The National Primary Schools Athletics Championship returns to the National Stadium tomorrow for the quarter-final round and it promises to be an exciting day with lots of competitive action on the track.
Most if not all the competition usually comes from the under-13, 11 and nine divisions. One showdown that many will and should keep their eyes on is the under-11 girls’ battle between last year’s top female performer Skye Spencer-Layne of West Terrace Primary and Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary.
The races between those two last year in the under-nine girls division brought spectators to their feet and with both youngsters looking in top shape again this year, the stadium should come alive. Both Layne and Dell will feature in the 100m, 200m and 400m.
They would however need to watch out for Azariah Nurse of Bayley’s Primary and Kelescia Downes of Arthur Smith in the 100m and 200m. While in the 400m Brieanna Boyce of St Joseph Primary has the talent to emerge victorious.
The under-13 girls’ showdown looks promising and could produce a few stirring performances from Kiara Payne of St Stephen’s Primary, Eboni Browne of Gordon Walters, Kayla DePeiza of Selah Primary and Narissa Smith of St Phillip Primary.
Meanwhile in the under-nine girls’ Tyresha Clarke of St Giles Primary is perhaps a big favourite in that division after breaking three records in the James Wedderburn zone, inclusive of the 80m, 100m and 150m. It would be interesting to see whether she could fire once again at the quarter-final stage against the likes of Alika Harewood of St Judes Primary who was also the victrix ludorum of the Anton Norris zone and Jannica King of Eagle Academy Primary.
The boys’ races are usually a bit more difficult to call but with two record-breaking performances in the James Wedderburn zone from victor ludorum Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary in the under-13 boys 200m and 400m, many eyes will be on this young talent. Caleb Massiah of Charles F. Broome and Kobi Hutson of St Angela’s are going to have to come good in those particular races to have any realistic chance.
One race that should create some nail-biting moments is the open boys 800m. Jahleel Armstrong of Welches Primary broke that record in the Andrea Blackett zone and it should be interesting to see how the promising IIahtrinity Armstrong of St Marks contends with him.
Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne Primary is definitely a name to watch out for along with Kemar Butler of Bay Primary in the under-11 boys 400m in which the two should be challenged by Kaden Brewster of Good Shepherd Primary. Jeremy Small of The People’s Cathedral Primary is expected to deliver big in the 100m and should receive competition from Butler in the 200m as well.
Shamari Addison of St Albans Primary in the under-nine boys equalled the 80m dash and broke the 100m time in the Andrea Blackett zone. However, Addison should not be complacent and can expect stiff competition from three other top guns in that division including Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall Juniors, Keiron Haynes of St Ambrose Primary and Kevin Webster of St Giles.
Another who should create a stir among those in the stands is Hillaby Turner’s Hall speedster Keshaun King in the 80m, 100m and 150m in the under-9 division.