Scotiabank-sponsored Springer Memorial are poised to retain their crown with 268 points but the boys’ showdown is too close to call with the Burger King-sponsored Lester Vaughan out front on 162 points.
It was scorching day of track and field action when the first of the two- day final of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) took place at the National Stadium today with a few record- breaking performances.
The St Michael School are the closest to Springer on 152 points thanks to their impressive runs in the under-17 and 20 girls relay which they won and also young Ashley Weekes who captured the under-15 girls 800m in 2:28.27. Christ Church Foundation School are third on 115 points, followed by Lester Vaughan in fourth on 111 and Coleridge and Parry fifth with 110 points.
Somebody will need to send up a prayer or call for medical care for the weak-hearted come tomorrow. A few points here, a slip-up there, a mishap somewhere along the line, and the picture among the boys could drastically change. Foundation are close on the heels of Lester Vaughan with 154.50 points, St Leonard’s Boys are in third position with 130 points and they are followed by Coleridge and Parry with 126. The Lodge School has nestled into fifth spot with a total of 117 points.
Coleridge and Parry’s CARIFTA qualifier Jonathan Jones was among the record breakers when he clocked 4:09.17 in the under-17 boys 1500m and smashed the old record of 4:15.36 held by Anthonio Mascoll of Ellerslie. Another of Mascoll’s record was shattered compliments of Raheem Skinner of Combermere in the under-20 boys 1500m. The record stood at 4:02.34 and Skinner, another CARIFTA qualifier, ran an easy 4:00.90.
The under-20 boys 100m time was also shattered by Harrison College’s Mario Burke who ran a speedy 10.35 to erase the 10.41 set by former St Michael student Levi Cadogan last year. It was a race filled with big guns with
Burke also qualifying for Pan Am Juniors with that time along with second place finisher Jaquone Hoyte of St Leonard’s who clocked 10.46 and Kemar Cumberbatch of Queen’s College who ran 10.66 to earn his place on the CARIFTA team.
Akayla Morris of The Lodge School equalled Tristan Evelyn’s time of 24.54 in the under-15 girls 200m. Former 400m CARIFTA gold medallist Sada Williams lived up to expectations in the under-20 girls 400m in which she ran 55.25 which earned her a place on the World Youth Championships team. Williams’ highlight of the day came in the 100m in which she clocked 14.40 to win ahead of St Michael’s Danielle Scantlebury and Ayanna Morgan who ran 14.61 and 14.98 respectively.
Coleridge and Parry must be given credit for their all-round effort especially in the field event. Enrique Babb is one of the many athletes who have carried the torch for the school. He won the shot put and came back today and won the junior boys discus with a throw of 40.40m.
Meanwhile for the girls Romancia Odwin putted 11.04m to win the under-17 girls shot put, Shanice Hutson’s 27.96 was good enough to claim the junior girls discus while Tamia Battershield ran 11.96 which was the fastest time in the junior girls 75m hurdles.
Another queen of the day was first time CARIFTA qualifier Mary Fraser of Daryl Jordan who bagged two wins in the under-17 girls 1500m which she comfortably won in a time of 4:56.63 and the 400m in which she stamped her authority from early to run 55.91 ahead of crowd favourite Tiana Bowen of Lester Vaughan who clocked 57.89.
In the under-20 boys 400m Stephen Griffith ran 47.74 to qualify for the World Youth Championships. Schoolmate Michael Nicholls booked his passage to the Pan Am Juniors with a time of 13.59 in the 110m hurdles event. Mario Linton won the under-13 boys 200m with a 26.16 clocking.
On the field Antonio Farrell won the under-17 boys triple jump with a leap of 13.64m. The girls also put in a good effort with Lester Vaughan’s Tianna Bowen’s winning run of 12.26 in the under-17 girls 100m, and Vivica Addison claiming the 800m in a time of 2:38.13.
Harrison College also had good performances from Asha Cave who clocked 11.91 to slam the field in the under-20 girls 100m which was noticeably missing CARIFTA qualifier Tristan Evelyn of Springer Memorial who had to sit out that particular race due to injury.
Earlier in the day Evelyn jumped 5.59m to take the under-20 girls long jump. Nathan Thornhill also of Harrison College cruised to victory in the under-15 800m with 2:03.98. The Crumpton Street posse had more to shout about thanks to Hayley Matthews who threw 42.60m to take the under-20 girls javelin and Cherissa Moore who went over the high jump bar at a height of 1.50m to win that event.
Foundation was also in the mix when Josiah Atkins claimed the under-17 boys 400m with a time of 48.90 and Elizabeth Williams who easily thrashed the field in the under-20 girls 1500m in a time of 4:53.83.
A last minute run by Combermere saw them creep up to seventh position in the boys’ points standing with a tally of 112, behind Harrison College who ended in sixth on 115.50. Nathan Fergusson dismissed the field in the under-17 boys 110m hurdles final when he ran 14.79 seconds. Matthew Clarke is the fastest under-17 boy on the island, taking that event in a time of 10.75. The boys from Waterford also delivered two big surprises when they won both the under-17 and 20 boys 4x100m.
Other good individual performances came from Brandon Fan Fan of St Leonard’s Boys who won the under-13 boys 800m final in 2:31.21 and Suresh Black of Codrington High who ran 23.03 which was good enough for gold in the under-15 boys 200m. Khadeja Straughan of Springer stopped the clock at 26.78 to take the under-13 girls 200m.
BSSAC action will conclude tomorrow at the National Stadium.