Scotiabank-sponsored Springer Memorial and Christ Church Foundation School have maintained their lead and left everyone else to run in their wake at the end of day three of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium today.
Defending girls champions Springer extended their tally of 87 from yesterday to 116 today while the boys of Foundation who haven’t had a taste of victory for a very long time are still holding firm with a substantial lead of 88.50 points leading into the finals scheduled for next week Thursday and Friday at the National Stadium.
At the end of the day the Burger King-sponsored Lester Vaughan had taken back the second spot with 39.50 among the girls from Foundation who are in third spot on 38 points. With a total of 36 points the St Michael School are fourth and Daryll Jordan are fifth on 31 points.
In second position in the boys’ standings are Coleridge and Parry with 66 points and they are closely trailed by St Leonard’s who are just three points behind on 63. Lester Vaughan who commanded the first day of both the males and females have now moved into fourth on 57 points while Harrison College drifted from second to fifth with a total of 56 points.
There were several finals which took place including the boys open 5000m which was the only track final for today. Raheem Skinner of Combermere ran away comfortably with that event when he clocked 16:52.48. Jonathan Jones of Coleridge and Parry with a time of 17:33.22 and Pius Emilien of Foundation in 17:51.77 tried but could not get close to the Combermerian who set the pace and never looked back.
The stakes were shared evenly in the field events and Springer Memorial earned themselves another ten points thanks to Renee Burke who won the under-17 girls 600 javelin with a throw of 30.93m which did not challenge the record of 46.82m set back in 2007 by former Frederick Smith Secondary student Deandra Dottin.
CARIFTA athlete Dequan Lovell continues to carry the torch for St George Secondary when he picked up gold. Lovell won the under-20 boys shot put yesterday and came back today and won the discus with a throw of 45.74m. Akiyl Simon of Foundation managed 40.12m for second and Nathan Ellis of St Leonard’s 35.34m earned him third.
Holly-Anne Hunte of the St Michael School took the under-20 girls discus with a throw of 33.62m which was followed by the 31.91m thrown by Winmalecia Bowen of Springer and 31.79m by Ricandrea Beckles of Frederick Smith.
In the junior boys 4k shot put, Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry lived up to expectations when he putted 13.05m to win that event. Under the guidance of experienced coach Ramon Armstrong, Babb was able to outdo the 11.79m of Nicholas Grimes of Queen’s College and Kobe Cobham of the St Michael School who dug deep to throw 11.41m to take third.
The junior girls 3k shot put event also had a clear winner in Diamond Hollingsworth of Lester Vaughan with 10.96m, second went to Shanice Hutson of Coleridge and Parry who put in a good enough effort of 9.74m to take silver and J’Noire Dunbreaker of Graydon Sealy whose 9.71m earned the bronze.
Akayla Morris of the Lodge School looked in good form all season and today she was a big winner in the under-15 girls’ long jump with a leap of 5.40m. Shemia Odaine of Alleyne School was the next best jumper with 5.22m along with Shaquona Scott of Springer with 5.04m.
The 4x100m relays had a few exciting showings and Lester Vaughan are into the semi-final round with the fastest time in both the under-20 and 13 boys’ events. The St Michael School has also entered the under-17 and 20 girls with the quickest times.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)