Burger King Lester Vaughan and The St Michael School ran away as champions of the Frank Blackman Zone at the 2016 Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship held today at the National Stadium.
Lester Vaughan boys accumulated 388.50 points and will need to up their game if they are to stay alive in the boys’ competition come semi-final and finals days next week. That is because Queen’s College who posted a serious threat last year is once again putting up a stronger fight in second place on 377 points. Coleridge and Parry are in third place on 274 points. Credit must be given to CARIFTA athlete Jonathan Jones who broke the under-20 boys 800m when he slammed the field clocking 1:51.01 to smash the 1:52.41 held by Anthonio Mascoll of Ellerslie Secondary.
Then he returned to anchor his school to victory in the boys’ 4x400m relay when he flew past at least four athletes ahead of him. The Lodge School tallied 228 points to take fourth position and The St Michael School were fifth with 194 points.
St Michael’s girls scored a total of 368 points, ahead of Queen’s College’s 254.50 points in second and The Lester Vaughan School in third by just half a point on 254. The Lodge School is also in there with 250.50 in fourth place among the girls and Coleridge and Parry’s 196.50 points landed them in fifth place.
Jones told Barbados TODAY he did not go in with any intention to break the 800m record but was pushed hard by the Marshall twin, Akeem and Romario, and that caused him to press gas and kick for home.
“My record-breaking performance really means a lot. I really don’t know how to explain it because my aim was to qualify for the finals next week but the Marshall brothers carried out the race faster than I anticipated,” said Jones who trains with Elite Distance Programme under coach Leo Garnes. The 17-year-old now has his eyes set on breaking the 800m junior national record.
Sarah Belle of Princess Margaret is the victrix ludorum with 40 points after winning the girls 100m sprint and 80m hurdles on the opening day yesterday. She returned today and slammed the field in the 200m running 25.88 and the under-15 girls 200m hurdles in 28.03 for her total of 40 points. Ashley Weekes of the St Michael School ran 2:29.42 to win the 800m but that race did not feature Belle.
Victor ludorum from last year’s BSSAC, Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry captured 36 and seems determined to defend his title when he won the shot put, discus, javelin and was third in boys under-17 high jump.
Division champions went to Mary Fraser of Daryl Jordan in the under-20 girls with 30 points and Anderson Greaves of Lester Vaughan 24 for the under-20 boys. Rhea Hoyte of St Michael School had 30 to capture the under-17 females. Tyal Antonie of Lester Vaughan 32 points top the under-15 females. Meanwhile for the under-13 boys age group Malachi Harris of Frederick Smith had 28 and Eboni Browne of Coleridge and Parry 24 top the girls.
Fraser won the under-20 girls 400m and 1500m yesterday and came back today and stop the clock at 2:20.88 for first position in the 800m. Also in that category Danielle Scantlebury ran 67.21 to win the 400m hurdles for St Michael and they also took the 200m through Keira Forde- Richards 24.82.
Kentoine Browne made it look easy when he breezed to the line running 21.54 in the under-20 200m. The 400m hurdles for that division went to Shem Forde of Lodge in 54.19. Rasheem Griffith of Coleridge and Parry stood out with a time of 2:02.89 in the under-17 boys 800m and coincidentally running the same time as Forde in the under-17 400m hurdles. Another big contender for the under-17 sprint is Antonio Hoyte-Small of Queen’s College who won the 100m and 400m yesterday and came back to win the 200m easily.
Rhea Hoyte did not have such a good start on the opening day but composed herself today to win the 200m with a speedy 25.56 in the under-17. She also won 300m in that age group slamming the field in 44.67 and the closest to that performance was Shonita Brome of Alexandra with 46.40. Brome returned in the 800m and as expected her time of 2:30.51 won the event.
Darian Clarke of St Michael was victorious in the under-15 200m when he ran 22.59, Samuel Alkins of Queen’s College ran 2:14.95 and took first place in the under-15 boys 800m while Tyal Antoine’s 43.14 was the fastest time in the 300m hurdles for that division.
Harris of Frederick Smith had no competition in the 200m for under-13 boys slamming the field in 26.18. Meanwhile in the 800m, Daniel Gibbs the grandson of Peter Gibbs who swam across the Ontario Lake, had a comfortable run to win the 800m in 2:29.03.
For the girls equivalent Dania Haynes’ 27.00 was the fastest time among the under-13 females and Zuri Connell of Queen’s College clocked 2:46.18 to emerge tops in the 800m.
Coleridge and Parry proved dominant in the field once more when they won at least five events. Outside of Babb, Triston Gibbons putted 14.43m to win the under-20 boys shot put. Eboni Browne landed at a mark of 4.59m to beat all comers in the long jump for under-13 girls and Shanice Hutson was also in winning form taking the junior discus at 27.32m.
St Michael School also won five field events and they were the under-20 and 17 high jump thanks to Ariel Burke (1.55m) and Xhane Greenidge (1.50m) respectively. Aaron Worrell took the under-20 high jump at 2.00 and Clarke showed his all round skills by winning the under-15 long jump at 5.61m while Holly-Ann Hunte’s 33.77m was tops in the under-20 girls discus.
Lester Vaughan claimed four of those through Antonio Farrell who went over the under-17 boys high jump bar at a height of 2.00m but fell just short of the 2.03m held by Daniel Burke set back in 2007. Also in the under-17s Diamo Hollingsworth’s 27.97m won her the girls’ discus event. Lagina Colucci did well with a long jump distance of 4.62m and Davon Johnson in the same event was victorious with 4.57m among the under-13s.
Queen’s College also did reasonably well when Adam Niles threw 45.85m to win the under-20 javelin. Nicholas Grimes’ 11.80m was good enough to win the junior shot put and Kevon Hinds’ 34.76m earned him top honours in the javelin throw.
Just like Coleridge and Parry, St Michael’s girls ran exceptionally well to stamp their authority in the 4x400m relay. The semi-final and final is scheduled for next week Thursday and Friday at the National Stadium.