The boys of Lester Vaughan School look set to chase their third consecutive title at the 2017 Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (BSSAC) with Savion Hoyte being one of their main trump cards.
Sponsored by Burger King, the athletes from Cane Garden, St Thomas were on show today at the National Stadium when the school held its annual inter-house sports. Red “Sobers” House clinched their fourth consecutive title by a mere 6.25 points having scored 1147.75 to stave off a strong challenge from Blue “Adams” House, 1141.50, when the dust had settled. Placing third was Orange “Walcott” House with 863.25 points, Purple “Prescod” House tallied 730 points for fourth, Green “Gill” House’s 615.50 points placed them fifth and finishing in sixth position was Gold “Barrow” House with 305 points.
It will be interesting to see what Lester Vaughan bring to the senior boys division having lost Antonio Farrell, Anderson Greaves and Kentoine Browne, three of their top CARIFTA athletes, who have gone on to sixth-form schools. Farrell is now at the St Michael School, Greaves at Christ Church Foundation and Browne is now a student of The Lodge School.
Quamie Neblett of Adams House competing in Division Two and Laquon Wiggins of Sobers competing in Division Three, both tallied 88 points to share top honours and the victor ludorum title. Neblett in particular was outstanding winning all of his races, stopping the clock at 11.01 in the 100m, registering a time of 22.90 in the 200m and 51.90 in the 400m.
Meanwhile the victrix ludorum trophy went to Rowland Kirton- Browne with a whopping 102 points for Walcott House running in Division Two.
The defending boys champions will feature in the Frank Blackman Zone next month at BSSAC and with Hoyte of Orange House coming over from Frederick Smith Secondary, this should give Lester Vaughan a comfortable 30 points in the standings. The 13- year-old won the 800m and 1500m and showed his worth on track today in Division Four running 58.01 in the 400m and 25.12 in the 200m while Mario Linton of Barrow House ran 11.09 in the 100m.
Some of the other big names among the boys that should make an impact at BSSAC are Jett Garrett of Walcott House who tallied 45.75 points today and Jaiden Merritt of Adams who accumulated 45 points competing in Division Five. Then there are Division Three powerhouses Wiggins of Sobers House and Darad Holloway who contributed 61 points to Gill House.
Even though Neblett dominated Division Two Boys there is still Tyal Antoine of Walcott House and Dakarai Lashley of Barrow House to contend with in that age group. Ondre Callender of Sobers House, a CARIFTA finalist in both the long jump and triple jump last year in Grenada, will definitely lead the way for his school in Division One with the inclusion of Zario Brathwaite of Gill House and Akil Alleyne of Walcott being a significant boost.
Participating in Division One, Callender went over the high jump bar at a height of 1.85m but was unable to challenge the record mark of 1.90m set last year by Anderson Greaves. In the 400m he ran 51.69 to win, then in his pet events he leapt 6.20m to come out on top in the long jump and then also won the triple jump.
Just 2.25 points separated Sobers House (1090.75) and Adams House (1088.50) before the start of the medley relays in which Sobers’ athletes pushed themselves persistently to ensure Adams House did not place ahead of them. Callender was the one that sealed the trophy for Sobers House after anchoring them to an emphatic victory in the senior boys sprint medley.
The going might be tough for the girls at Lester Vaughan School considering they did not have many senior girls participating and on several occasions they had to combine Division Two and One Girls to run a number of races that were referred to as the Senior Girls Division.
Azriel Chadderton of Barrow House came out on top in Division One Girls with 63 points, Vivica Addison of Adams House tallied 95 in Division Three, Tyra Forde-Haynes of Purple House with 47 points in Division Four and topping Division Five was Rashida Barrow of Walcott House with 58 points.