Defending boys champions Burger King Lester Vaughan Secondary have started their Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) title defence on a high with 215.50 points on the opening day of Zone two bearing Frank Blackman’s name.
The boys from Cane Garden, St Thomas and Queen’s College who are in second on 204.50 points, were the only two schools to top 200 points when action continued today. Coleridge and Parry are in a distant third on 141 points, followed by The Lodge School on 111 in fourth and the St Michael School in fifth spot on 93.50 points.
The St Michael School on the other hand are in firm command of the girls’ competition with 206 points heading into the final day tomorrow. Queen’s College also look pretty good in second on 173.50 points, while just one and a half points separated third placed Lester Vaughan on 157 from The Lodge School on 156.50. Rounding off the top five are Coleridge and Parry on 107.50 points.
Just one record fell on the day and it came in the under-13 girls 4x100m set by Queen’s College in a time of 52.69 to remove the previous mark of 53.14. Speaking of relays there were at least 15 schools disqualifying and that might have some repercussions for a number of teams seeking every point possible in an effort to rival reigning queens Springer Memorial who won zone one of the Esther Maynard zone yesterday. Christ Church Foundation won the boys competition yesterday as well.
Triple CARIFTA gold medallist Mary Fraser did not disappoint for Daryl Jordan Secondary, clocking 4:58.42 to capture the fastest time in her heat of the under-20 girls 1500m. Fraser was also on top in the 400m running 59.48. As expected Keira Forde-Richards of St Michael School stamped her authority to win the under-20 girls in 11.91.
There were two heats for every event on the day and when the big guns came to town, Kentoine Browne’s time of 10.68 established him as the force to reckon with when the under-20 boys clash in the 100m. Akeem Marshall’s 49.90 for Lodge placed him among the top contenders. He slammed the field to emerge the best in the under-20 boys 400m. In the 1500m of that particular division Jonathan Jones a CARIFTA qualifier is no doubt the favourite with his clocking of 4:05.68 for Coleridge and Parry. He will need to work a lot harder in order to break Raheem Skinner’s record of 4:00.90 set last year. Coleridge and Parry captured the under-17 boys and girls 1500m compliments Robert Ewart in a time of 4:41.52 and Anika Farmer in 5:34.71 respectively.
The name Antonio Hoyte-Small is one to watch in both the under-17 100m and 400m in which he destroyed the field. First he sprinted 10.94 and came back to show his class with 49.15 in the 400m. St Michael won both the under-17 girls 100m and 400m thanks to Xhane Greenidge (12.68) and Rhea Hoyte (59.07).
Sarah Belle of Princess Margaret was a cut above the rest in the under-15 girls field and she won the 400m comfortably in 60.70 seconds and the junior 80m hurdles in 12.96. Deighton Griffith’s Rickyla Fagan clocked 12.94 to be the best in the 100m in that division.
The under-15 boys group saw an intense showdown when Darian Clarke of St Michael ran 11.12 to get the better of Thierry Jordan (11.86) of Alexandra School in the 100m. Samuel Alkins of Queen’s College [54.55] was the most impressive in that age group in the 400m.
Malachi Harris of Frederick Smith Secondary is known as the National Stadium bully from the days of the National Primary Schools Athletics Championship and he lived up to that reputation running for his new school. He got off to a good start in the 100m running 12.91. He was unable to end the day with the quickest time in the 400m despite winning his heat in 63.96 which was behind the 63.33 ran by Amari Mascoll-Beckles of The Lodge School.
Meanwhile in the girls’ equivalent Talitha Bartlett of Queen’s College won the 400m in 65.34 while Kristyle Stow-Gooding of Queen’s College clocked 13.13 to dismiss the field in the 100m. Ashley Weekes gave the St Michael School something to cheer about when she won the junior girls1500m clocking 5:13.48. Savion Hoyte of Frederick Smith clocked 5:02.19 to win the junior males equivalent. The field events bring valuable points and the St Michael School did well to win the under-20 girls long jump when Kali Grant landed at a distance of 5.15m. The Under-17 girls long jump also went to the Martindale’s Road institution thanks to Tower Lorde’s 4.63m. Tenica Chapman- Goodluck of St Michael’s captured the under-13 high jump going over the bars at 1.25m. The under-15 boys high jump went to Kyle Gale of St Michael at a height of 1.63m. They also took the under-20 ladies javelin with a throw of 34.51m.
The Lester Vaughan School also had a good day in the field when Lagina Colucci won the under-15 girls high jump at 1.47m. Rowland Kirton- Browne was first in the junior girls javelin with a throw of 26.82m. Then Anderson Greaves produced a sensational jump at 6.41m to top the under-20 boys long jump. Antonio Farrell had the under-17 division long jump locked down with a distance of 6.21m while Aaron Brathwaite also performed well to win the high jump at a height of 1.38m.
Last year’s victor ludorum Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry threw 38.43 to take the victory in the discus. Shanice Hutson’s 10.42m was the best in the junior girls shot put. Queen’s College was also in there when Rheann Clarke putted 10.29m and Zico Riley’s 34.16m in the junior boys discus was also most impressive.
Lester Vaughan have four of the fastest times from zone two heading into the 4x100m relays and they are in the under-20, 15 and 13 boys along with the under-15 girls. Queen’s College have two of the quickest times in the under-17 boys and the under-13 girls. The Lodge School stood out in the under-20 ladies 4x100m and Frederick Smith in the under-17 girls.