Rusea's, STETHS victorious at Western Champs
Rusea's High School proved that last year's upset win over western track and field giants St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was no fluke. This, after capturing the female title for a second time at the COCAA/Digicel Western Athletics Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall on Saturday.
The Hanover-based school amassed a total of 388 points on the girls' side over STETHS (308) and Petersfield High School (210).
STETHS proved they were just too strong, however, on the boys' side, with 389 points, adding another boys title to their collection.
Despite not winning the boys championship, Petersfield High School received praise, amassing a total of 286 points to take second place over Munro College (165), who kept them in third place for the past six years prior.
Coaches Renaldo Walcott of STETHS and Rodrick Miles of Rusea's said that they are pleased with their winning teams' performances.
"Finishing first was planned for and expected, so it was somewhat a routine. Individually, I thought the youngsters did well, however, when you look at the overall results, I think there are a lot of holes we can patch out," Walcott said about the boys' team after expressing disappointment in his girls' team.
"It's a good feeling to be able to defend the title. After 345 last year, our target was 380 points this year, and we manages to get eight more, so overall, it's a good look," Miles said about his girls' team.