Williams Industries-sponsored West Terrace roared loudest today at the National Stadium to retain their boys’ title with 110 points while Charles F. Broome are the new queens of the Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championships (NAPSAC) after tallying 122 points.
Not even the caution tapes placed around the stadium were enough to stop Charles F. Broome from dethroning last year’s queens St Stephen’s Primary who ended their run this year in second place with 103 points. They were followed by Bayley’s Primary in third place with 80 points. Blackman and Gollop tallied 66 points for fourth spot and St Giles Primary’s 62 points got them into the top five finishers.
Charles F. Broome captured second place in the boys’ competition with 94.50 points and must be given credit for an all-round top performance. Coach Alphonzo King told Barbados TODAY it felt good to finally win once more since their last victory in 2008.
“It feels good for Charles F. Broome to win after being in the wilderness for almost seven years and coming into the final today we had a game plan which was to place in every event,” King said.
Milton Lynch collected 80 points for third place and they were well clear of St Stephen’s who came fourth with 57 points and fifth-place MQI Luther Thorne Memorial with 52 points.
Lawrence T. Gay Primary did not have the best of year in track and field but Tonika Griffith, a pupil of the school, was a star of the day. Griffith captured the top female prize with 30 points with victories in the 80m in a time of 12.22; the 100m in 15.54 seconds; and the 150m in 23.10 seconds.
The battle for the boys’ top honours was so competitive that it ended in a tie between under-11 division champion Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne and under-nine boys division champion Shamari Addison of St Alban’s Primary who both got 26 points. Daniel stamped his authority to win the 400m in a time of 1:05.17 and was second in the 200m with a competitive 28.03 behind Kemar Butler of Bay Primary who won with 27.72.
Addison was the star performer in his division when he defeated the likes of Jayden Green of Eden Lodge in the 100m in a time of 14.34 seconds while Green was second best with 14.46 and Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall Junior ran 14.51 to earn third position.
Addison also ran away with the 150m in 21.65 ahead of Newton 21.77 and Green 21.78. Newton won the 80m in a time of 11.72 and staved off keen competition from Green running 11.74 and Addison who clocked 11.86.
Despite losing the girls’ crown Kiara Payne and Zaria Knight of St Stephen’s ended their final year at NAPSAC with a bang as the two top performers in the under-13 girls. Payne scored 24 points which came through the long jump which she won with a leap of 4.39m; she was second in the 100m in a time of 13.62 which was outdone by the 13.46 run by Knight.
Despite being topped in the points standings by her schoolmate, Knight who ended on 20 points delivered in the 200m when she dismissed the field to win in a time of 27.41.
Shania Gill of Blackman and Gollop represented her school well in the 400m which she won in 1:03.67. She also won the 600m in a blistering time of 1:49.79 to finish way ahead of St Martin’s Mangrove’s Amaya Saungs who clocked 1.53.08. Gill ended on 18 points.
Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary is definitely someone special in the making. Hoyte deservingly topped the under-13 boys division with 19 points. He was a clear winner in the 400m when he stopped the clock at 1:00.14 which was slower than the 59.96 time he brought into the race. However it was the 800m boys’ sprint medley in which Hoyte showed his class when he collected the baton last and came from behind to deliver one of the finest runs of the day to earn his school second position.
Azariah Nurse of Bayley’s with a total of 24 points walked away with the under-11 girls division title. She finished the 100m in 14.34 seconds and clocked 29.05 in the 200m. Tianna Applewhaite of St Giles was the stand-out in the 400m with an impressive time of 1:07.98.
The under-seven honours went to Jakaria Jones-Smith of Belmont Primary with 22 points in girls’ competition and the boys’ title went to Jaquan Williams of Good Shepherd Primary who scored 12 points. Smith won the standing broad long jump with a leap of 1.39m while in the 50m dash she came second to Brianna Catwell of Charles F. Broome.
In the relays, St Stephen’s won the Under-13 girls 4x100m in a time of 54.34 seconds. They also won the boys Under-11 4 x100m in a time of 56.59. The other relays were shared among Milton Lynch (U13 boys 4×100); St Albans Primary (U9 boys 4×100); Charles F. Broome (U11 girls 4×100); and Lawrence T Gay (U9 girls 4×100).
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)