Defending champions Blue House Falcons took their third consecutive title at Graydon Sealy Secondary School’s inter-house sports held Monday at the National Stadium.
When the dust settled Blue House were way ahead on point scoring 951.5 points when the overall results were announced. Placing second were Green House Hornets amassing 839.5; the tigers of Yellow House tallied 449 for third place and Red House Lions were fourth with 443 points. Meanwhile White House Sharks tallied 372 for fifth place and Orange House Phoenix scored 363 points to finish sixth.
It has been a consistent performance these past few years from Blue House having won in 2012, 2013, surrendered to Orange House in 2014, returned in 2015 to regain the trophy which they again won last year. They were also favoured to win Monday afternoon having had a lead of 120 points before the relays started.
Despite winning the overall title neither the victrix nor victor ludorum winners hailed from Blue House. Instead the top female performer hailed from Division Three in the form of Ariel Baird of Orange House with a total of 65 points. Baird won the 100m, 200m, 800m, came second in the 1500m, long jump, discus and was third in the high jump and javelin.
Meanwhile the victor ludorum was Kymarley Cruickshank running in Division Four for Green House. He scored a whopping 71 points having won the 400m, 800m, junior boys 3000m, was second in the 200m and long jump while placing third in the 100m, 1500m, high jump and javelin.
Graydon Sealy has produced a few CARIFTA athletes over the years with the last being Ashantia Phillips in 2015. In fact Phillips represented Barbados last year in the Under-20 Girls high jump event and captured gold at the 2016 Flow CARIFTA Games.
It may take a while before that kind of talent emerges once more at Graydon Sealy based on the overall performances of the athletes on track today in what was a plodding affair. If they are to stand a chance of placing in the top ten at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship, they will need to do lots of brushing up between now and BSSAC from March 29 to 31.
Other top individual performances came from Jakara Bryan of Blue House scoring 64 points in Division One Girls and Jadon Jones also of that same age group with a total of 47 for Green House in the Boys. Bryan won the 100m, 200m, long jump, high jump, was second in the discus, javelin and shot put. While Jones placed first in the long jump, shot put, finished second in the javelin, third in the 400m and high jump and fourth in the discus and triple jump.
Rianna Clarke of Blue House tallied 62 points in Division Two Girls after winning the 100m, 400m and 800m, long jump and high jump. In the 1500m she placed third, fifth in the 200m and seventh in the 7000m.
Jadon McCollin totalled 59 points for Red House in the Division Two Boys showdown, having captured first position in the 100m, 200m, 800m, long jump, triple jump, fourth in the shot put and fifth in the 1500m.
Meanwhile Justin Gittens of Green House, competing in Division Three, came out on tops with 45 points. He captured victories in the long jump, discus and shot put, was third in the 400m, fourth in the 200m and fifth in the 800m. The most outstanding performer in Division Four Boys was Nakya Ward of White House finishing on 42 points. Ward won the 400m, was second in the 100m, 200m, long jump, third in the javelin and fifth in the high jump.