Western Champs begins today

Observer writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Many-time champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will start the defence of their County of Cornwall Athletics Association/Digicel Boys' Western Champs title today with the eliminations set for Herbert Morrison Technical at 9:00 am.

Twenty-seven schools scored at least one point last year and about 30 are expected to take part in what is the first of three days of competition.

The girls' eliminations will be held at Rusea's High in Lucea on Thursday with the finals set for St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex on Saturday.

Fifteen finals, all in field events, will be decided today with the throws set to be held at Cornwall College.

All the long and high jumps will be decided at Herbert Morrison with the discus throw and shot put and javelin Open set for Cornwall College.

The Class One boys' sprints are expected to take the spotlight with STETHS' Sachin Dennis, Carifta Games representative Andre Bent of William Knibb Memorial, defending champion Kevon Stone and Cornwall College's Ackeem Gordon all hunting medals.

Petersfield High's Antonio Watson, who won the 200m/400m double in Class Two last year, will run the 400m/400m hurdles double.

Watson is expected to get competition in the intermediate hurdles from Rusea's High's Brithon Senior.

The field events are also expected to be interesting with Petersfield High destined to score heavily in the throwing events with Cornwall College set to take the lion's share of the points from the jumps.

Petersfield High's Daniel Cope will lead the Class One discus but is expected to get good competition from Cornwall College's Nathan Reid, while in the shot put Courtney Lawrence, also of Petersfield High, will start as favourites after showing good early season form.

STETHS' Michael Buchanan, who set the Class One long jump record last year in a surprise win over Cornwall College's Owayne Owens, will defend his title but there is expected to be a battle for the medals in the Class One high jump.

The Cornwall College pair of Daniel Meggo, who has consistently cleared 1.90m, and Omari McKenzie, Herbert Morrison's Antonio Hanson and STETHS' Ashane Cunningham are expected to carry the fight to ythe defending champion.

Cornwall College's Class Two long jumper Lansford Cunningham leapt 6.63m to win at the STETHS/Wata Invitational three weeks ago and will be favoured in that event.

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