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STETHS dominate Western Champs

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:32 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer
St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) track and field team celebrates their boys and girls titles at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association Western Championships at the STETHS Sports Complex yesterday.
St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) track and field team celebrates their boys and girls titles at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association Western Championships at the STETHS Sports Complex yesterday.

Western Bureau:

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) dominated the County of Cornwall Athletics Association Western Championships, taking the Boys and Girls titles at the STETHS Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, yesterday.

Euvia Bennett set the pace for the day, smashing the previous Girls’ 3000m Open record of 11:26.03 minutes in a time of 11:22.24 in the second race on the card. Her teammate, Deondrea Wint, (12:11.42) was second.

Shamer Blake hurried to 54.52 seconds to break the Class Two Boys’ 400m hurdles record of 54.74s. His teammate, Rajaen Davis, finished third in 59.40s, behind Petersfield High School’s Romaine Campbell (57.45).

The record-breaking Boys’ 4x100m relay team stopped the clock at 43.91 seconds to erase the old mark of 43.99s, ahead of Cornwall College (47.50).

STETHS’ head coach, Reynaldo Walcott, said he is proud of his team’s performance as they look forward to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs). He said that he was surprised by their three record-breaking performances on the day.

“We definitely had a good Championships that we were grateful for,” Walcott said. “It’s promising, but [national] Champs is not the same as Western Champs. I’m looking for my athletes to do well. It’s going to be tough,, but I know it will draw out the best in us.

“I didn’t expect any records on the grass, but the surface here is really good, to be honest, and well prepared. I guess competition does drive improvement, so the competition in the west pushed my athletes to the records.”

Rusea’s head coach Roderick Myles, who gracefully surrendered their four-year hold on the girls’ title, was pleased with some outstanding individual performances from his squad, which missed a number of personnel.

“I think the athletes are coming into their own,” Myles said. “We got a number of personal bests today, and to see that going into Champs in less than two weeks, I am happy.”

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Boys’ Championship:

1. STETHS 430.5

2. Cornwall College 235

3. Petersfield 183

Girls’ Championship:

1. STETHS 368

2. Rusea’s 172.5

3. Rhodes Hall 146