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Jones breaks 20-year record

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Jones breaks 20-year record

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With one leap, not even her best for the season, Springer Memorial’s Akela Jones smashed a 20-year record and marched into the record books yet again at the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletic Championships.
Her best jump of 6.24 metres (the third attempt) is the new standard in the Under-20 girls’ long jump, replacing Fiona Sobers’ mark of 5.73 metres which was set in 1992.
Jones actually broke the record on the second attempt. Rebounding from a foul, she came back with 6.17 metres yesterday at the National Stadium. Each jump in the series was above the record.
Shakera Hall of Coleridge and Parry was second overall with 5.84 metres, also above the record, as was Garrison’s Tyniesha Rowe, a former junior netball captain, with 5.80 metres.
“The jump was good, not superb, but there is always room for improvement,” he 16-year-old told NATIONSPORT.
Jones also holds the records at Under-15 (5.64) and Under-17 (5.77). However, she was short of the Barbados record of 6.43 metres, after jumping 6.42 metres at her school sports.
“It is a good feeling to have all three records. I also want to congratulate Shakera Hall and Tyniesha Rowe who broke the record as well.”
Springer’s Jalisa Burrowes won the Under-17 long jump with 5.50 metres, again falling five centimetres short of the CARIFTA standard. Kayla Worrell of Lester Vaughan was second with 5.24 metres and St George’s Taneja Leacock third.
Shonita Brome of Alexandra took the Under-13 girls’ high jump, winning with 1.43 metres. Janiah Drakes of Harrison College was second at 1.41 metres and Foundation’s Dohne Clarke took bronze at 1.31 metres.
Lester Vaughan’s Antonio Farrell took a shot at the Under-13 boys’ high jump record of 1.63 metres. He fell short at 1.59 metres but was a clear winner, pumping his fists on the bed each time he set a personal record. Alleyne’s Lee-Andre Walker was second at 1.50 metres and 1.41 metres gave Alexandra’s Zachary Moore the bronze.
Cricketer Jafari Toppin of Garrison stunned the field with 54.01 metres to win the Under-17 boys’ javelin. Coleridge and Parry’s Aaron Griffith was second with 48.9 metres and Christopher Mayers of Grantley Adams Memorial third with 48.11 metres.
At the end of the first day, St Michael’s Daley Carter leads the boys’ pentathlon with 2 310 after three events, followed by Combermere’s Rhys Phillips with 2 213.
Preliminaries were held in the sprint and intermediate hurdles, 1 500m and 400m, but injuries are already playing a major role in these championships.
Springer Memorial’s Tristan Evelyn, one of the main drawing cards, may not be competing this year and Jerrad Mason of Harrison College may not be out until next week.
Combermere’s Shaquille Alleyne took just a few steps in his heat of the Under-20 boys’ 400 metres before falling to the ground and writhing in pain. He went off on a stretcher.
Several other key athletes noticeably have their left hamstrings strapped or are wearing medical tape.
Among them are Combermere’s Ramarco Thompson and Shavonne Husbands; Raphael Jordan of Queen’s College and St Leonard’s Kion Joseph. Jahvere Worrell of Alleyne School had both knees wrapped when he went on the line and Combermere’s Cindy Forde was wearing athletic braces under both knees after missing last week’s CARIFTA Selection Championships.
Parkinson’s Sonia Gaskin and Rivaldo Leacock and Worrell of Lester Vaughan School were all wearing medical tape.