Armstrong House have finally ended the winning streak of perennial athletics champions at Harrison College, Dalton House.
Today at the school’s Crumpton Street, St. Michael playing field, Dalton’s eight consecutive years of bragging rights screeched to a halt when the Armstrong House athletes bedecked in blue tallied 1705.8 points to create what many at the ground considered a major upset .
Dalton’s lads and lasses, dressed in their traditional yellow kept within distance for much of the day, but were eventually out-distanced as they could only accumulate 1638.4 points. Collymore ‘Green’ House held on for third position with 1454.6 and Deighton ‘Red’ House took fourth position with 1255 points.
Despite having to settle for second position Dalton House captured both the victor and victrix ludorum titles. Micah Shepherd competing in division two was victor ludorum with a whopping 106 points from wins in the discus, javelin, high jump, triple jump and long jump, as well as second place in the 200m, fifth in the 400m, and 800m.
Victrix ludorum Akila Forde won the division one girls’ title with 85 points. She was in sizzling form breaking the 400m hurdles record in a new time of 1:09.21 which replaced Rickyta Whitney’s previous record of 1:11.01. Forde also won the javelin, long jump, 200m, 800m, placed second in the 3000m, 1500m and triple jump and finished third in the high jump.
Harrison College’s sports day is usually an exciting affair and today’s was no different especially in the division one boys’ showdown. There were some stirring battles between 2013 CARIFTA gold medalist Mario Burke of Dalton House and Armstrong’s Zanye Deukett with the latter emerging the division one boys’ champion with 72.2 points.
Deukett and Burke went down to the wire in almost every race they ran. Deukett won the 800m and 1500m, as well as the triple jump. He placed second in the 400m, 400m hurdle and 200m and took third spot in the 100m and 5000m. He also got the better of Burke on the final leg of the division one boys’ 4x100m but Burke was not fazed as he came back to produce a fine run on the final leg of the 4x400m relay which had the students and parents going wild. Many of them ran onto the track as the athletes were on the home stretch.
Other outstanding performances came from division two champion Hayley Mathews of Armstrong House. She broke the javelin record which stood from 1991. Mathews threw a magnificent 42.16 to erase Lisa Harewood’s old record of 29. 95.
Yannick Burrowes of Dalton House with 54 points was the division three boys, champion winning the triple jump and placing second in the 1500m and 800m. Also in that division, Armstrong House’s Ivanna Odle walked away with the girls’ division title with 53 points after winning the 100m, placing second in the 200m, 300m hurdle and third in the discus, shot put and high jump.
Collymore House had something to smile about when Kai Alleyne won the division four champion title with 60 points after winning the triple jump, long jump, placing second in the high jump, 800m, 400m and third in the 3000m, 1500m and 200m. Charissa Moore of Deighton House with 68 points took the girls’ title in that same division with victories in the 200m, 400m, 800m, second place in the 100m, high jump and long jump and fourth place in the shot put.
Joshua Codrington of Dalton House was the division five champion with 32 points. He won the high jump and placed third in the long jump and 200m.