Maxwell “Purple” House continued their athletics dynasty by repeating as champions at Grantley Adams Memorial’s inter-house sports at the National Stadium today.
The perennial champions tallied 862 points to finish ahead of second placed Challenor “Blue” House with 789 and Crawford “Green” House, 702, who were in contention to capture the title but simply could not hold off the Maxwell Tigers. Byer “Red” House settled for fourth spot with 644 points and Johnson “Yellow” House’s 413 points were good only for fifth position.
There were two record-breaking performances. In division three Shaquon Wilkinson of Crawford House threw the javelin 41.30m which surpassed the 35.39 previously held by Kareem Callender back in 2005.
Rashon Payne of Maxwell House also wrote his name in the record books when he set a new mark of 12.20m in the division one boys’ shot put. Victor Vaughan of Byer House was the previous holder back in 1996 with 11.72m. The strong lad also won the discus and javelin to accumulate 37 points to top that division.
Challenor may not have won but they certainly had plenty reasons to smile when Niketa Hackett tallied a whopping 71 points in division one. She won the discus, javelin, long jump and came second in the shot put, 1500m, 400m, 200m and third in the 800m.
Victor ludorum honours went to Davionne Thorpe of Crawford House who had no problem snatching up the division two boys’ title with a tally of 45 points. Thorpe did well in mostly field events with a win in the javelin and settled for third in the discus, shot put and also the long jump.
In the division two girls Steffany Polius of Maxwell dominated with 49 points. Polius seemed to have a liking for long and middle distances when she delivered big wins in the school’s cross country run, the 1500m, 800m, 400m and 200m.
Nefertari Holder of Johnson House was the stand-out with a total of 54 points for her house in division three. For her total Holder won the 200m, 800m, 1500m, was third in the 400m and fourth in the discus.
Meanwhile Jamal Benskin-Brathwaite was the boys’ equivalent with 35 points in under-15 action. Some of his points were tallied in the 100m, 200m and 400m, all of which he won.
Nafesta Codrington was victorious against all-comers in the long jump, javelin and discus which earned her 38 points for Crawford House in division four.
There was stiff competition in division four boys’ between Victor Hoyte who got 40 well-earned points for Challenor and Dario Sargeant of Crawford House who ended on 39. Hoyte won the 100m, was second in the 200m and javelin. In the 400m he was third and came fifth in the 800m and long jump. Sargeant won the javelin, was second in the 100m, third in the 200m and fourth in the 800m and long jump.