After 27 years of knocking at the door Christ Church Foundation are the new queens of the Powerade-sponsored Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC). And, Burger King Lester Vaughan have repeated as the boys’ champions.
Foundation tallied a whopping 336 points today to deny Scotiabank Springer Memorial title number 17 when the curtains came down on BSSAC at the National Stadium this evening. Springer fought hard but finished second on 277 points while the St Michael School scored 242.50 points for third. Harrison College’s 235.50 points got them into fourth position and Lester Vaughan’s girls finished fifth with 133.
The battle went right down to wire in the boys’ competition and Lester Vaughan’s 274 points were just enough to stave off competition from Foundation in second position on 251 and Queen’s College also finishing strong on 248.50 in third place. Coleridge and Parry’s 193 points placed them fourth and one point fewer got Combermere into fifth place.
None of the performances however can compare to the dynamic Harrison College sixth-former Sada Williams who at 18 has booked herself a flight to the Rio Olympic Games. She destroyed her own BSSAC and national record of 23.10 set in today’s semi-final when she produced a time of 22.61 seconds this afternoon in the final ran around 3 p.m.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY after her record-breaking performance, Williams said even though she was confident enough in herself to accomplish the new record she did not expect to accomplish it in the 200m but rather in the 400m.
“It was exciting but I was not expecting to break the record in the semi-final. My game plan [in the final] was to run hard and it is something I have been working towards since last year. I am so overwhelmed and excited [about Rio] but I wasn’t really thinking about the 200 meters but more so the 400m,” said last year’s CARIFTA 400m gold medallist.
The day started out with Jonathan Jones of Coleridge and Parry winning the boys 5000m open with a decent run of 17:09.70 ahead of club mate Rio Williams of Foundation School who clocked 17:14.40. Jones also won the 800m with a time of 1:53.37 and will wear Barbados’ colours next weekend at the CARIFTA Games in Grenada along with Williams. Ashley Weekes of the St Michael School (5:12.74) and Nathan Goddard-McCarthy of Combermere (4:58.65) won the junior girls and boys 1500m respectively.
Coleridge and Parry also captured the under-17 boys 800m when Rasheem Griffith clocked 2:01.42. Mary Fraser dominated the under-20 ladies 800m running 2:17.60 to finish ahead of her cousin Elizabeth Williams who was timed at 2:18.43. The under-17 girls 800m went to Chloe Lucas of Alleyne School in a time of 2:26.85.
Darian King of St Michael School fell short of the under-15 boys 100m record when he ran 11.18 just outside the 11.16 held by Tamal Atwell. The girls’ equivalent in that age group went to Jaliyah Denny of Foundation (12.31). The under-13 boys 100m went to division champions Jamarco Gill of St George Secondary with a time of 12.81 and Dania Haynes of The Lodge School won the girls’ equivalent in 13.28 seconds.
Foundation was in the mix once more with Kevin Briggs stamping his authority in the under-20 200m when he stopped the clock at 21.44 for first place. Matthew Clarke of Combermere proved to be the fastest under-17 boy clocking 21.52.
Akayla Morris showed tremendous form to win the under-17 girls 200m when she out ran the field in 24.72 seconds.
Foundation showed they meant business and won both the under-15 and under-13 girls and boys 400m thanks to a great run from Kyla Cummins (61.17) and Kobe Hutson (59.45). Talitha Bartlett of Queen’s College won the under-13 400m sprinting the one lap race in 63.22 seconds and Kyle Gale of St Michael was timed at 53.20 for his win in the under-15 boys.
There were several hurdle finals and two of those were won by Foundation when Hannah Connell ran 42.86 in the under-17 ladies 300m and Rivaldo Leacock reclaimed gold in the under-20 boys 400m but his time of 52.54 did not come close to his record of 51.64 set last year while representing Lester Vaughan.
Danielle Scantlebury of St Michael claimed the under-20 girls 400m with a time of 66.77, Sarah Belle of Princess Margaret ran 28.58 to win the under-15 200m hurdles while Nathan Fergusson of Combermere registered a time of 53.57 to be victorious in the under-17 400m. Tyal Antoine of Lester Vaughan’s time of 41.56 won him the under-15 boys race.
In the field events starting with the under-20 division, Ashantia Phillips of Foundation went over the high jump bar at 1.70m for the win. Aaron Worrell of St Michael’s 2.05m won him the senior boys high jump title. Romancia Odwin of Coleridge and Parry threw the discus 33.16m to cop gold. K-Cey Williams of Combermere putted 13.71m to win the under-20 boys shot put. Kalvin Marcus of Foundation gave it his all with a throw of 60.11m to take the javelin event.
Then in the under-17 field events Drew-Ann Clarke of Springer Memorial won the high jump at 1.58m and Ronelle Lovell of Graydon Sealy was measured at 29.80m in capturing the discus gold. For the boys equivalent of that particular age group, Ondre Callender of Lester Vaughan cleared the high jump bar at 1.84m, Antonio Farrell also of the winning school was victorious in the triple jump at a distance of 13.92m while under-17 division champion Enrique Babb won both the shot put (13.79m) and javelin (48.79m).
Harrison College’s future in the boys’ long jump looks good. Aren Spencer jumped 5.74m in the under-15 division and Caleb Massiah’s 4.88m among the under-13s won her the sand pit event. Nicholas Grimes of Queen’s College won both the junior boys shot put at 11.95m and javelin throw at 43.43m.
St Michael girls were victorious in the 4x400m and the under-15 boys 4x100m relays. Coleridge and Parry also came from behind to win the boys 4x400m open. Foundation crossed the finish line first for the under-15 4x100m and Queen’s College were the pick of the under-13 girls. Alleyne School were victorious in the under-13 boys 4x100m.
Foundation’s Wallis-Crawford’s 36 points got him victor ludorum honours, while the victrix ludorum title was shared between Foundation’s Ashantia Phillips and Hannah Connell who collected 36 points each.