Out of a field of 81 schools that advanced to the quarter-finals of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium today, 80 were represented and many of them showed great determination on and off the track to book their places in the semi-final round schedule for next week Tuesday at the stadium.
Up to publication time organizers were still completing their computations.
Despite there being no record-breaking performances on the day, many of the respective schools brought their ace athletes and Sarah Belle of St George primary was a perfect example.
Belle was a force to reckon with from the moment she stepped on to the track to run one of the first events of the day, the under-13 open girls’ 600M which she won in a time of 1:48.27. She also won the 400M in 1:05.79 and the 200M in 27.64 seconds to book her place in the semi-finals.
In the under-13 boys’ division, Shem Williams showed that he was in charge winning the long jump with a distance of 4.80M which many spectators in the stands expected. The closest to Williams was the 4.34 jumped by Terrico Bruce of Hilda Skeene Primary and Paul Clarke of Milton Lynch Primary who managed 4.25M.
Williams also showed he had what it took when he stormed to victory in the 200M in a time of 27.05 seconds. However, he had to settle for the second fastest time in the 400M, clocking 1:03.61 which was a bit slower than the 1:04.81 ran by Ialpha Nedd of A DaCosta Edwards Primary.
St Stephen’s Primary had much to shout about through Tenielle Chapman-Goodluck in the under-11 girls’ division. Chapman-Goodluck dominated the field events winning the long jump with a 3.89M jump and had the second best throw of 36.37M in the cricket ball throw. Shahada Headley of Good Shepherd Primary had the longest throw of 38.06.
Many referred to him as the “stadium monster” and Malachi Harris of Deacons Primary lived up to his reputation when he demolished all competitors in the 100M clocking a time of 13.68 seconds. In the 200M he left the other athletes watching his back down the straight as he slammed the field in 27.90 seconds. In the cricket ball throw he really brought out the ‘monster’ in him with a tremendous throw of 64.46M which makes him a clear favorite for the semi-finals. George Lamming Primary’s Joshua Haynes was a distant second with a throw of 50.48.
The under-nine girls’ division had a close rivalry between Sharon Primary’s Samiya Dell and Skye Spencer-Layne of West Terrace Primary. In the 150M Dell got the better of Spencer-Layne running a time of 23.70 which topped the 23.75 seconds ran by Layne.
Ciara Piggott of St Stephen’s Primary, however, proved to be faster than both Dell and Layne in the 100M clocking a time of 15.21 seconds which was faster than Dell’s 15.67 and Spencer-Layne’s 15.74. Spencer-Layne however was not fazed as she won the long jump in 2.96 which gave her school something to shout about.
Iyobosa Iyare of West Terrace Primary was perhaps the pick of the under-nine boys’ winning the 150M in a time of 23.21 seconds, while in the long jump he had the second longest distance of 3.51M which fell just short of the 3.53 jumped by Bayley’s Primary’s Daniel Duncan.
St Gabriel’s Primary’s Jules O’Garro had a good day in the under-seven boys’ division winning the standing broad jump with a distance of 1.61. O’Garro came back in the 50M dash and ran the second fastest time of 8.98 seconds with Joshua Moore of West Terrace Primary clocking the fastest time of 8.73 seconds to advance through to the semifinals.
There wasn’t much to shout about where the under-seven girls’ was concerned but some of the highlights from that division came via Jakaya Padmore of Christ Church Girls who recorded a win the standing broad jump at a distance of 1.49; Azaria Browne of Cuthbert Moore Primary won the tennis ball throw with a distance of 15.35; and Amara Harewood of St Albans Primary clocked 9.10 seconds in the 50M dash.