Two records fell today at the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) quarterfinals as athletes entered the into the more serious phase of competition against winners in their own rights from across Barbados.
Tiara Stewart, of Roland Edwards Primary, with a leap of 4.82m barely missed the 5m mark in the Girls U13 long Jump. But her jump was good enough to erase the 2006 record of 4.76m set by Sarika Mayers. This is the second time that on her first jump Stewart has broken a record and won her event doing the same in her zone. Tirique Collymore, of Eden Lodge, also penned his name into the record books today with a heave of 33.10m, narrowly pipping the Boys U7 tennis ball throw record of 33m set by Malachi Harris six years ago.
In the first track event of the day Kaya Kellman-Wall of Wilkie Cumberbatch, Shakacia Watson of Good Shepherd, Victoria Norville from Ignatius Byer and Lyla Haynes of St Gabriel’s all won their heats in the Girls Open 600m. With a time of 1:52:79, Norville brought home the fastest of the four heats but was no where close to the record of 1:43:34 of Jaria Hoyte.
The Boys Open 800m heats were taken by Amir Gustave of Bay Primary, Josh Newton from Bayley’s, Nyerere Maughan from Wilkie Cumberbatch and Jaheem Wilson of Arthur Smith. Rivaldo Leacock’s record from 2010 of 2:22:84 was never threatened when Newton crossed the line in the fastest heat at 2:31:51.
Then it was on to the U7s. Christina Douglas of Christ Church Girls, Brianna Wallace for Bay Primary, Jaleesia Forde of Hilda Skeene and Kydasha Worrell all took their heats in the Girls 50m Dash. Worrell the only competitor close to a sub- nine performance, clocked 9.04 seconds. In the Boys U7 50m dash Chekobi Moore of Selah Primary (8.88), Micaiah Brathwaite of Luther Thorne (8.96), and Tirique Collymore all had sub nine performances. Jahi Browne from Hill Top (9.09) took his heat in this event.
On to the U9s and none of the girls in the 80m dash could manage sub-12 times as Kayri Neverson of Hilda Skeene, Ashari Brathwaite from Wilkie Cumberbatch, Tia Applewhaite of St Giles and her team mate and twin sister Tania Applewhaite took their repective heats. The U9 Boys 80m saw Jayden Cummings of Good Shepherd, Kamari Cummings from St. Alban’s, Jordyn Adams from St. Cyprian’s and Jonathan Thompson cross the line first in their respective heats.
In the pit in the Girls U9 long jump Kyesha Husbands from Hindsbury was just shy of the 3.50m record, with her effort of 3.34m to see her to the top of her flight. Alexis Mascoll also of Hindsbury, Nyalah Alleyne of Gordon Walters, Kaliah Tull from St. Catherine’s were the winners of the other flights. In the boys division Joshua Moore of West Terrace had ideas about the 3.75m record but his effort of 3.60m fell short, Jules Ogarro from St. Gabriel’s, Rhamari Walrond of Charles F. Broom and Lamar Sobers also of West Terrace won their respective jumps.
Throughout the rest of the day while competition continued to be fierce none of the athletes really came close to threatening any of the other standing records.