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St Leonard’s Boys surge

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

St Leonard’s Boys surge

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St Leonard’s Boys did their damage in the field events to take the lead among the boys, while Springer Memorial continue to lead the girls, going into the much needed break at the end of the third day of the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships.
St Leonard’s are out front with 82 points, 20 more than  Lester Vaughan School. Defending champions Harrison College have fallen to third with 61, followed by Queen’s College and The Lodge School on 50 and 49, respectively.
Springer Memorial have extended their lead at the top of the girls’ section with 107 points. Queen’s College are second on 62, 20 more than Alleyne School and Harrison College who are tied on 42 points. The St Michael School are fifth with 36.
St Leonard’s gave no quarter in the field. Tristan Whitehall followed up his win in the shot put with gold in the Under-20 Boys’ discus at 45.70 metres.
His St Leonard’s teammate Kyle Browne was third with 40.59m. Troy Waltress of Grantley Adams was second with 40.74m.
Klode Thompson added more points when he was second in the Under-20 Boys’ high jump at 1.97 metres and David Wilfred was third in the Under-17 Boys’ event with 1.75m.
Queen’s College also had a good day in the field, placing first and third in the Under-20 Boys’ high jump, winning the junior boys’ shot put and finishing second in the Under-17 Boys’ high jump.
Kemar Jones of Queen’s College got a CARIFTA Games “B” qualifying height of 2.06m in the high jump, and teammate John Phillips was third at 1.94m.
Shamer Williams of Queen’s College put the junior boys’ shot 12.45 metres, with Shae Nurse (11.62) of The Lodge School and Justin Layne (11.03) of Coleridge and Parry second and third, respectively.
Dario Scantlebury added more points when he was second in the high jump, finishing at 1.80m. That event was won by Lester Vaughan’s Shamar Rock, his third straight victory, and he could potentially wrap up a share of the victor ludorum title as early as next Thursday in the triple jump.
Springer’s points came from Jalisa Burrowes who had a personal best 5.52m to win the Under-15 Girls’ long jump for the second consecutive year.
The 14-year-old has also met the CARIFTA “B” standard along with Akela Jones.
Springer’s Winmalecia Bowen (33.38m) was second in the Under-15 Girls’ javelin, while Tanice Watson (11.29) and Sakina Nicholls (11.26) were second and fourth, respectively in the open triple jump. Watson’s mark was a “B” qualifying standard.
Stacy Maughn of Queen’s College won the triple jump with 11.68m and Kamilah Hinds of Princess Margaret the junior girls’ shot put with 9.42m.
The Under-17 Girls’ javelin was won by Chazelle Cumberbatch of The St Michael School who had two reasons to celebrate. Not only did she win with 36.89 metres, but she has also qualified for the CARIFTA Games for the first time with an “A” standard.
Four more records were broken yesterday. Leah Bannister, now at St Lucy Secondary, removed Shernelle Nicholls’ name from the record books in the Under-20 Girls’ discus.
With her best throw of 42.71 metres, she replaced the 41.56m mark that stood for ten years and also achieved a CARIFTA “A” mark.
Cristanna McConney set the second record in the Under-13 Girls’ long jump with 5.19 metres. She also had a second jump of 5.11 metres, both better than the 4.95m set by Akela Jones in 2007.
McConney remains on course to at least share the victrix ludorum title after her second victory and she looks unbeatable in the 100 and 200 metres.
In the 4×100 metres relays, The Lodge School (45.59) and Harrison College (45.83) both were within the Under-15 Boys’ record of 46.06 with the final still to be run. St Michael’s Under-17 Girls stopped the clock at 48.35, down from 48.41.
In the lone track final contested yesterday, Ellerslie’s Anthonio Mascoll continued his herculean quest to win the 400, 800, 1 500 and 5 000 metres when he won the latter event in 17 minutes, 08.53 seconds.