Will there be a change of champions when the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) finals take place tomorrow and climax on Friday?
Or will Springer Memorial and Queen’s College be able to hold on to their respective titles once more?
Based on what was seen at the just concluded Pinehill-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium, especially with St Stephen’s Primary dethroning West Terrace Primary, anything is possible.
However with both defending champions Springer Memorial Secondary out front leading the females on 89 points and Queen’s College on 82 points among the males, it might take something spectacular for another school to sweep the respective titles from under their noses. Christ Church Foundation School are in second place on 53 points in the girls’ competition and Lester Vaughan are third on 48 points.
The boys’ points standing is a bit closer than the girls’ going into the finals but many Queen’s College fans may have enough faith that their boys’ can add another BSSAC title to their name. Just 22 points separate Queen’s College from the second placed St Michael School who are on 60 points. The Lodge School are sitting on 53 points for third position.
Fourteen-times champions, Springer Memorial, would be looking to make this their 15th consecutive title, and they would be bringing their ammunition which includes powerhouse Tristan Evelyn in the under-17 girls’ division which seems to be a strong division for them and which also includes the talented Shonte Seale. Evelyn’s main rival may be Tianna Bowen from Lester Vaughan who appeared to be in good form during the preliminary stages. If she shines over the next two days then the St Thomas-based school can pull off a major upset in that division.
Queen’s College are definitely strong in the under-13, 15 and 20 divisions with strong performers like Tre Hinds in the under-20, Ajani Haddock in the under-15 and Samuel Alkins and Toney Jahlarni in the under-13.
St Michael School will be relying heavily on Levi Cadogan and Logan Jones in the under-20 boys’ division and they will have to contend with the likes of CARIFTA gold medalist Mario Burke of Harrison College in what will definitely be one of the main showdowns on the track in the 100m, 200m and 400m respectively. Similar to the males the St Michael under-20 girls’ team is also strong and if Leah Barker and Ayanna Morgan have their way in that division then it could be a major points boost for the St Michael team.
Victory could depend on who wants it more over the next two days and no true champion goes down without a fight. Whatever the outcome may be over the next two days, one thing is certain, fans at the National Stadium will not see either the Government Hill queens or the kings from Husbands, St James meekly surrendering their titles.
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