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Hurdles records tumble at Digicel Western Championships finale

BY PAUL A REID
Observer Writer

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Two female hurdles records were broken in the first session of yesterday's County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Digicel Western Championships finals at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.

Petersfield High's Saquena Foote set a new mark in the girls 400m hurdles Open, while Habiba Harris rewrote the girls Class Four 70m hurdles mark.

Both female hurdles record that were broken were previously held by STETHS' Winsome Harris, who won the Class One 100m hurdles title yesterday.

Meanwhile, there were four sprint double champions on the day led by Petersfield High's Okera Myrie who successfully defended her girl's Class One titles.

At press time, both defending champions — St Elizabeth Technical for the boys and Rusea's High for the girls — led their respective sections.

After 34 finals, STETHS were on 282 points, 63.5 ahead of Petersfield High (218.5) with Cornwall College in third place (179.5), followed by Rusea's High (100) and Herbert Morrison (90) for the top five.

Rusea's were well on their way to a third-straight title as after 31 finals in the girls section, they were on 281 points, 96 ahead of STETHS (185), with Petersfield High not far behind in third place (183), Mannings School were in fourth place (112) and Mt Alvernia High fifth (95).

Foote clocked 59.95 seconds to win the 400m hurdles event by a wide margin, beating the 1:02.67 set by Harris last year at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Her teammate Hisheeno Stewart took the silver medal in 1:02.06, with Rusea's High's Terice Steen placing third in 1:02.53, all under the old mark.

Harris' younger sister, Habiba clocked 10.86 seconds to win the Class Four 70m hurdles, just under the 10.89 second set in 2014.

Aberdeen High's Vernez Nelson was second in 11.20 seconds and STETHS' Britney Powell third in 11.26 seconds.

BB Coke's Javed Jones created one of the biggest upsets of the day when he won the boy's Class One 400m hurdles in 53.33 seconds, holding off the late charging of pre-race favourites Brithon Senior of Rusea's High (53.39 seconds), with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High third (55.27).

The Petersfield twins Shamar and Jamar Pearce were first and second in the Class Two 400m hurdles in 55.05 seconds and 55.83 seconds, respectively, while Lacovia High's Antowan Robinson was third in 57.56 seconds.

Earlier, Foote had won the Class One 800m, running 2:10.29, well ahead of St Elizabeth Technical's Shadae Findley (2:18.85) and Petersfield High's Briana Reid (2:21.04).

Spot Valley High's Tyrese Reid won the boys Class One 800m in 1:56.42, ahead of STETHS' Dwight Mason (2:01.27), with Rusea's High's Donovan Bruce third (2:03.84).

Muschett High's Sashell Walters won the Class Two half-mile in 2:24.90, beating Cedric Titus' Angeen Gordon (2:26.18) and Merlene Ottey's Tavarie Campbell (2:27.21).


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