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The perennial champions Springer Memorial led by just seven points on 170, ahead of second placed Foundation’s 163 and third placed Harrison College on146.50 when day one of the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) took place today at the National Stadium. St Michael School is in fourth place on 127.50 points and The Lodge School are fifth on 66.
The boys’ showdown is just as interesting with six points separating Lester Vaughan (133) from Queen’s College (127). Foundation are in third place on 103 points, Combermere are fourth on 74 and rounding out the top five are Coleridge and Parry with 69 points.
If one thought the sun was hot at 30 degrees today, then the races on track were even more scorching with eight record-breaking performances.
The majority of the athletes who set new records are also part of the Barbados CARIFTA team leaving for Grenada sometime next week and Mary Fraser who won the Austin Sealy Award last year at the Games is among them. Today she ran neck and neck towards the finish line in a keenly contested battle with her cousin Elizabeth Williams of Foundation in the under-20 girls 1500m. Fraser of Daryll Jordan Secondary trailed Williams at the last 80m when she stepped up another gear and sprinted for home in 4:46.13 to nip Williams (4:46.18) on the line.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY after the race, Fraser explained that she was not in the best of health and therefore her fitness was not up to standard. However, she added she would seek to fine-tune her fitness in order to give of her best in Grenada next weekend.
Another CARIFTA star is Sada Williams and she reduced her previous record time of 54.04 to 53.13 in the under-20 girls 400m for Harrison College. In the junior boys 100m hurdles, both Tyal Antoine of Lester Vaughan (14.55) and Nathan Crawford-Wallis of Foundation (14.78) eclipsed the previous record. Darian Clarke of St Michael (22.13) was unbeatable as he erased the old record of 22.34 in the under-15 boys 200m previously held by Tramaine Smith of The Lodge School. Meanwhile in the pentathlon, Rashad Phillips of St Leonard’s stamped his authority in the 110m hurdles clocking 14.59 seconds to replace the 15.05 seconds set by Akeim David of St Michael School.
In the U17 1500m Anika Farmer of Coleridge and Parry won the girls event and Roneldo Rock of Grantley Adams Memorial took the under-17 boys equivalent. Crowd favourite Jonathan Jones also of Coleridge and Parry captured the under-20 boys race at the same distance.
Then it was the 400m finals starting with the under-17 girls which won by Rhea Hoyte of St Michael in 57.86 seconds. Foundation captured first and second in the under-20 boys compliments a great run by Josiah Atkins (49.42) and Deshon Trent (49.49) to end what will perhaps be there final year at BSSAC.
In the 100m that brought spectators to their feet, under-17 Akayla Morris of Harrison College was all business as she slammed the field running 12.17 and finishing ahead of main rival Hannah Connell of Foundation (12.37). Then it was the turn of the boys in that particular age group and Mathew Clarke of Combermere did not have the best of starts but still managed to hold his own running 10.90 seconds to win the 100m.
Keira Forde-Richards turned up big for St Michael when she crossed the finish line ahead of the field in 12.15 to win the under-20 girls 100m. And if one thought that race was mouth-watering then the under-20 boys’ 100m had all vantage points taken up. CARIFTA qualifier from St Leonard’s Boys Jaquan Hoyte (10.60) proved to be the fastest schoolboy in Barbados. It was a race that had many top sprinters who were no doubt eyeing the 10.35 seconds set last year by Mario Burke of Harrison College.
Queen’s College won both the under-13 boys 800m through Peter Gibbs (2:29.03) and the under-15 boys equivalent thanks to Samuel Alkins (2:12.53). Ashley Weekes of St Michael (2:26.99) stood out in the under-15 girls 800m and Sherik Alleyne of Deighton Griffith was victorious in the under-13 800m running 2:42.89.
Sarah Belle of Princess Margaret stamped her authority on proceedings to win the under-15 ladies 200m clocking 25.15 and Dania Haynes of The Lodge School stopped the clock at 26.93 to come out on top in the under-13 girls 200m. Many expected to see Malachi Harris of Frederick Smith win the under-13 boys 200m but it was not meant to be because Jamarco Gill of St George Secondary caused a major upset when he claimed that race in a time of 25.69.
The junior males 3000m was won by Jafari Taylor of Foundation (11:02.92), while the girls’ 3000m open was won by Williams in 10:40.26.
Harrison College girls and Queen’s College boys won the under-17 4x100m relays respectively. The St Michael School ran away with the under-20 ladies 4x100m and Foundation closed the day out by winning the boys 4x100m relay.
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