Seven of Barbados’ 22 secondary schools turned up today at the Weymouth grounds, Roebuck Street, St. Michael for the preliminary round of the one-off Barbados National Secondary Schools Championships.
And Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley, organising officials, and a number of school and National Sports Council personnel present were not amused. But the absence of the majority of the schools, several of which had committed to attending the meet, did not deter the athletes of Darryl Jordan, Ellerslie, Foundation, Lester Vaughan, St. Leonard’s, Alma Parris and Deighton Griffith from giving of their best.
At the end of the day Lester Vaughan led the way among the girls with 160 points, followed by Foundation on 123, Ellerslie on 96, Darryll Jordan on 42, Deighton Griffith on 40 and Alma Parris on 35.
St. Leonard’s took away top honours today with 195 points, followed relatively closely by Foundation on 154 points, Lester Vaughan 138, Darryll Jordan 79, Alma Parris 60, Ellerslie on 39 and Deighton Griffith on 28.
There were several exciting performances with Ellerslie’s Toriann Alleyne, 12, a former Sharon Primary stand-out competing at this level for the first time, impressing in the Under-15 100m and 200m. She ran away from the field in the former in a time of 13.05, somewhat slower than her best at the distance where she has run sub-12 seconds. She returned to once again dominate in the 200m winning in a time of 27.78 ahead of Foundation’s Cheyanne Cummins (28.26).
Also impressing was St Leonard’s Jumulah Estwick who had a keen tussle with Lester Vaughan’s Rashawn Bailey in the Under-13 200m dash but eventually emerged victorious in a time of 28.39.
Lester Vaughan’s Antonio Weekes also impressed in the Under-17 200m beating out Deighton Griffith’s Kentoine Browne in a thriller. Foundation’s Shashamar Kellman also shone in the under-15 200m dash winning in a time of 24.81.