St Stephen’s Primary and West Terrace Primary are the respective kings and queens of the 2016 Pine Hill Dairy-sponsored National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC), held today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, Paradise Park.
There was no stopping St Stephen’s boys who ended a six-year drought by tallying 121 points to run away as champions at the Ryan Brathwaite Track. Bayley’s 102 points earned them second place and Bay Primary came third with 84. St Alban’s Primary were fourth with 77 points and Luther Thorne were fifth with 54 points.
Coach of St Stephen’s, Kotane Mascoll, told Barbados TODAY outside of training it was a matter of man management and knowing each athlete in terms of where they were at and how much work they needed to put in.
“We recognize that many of them were in clubs so the school does not have to do it all and we get them to do some homework. So it was a matter of making sure that everybody was ready for NAPSAC. We also placed a lot of emphasis on field events so there was a balance. Besides that it was a matter of motivating the children and they were highly motivated and they wanted to do well especially the senior boys who had a lot of confidence in themselves,” Mascoll said.
West Terrace won the boys last year and were unable to repeat once more but they did not walk away empty-handed because the girls who last won back in 2012, tallied 95 points to ensure the female’s trophy went to St James. Bayley’s were also second in the girls with 89 points and St Giles’ 72 got them third place. Roland Edwards also did well to finish fourth on 63 points and rounding off the top five was Sharon Primary on 54.
Three records fell on the day and victor ludorum Joshua Moore of West Terrace with 30 points was among them. Moore set a new mark of 3.83m in the under-nine boys long jump, erasing the 3.75m held by Aaron Massiah of Charles F. Broome. He then followed up that performance by running 22.63 in the 150m and 15.02 in the 100m to slam the field in both races.
The other two record-breaking performances came in the under-11 boys long jump through division champion Daniel Duncan of Bayley’s with a distance of 4.97m to remove the 4.63m that was previously held by Ajani Alleyne of Wilkie Cumberbatch. He also won the 400m at a speed of 1:05.46.
Naomi Forde-Hinds of St Paul’s Primary also wrote her name in the record books in a time of 12.87 in the under-13 girls 100m.
There was a tie for victrix ludorum as anticipated between under-11 champion Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary and under-nine queen Tia Applewhaite of St Giles with 30 points each. Dell landed in the sand pit at 4.24m to win the long jump, she then went on track and showed her class by winning the 100m in 14.07 and 200m in 29.71. Meanwhile Applewhaite ran 12.72 to win the 80m, she also made the 100m look easy running 15.81 as well as the 150m in 23.28.
Tiara Stewart did well for Roland Edwards with a total of 24 points in the under-13 girls division. Stewart is the record holder in the long jump but today she was unable to go past her mark of 4.82m and had to settle for the win at 4.78m. She was second in the 400m clocking 1:02.65 behind Shakacia Watson of Good Shepherd’s 1:02.56. Stewart came third in the 200m behind first place Naomi Forde-Hinds (15.02) and Aaliyah Agard of Ignatius Byer (28.02) for second. Speaking of Watson she also won the girls 600m open comfortably stopping the clock at 1:49.83.
Chaz Searles of St Stephen’s commanded the under-13 boys with a total of 20 points to end his final year at primary school on a high. The powerful looking young man destroyed the 100m field, producing a time of 13.19 and then returned to run 27.35 in win the 200m. Strangely enough Searles told Barbados TODAY he does not intend to run at secondary school because track and field was not something he really enjoyed. When questioned about taking part in any sports once he moves on from the primary level he said cricket but just for the fun of it. Amir Gustav of Bay Primary was another star athlete in that age group and he ran 2:25.02 for the boys 800m open and was also victorious in the 400m in 1:00.56.
The under-seven age group trophies went to Jahzaria Ward of St Stephen’s for her 17 points and Tirique Collymore of Eden Lodge for his 16 among the boys.
Bayley’s were outstanding in the relays and that might have paid off well for them. They won the under-nine girls, under-11 boys and under-13 girls 4x100m relays respectively. St Stephen’s under-13 boys, West Terrace under-11 girls and St Alban’s under-nine boys have won one 4x100m relay each. Roland Edwards’s girls and Bay Primary boys won the 800m-sprint medley in convincing fashion.