On a day when several records were broken St Cyprian’s Boys could boast of achieving long overdue success at the Pine Hill Diary-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium today.
The Brittons Hill, St Michael-located school topped the boys section with 149.50 points while St Alban’s Primary lead the females with 192 points as the young athletes in the Andrea Blackett Zone battled it out on the track and field throughout the day.
Coming closest to St Cyprian’s was Ellerton Primary with 135.50 points, while Good Shepherd held on third position with 117.83 points, Selah Primary commanded fourth spot with 105.50 points and Ignatius Byer Primary completed the top five with 92.50 points. Good Shepherd Primary tallied 165 points for second place among the girls, Selah Primary were third with 153 points, Ignatius Byer Primary’s 135 points got them into fourth spot and St Joseph Primary claimed fifth spot with 79 points.
Among the record-breaking performances was Kaleisha Freeman of St. Lawrence Primary who broke the under-nine girls’ long jump record with a distance of 2.82 to remove the previous mark of 2.77. In under-seven boys’ action Adrial Sealy-Tull of Ellerton Primary jumped 1.61 to erase the previous 1.44 and Joshua Griffith of Selah Primary also jumped a distance of 1.49 to surpass the previous record of 1.44. St Cyprian’s captured the Under-seven boys’ 50 metres record through Jordyn Adams who clocked 8.98 seconds to replace the previous standard of 9.07 seconds.
The relays which many would probably consider the most exciting aspect of the day saw four records being broken. In the open girls’ 800m sprint medley, Good Shepherd Primary demolished the old record of 2:10.76 to set a new mark of 2:09.45. Good Shepherd’s girls were not finished with this record-breaking showing as their under-13 4x100m relay team smashed the old mark of 59.18 seconds while setting a new time of 58.99 seconds.
St Cyprian’s also broke the under-nine boys’ 4x100m record finishing in a time of 1:04.38 to dismiss the previous record of 1:04.81. Meanwhile St Lawrence Primary equalled the under-13 boys’ 4x100m when they won that race in 57.26 seconds.
Lagina Colucci of Welches Primary who was the most outstanding female with 30 points in the under-13 division, was also among the record- breakers. She set a new time of 28.78 seconds which erased the previous record of 29.15 in the 200m. Dacia Clarke of Selah Primary came second in 29.21 seconds which was just outside the record. Good Shepherd’s Aleisha Doyle took third spot in 29.22 seconds.
Colucci also won the 100m in a time of 14.13, the 200m in 28.78 and the long jump with a distance of 3.92. Daquan Spencer of St Luke’s Brighton captured the most outstanding male with 28 points after performing well in the under-13 boys’ division. He won the 400m in 1:06.99 and took the 100m sprint in 14.28 seconds. Spencer however had to settle for second in the 200m crossing the finish line in a time of 29.32. This race was won by Diallo Thompson of Good Shepherd Primary who clocked 29.04 while Antwuan Atwell of Ignatius Byer Primary clocked 29.47 to place third.
In the under-11 girls’ action Aaliyah Agard of Ignatius Byer Primary tallied 28 points to top that age category. She won the 400 metres in 1:14.19, Good Shepherd Primary’s Shakacia Watson ran the second fastest time in 1:17.43 and Nu-Biah Forte also of Good Shepherd ran 1:18.36 to place third.
Hill Top Primary had something to shout about when Antonie Walker topped the under-11 boys’ division with 17 points. He placed first in the 100 metros in 14.96 seconds, sixth in the 200m and fifth in the 400m. Selah Primary’s Cherish Phillips was the division champion in the under-nine girls’ with 24 points. She placed second in the long jump with a distance of 2.74. She also placed second in the 80m sprint in 13.07 which was won by Ashley Edwards of St Albans Primary in 13.02. Shariah Griffith of Selah Primary came third in 13.33.
Romario Godding of St Cyprian’s Boys amassed 22 points to contribute to his school’s excellent showing on the day. Godding won the 100m in a time of 15.96 while St John Primary’s Kaliq Ashby had the second fastest time of 16.03 and Welches Primary’s Kyree Lopez was third in 16.09. He also came second in the 150m in 24.08. This race was won by Ashby in 23.98 seconds while Nathan Brathwaite of St Cyprian’s Primary clocked 24.14 to capture third place.
Tomorrow NAPSAC continues with the Anton Norris Zone.