STETHS cop double at Western Athletics Championships
True to his word, head coach of the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) track and field team, Reynaldo Walcott, watched as his boys and girls capped a superb final day at the Digicel/Hanover Cooperative Credit Union Western Athletics Championships - part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championships - to leave as double winners.
The boys logged 110 points to dethrone Munro College as title-holders, relegating their sternest rivals to third on 69.5 points. Petersfield High showed they are coming into their own with a second-place finish, with 78 points.
Cornwall College, 42, Muschett High, 21, and Green Island High School, 19, Herbert Morrison, 18.5, Rhodes Hall, 14, Frome Technical, 12 and Green Pond High, 11, made up the top 10.
On the girls' side, the Santa Cruz-based school swept to another title after accumulating 115 points. They overtook Rusea's (85) for their expected win. Herbert Morrison, 71, Petersfield, 46.5, and Hampton, 32.5, made up the top five.
STETHS built their title honours on victories posted the Class One and Two boys' 800m.
In Class One, Paul Tate won a tight finish over Munro's Fabian Murray in 1:56.88 seconds.
Heavy favourite Jevaughney James (STETHS) cantered home in 1.55.98 to win the Class Two event ahead of teammate Shemar Salmon.
James also took the Class Two 400m, in 48.70 seconds, to give himself choices in which event to run at the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship final next month.
Chantai Smith and Jonielle Bloomfield, both of STETHS, took the two qualifying spots in the Digicel Grand Prix Western Region Under-19 800m.
Smith won the Class One race easily, in 2:14.67 seconds, with schoolmate Patricia Williams the runner-up. Bloomfield pushed the pace early and her reward was a fast 2:11.18 seconds.
Nigel Ellis took the double in the boys' Class One 100m and 200m. Ellis dominated the 100m field to win in a time of 10.45 seconds and returned to defeat his peers in the 200m in 21.17.
Petersfield continued to show steady improvements, with three major successes. Segale Brown took the Class One 200m to book a place in the Under-19 event at the Digicel Grand Prix finals. Then Devaughn Ellington took the Class One 400m in 48.04 seconds.
In the last race of the day, Petersfield ran 3:15.55 seconds to beat STETHS narrowly and secure a place in the Grand Prix 4x400m final.
Kino Dunkley of Munro muscled his way to Grand Prix safety with a comprehensive win the Class One discus. Dunkley out-threw the strong Petersfield pair of Stevon Crooks and Sanjay Lawrence to win the event with his 49.31-metre effort.
Prior to Western Championships, Dunkley was behind Crooks and Lawrence in the race to the Under-19 Grand Prix final.
"The Western Region brought out great competition, and this is a sign of how nail-biting the Grand Prix finals will be on March 14. Congratulations to STETHS on winning the double, and hats off to their coach for developing such a talented team of athletes," said Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager, Digicel.
The Digicel Grand Prix will continue with the Central Championship from February 23 to 25, and the G.C. Foster Classic on March 14 at the National Stadium.