The tradition continued today when a whopping 11 records were shattered during the James Wedderburn Zone of the 2015 National Primary Schools Athletic Championship at the National Stadium.
Schools based in that zone are known for their record-breaking performances over the years and among the record breakers was victrix ludorum Tyresha Clarke with 30 points. She set three new records on the day and in the process helped St Giles Primary to top the girls category with 187 points.
In the girls standings Arthur Smith with 148 points were second and Sharon Primary third with 120 points. Hilda Skeene Primary were fourth with 119 points and Grantley Prescod Memorial fifth with 93.50. The battle was fierce in the boys’ showdown between Bay Primary and St Giles Primary who both ended with a total of 138 points. Grantley Prescod were third on 108.50, fourth were Hilda Skeene who tallied 94.50 points and the 82 earned by Roland Edwards Primary placed them in fifth position.
Events like the 80m dash allowed Clarke to write her name in the record book when she ran 12.35 to erase the old mark of 12.54. In the 150m she produced a new time of 23.61 which replaced the previous mark of 23.96 and in the 100m she delivered a time of 15.47 to erase the 15.48 in the under-nine girls division.
Victor ludorum Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary set two records in the under-13 boys’ age group and will definitely be a force to reckon with at the quarter final stage and beyond. Hoyte ran 1:02.19 to remove the 1:02.70 record in the 400m and in the 200m his 27.06 replaced the previous record of 27.17. He also ran 13.63 in the 100m which was the fastest time in that division.
Also among the records being broken was under-nine boys division champion Kevin Webster with a tally of 24 points for St Giles. Webster ran 12.15 in the 80m to remove the 12.21 from the record books. He also cruised to the line in 23.47 seconds in the 150m.
Kemar Butler topped the under-11 boys with 20 points for Bay Primary and dropped the old record of 28.65 in the 200m with his time of 28.31 seconds. In the 400m Butler set the pace with a time of 1:10.50 which was way ahead of the 1:11.67 by Jay Agard of Arthur Smith.
Tiara Stewart of Roland Edwards Primary broke the under-13 girls’ long jump with a distance of 4.19m which replaced the old mark of 4.10m. The long jump record also fell in the under-nine boys division through Jadan Bowen of Deacons Primary with a distance of 3.27m which was better than the former record of 3.25m.
In the under-seven boys tennis ball throw Kristian Burgess of Hilda Skeene threw a strong 25.26m to relegate the old record of 24.54 into history. Shae-shon Scantlebury of Grazettes Primary sprinted his way into the record books when he ran 8.94 seconds in the 50m to remove the previous mark of 9.07.
Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary looked good in the under-11 girls division while accumulating 26 points. In the 100m she dominated with14.56, the long jump was no different with 3.50m while in the 200m her time was 30.78 behind Tianna Applewaite of St Giles 29.76 and Kelescia Downes of Arthur Smith 29.98.
The Under-13 girls’ division championship went to Dania Haynes of Hilda Skeene Primary with 22 points which came in the 100m which she won in 13.81 and the 200m in 28.56.
In the under-seven division Alexus Mascoll dominated the girls with a tally of 24 for Hindsbury Primary. She was second in the standing broad jump with 1.26m behind Caitlyn Moses-Bishop of Grantley Prescod at 1.29m. In the tennis ball Mascoll threw 12.10m while Onika Griffith of Grazettes Primary with 12.38 was the better of the two.
Nathaneil Prescod of Reynold Weekes Primary had the second fastest time of 9.15 in the 50m dash behind Shae-shon Scantlebury of Grazettes with 8.94. He also tied the old mark of 1.24m in the standing broad jump to be the stand-out in the under-seven boys division with 14 points.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)