Yellow House took over the reins as the new champions of Queen’s College inter-house sports Tuesday, leaving last year’s winners Blue vex.
There was no clear winner initially on track as the battle went right down to the very end at the National Stadium with neither the Yellow Panthers who scored 1019 points nor Blue Vex House who finished second on 976 points, knowing who had won until the final results were announced.
Rounding out the other four positions were Green House Dragons with 851 points in third position, fourth were Purple House Pirates on 695, Orange House Cheetahs tallied 656 points for fifth place and Red House Raptors’ 640 points placed them in sixth position.
The former Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship champions Queen’s College appear to be in a transition stage having lost a few of their top contenders especially among the boys. They are now without the services of CARIFTA athlete Antoni Hoyte-Small now a student at the St Michael School.
All is not lost in the Division One Boys for Queen’s College, though, as they still have Tre Hollingsworth at their disposal. In fact Hollingsworth has already qualified for CARIFTA in the 110m hurdles while competing at the Athletics Association of Barbados February Classic held recently at the National Stadium. The qualifying standard was 14.40 and Hollingsworth ran 14.00 to earn his place.
Up to publication time there was no results of victor or victrix ludorum or division champions for that matter. However, there were results provided for the 100m, 200m and 400m which were the main individual races on the day.
Hollingsworth of Yellow House clocked 10.82 to slam the Division One field of competitors that included Jamahl Burke of Orange House running a time of 11.03 and Michael Belgrave representing Blue House who clocked 11.19 for third place. Burke also won the 200m in 21.85 seconds, Michael Belgrave of Blue House was timed at 22.10 for second place and Ajani Ince from Yellow House ran 22.38 for third place.
The race for top honours in Division One Girls was between Green House athletes Dominique Lafond and Dana Brathwaite. Lafond was victorious in the 100m clocking 12.69 seconds and the 200m finishing in 26.06 seconds ahead of Brathwaite who had a time of 12.94 seconds in the 100m and 26.44 in 200m. Brathwaite later stamped her authority to capture gold in the 400m crossing the finish line at 1:06.16.
In the Division Two Boys Samuel Alkins of Yellow House was first in the 400m managing a time of 52.69, Alkins was then third in the 100m in 11.82 seconds, behind the Blue House duo of Tyrique Belle running a brisk 11.22 for first place and Akil Murray who clocked 11.60 to finish second.
The winner of Division Two Girls was clear-cut with Kamille Gaskin-Griffith of Yellow House dominating proceedings in all three of her races. She produced a time of 1:03.94 in the 400m, a comfortable 26.66 seconds in the 200m and 12.82 in the 100m.
Khristel Martindale and Kemar Collymore both of Blue House won two races each in Division Three Girls and Boys respectively. Martindale gave a good performance of 12.85 in the 100m and 25.97 in the 200m. Teammate Vasia Boyce also of Blue House cruised to victory in a time of 1:02.56 to capture the 400m ahead of Green House runners Talitha Bartlett (1:04.12) and Satera Yarde (1:05.22).
Collymore on the other hand ran 24.94 to clinch the 200m and clocked 57.97 to top the 400m field ahead of housemates Shakobe Bentham (59.28) and Jahleel Armstrong (60.44) for a Blue House sweep. There was no stopping Joshua Thornhill of Orange House with a convincing 11.60 in the Division Three Boys 100m.
Sean Raphael of Green House basically raced against the clock competing in Division Four Boys. Raphael had no real competition in that age group and ran 12.50 in the 100m, 25.66 in the 200m and 1:12.12 in the 400m to take the wins. Likewise in the Girls Division Four category, Liana Leacock of Yellow House shone brightest with outstanding performances in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Leacock began the day by sprinting to a time of 13.88 in the 100m, 29.47 in the 200m and a time of 1:19.28 in the 400m.
The stakes in Division Five Boys was shared between Khalil Vanderpool -Nurse of Yellow House finishing the 100m in 13.12 ahead of the 13.38 ran by Tashaun Clarke representing Purple House and Joshua Harvey of Yellow House who was timed at 13.66 seconds.
Clarke however came back stronger in the 200m to register a time of 28.00 for the victory, Kishmar Ramsay also of Purple House stopped the clock at 28.79 for second and Micaiah Bartlett of Yellow House ran 29.12 for third place. Talk about coming back strong, Ramsay returned with a mission in the 400m when he showed great determination to clock 1:09.03 and finish ahead of the field.
The race was also tight when Division Five Girls took to the track and in the 100m Jessica Scott of Blue House stood out with a time of 14.66. Christina Watson of Green House ran 30.06 to win the 200m and Kassidi Boyce-Neal of Red House ran 1:16.56 to finish first in the 400m.