A commendable run from the boys of St Ambrose Primary denied St Catherine’s Primary the opportunity to repeat as double crown champions in the first zonal meet of the 2017 National Primary Schools Athletic Championship Monday.
Catherine’s Primary were still in winning circles, though, as the girls retained their title for a second consecutive year running in the Obadele Thompson zone held at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
St Catherine’s females accumulated 144 points to finish first ahead of St James Primary with 136 points, St Mark ‘s were third on 115, fourth place went to Half Moon Fort Primary scoring 112 and rounding off the top five with 101 were the little ladies of Trinity Academy.
The boys from St Catherine’s put in a persistent effort in defence of their title but the school from the east were unable to overtake St Ambrose who came out on top in the points standings on 153, beating out last year’s champions who were made to settle for second with 131.50. Trinity Academy with 121 points came third, St Mark’s scoring 118 points were fourth and Boscobel Primary tallying 94 were fifth.
A total of 18 schools were scheduled to participate in the Obadele Thompson Zone sponsored by the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union but only 16 took to the track, which may be a sign of things to come with the Transport Board’s bus service not being available to transport the various schools to the Usain Bolt Complex.
Despite that hiccup, things got going smoothly with seven records being broken on the day. Victrix ludorum Isha Adamson with 30 points in the Under-13 Girls Division won the 100m, 200m and 400m and claimed two of those records when she reduced her previous time of 1:08.27 set last year to clock 1:08.03. In the opening race of the day which was the Girls 600m Open, Adamson ran unchallenged, clocking 1:57.60 to write her name in the record books and in the process erase her previous time of 2:02.41. Victor ludorum honours went to Joshua Collymore tallying 30 points after winning the 100m, 200m and 400m in the Under-13 Boys age group.
The other record breakers were Ashante Rudder of St Ambrose Primary in the girls high jump open, going over the bars at 1.20m. Half Moon Fort Primary also got their names among the records when Alisha Johnson leaped past 3.96m to make 4.03m and set a new mark. Geheim Inniss of St Mark’s Primary with a very fast run up, jumped beyond 4.03m which was the previous record and landed at 4.07m. The Under-seven Boys standing broad jump record was 1.47m and Samir Wiltshire who came in unattached landed in the sand pit at 1.52m for the win.
The top performers in the Under-11 category hailed from St James Primary with Aleayah Bradshaw placing first in the 200m, third in the 100m behind schoolmate Kanedra Morgan and Naphish Hinkson of St Bernard’s Primary placing first and second respectively. She also competed in the long jump but did not finish in the top five which allowed her to finish with 19 points. In addition to Adamson, Khomari Griffith gave St Elizabeth a reason to shout when he topped the Under-11 Boys Division with a total of 16 points, placing second in the 100m and cricket ball throw.
In the Under-nine Girls Division, Shakiya Mascoll of Workman’s Primary took the spotlight with 28 points having won the 80m, 150m and placing second in the 100m behind Talayna Winfield of Half Moon Fort Primary. Davion Thorne of St Mark’s Primary finished the day on 20 points in the Under-nine Boys after finishing first in the 150m, third in the 80m being beaten by Aiden Clarke of Wills Primary who won ahead of Latori Rowe in second. Thorne also came fourth in the 100m.
Reginald Callender was the only male from St Catherine’s Primary that won a division title with 24 points in the Under-seven category. He strong-armed 25.88 to win the cricket ball throw, came second in the 50m behind Malachi Lovell of St Ambrose. Callender was also third in the standing broad jump. Meanwhile Alanna Bradshaw of St James Primary won the 50m and standing broad jump to top the Under-seven girls division.