City of Bridgetown Co-operative Credit Union Ltd-sponsored St Giles Primary ran away with double crown honours in the James Wedderburn Zone of the 2017 Pine Hill National Primary Schools Athletics Championship Friday.
The Ryan Brathwaite track at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex was scorching hot with speed in abundance on display from several of the young athletes.
It was so hot that the second and final heat of the Under-13 Boys 4x100m relay determined the overall winners for the males. It was a toss-up between St Giles who scored 156.50 to clinch the title by a mere 2.5 points, and Reynold Weekes Primary who ended with 154 points. Friday was the final NAPSAC zonal meet.
Bay Primary were clearly leading in the said 4x100m relay, leaving Shawn Jack of St Giles and Azaan Bennett of Reynold Weekes to battle it out for second and third position on the anchor leg, but Jack powered his way through to nip Bennett on the finish line to seal the championship.
Third in the boys were St George Primary with 114 points, last year’s champions Bay Primary scored raised 109 points for fourth place and Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary with 101 points were fifth.
The girls’ showdown wasn’t much of a contest because once again St Giles’ track queens dominated proceedings in that zone. They amassed a total of 227.50 to defend their title in convincing fashion. The closest to that figure were Reynold Weekes Primary with 108 points and third were Arthur Smith finishing on 101 points. Grantley Prescod Memorial came fourth with 97 and Hilda Skeene Primary with 90 points rounded out the top five.
Among the record-breaking performances was victor ludorum Josiah Cato of Roland Edwards Primary with 30 points in the Under-13 Boys Division. Cato, a tall young man compared to the other athletes in his age group, landed at 4.84m for a new mark in the long jump and replaced the 4.45m set last year by Kadari Webster of Hilda Skeene. Also going past that mark was Shawn Jack of St Giles jumping 4.47m.
After leaving the sand pit, Cato went on track Friday afternoon and ran 27.01 for the 200m record which erased the 27.06 previously held by Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary. He was also victorious in the 100m, producing the fastest heat time of 13.16.
There was a three-way tie for victrix ludorum among Under-nine Division champion Alexis Mascoll of Hindsbury Primary, J’Nia Edward of St Giles in the Under-11’s and Samiya Dell of Sharon Primary in the Under-13 Girls age group.
Ironically, all three girls wrote their names in the record books competing in respective events. Mascoll broke the 100m record in 14.99 seconds and 150m record by running 23.01 and also posted a new mark of 3.18m in the long jump.
Edwards was also impressive in the long jump with a 3.78m flight for the record. Meanwhile Dell coached by Wendy Barrow-Smith went over the high jump bars at 1.34m to surpass the 1.29m which was another record held by Hilda Skeene athlete Whitney Fan Fan in 2011. Hilda Skeene always does well in the high jump and the name Akela Jones would have rang a bell in this particular event. Roneisha Johnson-Harding of Hilda Skeen managed to equal 1.29m but was unable to go further and challenge Dell.
In the Under-13 Girls cricket ball throw, two athletes threw way past 41.72m when Shelanie Augustin of Sharon Primary strong armed 45.90m and Asabi Callender of Hilda Skeene Primary managed 43.53m.
Tianna Applewhaite of St Giles was the Under-13 Girls Division champion with 26 points after clocking the fastest time of 1:07.41 in the 400m, finishing second in the 200m in a time of 28.33 which was slower than the 27.85 won by Dell who also won the long jump after landing at 4.23m.
Shakoby Brathwaite of Grantley Prescod topped the Under-11 Boys Division with a total of 28 points stopping the clock at 14.18 in the 100m and 29.98 in the 200m to produce the best times in that age group. Brathwaite was however beaten in the long jump; his 3.92m placing him second behind the 3.97m achieved by Jueles Ogarro of St Gabriel’s School.
The Under-nine Boys age group champion was Jaquon Gittens-Blackman of Reynold Weekes with 24 points. He won the 80m, 100m and placed third in the 150m.
Meanwhile the Under-seven Division female champion was Jasmine Hurdle of Arthur Smith Primary who scored 24 points and Kato Morris with 14 points captured the boys’ divisional title for Vauxhall Primary.
In the open events Danisha Haynes of St Mary’s Primary clocked 1:58.51 to win the Girls 600m open. Jalon Howell of Bay Primary ran 2:36.04 for the fastest time in the boys’ 800m open. Meanwhile in the boys’ high jump open it was a real struggle to get past Hilda Skeene ‘s Kadari Webster’s record of 1.45m, with the closest to that being the1.28m achieved by Deontae Greenidge of Deacons Primary.