2014 queens St Stephen’s Primary with 14 points and Wilkie Cumberbatch boys with 10, were the pacesetters today at the semi-final stage of the Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) at the National Stadium.
But next Wednesday’s finals should see fierce competition with Bay Primary’s young ladies just one point behind behind St Stephen’s and looking to stop the Black Rock, St Michael school from capturing their second consecutive title.
Plenty points were accumulated today in the high jump final.
In the girls open high jump final, Sikia Best of Bay Primary won at a height of 1.38m while St Stephen’s duo of Nerissa Dyer and Rhema Boyce jumped 1.32m and 1.29m which earned them second and third place respectively.
Bayley’s Primary have nestled into third position on five points followed by St Winifred’s with four and St Ambrose Primary on two to round off the top five schools.
In the boys’ points standings Wilkie Cumberbatch owed their pole position to Denzel Green who leapt 1.43m to win the boys open high jump ahead of Tyrique Bailey-Edwards of Cuthbert Moore who managed 1.40m and Kadari Webster of Hilda Skeene who cleared the bar at 1.37m.
Cuthbert Moore Primary are currently in second position on eight points and Hilda Skeene Primary are third on six. All Saints Primary are in fourth spot on five points while Luther Thorne Primary are fifth with four points.
Last year’s kings West Terrace were nowhere to be seen in the top five of the points standings but they should not be counted out. They showed just why in the 800m sprint medley relay when they ran a blistering 1:57.28 thanks to Raheem Archer, Jaden Leacock, Shamar Lewis and Jayden Roberts who shattered the previous time of 1:59.80.
It is certainly promising to be a spectacular final especially among the under-nine boys with the likes of Jayden Green of Eden Lodge Primary and Shamari Addison of St Alban’s Primary. In the quarter-final last week Addison came into the semi-final round with good times of 11.82 in the 80m, 14.44 in the 100m and 21.81 in 150m.
In today’s semi-final Addison was much slower out of the blocks and ran 12.10 in the 80m, clocked 14.79 in the 100m and 22.78 in the 150m. Green on the other hand advanced to the final with 11.62 in the 80m, 14.63 in the 100m and 22.00 flat in the 150m.
It is very clear after today’s semi-final that the under-nine girls will take centerstage when Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay Primary and Alika Harewood of St Jude’s Primary meet in the final. The two ran different heats today and Griffith ran 12.45, 15.67 and 23.63 in the 80m, 100m and 150m respectively compared to 12.54, 16.03 and 24.08 ran by her main rival Harewood.
Azariah Nurse continued her great form when she slammed all comers and secured her place in the last eight of the 100m and 200m with times of 14.61 and 29.23 respectively. Tianna Applewhaite of St Giles Primary ran 1:07.99 to win her heat of the 400m which was much faster than the 1:09.68 ran by Nurse who also won her heat.
Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne was the stand-out when he stopped the clock at 1:08.13 in the 400m and 28.34 in the 200m. In the long jump he was third with a leap of 4.01m behind Achilles Browne of St Stephen’s with a jump of 4.11m and Cy Gilding of Milton Lynch at 4.02m.
Jeremy Small continues to maintain good times in the 100m and this afternoon was no different when he sprinted 14.12 to lead the pack.
It was an even match-up on the track in the under-13 girls division. Kiara Payne of St Stephen’s entered the 200m final with an unmatched 27.51 and in the 100m Zaria Knight of St Stephen’s was the fastest with 13.35. Shania Gill of Blackman and Gollop with a time of 1:03.73 was a cut above the rest in the 400m, as well as the 600m in which she produced a time of 1:51.12 to win that event.
Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary lived up to expectations and reduced his times from the quarter-final with a showing of 27.43 in the 200m and 59.96 in the 400m. The battle however was a little too frenetic for Hoyte in the 100m in which he was third in 13.60 behind the 13.54 ran by Jevon Burnett of Milton Lynch and the 3.65 produced by Raheem Archer of West Terrace.
The relays were evenly contested among the schools with West Terrace managing two victories.