The St Michael School has so far set the pace by leading both the females and males standings on day one of the Frank Blackman Zone at the 2017 Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championship (BSSAC).
In what could be described as a humdrum atmosphere with very few spectators Tuesday at the National Stadium, The St Michael School, the defending girls champion of this zone are out front on 219 points, 53 more than second placed Lester Vaughan on 166 and The Lodge School on 132, heading into the second and final day Wednesday. Alexandra School were in fourth position on 104 points and Queen’s College in fifth spot with 101 points.
The boys of St Michael looked in great form and it was no surprise they tallied 200 points on the opening day to command proceedings over last year’s BSSAC champions, Burger King Lester Vaughan who were in second position on 171 points, followed by The Lodge School on 159 points in third position. Coleridge and Parry School tallied 121 points for fourth place and Queen’s College accumulated 119 points for fifth spot.
Several records fell on the day with a total of 23 being registered and many CARIFTA qualifiers were among those that set new zonal records in various events. Former BSSAC victor ludorum Enrique Babb of Coleridge and Parry School was among them with a distance of 47.85m to remove the previous mark of 38.43m in the Under-17 Boys discus.
The 400m races also had a few junior star attractions such as Rasheeme Griffith of Coleridge and Parry who clocked 48.79 in the Under-20 Boys time finals running under the zonal record of 49.90. Antoni Hoyte-Small of The St Michael ran 48.94 in the Under-20 Boys 400m to surpass the record but it was way outside his personal best time of 47.58 in the Under-18 Boys Division produced last Saturday during the dual track meet between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
The junior boys were also in good stride competing in the 400m and Josiah Parris of St Michael School in the Under-13 age group blazed the track to erase the previous mark of 63.33 and set a new standard of 60.52 to beat. Parris was excellent on the day, winning the 100m in 13.08, a split second ahead of Princess Margaret Secondary’s Jacobi Redman who stopped the clock at13.09 seconds.
Two records fell in the Under-15 Division 100m and Nathan Roett of St Michael won in 11.73, going under the previous record of 11.86. He will be another major contender for BSSAC semifinal and finals. Aaliyah Agard of Frederick Smith ran 12.85 to erase the 12.94 mark in the girls’ equivalent.
Shonita Brome, a member of Barbados’ team heading to Curacao come April 15, removed the Under-20 Girls 400m standard of 59.48 while finishing ahead of Jaria Hoyte of St Michael School. Brome’s time of 58.02 edged Hoyte by eight split seconds (58.10) as the two went down to the wire at the finish line.
Vasia Boyce of Queen’s College strode to victory in the Under-15 Girls 400m, earning herself a record of 59.24 to replace the previous mark of 60.70. Two other athletes also wrote their names in the history books competing in the Under-13 400m category. Ebony Downes-Tempro’s 62.97 and Rashida Barrow’s 63.68 were both under the previous mark of 65.34.
Three CARIFTA qualifiers stood out in the Under-20 Boys 110m hurdles while chasing the record of 15.97. Tre Hollingsworth of Queen’s College led the way with a time of 14.50, Nathan Fergusson clocked 14.70 and Nathan Worrell ran 15.54 seconds.
Worrell who will be representing Barbados next month in the multi-events leapt past the former record distance of 6.41m in the Under-20 Boys long jump with a new 6.69m zonal standard. Shamar Weekes of Lester Vaughan also had a good jump of 6.45m. The ironic thing about it is that Ondre Callender of Lester Vaughan who qualified for CARIFTA last Saturday with a distance of 6.91m jumped 6.88m today but was not given the record after being wind assisted.
In the junior Boys 1500m, Shakobe Bentham of Queen’s College clocked 4:57.01 to quash the previous time of 5:02.19. Queen’s College also dominated the Under-17 Boys 1500m compliments Samuel Alkins who clocked 4:37.01 to chop seconds off the former time of 4:41.52. Ashley Weekes of St Michael ran 5:21.58 to dominate the Under-17 Girls 1500m and erase the previous record of 5:34.71. Anika Blackman of Princess Margaret went over the junior Girls hurdles in 12.14 seconds to convincingly replace the previous best time of 12.96.
Princess Margaret athletes Kendrina Carvalho and Josh Newton both broke the Under-13 girls and boys high jump records with heights of 1.25m and 1.55m respectively. Lagina Colucci of Lester Vaughan equalled the Under-15 Girls high jump record of 1.47m.
Meghan Green of St Michael School won the Under-17 Girls long jump landing at 4.72m and removing the previous standard of 4.63m. The Under-17 Boys long jump zonal record also fell when Dejuan Walcott jumped past the 6.21m on his way to registering a distance of 6.56m.
Rowland Kirton- Browne of Lester Vaughan set two records in the Under-17 Girls javelin and shot put. She threw 33.45m to erase the 21.92m mark in the javelin and putted 11.08m in the latter. Seth Edwards of St Michael threw 41.85m to smash the previous mark of 38.85m in the Under-20 Boys discus.