Oh what a happy day it was for double crown champions All Saints’ Primary who stamped their authority on the track today, in defence of their title in the Anton Norris Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship.
When the Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored championship continued at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, All Saints scorched the Ryan Brathwaite Track accumulating a whopping 277 points to capture their third consecutive trophy in girls’ competition. Hillaby Turners Hall were second with 124 points and Gordon Walters with 87 points were third. St Lucy Primary were fourth on 75 points and Cuthbert Moore’s 72.50 points got them fifth spot.
All Saints also commanded the boys’ category to repeat as kings for a second consecutive year with a total of 200 points. They were closely followed by St Judes on 121 points and A DaCosta Edwards in third place with 116 points. Hillaby Turners Hall tallied107 points for fourth position and Blackman and Gollop placed fifth with 103 points.
It seems that whatever ground provisions are being fed to All Saints’ pupils in the northern part of the island, they are producing wonderful results. But according to physical education teacher Barrington Yearwood, the school’s success on track has to do with lots of hard work. “We have been working extremely hard and it has paid off for us. Our aim to go all the way and do well at the final but I am happy with our performance here today,” Yearwood said.
There were three record-breaking performances in the cricket ball throw when Kajari Holder of A DaCosta Edwards Primary tossed 28.20m to erase the previous record of 26.35m in the under-seven boys division. Zaniah Mascoll of Cuthbert Moore Primary threw 36.62m and that was good enough to break the previous mark of 36.61m. Khimani Cox of Gordon Greenidge strong-armed 56.44m to set a new mark in the under-13 boys cricket ball throw and sent the former distance of 55.60m through the door.
Victrix ludorum Aniya Nurse of Hillaby Turners Hall dominated the under-nine girls division winning all three of her races. In the 80m she ran 13.08, in the 150m her time was 24.74 and in the 100m she crossed the line in 16.37 seconds for her total of 30 points.
Victor ludorum Donche’ Blackman of A DaCosta Edwards Primary also hailed from the under-nine division and accumulated 26 points. He won the 100m in 16.07 and the 150m in 24.02 and had the third fastest time of 13.07 in the 80m. Tyrese Rowe of St Martin’s Mangrove had the quickest time of 12.97 followed by the 13.00 ran by Johnathan Clarke of Hillaby Turners Hall.
Chrissaria Ballantyne of Cuthbert Moore Primary top the under-11 girls division with 26 points. She stopped the clock at 15.11 to win the 100m and was timed at 31.67 while winning the 200m. Balantyne had the third fastest time of 1:16.22 in the 400m behind Tyreisha Griffith of Hillaby Turners Hall with a time of 1:14.98 which was the quickest in that age group.
All Saints captured both the under-11 boys and under-13 girls division championship through Joshua Husbands who tallied 20 points and Shaquanna Maynard, 28. Husbands’ 1:10.24 earned him first place in the 400m and he was also good enough to win the long jump at a distance of 4.00m.
Meanwhile Maynard’s tally came through winning the girls 100m in 14.70 and the long jump at 4.13m. She came second in the cricket ball throw with a distance of 39.14m behind Dreanna Holder of Mount Tabor Primary who tossed it 40.09m.
Jeremiah Walcott of Blackman and Gollop had 18 points to finish on top in the under-13 boys age group. He won the 200m in 29.24 seconds and clocked the second fastest time of 13.97 in the 100m behind Jeremy Small of People’s Cathedral School who was timed at 13.85.
Trish Greaves of St Lucy Primary ruled the under-seven girls division with 22 points. She leapt 1.32m to win the standing broad jump and was second in the tennis ball throw with 11.32m behind Seanna Lewis of Gordon Walters who managed 11.35m.
Akeil Yarde of St Bartholomew’s had 12 points in the under-seven boys.
In addition to those individual performances All Saints dominated four of the eight relays with the fastest times when they won the girls 800m sprint medley, under-nine, under-11 and under-13 girls 4x100m relays. While St Judes Primary in the 800m medley and 4x100m boys, A DaCosta Edwards in the under-nine boys 4x100m and People’s Cathedral’s boys in the 4x100m, won one relay each.