World champions clash in the west
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The final day of competition in this year's staging of the Hanover Co-operative Credit Union Western Championships comes to a boil today at the Montego Bay Stadium, with the defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) out front in the girls' category, but trail nemesis Munro College in the boys' by some 55.5 points.
With a total of 58 finals down to be contested it promises to be a thrilling day of track and field. STETHS are the leaders in the girls' category with 144 points after Thursday's eliminations at Irwin High.
The Manning's School on 76.5 points are in second, with Rusea's High next on 75.5, followed by Herbert Morrison 50, and Hampton High in fifth on 49.5.
Stephanie Barrett of Rusea's clocked 4:59.21 in the 1500m to lower the 5:04.59 set by STETHS's Nichesha Williams last year to register the only record in Thursday's eliminations.
It's in the boys' category that sparks are sure to fly today, especially in Class One, 100m and 200m and the sprint relays, where four of the strongest and most powerful youth sprinters will meet head-to-head.
The clash will pit Munro's speedster Delano Williams, the 2012 World Junior champion over 200m, against Green Island's 2011 World Youth 100m champion Odail Todd. Okeen Williams of STETHS, who ran a quick semi-final to enter the final with the third-fastest time, 10.63, in the 100m and Herbert Morrison's Gawain Williams, who ran 10.68 in the 100m semis will also have a say in the final outcome.
It is clear that the sprint champions will come from among these boys and Todd, after qualifying for the 200m final, said: "I just wanted to secure qualification for Saturday's final and I succeeded in doing that. It felt okay, and now I look towards the final. I am ready for whoever may come and I am certain I can take it."
"Any final featuring a Delano Williams and Odail Todd clash will always be a fiery one. They are two outstanding athletes out here in the west; one is World Youth champion the other is World Junior champion so I think there will be fireworks," said Munro coach Neil Harrison.
"Delano (Williams) is a tough competitor and he always rises to the occasion, so we are expecting a really fantastic race between the top two and the two Williams (Okeen and Gawain) from STETHS and Herbert Morrison," added Harrison.
The competition gets under way at 10 a.m.