Seven records were shattered as St Giles Primary and Arthur Smith Primary topped the male and female points standing respectively, at the James Wedderburn Zone meet of the Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship at the National Stadium today.
In this the final zonal meet, St Giles dominated the boys proceedings with 158 points and were followed by Hilda Skeene Primary which tallied 137 points for second place. Roland Edwards Primary came third with 114 points, fourth place went to Sharon Primary with 104 points and Bay Primary’s 92 points earned them fifth position.
Arthur Smith Primary’s girls accumulated 144 points, and were followed closely in second by Bay Primary with 132 points, Hilda Skeene with 124, Roland Edwards Primary in fourth spot with 120 points and St Giles Primary rounding off the top five with 111.50 points.
Malachi Harris of Deacons Primary did not leave any doubts as to who the most outstanding male athlete would be after he broke the Under-11 boys’ cricket ball with a tremendous throw of 65.23 which shattered the previous record of 49.67. Harris also broke the 200m in a time of 28.65 which replaced the previous record of 28.90. He also won the 100m in 14.16 to top his division with 30 points.
Sarah Belle of St George Primary was the most outstanding female athlete with 30 points in the under-13 age group after winning the open girls’ 600m in 1:54.25, the 400m in 1:08.33 and running time of 29.27 seconds to win the 200m.
There was a tie in the under-nine division between Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary and Kelescia Downes of Arthur Smith Primary with 26 points each. Dell set a new record in the 80m dash of 12.54 which erased the previous record of 12.67 and she also won the 100m sprint in 15.67 and came third in the 150m in 24.98 which was won by Downes in 24.48 with Briana Baird of Vauxhall Primary coming second in 24.98.
Downes placed second in the 80m in a time of 13.15 seconds and clocked 16.28 in the 100m to also place second. Also in the Under-nine girls division, Shelanie Augustin of Sharon Primary broke the girls’ cricket ball throw record with a new distance of 28.40 which smashed the previous record of 25.32. St Giles Primary’s Tashawn Maloney broke the Under-nine boys long jump with a distance of 3.25 which replaced the previous mark of 3.21.
The under-nine division champion title went to Jaquan Pilgrim of St George Primary with a tally of 24 points after he won the 80m in 12.39 and the 150m in 23.45 seconds. Meanwhile in the under-11 girls competition, Ariel Baird of Vauxhall Primary topped that division with a total of 22 points. She won the 400m in 1:14.88 and placed second in the 200M in 31.52 while Dania Haynes of Hilda Skeene Primary took first place in 30.88 seconds.
There was a tie among the under-13 males between Terrico Bruce of Hilda Skeene Primary and Emmerson Graham of Roland Edwards Primary with 26 points each. Bruce won the 100m in 13.76, the 200m in 27.97 and came third in the long jump with a leap of 4.01. This event was won by Graham with a distance of 4.08 while 4.04 was good enough to give Kyle Yearwood of Sharon Primary second place.
In Under-seven action, St Gabriel’s Jules O’Garro broke the standing broad jump with a jump of 1.50 removing the old record of 1.47. He placed second in the 50m in a time of 9.26 after Kevon Wickham of Sharon Primary pipped him at the finish line for first position in a time of 9.24.
However O’Garro scored 18 points over all to capture the males’ title in that age group. Among the females Tia Applewhaite of St Giles Primary scored 13.50 points to emerge tops among the under-sevens. She placed second in 9.70 seconds in the 50m after Ronisha Maynard of Arthur Smith Primary came first in 9.67 and Latav Greenidge took third in 9.76. The quarter finals are scheduled for next week Tuesday at the National Stadium.