Track and field royalty Springer Memorial announced themselves today with a massive 72 points while the defending male champions, Queen’s College, stamped their authority while accumulating 55 points on day two of the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
The St Michael School maintained their second position spot among the females with 26 points and Queen’s College followed closely in third place with 21 points. The St Michael School did well overall today and just like their female counterparts the boys were in second place on 36 points. One point separated the second and third positions, with Lester Vaughan School dropping to third on 35 points.
Several finals took place today, including the Under-20 male and female shot put. Ashley Williams broke the girls’ shot put record with a massive throw of 12.58 which replaced the 12.08 set by Shernelle Nich back in 2001. Dequan Lovell of St George Secondary allowed his height and size to work for him when he threw 14.64 which was good enough for the gold medal.
In the junior girls’ javelin final, Simone Carroll emerged the winner with a distance of 26.97. Springer Memorial’s dominance continued in the under-17 girls’ high jump when Shonte Seale, a clear favourite in that event, jumped 1.61.
Grantley Adams Memorial had every reason to be elated when they won both the open male and female 3 000m. Elizabeth Williams won comfortably in 11:32.07 while Renaldo Rock crossed the finish line first in 10:51.53. Luke Hinkson of St George Secondary gave him a strong challenge on the home stretch but could not pass him.
Antonio Farrell of Lester Vaughan captured gold in the Under-15 boys’ high jump after clearing the bar at 1.72. Meanwhile in the Under-13 boys’ long jump finals, Darion Clarke of the St Michael School was a clear winner with a leap of 5.14.
The open boys’pentathlon resulted in CARIFTA qualifer, Akeim David of the St Michael School, winning with 3,344 points. David won the 110m hurdles in 15.05, 200m in 22.93 and the long jump at a distance of 6.15.