The Lester Vaughan School got down to business today and stamped their authority very early to lead the points standings for both male and female athletes on day one of the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC) at the National Stadium.
The girls’ competition was stiff and it will be interesting to see whether Lester Vaughan who ended the day with 19 points would be able to stave off competition from reigning queens Springer Memorial and Queen’s College who both ended on 13. Daryll Jordan is in fourth position on ten points along with the St Michael School while Coleridge and Parry are in sixth place on six points.
Lester Vaughan with a total of 29 points have set the pace in the boys’ showdown and many are expecting them to do well this year and perhaps even take the crown from Queen’s College who trailed on 25.50 at the end of day with Christ Church Foundation School in third on 23.50. Just four points separate St Leonard’s Boys who are fourth on 20, from Coleridge and Parry in fifth with 16.
Several preliminaries took place today on the track with the fastest times in each race advancing to the semi-final round. However the points which were accumulated came through various field events which were finals.
Tiana Bowen of Lester Vaughan had a good day both on and off the track. She jumped 5.13m to win the under-17 girls high jump and also qualified for the 400m with the fastest time of 59.31 ahead of Ka-Neil Gale of the Alleyne School’s 59.52 and 59.83 by Jeal Williams of the St George Secondary School.
Antonio Weekes secured ten of Lester Vaughan’s points when he won the under-20 boys long jump in 7.04m which swept aside the 6.87m by silver medallist Davian Hawkesworth of Foundation and 6.79m by Michael Nicholls of Lester Vaughan.
It was an easy victory for Anderson Greaves of Coleridge and Parry who won the under-17 boys long jump with a leap of 6.77m which was not challenged too much by the 6.59m jumped by Antonio Farrell of Lester Vaughan and 6.53m by Ondre Callender of Deighton Griffith.
In the under-17 boys’ javelin, Micah Shepherd of Harrison College produced a giant throw of 50.00m to snatch that event. He made the 47.07m thrown by Jelani Lowe of Alleyne and the 46.39m tossed by Leshem Drakes of Coleridge and Parry look like nothing.
Brandon Fan Fan of St Leonard’s Boys jumped 1.44m and claimed the under-13 boys’ high jump comfortably from fellow schoolmate Akobi Doyle who leapt 1.41m and Quinn Kiwan of Harrison College who jumped 1.35m.
Meanwhile Cedia Springer separated herself from the pack with a jump of 1.37m to win the under-13 girls’ high jump from Jhenna Clarke of the St Michael School with 1.34m and Vivica Addison of Lester Vaughan with 1.31m.
Danielle Scantlebury of the St Michael School is out front on 1799 points in the girls’ pentathlon. Many of the schools got much needed points in this event which comprised 100m hurdles, high jump and shot put.
The pentathlon will conclude tomorrow but as it stands Shaniqua Quintyne of Combermere is in second on 1385 and Natisa Tempro of Foundation third with 1320 points. So far Scantlebury has won the hurdles in a blistering time of 15.16 seconds ahead of Shaniqua Quintyne of Combermere with 17.39 and Andrea Oughterson of Lester Vaughan in 18.64 seconds.
Scantlebury also won the shot put with a throw of 8.53m while Selena Johnson with 8.33m was second and Oughterson’s 7.94m was good for third. Meanwhile in the high jump Tempro went over the high jump bars at 1.49m to capture that event while Scantlebury was second with 1.43m and Oughterson with 1.35m rounded off the top three.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)