Island schools to go head-to-head in meet

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 February, 2003, 12:00am

Girls' athletics teams at West Island and South Island Schools are poised for a day-long duel for bragging rights in today's Division Three Area Three championship final at Wan Chai Sports Ground.

With just 25 events to go, and after two days of competition over the last two weeks, West Island girls have a slender eight-point edge over their rivals.

Today is the first of this week's four area finals days in the Division Three Hong Kong and Kowloon section. Promotion to Division Two is the prize for the area boys and girls champions.

In the boys' competition, South Island School are looking a safe bet to take the title, currently 26 points ahead of Raimondi College.

South Island boys should stay on course in this morning's first event - the grade A discus - where their expert Jason Macloed can score valuable points.

For West Island's girls to secure victory, they'll need to follow the lead of their high jumper Olivia Lewis, who against the odds in a Division Three meet, set a new grade B high jump record of 1.51 metres last week.

Brittany Groot in the 800m, Chelsea Messick in the 400m and sprinter Elvira Leenders in the 200m can also rack up some more points for West Island.

Chelsea ran one minute 8.90 seconds to win the grade B 400m heat and two minutes 45.70 seconds for the 800m last week.

South will look for big efforts from multi-talented Heidi Harrington Johnson in the 200m, 400m and javelin, and sprinter Joanna Mak in the 100m and 4x100m relay.

Division Three Area Four will be contested tomorrow.