|McMinns stumbles across finish line and wins decathlon crown|
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Mar 17, 2012
Completing 10 events over a two-day period is quite strenuous, but that didn't stop the field of athletes in the senior boys’ decathlon from going hard at this year’s Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships.
The seven athletes that participated in the grueling 10 events needed to complete all if they wanted to be in the running for the national title. Out front by more than 200 points, heading into the last event was Eugene McMinns. Even though he showed signs of fatigue and was struggling with a hamstring injury, the senior at C.R. Walker Senior High School found the energy to finish the 1,500m race. It was this strength that gave McMinns the overall national title. He might have stumbled across the finish line in a time of 6:19.75 and placed fifth, but had a two-day total of 4,765 points.
Dion Bowles was the winner in the race, but he had to settle for third overall. The only athlete close to McMinns, ahead of the 1,500m race was Bradley Outten, but he crossed the line just seconds before McMinns. Outten, of the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine closed with 4,743 points and Bowles closed with 4,646 points. His time in the final event was 5:09.44.
McMinns won the 100m, the long jump, shot put and the 400m, all of which were held on the opening day. He closed day one with 3,110 points. Outten had 2,699 points after five events and Bowles had 2,824.
Also in the running were Elliott Thompson and Valin Bodie, who were fourth and fifth respectively. Alandor McIntosh and Nicholas Burrows only completed in eight of the 10 events.