STETHS, Rusea’s claim Western Champs honours as brilliant performances highlight first Grand Prix outing

By February 17, 2019
Petersfield High School's Shaquena Foote Petersfield High School's Shaquena Foote

The first stage of the Digicel Grand Prix is now over with the Western Championships culminating in victory for St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) boys and the girls of Rusea’s High School. 

It is normally STETHS’ girls, defending ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championship winners, who dominate the Western side of the island, but on Saturday at their home track, it was the boys who showed up, amassing 424 points to outdo Petersfield High School, 293.5 points and Cornwall College, 252.50

Rusea’s, whose coach, Roderick Miles, had said on the SportsMax Zone a day earlier, he was aiming for 400 points with his 42-strong team, ended the day with 411, to outdo, Petersfield, who finished second again, with 274. STETHS, were third with 254 points.

The Digicel Grand Prix, which includes the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 4x400-metre events, also saw some brilliant performances.

Petersfield High School’s Shaquena Foote, who won the 400 hurdles later that evening, made her mark in the Grand Prix by topping STETH’s Shadae Findley in the 800 metres, clocking 2:10.29 seconds. Findley ended in 2:18.85, ahead of Foote’s teammate Brian Reid, who stopped the clock in 2:21.04.

Foote won the 400 hurdles in a meet record 59.95, erasing STETHS’ Winsome Harris’ 2018 time of 1:02.67. The second and third place finishers also dipped below the record, with Foote’s teammate Hisheeno Stewart clocking 1:02.06 to get the better of Rusea’s High School’s Terice Steen, 1:02.53.

There were a few doubles within the Grand Prix event as well, with Petersfield High School’s Ockera Myrie claiming the girls’ Class One 100-200-metre double and Herbert Morrison’s Deandre Daley, claiming the boys’ Class Three equivalent.

Myrie won the 100 in 11.95, slower than her preliminary-round 11.86 ahead of Rusea’s Haye Lashawn, 12.33. Haye had also been faster in the prelims, matching Myrie’s 11.86, but did not have the legs to do the same in the final. Spot Valley’s Leyone Smith was third in 12.53.

In the 200, Myrie blew away the field, winning in 23.81 seconds, with Lashawn, 24.94, and Smith, 25.01, well back.

Daley first found the top of the podium in the 100, winning in 11.53 seconds ahead of Peterfield High School’s Farel Lewis, 11.93, and William Knibb’s Ranaldene Mott, 11.96.

The Herbert Morrison athlete would return later to clock 23.48 in winning the 200 ahead of Rhodes Hall High School’s Shamani White, who stopped the timer at 23.80. Green Island’s Devonte Miller was third in 23.90.

For highlights of Western Champs, tune into SportsMax on Thursday, February 21, at 6pm.

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