Competition was fierce when the Pine Hill 2017 National Primary Schools Athletics Championship (NAPSAC) quarterfinals were held today at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.
In the presence of a sizable crowd, two records fell in the Under-nine Division featuring Kishawn Edey of St Martin’s Mangrove Primary with a distance of 3.99m to surpass 3.83m set just last year by Joshua Moore of West Terrace in the Boys long jump.
Another school from the east also claimed the Girls long jump record when Jahzara Inniss of St Catherine’s Primary landed at 3.63m to replace a 13-year-old distance of 3.50m belonging to Shannon Goddard of Hilda Skeene Primary.
It was an exciting day of competitive track and field action amidst the rainy weather conditions. There were signs of nervousness from a few of the athletes who ended up being disqualified after false starting on the Ryan Brathwaite track.
Despite those unfortunate moments, there were outstanding performances in the Under-13 Division 100m with the top two finishers in each heat and the next eight fastest times automatically gaining entry into the semifinal.
Nya Browne of Christ Church Girls and Josiah Cato of Roland Edwards Primary set the pace as top contenders to beat come semifinals day. Browne ran 13.28 in the 100m with the closest to that time being the 13.60 by Shonte Morris of Charles F. Broome Primary and the 13.83 of Skye Spencer- Layne of West Terrace Primary, the reigning NAPSAC queens.
Browne returned this afternoon to clock 27.14 in heat four of the Under-13 Girls 200m ahead of Samiya Dell who looked good running out of heat two in a time of 27.69 which was definitely faster than the 28.10 by Spencer-Layne. Spencer-Layne, though, won the long jump with a leap of 4.40m. Dell was three centimeters off landing at 4.37m to advance also.
Tianna Applewhaite of St Giles’ Primary was the clear winner of the Under-13 400m, stopping the clock at 1:05.98 ahead of the 1:06.09 by St Elizabeth Primary’s top runner Isha Adamson and Ciara Piggott of St Stephen’s who ran 1:07.71. The Girls’ 600m Open was dominated by Shontal Jacobs of Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary who ran 1:52.82 for the win, ahead of Adamson in 1:53.33.
In the Boys Under-13 100m, Cato stamped his authority with a time of 12.66 while Shaquon Weekes of Bay Primary clocked 13.23 and does not look as though he will pose a challenge to the fairly tall lad. The 200m was no different as Cato ran 27.58 to out-pace Zaki Clarke of Eden Lodge who ran 27.76 and should be Cato’s biggest threat in that race.
Cato broke the long jump record in the James Wedderburn zonal meet last month and today his jump of 5.21m fell just short of Jamahl Burke’s 5.23m in the quarterfinals.
Bayley’s Primary made their presence felt on the track compliments Daniel Duncan. He ran 1:02.90 for victory in the Under-13 400m. Duncan also produced the third fastest time of 2:30.92 in the 800m Open behind eventual winner Joshua Husbands of All Saints (2:29.89) and Brandon Hinds (2:30.33) of West Terrace.
The Under-11 Boys Division was a riveting showdown starring Shamari Addison of St Alban’s Primary, Kevion Newton of Wesley Hall and Jayden Green of Eden Lodge.
Both Green and Addison ran identical times of 13.19 in the 100m but Addison distinguished himself in the 200m running 28.37, faster than the 28.53 by Newton and the 28.94 by Amari Forde of St Cyprian’s Boys.
The Girls equivalent might be much easier to call in the upcoming semifinals after Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay Primary ran away with the 200m and 400m in 29.00 and 1:09.42 respectively. Meanwhile twin sisters Tania and Tia Applewhaite of St Giles ran 14.34 and 14.43 respectively to dominate the Under-11 100m.
Good Shepherd Primary also got themselves in the mix when Jaquan Williams sprinted 14.87 in the 100m and 23.08 in the 150m to capture top honours in both races in the Under-nine age group.
St John Primary were also well represented in the Under-nine Girls category when Krisanne Jones took to the track and won the 100m in 15.28 and the 150m in 23.65. Brianna Catwell ran a brisk 12.73 in the Girls 80m dash.
The semi-finals are scheduled for March 15 at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.