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Long jump boys put on good show

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Long jump boys put on good show

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The boys in the Under-13 long jump put on quite a show, and spurred on by the crowd, three of them broke the old record at the 2011 Pine Hill National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium.  
In an unbeatable atmosphere of drumming, music and cheering yesterday, Sean Merritt’s 4.84 metres record from 2004 fell by the wayside as Christ Church Girls’ and Bayleys boys took top prizes. 
Jamahl Burke of West Terrace was the first to surpass the mark with 4.89m. On the very next jump, Rasaj Thelius of Grantley Prescod raised it by two centimetres and the fight was on.
Antonio Farrell of Cuthbert Moore, winner of the high jump, got into the act with 4.97m, but Thelius dug deep and sailed through the air landing in the sand to loud applause. His last attempt, measured at 5.15m, was a golden jump.
There was also a record in the Under-9 boys’ event where Shawneko Moore of George Lamming leapt 3.89 m to raise the standard from 3.64m. Selah’s Dejuan Toppin leapt 3.79m, erasing the 3.64 set by Tarik Shorey eight years ago.
See Tuesday’s DAILY NATION FOR more Pine Hill National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships results.