Mason wins 300m battle
It was the first meet of the season, and with the pair unlikely to meet again, everyone was on their feet to see Jerrad Mason and Mario Burke go head-to-head over 300 metres yesterday at Harrison College.
Mason, who is in the Under-20 division, got the better start and took the lead on the 350-metre track. Burke, who is still Under-17, chased him all the way to the finish line, unable to pass his schoolmate on the straightaway.
Mason crossed the finish in 35.1 seconds (hand timed), with Burke just a step behind in 35.6. Kemar Norgrove was third overall in 36.5.
That was the highlight of the Athletic Association of Barbados’ Odd Distance Meet which began more than an hour after the scheduled 10 a.m. start.
Sharon Larrier won the women’s race in 41.2, followed by Aisha Bowen in 44.7 and Asha Walton in 46.7.
Charise Mason took the Under-13 girls’ race in 50.3 and Rosette Hoyte took up where she left off last season, dismissing the competition to take the Under-15 girls’ race in 44.4 and Asha Cave was first among the Under-17 girls in 43.7 seconds.
Rivaldo Leacock also looks set to have a very good season and his time of 36 seconds flat in the Under-17 boys’ 300 metres would have beaten quite a few of the men. Juwan Augustin-Mayers was second overall in 37.8 and Antonio Weekes third in 38.1.
Other winners over 300 metres were Torian Waldron with 47 seconds flat in the Under-13 girls division and Hasani Lowe with 43.6 for the Under-13 boys.
The sprinters also came out to show their stuff over 60 and 150 metres.
Timeka Jordan won the Under-15 girls’ 60 metres dash in 7.5 seconds, just steps ahead of Toriann Alleyne who was clocked at 7.6.
Tristan Alleyne was stepping in the Under-17 division, racing to the finish in 7.5 seconds, leading home Cave (7.7) and Allana Ince (8.2).
Looking free of injury, Erin Corbin-Boyce won the women’s 60 metres dash in 7.85 and Alisha Harris was second in 8.12.
Powering down the straightaway, Burke took the men’s 60 metres dash in 6.8 seconds. Akeem McCollin, who won the first heat, was second in 6.8 and Kemar Hannaway splits behind in third place.
Also emerging this year is Kevin Briggs who won the Under-17 boys’ 150 metres in 17.5.
Vanessa Greaves won the Under-11 girls’ 60 metres in 9.12 and the 150 metres in 22.75 seconds. Leilani Haddock took the Under-13 girls’ 150 metres in 20.52 and Jordan did the double in 19.11 seconds.
Savion Hoyte, Rosette’s younger brother, won the Under-11 boys’ 60 metres in 8.8 and the 150 metres in 22 seconds.
Rico Antoine won the men’s 1 200 metres in 3 minutes 45 seconds and was second in the 600 metres in 1:33, which was won by Norgrove in 1:27.