Munro College lead Western Champs eliminations
Posted by Dresonic on February 19, 2009
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Four records were broken, two in the discus events on Tuesday as defending champions Munro College opened a commanding 67-point lead after 14 finals at the Milo/Cornwall Athletics Association’s Boys’ Western Champs eliminations at STETHS.
Munro’s Levar Dunchie smashed the Class 3 1,500m and 3,000m marks, both times beating Cornwall College’s Tarik Fullerton.
Dunchie shaved the 1500m time to 4:42.49 seconds then clocked 10:24.4 in the 3,000m.
Another Munro athlete, Emanuel Oniya, established a new record in the Class 2 discus when his final throw in the preliminaries landed at 48.55m, smashing the 46.53m mark set last year by teammate Rajae Gayle.
Oniya also won the Class 2 shot with 14.4 metres.
Petersfield’s Glenford Watson broke the 11-year-old Class 3 mark with his first throw of 43.74m, erasing the mark of 40.63m set in 1998 by Munro’s Basil Salkey.
Munro seem well set to retain their title as they raced to a commanding 188 points after 14 finals, comfortably ahead of Herbert Morrison Technical’s 121 heading into Saturday’s finals to be run at STETHS along with the girls’ finals.
Herbert Morrison’s Jermaine Shaw was also a double winner on Tuesday when he took both the high and long jump in Class 2 with marks of 1.7m and 6.11m respectively.
Munro’s Omar Bryan won the Class 1 discus ahead of teammate Razzack Whyte but was second in the shot putt to Petersfield’s Cornelius McIntosh, who won with 14.74m – well short of his personal best 15.57 set earlier this year.
Munro’s Dexter McKenzie won the Class 1 long jump with a best jump of 6.8m after winning at Western Champs last Saturday with a 7.26m mark.
Meanwhile, Munro’s Rolando Reid and Keneil Harrison look set to win triple titles in the 100m, 200m and 400m events qualifying.
William Knibb’s Jason Young scored a psychological advantage when he beat defending champion and IAAF World Junior winner Dexter Lee in their 100m semi-final heat.
Lee, who opened his season last Saturday at the Milo Western Relays, ran six events on the day – two rounds of the 100m and 200m plus legs on the Herbert Morrison Class 1 4x100m team and the 4x400m, while Young only entered the 100m.
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