Jordan of Queen’s College. Matching strides for the first five barriers, Maloney, the taller runner, began to take a slight lead. He raced to the line in 13.39 seconds, eclipsing the 13.41 seconds set by Shane Brathwaite back in August 2009, pending ratification.
It also shattered Ryan Brathwaite’s meet record of 13.99 seconds from 2006 which would have fallen last year had Greggmar Swift not been hurt. Jordan was a close second in 13.42 seconds, both in CARIFTA “A” qualifying times, and Kemar Jones of Queen’s College, who had been disqualified for a false start, was reinstated and won his heat in a “B” time of 14.23 seconds.
It also sets up an intriguing battle as they join Tyrell Forde and Daley Carter who are also contending for the two spots, although Maloney and Jordan are ahead by a sizeable margin.
Even more important, it is within the CARIFTA record of 13.41 seconds set by Trinidad’s Jehue Gordon last year.
Indeed, it was a record breaking day, although many pundits at the National Stadium were questioning the times. Rainy skies gave way to overcast, but cool conditions, perfect for sprinting.
In the Under-17 Boys’ 100 metre hurdles, Dario Scantlebury of Queen’s College also set a new meet record of 12.69 seconds, dismantling the 12.99 Jordan set in 2009. Scantlebury ran against the clock because there was no competition in his heat. That would have also been inside the CARIFTA record of 12.88 seconds, but the Under-17 Boys will now be running 110 metres.  
However, the honour of the first record goes to Springer Memorial’s Akela Jones in the Under-17 Girls’ long jump. With a leap of 5.77 metres, she erased the 5.61 set by former Springer Memorial student Shadir Greene.
She now holds all of the long jump records in the age groups where she has competed, starting with the Under-13 (4.95m) and Under-15 (5.64m). The only one left to conquer will be the Under-20 division, which is Fiona Sobers’ 5.73 metres from 1992. That will have to wait until next year.
Jones also met the “B” qualifying standard in the 300-metre hurdles with 44.23 seconds.
Springer’s Tanice Watson, who should be in the Under-17 division but is competing with the Under-20s, stepped up big to win that long jump with 5.44 metres. Parkinson’s Shavonte Bradshaw was eclipsed into second with 5.42 metres and Shavonne Husbands of Deighton Griffith was third with 5.21 metres.
Cristana McConney of Queen’s College is yet to heat up the track, but warmed up yesterday by winning the girls Under-13 high jump, clearing 1.43 metres.
Micah Shepherd got Harrison College on the board with a victory in the Under-13 Boys’ high jump. His clearance of 1.44 metres was four centimetres better than Foundation’s Shasamani Kellman.
Ellerslie’s Jamali Holder was third with 1.35m.
Harrison College are tied with The Lester Vaughan School on ten points. Shamar Rock won the Under-17 Boys’ javelin with a throw of 49.76 metres to give the St Thomas school their first points. Schoolmate Rhys Phillips leads the boys’ pentathlon with 2 525 points after wins in the discus (38.21) and 200m (21.21).
Eliminations were also held in the other divisions of the sprints and intermediate hurdles, the 1500 metres and the 400 metres in all age groups. The finals will be held next week.
Springer Memorial lead the girls with 33 points, while Harrison College and The Lester Vaughan School are tied among the boys with ten points each.

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