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Athletes shine at field events

Ezra Stuart

Athletes shine at field events

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MOST OF THE attention was focused on the track during the last two days of the PowerAde Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium but there were a number of commendable performances in the field events.
On Friday, St Leonard’s Boys’ Antoine Lawrence (14.15 metres) prevailed over Thursday’s long jump winner Lauren Mars (14.07) of Lodge to take the Under-20 boys’ triple jump.
Frederick Smith’s Ricandrea Beckles added the Under-17 girls’ discus to her shot put victory (9.96m) on Thursday with a winning throw of 31.57 metres.
Triston Gibbons of Coleridge & Parry won the Under-17 boys’ shot with a put of 14.93 metres while Ackeem Rowe of Queen’s College triumphed in the Under-20 boys’ javelin with a throw of 50.69 metres.
Graydon Sealy’s CARIFTA qualifier Ashantia Phillips cleared 1.69 metres to win the Under-20 girls’ high jump.
On Thursday, Ashlee Daniel of Queen’s College took the girls’ javelin with a throw of 35.03 metres while Frederick Smith’s Ricandrea Beckles (9.96 metres) won the Under-17 girls’ shot put from Hayley Matthews (9.74).
Christ Church Foundation’s Druanne Butler won the junior discus with a throw of 21.91 metres.
The Lodge School had a one-two sweep in the Under-20 boys’ long jump, courtesy Mars (7.08 metres) and birthday boy Akeem McCollin (6.91).
Alexandra’s Shonita Brome won the Under-15 girls’ high jump with a leap of 1:53 while Dwayne Corbin gave Queen’s College valuable points with a victory in the Under-17 boys’ triple jump, with a best hop, skip and jump, measured at 13.44 metres with Lester Vaughan gaining the silver through Ahkeem Mayers (13.29).
Hasani Lowe also kept Lester Vaughan in the hunt by winning the junior boys’ discus with a throw of 37.69 metres.