-Lone Star team in Guinea for Region II ECOWAS Championships
The Jimmy Jolocon High School has retained the National High School Athletics Championship on Friday, May 5, in a one-day track and field competition at the Samuel K. Doe Complex practice pitch.
The male and female teams of the Cobra Kingdom of the Jimmy Jolocon High School earned nine (9) gold medals, seven (7) silver medals and six (6) bronze medals – – – totaling 72 points.
The 2016 and 2017 high school champions (Jimmy Jolocon) and four other schools participated in nine (9) events, namely: 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. The remaining events are 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump and Shot Put. The Kingdom Foundation High School emerged second in the championship with 58 points.
The male and female teams of Kingdom Foundation got eight (8) gold medals, five (5) silver medals and three (3) bronze medals. The third place title was won by the St. Kizito Catholic High School, with 15 points. Kizito earned three (3) silver medals and six bronze medals.
The Effort Baptist and S. Patrick Jallah Schools won the 4th and 5th places respectively. Effort Baptist had one (1) gold medal, two (2) silver medals and a bronze medal, while the S. Patrick Jallah School got a gold medal, silver medal and two (2) bronze medals.
The head coach of the LAF, Samuel Cooper said the championship is to afford the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) the opportunity to promote athletics in schools and to scout new talents.
The championship brought together about 57 students from the five schools, and over 16 new talents were scouted.
Meanwhile, the Junior and Senior Lone Star athletics teams, departed from the country on Sunday, May 7, by road to Conakry, Guinea to participate in the Region II and ECOWAS Junior and Senior Championships. The tournaments will run from the 12th to the 14th of May.
It may be recalled 11 young athletes were selected by the Liberia Athletic Federation following their qualification in the April 26 time trials.
The qualified athletes as Andrew S. Kpehe (1500m male, time 4:30.34); Lucy Massaquoi (1500m female, time 5:48.42); Philip G. Lademo (400m male, time 51.58s); Abraham Harris and Sunnyboy Barcon (200m males, times: 23.12s and 23.84s respectively); Nancy Saah (200m female, time 25.30s); Richard Mayango (Shot put, best throw measured at 13.10m) and Galama Mawolo (Shot Put best throw measurement 9.85).
Those who had prior qualifications are Anis Faraj (5000m male), Kadmiel Enders (high jump) and Emmanuel Kartus (long jump).