West Terrace Primary are seeking to do the double and if possible take a clean sweep of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championships (NAPSAC) and so far physical education teacher Roderick Harmon believes they can.
Today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex the tigers as they call themselves were in action on the track and Red House’s enthusiasm and prowess earned them 373 points for top honours ahead of the second best Green House on 328 points. Blue House’s 325 points earned them third spot and Purple House were fourth with 258 points.
Harmon said each year they always sought to do much better than the previous year and this year would be no different, especially with the likes of victor ludorum in the under-13 boys division, Travon Wickham, who was unstoppable in every race today. He has definitely inherited the genes of his father Troy Wickham, a former Barbados athlete with a world junior ranking of number 20 back in 1998. Wickham was extremely proud of his son who dominated his age group for Blue House. He started the day off by winning the 800m in convincing fashion, and followed that with wins in the 400m, 200m and 100m for a total of 28 points.
“Every year it is the same thing. You know that you have to come out and defend and try to see if you can do what you did before, do things better, and this year is no different. I think we are faring well and we have not yet started to train in earnest. But immediately after we settle from this meet we are going to be getting our athletes who are going forward to the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship and getting them out to train at the school every day,” Harmon said.
He explained that there was no secret formula to West Terrace’s success on the track except for the athletes to keep themselves healthy. Harmon told Barbados TODAY he liked how the girls were shaping up especially in the under-11 division that includes Skye Spencer-Layne who came third last year in what was her first year in that division at NAPSAC.
“I like how the girls are looking especially in the under-11 age group but I wouldn’t call it. I am one of those people who believe it is on the day and we will wait until NAPSAC and see how it goes but I like how the under-11 girls are looking,” Harmon said.
Spencer-Layne of Green House ended with 40 points for the victrix ludorum title and was very business-like as she won the road race at the school and cricket ball throw. Today on the track they probably needed a horse to catch her in the 100m and 200m, where she slammed the field to send a strong message to her fellow competitors Kalicia Downes of Arthur Smith Primary and Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary from last year’s NAPSAC that she was ready for battle.
Spencer-Layne told Barbados TODAY she intended to not only capture the under-11 girls division at NAPSAC but also to set new records in the 100m and 200m.
“I am pretty ready. I know my competitors so I am ready for them. When I was at home a few weeks ago I was looking at NAPSAC records that I want to break so hopefully God willing I will accomplish that. I am looking to break the 100m, 200m and the long jump records. I want to break the NAPSAC record of 13.45 in the 100m so I am looking to run 13 flat and in the 200m it is 28.15 and I want to run 28.10,” said a confident Spencer- Layne who trains with Rising Stars Track Club under the guidance of coach Alwyn Babb. She is the daughter of Carey Spencer-Layne who once represented Barbados at the CARIFTA Games in the discus and shot put events.
Another outstanding performance came from Tonique Flemming in the under-13 girls division. She was in tremendous form and will definitely be one to watch. Flemming earned 34 points for Red House and won the 100m, 200m, long jump, a novelty race that included putting on socks and shoes correctly, jumping over hurdles, pouring water in a bottle and sprinting to the finish line. She was also second in the road race won by Destiny Forde-Mills of Green House.
Solange Holford of Blue House topped the under-nine girls age group. Meanwhile Ajani Williams also of Blue House had a tally of 17 to top the under-11 boys category and Damani Yearwood of Green had 21 points among the under-nine males.