St Giles Primary won the girls’ battle while Bay Primary won the war among the boys in two stirring showdowns of the James Wedderburn Zone of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship, at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex today.
Last year at the National Stadium these two schools went neck and neck in pursuit of supremacy and this time around at the Ryan Brathwaite Track it was no different. St Giles did well to defend their girls’ crown tallying 196 points while being followed by Sharon Primary on 129 and Bay Primary in third on 122 points. Arthur Smith came fourth with 112 points and Roland Edwards’ 108 points got them fifth spot.
The boys’ showdown was another story and for those with a fairly good memory Bay Primary and St Giles ended in a tie last year but this time around the school out of Bayland had no intentions of sharing. It came down to the under-13 boys relay and Bay Primary won their heat in convincing fashion. They eventually accumulated 159 points while St Giles had 132. An outstanding performance from Deacon’s Primary saw them cop 126 points for third place. In fourth position was Reynold Weekes on 116.50 points and Grantley Prescod Primary tallied 102 to round off the top five positions.
A whopping ten records fell on the day and victrix ludorum Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary was among the outstanding performers. The daughter of former national athlete Nikkisha Maynard equalled the under-11 girls long jump record of 3.73m. She also had the fastest times running 14.45 in the 100m and 29.19 in the 200m.
St Giles captured three of those records and the first came through a small bullet name Rokeem King who ran 8.81 to go below the 8.94 in the under-seven boys 50m dash. Under-nine queen Tania Applewhaite with 28 points then added the other two records when she ran 12.06 to erase the 12.35 in the 80m and returned in the 150m to clock 23.53 and beat the previous time of 23.61. She however had to settle for second best in the 100m with 15.57 as her twin sister Tia Applewhaite ran 15.51.
Another record-breaking highlight came through Kadari Webster of Hilda Skeene Primary who smashed the under-13 boys long jump record and the open high jump event. In the long jump he went past 4.42m to set a new mark of 4.45m. While in the high jump he showed his flexibility going over the bar at 1.45m to erase the former height of 1.36m.
Tiara Stewart of Roland Edwards put her long legs to good use when she jumped 4.55m to break the under-13 girls long jump of 4.19m. Kiya Grazettes of Deacon’s Primary also equalled the mark of 4.19m. Stewart managed to come out on top in that division with 28 points when she ran 1:05.49 to win the 400m. She also had the second quickest time of 28.93 in the 200m behind Keeshanna Smith of Arthur Smith 28.42.
In the cricket ball throw Shelanie Augustin of Sharon Primary sent the under-11 girls record of 37.82m flying through the window with a new distance of 41.34m. Shaziya Scantlebury of Grazettes Primary also threw 30.02m to put her name in the books for the under-nine girls cricket ball throw.
There was a tie for victor ludorum between Jaquan Pilgrim of St George Primary in the under-11 division and Amir Gustave of Bay Primary in the under-13 category. They both ended on 30 points and Pilgrim’s dominance came when he clocked 14.07 to win the 100m, he also ran 30.04 in the 200 and 1:11.25 in the 400m to capture the fastest times in all his races.
Gustave on the other hand had the best times in the 200m running 27.82, in the 400m he did 1:04.54 and earlier in the day he clocked 2:36.05 to win the 800m.
St Mary’s Primary had every reason to smile because of Jonathan Thompson who dominated the under-nine boys while tallying 28 points. Thompson blazed the field in the 80m clocking 12.23 seconds. He then ran 15.73 in the 100m but had the second fastest time of 23.30 in the 150m behind the 23.18 ran by Javier Norville of St Giles Primary.
Rokeem King of St Giles with 16 points and Michaela Gaskin of Hilda Skeene Primary, ten, were the under-seven division champions respectively.