The main thing scorching at Deighton Griffith Secondary School inter-house sports Tuesday was the sun as Blue ‘Set B’ House repeated as champions for a second consecutive year.
In a day of only one record-breaking performance at the school grounds, Set B who created history last year by capturing their first title in 12 years, ensured it stayed in their possession after tallying 1427 points to stave off competition from Green ‘Set D’ House scoring 1326 for second place. Red ‘Set A’ House with 1206 followed closely behind for third place and Yellow ‘Set C’ House totalled 1067.5 points to finish fourth.
That solitary record-breaking performance came in the Under-13 Boys long jump from Micahyah Thompson of Set D with a distance of 4.77m which replaced the 4.69m mark set back in 2005 by Winimar Bourne.
Deighton Griffith Secondary are not usually front-runners when it comes to participating at the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC) and their overall performance last year at BSSAC would attest to that after placing 13th among the girls and 16th among the boys. Based on Tuesday’s showing the athletes from Deighton Griffith will have to up their performances when they feature shortly in the Frank Blackman Zone.
Senior victor ludorum Mario Best gave a good performance to capture that title with a whopping 91 points having competed in all events for Set C in the Under-20 Boys Division. He was best in the 100m, 400m, shot put, long jump, placed second in the 200m, 800m and discus. In the high jump he came third, fourth in the 1500m and fifth in the javelin.
Junior victor ludorum was Daimar Clarke of Set A who scored 56 points in the Under-17 Boys Division. Clarke won the 400m, 800m, and 1500m, settled for second in the 200m, was fourth in the 100m, fifth in the high jump and seventh in the javelin.
Those two will need to do well if the males are to pick up points at BSSAC with the hope that the junior boys namely Nathan Brathwaite in the Under-15 and Mykehi Forde in the Under-13 respectively show up and perform well on the day.
Brathwaite of Set D tallied 51 points having come out victorious in the 100m, 800m and discus. However he was unable to win the 200m and 400m where he finished second, was fourth in the long jump and seventh in the 1500m. Meanwhile Forde of Set A tallied 44 points in the Under-13 age group. He crossed the finish line first in the 400m, was second in the 100m, 200m and 800m and fourth in the high jump.
Another prospect to look out for among Deighton Griffith junior boys will be Under-13 athlete Chaz Searles, a product of St Stephen’s Primary who are the defending kings in National Primary Schools Athletics Championships. Searles was a top performer in that division last year before graduating. Despite not featuring much today, he cannot be ruled out as he has the ability to do well in the 100m and 200m sprints.
Akeba Pollard of Set A was senior victrix ludorum amassing 98 points and will definitely spearhead Deighton Griffith’s pace team at BSSAC in Division One. She was unstoppable in the 100m, 200m, 400m long jump, discus, javelin, shot put, was second in the high jump and fourth running the 800m. The junior victrix winner was Rickyla Fagan, a familiar face in local track and field at the junior level. Representing Set D in the Under-15 category, Fagan scored 81 points, winning the 100m, 200m, long jump, discus and shot put. She was however beaten in the 400m, came third in the javelin and fourth in the 800m.
Shonte Broomes of Set B topped the Under-17 Girls, taking wins in the 100m, 200m, 1500m, high jump, long jump, finishing second in the 400m and fourth in the 800m. Kishawna Niles of Set B ran away with the Under-13 Girls Division having secured first in the 100m, 200m and high jump, was fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 800m and sixth in the 1500m for 57 deserving points.